Articles & Press

The Wall Street Journal - Search for CEOs

09/02/2013

By Joann S. Lublin

"Who's in Charge?" That is one of the big questions a number of companies will have to answer this fall. While there are always some companies looking for new chief executives, the pace of CEO changes is picking up again. Nearly 20 major companies are now looking for a new leader.
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Agenda - What Makes a Great Independent Chairman?

11/19/2012

By Katie Wagner

As more boards appoint independent chairs, governance experts are paying close attention to who fills this very important role. A healthy ego and excellent listening skills are among the qualities that experts say can help in the position, which is by nature a sensitive one.
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NewsFactor - Qualcomm Grabs Intel Veteran as Chief Marketing Officer

08/06/2012

By Jennifer LeClaire

Qualcomm on Monday announced a key appointment in its marketing group. The tech giant hired Intel veteran Anand Chandrasekher as its chief marketing officer. In his new role as CMO, Chandrasekher is tasked with overseeing global marketing and external communications. He reports to Steve Mollenkopf, president and COO of Qualcomm.
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The Wall Street Journal - For Yahoo CEO, Two New Roles

07/17/2012

By Joann S. Lublin and Leslie Kwoh

Just hours after Yahoo Inc. named Marissa Mayer as its new chief, the real conversation kicked in: how she will juggle pregnancy and being the CEO charged with saving a fondling Internet giant. The 37-year-old former Google Inc. executive is expecting her first child, a son, in early October. On Tuesday, she started her new job at Yahoo, which reported another quarter of lackluster sales growth.
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Agenda - Demand Mounts for Directors With Digital Smarts

1/17/2012

By Amanda Gerut

More companies are seeking directors with digital and social media expertise, and the urgent demand is prompting boards to consider some people who at first glance would appear to be unlikely candidates. The Starbucks board in December made headlines when it invited 29-year-old Clara Shih to join its ranks.
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NewsFactor - Apple Strengthens Disney Ties with Board Pick

11/16/2011

By Jennifer LeClaire

Apple has always had the best of the best. When Jerry York, the IBM CFO and financial guy extraordinaire, passed away -- and when Google Chairman Eric Schmidt departed -- Apple didn't just replace them with anyone," said Dora Vell, principal with Vell Executive Search. "Apple was methodical, putting superstars on its board that add value.
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Mass High Tech - New England's Largest Technology Employers

03/02/2011

By Lynette Cornell

Even the industry giants are not immune to the changes happening in the various tech sectors, and consequently, they are adapting their hiring priorities when looking for executives to fill leaderships roles, according to Dora Vell, CEO of executive search firm Vell Executive Search.
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Nwi.com - Market Yourself to Overcome the Past

11/07/2010

By Mildred Culp

Executive search consultant Dora Vell (vell.com) has watched applicants omit contact information and "pour their heart out to strangers . . . potential employers and recruiters" on their online resumes.
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NewsFactor - Ray Ozzie Will Join Executive Exodus from Microsoft

10/19/2010

By Jennifer LeClaire

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie will leave the software giant, joining an exodus of executive talent. Ozzie led Microsoft's move to the cloud and will focus on the troubled entertainment unit before he leaves. Many of Microsoft's personnel losses may be related to technologists being replaced by executives loyal to CEO Steve Ballmer.
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Agenda - Did Bank Directors Bolt As Going Got Tough?

08/16/2010

By Katie Wagner

Director departures at publicly traded banks and investment banks rose during the years and months preceding the financial crisis, peaking in 2008. This raises questions over the reasons why these directors left just before or during tumultuous times for their companies.
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Agenda - Lead Directors Should Help Set Meeting Agendas: Survey

08/02/2010

By Katie Wagner

A majority of independent directors and corporate executives agree that a non-management board leader — a non-executive chair, lead director or presiding director — should be involved in setting board meeting agendas.
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The Wall Street Journal - The Keys to Unlocking Your Most Successful Career

07/06/2010

By Joann S. Lublin

Finding a job, flourishing on the job and moving into a better job demand plenty of work – especially during a jobless recovery.
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Inc. Magazine - 5 Tips on Hiring a CEO

04/21/2010

By April Joyner

Being in charge isn't easy - but neither is handing over the job to someone else. Entrepreneurs who've made the transition share their pointers.
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Agenda - What Are Some Succession Planning Missteps?

