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Vell Sample VP, Technology Scorecard for Secure Digital Mail Company

In order to evaluate the incumbent VP, Technology, Vell used the following scorecard for the connected vehicle solutions company. The scorecard directly corresponds to his key responsibilities around seven areas. This scorecard can provide substantial feedback and a valuable ground for discussion with the candidates.

Functional Experience: Web Architecture & Web Development Management 


Candidate Experience 

§ Technology Leadership Experience: 20 + years of growing technology management responsibilities with at least ten years as the head of a technology organization.

§ Organization Scalability: Demonstrated ability to scale an organization beyond 125 people

§ Strong technical understanding: Successful experience managing a group of web architects or CTOs

§ Recent leading edge experience and understanding in the latest web development tools & methodologies, including CQ5 or other Content Management software and agile/scrum development, CDNs and Cloud Hosting.

§ Recruitment: Ability to attract, recruit and integrate new people into the organization.



Domain Experience: Business Analysis 


Candidate Experience 

§ Strong Experience linking Business Requirements to Technical implementation



Domain Experience: Highly Scalable Consumer Facing E-Payments Web Property 


Candidate Experience 

  • Successful experience of building (1) a highly scalable, (2) Consumer facing web-property
  • Successful experience building an e-payments or related web property
  • High Scalability Web Experience: Successful experience running a high scale operations organization delivering a web-based application 



Functional Experience: High Scalable end to end Consumer facing e-Payments Web Property


Candidate Experience 

§ Experience with architecting, integrating and web development 



Functional Experience: Hosting Configuration & Infrastructure Management 


Candidate Experience 

  • Successful experience configuring a service in the Cloud, with performance, cost and quality requirements
  • Experience in leading a mixed operational team (Company, Corporate and Vendor) including budgeting, capacity planning, platform evaluation, security, redundancy, and monitoring for a fast growing business 



Leadership experience


Candidate Experience 

  • Has leadership experience & drive to lead and bring technology advantage to market dominance
  • Ability to interact and work co-operatively with various stakeholders
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Has to be able to operate independently and yet operate in the company’s culture. Ideally, this individual will have large & small company experience or have grown an innovative division within a larger company. 




What is your current location? Are you willing to relocate to City or State if not local? 




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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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