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AT&T Adds Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp as Director

AT&T has named Beth E. Mooney, 58, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, to its board of directors. Mooney joined KeyCorp in 2006 as vice chairman and head of Key Community Bank and served as president, COO and executive director from 2010 to 2011, when she was named CEO. Prior to her most recent position as Senior EVP and CFO for AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation), Mooney ran its banking operations in Tennessee and Northern Louisiana. Mooney also completed other line assignments of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., Hall Financial Group and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic. At Bank One, she served as Regional President in Akron and Dayton, and then as President of Bank One Ohio, managing major markets throughout the state.

Top U.S. Samsung Mobile Exec Leaves

Kevin Packingham, one of the top U.S.-based Samsung mobile executives, has left the company. He was chief product officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. Before joining Samsung, Packingham was CEO of Amerilink Telecom, a small company that had tried to bring in Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, as a vendor for Sprint Nextel. He also previously worked for Sprint as a product executive.

Nokia CEO to Join Microsoft

Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, 49, will move to Microsoft, as the company acquires Nokia's Devices & Services business. He will lead an expanded devices team inside Microsoft, responsible for both hardware and Microsoft's business in things like games and music. Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa will take over CEO duties while the Finnish firm is looking for a new CEO. Elop came to Nokia from Microsoft, where he ran the business division, which includes Microsoft's lucrative Office software. Before Microsoft, he ran the information systems of Juniper Networks, and ran field operations for Adobe, which makes tools for digital content. He came into Adobe from another acquisition, when Adobe purchased a company he ran called Macromedia.

L-3 Communications Promotes VP, London Operations to Corp SVP

L-3 Communications announced the promotion of Ron Cook to corporate SVP. He will continue to lead L-3's London Operations organization. Cook has led L-3 London Operations since it was established in 2005. As head of the London office, Air Commodore Cook had brought in a wealth of operational and Ministry of Defense experience to the position, as well as a strong reputation in both the UK and U.S. defense industry.

Former AT&T Long-Timer Joins Sprint Board

Sprint has elected Sara Martinez Tucker, 56, to the board. Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative. Its programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are transforming teaching, schools and education in the U.S. Tucker most recently served as the Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, she worked for nine years as the CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Prior to joining HSF in 1997, Tucker spent 16 years at AT&T, becoming the first Latina to reach the company's executive level.

Avaya Appoints Former Intuit EVP and Former EDS CEO to Board

Avaya named Kiran Patel and Ronald Rittenmeyer to its board. Patel most recently served as EVP and general manager of the Small Business Group of Intuit from 2008 to September 2013. Patel is currently on the board of KLA-Tencor.

Rittenmeyer has served as chairman, president and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, a global provider of customer care support since 2011. Prior to his current position with Expert Global Solutions, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Electronic Data Systems. Rittenmeyer is currently on the board of American International Group and Tenet Healthcare.

Frontier Communications’ SVP and Controller Leaves

Susana D'Emic, 48, SVP and Controller of telephone company Frontier Communications leaves to pursue other career opportunities. D'Emic joined Frontier in 2011 as SVP and Controller. Previously, she was with Reader's Digest Association from 1998 until joining Frontier, most recently as VP, Corporate Controller and prior to that as VP, North American Controller. Before joining Reader's Digest, she held various positions with Kraft Foods, Colgate Palmolive and was an audit manager with KPMG.

Cincinnati Bell Appoints Chief Administrative Officer as CFO

Cincinnati Bell named Leigh R. Fox as CFO, succeeding Kurt A. Freyberger. Fox most recently served as the company’s SVP of finance before being announced as the company’s chief administrative officer earlier this year. Fox joined Cincinnati Bell in 2001 and has held multiple finance and accounting roles including network and operations, six sigma process improvement, and product development. As VP of finance at the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, he played a strategic role in the growth and development of the company’s former data center business.

Sierra Wireless Sees OEM Solutions and EMEA Leadership Changes

Wireless technologies and solutions company Sierra Wireless’ SVP, OEM Solutions and Regional General Manager for EMEA, Didier Dutronc, leaves. Dutronc, was SVP, Marketing of the Company, earlier. He also served as Managing Director, Wavecom Asia-Pacific.

Dan Schieler, previously SVP of Worldwide Sales, has now moved into the role of SVP and General Manager, OEM Solutions. Emmanuel Walckenaer, SVP and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, will assume Regional General Management responsibilities for EMEA.

PCTEL Adds Former AT&T and MCI Exec to Board 

Provider of propagation and optimization solutions for the wireless industry PCTEL appointed Cindy Andreotti to its Board. Andreotti is a 26-year telecommunications industry veteran and President and CEO of The Andreotti Group, a strategic business advisory firm. Prior to launching The Andreotti Group, she was responsible for sales, service, and bottom-line performance at both AT&T and MCI where she built a strong track record in managing large enterprise, government, and global customers. At MCI she was President, Enterprise Markets and also implemented the MCI Solutions business (managed services) and helped build a $2 billion revenue stream in the business’s first year. Before joining MCI in 1990, Andreotti managed national accounts at AT&T, notably Dayton Hudson (currently Target).

Date Range: August 30th - October 3rd

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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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