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Google China Chief Steps down; Company Names Replacement

Google China Country Manager Dr John Liu will step down after six years in the role. Liu will leave in August having presided over a period of great change for Google in China, which included the Internet giant’s controversial exit from the country in 2010 following allegations that the Chinese government hacked into email accounts belonging to activists.

Scott Beaumont, Director, EMEA Partnerships, will fill the void in China from mid-August. Beaumont will be acting as head of operations. He is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Refresh Mobile.

Facebook’s Long-time Head of North American Sales Leaves

Tom Arrix, Facebook’s long-time head of North American sales, is leaving the company. Arrix joined Facebook in 2006. Facebook Ad Chief Carolyn Everson will take over Arrix’s role until a replacement is found. Arrix previously served as SVP of Advertising Sales at Univision Online, SVP of Sales & Client Services at CBS Sportsline.com. Arrix began his sales career with Turner Broadcasting Systems in 1991, where he was rapidly promoted to VP of Turner Sports. He has been a Director of Interactive Advertising Bureau since 2011.

Yahoo! Board Members Resign; Company Loses Media Head

Daniel Loeb, 51, Harry Wilson, 41, and Michael Wolf, 51, are leaving Yahoo's board. Daniel Loeb, CEO at Third Point investment fund, who uncovered the degree scandal, was elected to the board in 2012, along with the other two members who leave. Harry Wilson, who is CEO of MAEVA Group, is a former Treasury Department official and President Obama's Auto Industry Task Force and hedge fund executive. Michael J. Wolf is founder and managing partner of ACTIVATE, a technology and strategy firm and former President and COO of MTV Networks, is elected.

Mickie Rosen, head of global media at Yahoo, who was responsible for properties including Yahoo News, Sports and Finance, is leaving the company. Rosen, who joined Yahoo in 2011, has been the top media executive since the departure of former interim CEO Ross Levinsohn in 2012. Rosen oversaw Yahoo's content and commerce businesses, including powerful media properties Yahoo Sports, Movies, News, Shine and OMG!. Prior to joining the internet giant, she worked with Levinsohn at Fuse Capital as an investment partner, and at Fox Interactive Media as SVP entertainment. Previously, she spent time at Fandango and McKinsey.

TripAdvisor Appoints Senior Communications Exec From American Express

Online travel research company TripAdvisor appointed Desiree Fish to the position of VP, Global Communications. Fish will be responsible for leading TripAdvisor's communications efforts in markets worldwide. Fish spent the past 13 years of her career at American Express where she most recently held the position of VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications. Since joining American Express in 2000, Fish led a number of highly visible public relations programs, including the launch of more than a dozen American Express cards and benefits.

E*TRADE Appoints Financial Services Industry Expert to Board

E*TRADE named Mohsen Fahmi to the Company’s Board of Directors. Fahmi has 30 years of experience in global financial services and is currently serving as Senior Portfolio Manager at Moore Capital Management. Since joining Moore Capital in 2003, Fahmi has held various positions within the firm including COO. Previously, Fahmi served for five years as the co-head of the Bond & Currency Proprietary Trading division of Tokai Bank Europe. His career also included investment and portfolio management roles at Salomon Brothers Asset Management, Goldman Sachs, and J.P. Morgan. Fahmi began his career in financial markets holding a number of investment positions at The World Bank spanning seven years, including Chief Investment Officer

New CEO Appointed at AOL Networks; AOL also Appoints Strategy and Product VPs

AOL appointed Bob Lord as CEO of AOL Networks. Lord most recently was Global CEO of Razorfish and CEO of Publicis Groupe's Digital Technologies Division. Lord has held various leadership roles at Razorfish including, COO, President of the East region and the leader of VivaKi's digital assets and Digital Transformation Team, a cross-agency group charged with developing a strategy to accelerate digital capabilities for Publicis Groupe. Lord sits on the board of directors for the Ad Council and the IAB, the Advisory Board of the Nantucket project and is an active member of TED.

AOL has appointed two former Engadget editors, Peter Rojas and Ryan Block, who went on to create the tech start-up Gdgt, and then sold the company to AOL earlier this year, have become AOL’s VP of strategy and VP of product.

Zynga Names New CEO

Don Mattrick, 49, joins Zynga as CEO. Mattrick spent six years at Microsoft – the last three as president of the Interactive Entertainment Business. During his six-year tenure at Microsoft, Mattrick also oversaw businesses and services focused on consumer products that included PC and mobile interactive entertainment and the groundbreaking Kinect entertainment products. Mattrick also served as the president of Worldwide Studios at Electronic Arts. Previously, he oversaw EA's global studios and R&D in several major sites. At age 17, Mattrick founded his first company, Distinctive Software, which was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1991 and subsequently became EA Canada.

Trulia's New HR Leader is a Former LinkedIn Exec

Elizabeth Brown is named as real estate search engine company Trulia's VP of Human Resources. Prior to joining Trulia, Brown spent two years at LinkedIn leading their International Human Resource team for Global Sales and Operations. Previously, she held several HR leadership positions at Microsoft and Intuit.

Online Real Estate Company Appoints CMO

Move, the leader in online real estate and operator of realtor.com, named Barbara O'Connor as chief marketing officer. Formerly EVP at Move, she will continue to lead the overall strategic brand vision of the organization and marketing initiatives. In her past role at Yahoo!, O'Connor led marketing for the Yahoo! Commerce and Media properties and was responsible for major initiatives. O'Connor also led marketing at companies such as Apple, Netscape Communications and OnLive! Technologies.

Former Facebook Exec Joins MessageMe as COO

Former Facebook mobile exec Ali Rosenthal has been hired as COO for MessageMe. Rosenthal joined Facebook in 2006, when it had only four million users, and ended up working as part of Facebook’s business development and helped found its mobile unit. After leaving the company, she spent a year as an executive in residence at Greylock Partners. While there, she worked with LittleInc Labs, which created the MessageMe product. In fact, Rosenthal has been an angel investor in the start-up.

Former Yahoo Interclick CFO Joins Unified

Unified, a provider of marketing cloud technology has named Roger Clark as its CFO. Clark was most recently CFO at Interclick (later re-named Genome in 2012), the digital advertising technology unit of Yahoo, and also worked at IAC/InterActiveCorp, in a variety of divisional and corporate capacities, including nine years leading the company’s investor relations and financial communication efforts. He began his career with Ernst & Young.

Betable Hires Zynga VP as Chief Revenue Officer

Betable, the real-money gaming platform start-up, hired Ryan Linton as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Linton comes most recently from his position at Zynga as VP of Revenue Operations, responsible for building more revenue channels at the social gaming giant and creating partnerships with other companies. He also established and executed Zynga's prepaid Game Card program and spearheaded marketing campaigns.

Date Range: June 28th - July 28th

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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