02/08/2010

By Dora Vell

The following question was proposed by a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company. For an answer, we reached out to Dora Vell, CEO of Vell Executive Search, who was previously a partner at Heidrick & Struggles.
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Agenda - What is Most Rewarding about being a Director These Days

12/21/2009

By Katie Wagner

Directors say the challenges they encounter and the people they work with are among the most "rewarding" aspects of serving on boards these days.
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Agenda - More Directors Selected for Sector Expertise

10/19/2009

By Katie Wagner

Boards at companies including Boeing, BJ's Wholesale Club and Armstrong World Industries have been appointing directors with experience in their industries or sectors.
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Agenda - July’s Moves: Financial Expertise Still at a Premium in Director Recruitment

08/10/2009

By Katie Wagner

The financial crisis has underscored for boards the importance of recruiting directors with financial expertise. Read more...

Forbes.com - CEO Power: There’s Room at The Top

07/22/2009

By Klaus Kneale

The best leaders aren't afraid to surround themselves with powerful people-even if those people might eventually pose a threat.

Dora Vell has seen the best and the worst in CEO power struggles as the CEO of Vell Executive Search. In 12 years as a headhunter, she's seen CEOs intentionally fill their top ranks with puppets, throw cellphones at topquality interviewees and block succession plans.
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Agenda - Responsibilities for Lead Directors Go Beyond Chairing Executive Sessions

07/20/2009

By Katie Wagner

Over the past few years, lead directors' authority within their companies and their general duties have been increasing. Read more...

Agenda - May’s Moves: Boards Under Pressure to Change

06/08/2009

By Katie Wagner

Pressure to make changes to boards has increased since the financial crisis began, especially for TARP participants, say board recruiters.
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MSN Business on Main - Creating a Successful Succession Plan

05/2009

By Toddi Gutner

When Frank Bruffey Jr., the founder of Protech Associates Inc., a company that provides technology solutions to member-based trade and professional associations, decided it was time to step down from day-to-day management as chief executive officer.
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Mass High Tech - Engineering Experience Helps Tech CEOs Drive Growth

04/03/2009

By Lynette F. Cornell, Mass High Tech Intern

Companies looking for a new CEO may be looking in the wrong places for people with the wrong backgrounds, according to the latest report from Vell Executive Search.
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Forbes.com - Hiring a New CEO? Go Outside the Company

03/10/2009

By Klaus Kneale

Chief executive officers promoted from within a company don't perform nearly as well as ones recruited from outside.
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The Wall Street Journal - When Big Resumes Chase Small Jobs

03/03/2009

MANAGING YOUR CAREER
By Joann S. Lubin

Biologist David Weinberg received feelers from a biotechnology start-up shortly after Merck & Co. laid him off in October.
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ExecuNet - Using Recession as an Opportunity to Rebuild, Recover, and Reinvent

02/02/2009

Volume 20, Issue 3

Most executives would agree that they'd like to officially move past the headlines of 2008 - namely the recession - and focus on how all of us would like to define 2009 - as a year of rebuilding.
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BusinessWeek - Succession Planning in a Pinch

09/09/2008

Issue: Carlson

The hospitality and travel company hadn't anticipated going outside the family when Chairman Marilyn Carlson Nelson stepped down as CEO, so there were no Plan B candidates.
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MSNBC.com - Your Career: MBA isn’t a guarantee

03/10/2008

Many top executives succeed without advance degrees, recruiters say
By Eve Tahmincioglu

Melanie Holmes is an executive for a Fortune 500 employment services firm and two years ago, at age 55, she decided to go back to school and get her MBA. Why? It is not what you think. Read more...

BBJ - Private cos. can win star board members

Hire Boston
January 18-24, 2008 Vol.27, No. 51

By Jennifer LeClaire
Special to the Journal

Public companies aren't the only ones searching for rock star executives to join their boards of directors. Private companies are also on the hunt for experienced industry gurus who can help steer business strategies in an increasingly competitive economy.
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The Globe and Mail - No Promotion? Feel Like Quitting? Relax

01/12/2008

Weekend Workout: Rejection:
Kira Vermond dissects the latest workout trends

Didn't land the job? Didn't get that promotion? Yes, your ego is bruised, but try not to take the rejection too personally.
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The Christian Science Monitor - More companies are using sophisticated background checks to root out the lies on resumes.

12/31/2007

By Marilyn Gardner
staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor

As a job placement director, Tony Beshara has read thousands of resumes over the years. But at least twice a month he comes across some containing false information.
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Boston Globe - Big firm or small, what’s the best fit for your career?

