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Board Member Spec: Cloud Back-Up Services Company Featured

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The Challenge:

The company seeks to appoint a new Director. In an effort to add Directors that bring maximum value, the company will be seeking specific skills/experience that are aligned with the most significant challenges, highest risks, and toughest strategic decisions they will be facing in the upcoming years. Candidates must understand the role of a Professional Corporate Director and be willing to dedicate the time with enthusiasm.

Duties: A director, as a trustee for the stockholders of the corporation, has a primary duty to represent, protect and further their interests.  To this end, independent directors are responsible for reviewing the policies, goals and philosophies established by the management of the company and for insuring that these policies, goals, and philosophies are in the best interests of the stockholders and the strategies for achieving these goals are properly developed and executed by the management.  In furtherance of these duties, the independent directors have the responsibility and authority for electing and appointing the Chairman of the Board and the corporate officers of the company and for fixing their responsibilities as prescribed in the corporate resolutions of the board; for establishing committees of the board and defining their responsibilities; and, in general, for directing the management and control of the company’s business, finances and property.  Emphasis is on an active board, working with management on long-range plan review and issues and the business analysis function. 

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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,, 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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