10/14/2007

By Kate M. Jackson
GLOBE CORRESPONDANT

Whether just starting a career or having reached a crossroads within it, job seekers will often contemplate the age-old question: Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?
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Fortune Small Business - Taking Your Business to the Next Level

05/2007

LEADERSHIP

Heidi Albert can perfectly recall the moment she knew her time was up. It was late 2006, and business was booming at Doctor Bobby, a children's allergen-free skin-care company she had co-founded three years earlier with pediatric dermatologist Dr. Robert Buka.
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Employment Digest - How to Negotiate an Employment Contract

03/30/2007

By Bill

While working as a managing director in charge of IT infrastructure, Christopher Barron noticed some inadequacies in his company's effort to comply with federal regulations.
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BBJ - Headhunters Report Challenge in CEO Search

08/25/2006

By Jennifer LeClaire
Special to the Journal

Global CEO turnover reached record levels for the second year in a row and may be peaking, according to Booz Allen Hamilton’s fifth annual survey of CEO turnover at the world’s 2,500 largest public companies.
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The Wall Street Journal - Interview Etiquette Begins the Minute You Walk in the Door

08/01/2006

MANAGING YOUR CAREER
By Joann S. Lublin

One afternoon in February 2003, Gateway Chief Executive Ted Waitt was supposed to interview a promising candidate for the top human-resources spot at the struggling personal-computer maker. But an intense session with his senior lieutenants lasted 30 minutes longer than expected.
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The Wall Street Journal - To Snag a Job Offer, Learn What Damages You Do in Interviews

05/02/2006

MANAGING YOUR CAREER
By Joann S. Lublin

William Olson has switched employers seven times in 25 years, usually because a search firm persued him. His success stems in part from his refusal to cooperate unless the recruiter promises to give him frank feedback about his performance during interviews.
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BBJ - Wanted: Engineering execs to play key product role

Hire Boston
February 10-16, 2008

By Jennifer LeClaire
Special to the Journal

Most new products fail. While many of those failures could be blamed on poor marketing or just off-target ideas, even the greatest invention and most brilliant marketing won't save a poorly engineered product.
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CIO.com - Getting on Board

02/01/2006

Being a member of a board of directors isn't easy, but offers great rewards. Here are eight points to help improve your chances of being selected for a board.

By Dora Vell

While the country club days are long gone, board membership still delivers substantial-even unparalleled-dividends.
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CIO.com - Your Resume is Mission Critical

12/02/2005

A tight labor market means the right resume is essential to getting ahead.

By Dora Vell

With the current competitive job market conditions, constructing a great resume is mission critical. Essential to giving job candidates an all-important head start, the resume is more than just a mere calling card.
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American Venture Magazine.com - Negotiating Your Worth

10/06/2005

By Dora Vell

You get what you negotiate, not what you're worth. Here's how to do both.

You've probably been here: Something compels you to doubt your compensation package.
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CIO.com - Finding Hidden Gems on Your Career Path

10/07/2005

Great careers don't just happen. Here's how to mine the opportunities to maximize your potential.

By Dora Vell

Shining careers don't just happen; they're created by individuals wisely and strategically managing their professional lives.
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Mass High Tech - Career Road Hazards

08/08/2005

By Dora Vell

Underemployment and just plain unemployment has been a hard reality for many C-level executives during the past four years. An unscheduled career disruption for many top-tier players, it's a situation that leaves both potential employers and stalled executives wondering what caused the professional slowdown.
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CIO.com - Negotiating Your Worth

08/01/2005

You get what you negotiate, not what you're worth. Here's how to do both.

By Dora Vell

You've probably been here: Something compels you to doubt your compensation package. Perhaps you feel underappreciated or undercompensated, or the up-tick in the job market has you pondering new opportunities.
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IT Business Edge - Talent Shopping North of the Border

07/20/2005

3 Questions:

Outsourcing for Strategic Advantage

With Dora Vell, CEO of global technology/ corporate search firm Vell Executive Search Inc., a Waltham, Mass.- based global corporate and technology executive search firm specializing in C-level and board searches.
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Search Consult - The Art & Science of Planning and Managing CEO Succession

2005

By Dora Vell

Search-Consult ISSUE 25 2005

Executive tenures aren't what they used to be. With decade-long executive stewardships a thing of the past, today some terms are shorter than a NFL season.
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