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Women Appointed on Large Boards: PayPal, Xerox & Many Other Boards

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PayPal Appoints Airbnb Exec to Board

PayPal appointed Belinda Johnson to its board of directors. Johnson is a recognized attorney and business leader who has focused her talents on crafting and directing policies and strategies that enable high-growth, consumer-facing internet companies for more than two decades. Johnson is the Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at Airbnb.

BNY Mellon Appoints President of SAP North America as Director

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation has elected Jennifer B. Morgan as independent director. Morgan has served as President of SAP North America since 2014, where she is responsible for the company’s strategy, revenue and customer success in the U.S. and Canada. Since being named President, she has led SAP’s rapid shift to the cloud in North America while helping customers achieve growth in the digital economy. Morgan served in a number of leadership roles for SAP since joining the company in 2004, including as head of SAP North America’s public sector organization and president of its Regulated Industries business unit.

Xerox Announces Board Changes      

Xerox announced the appointment of Cheryl G. Krongard, a former senior partner with Apollo Management, to the Xerox board of directors. Krongard currently serves as a director on the boards of Legg Mason and Air Lease Corporation.

PayPal Exec Joins Sallie Mae’s Board

Student loan bank Sallie Mae appointed Kirsten O. Wolberg to its board of directors. Wolberg currently serves as VP of Talent at PayPal. Wolberg also played an instrumental role in the separation of eBay and PayPal into two independent companies and was responsible for the chief operating functions for PayPal Technology. She brings more than 20 years of experience in technology management, strategy, product, finance, and operations. Wolberg currently serves on the board of YearUp and holds a leadership role with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Qorvo Appoints Former JDS Uniphase EVP to its Board

Semiconductor firm Qorvo announced the election of Susan L. Spradley to its Board of Directors. Spradley has substantial senior management experience in the communications industry, most recently as EVP and GM, Network and Service Enablement for Viavi Solutions (formerly JDS Uniphase).

Shopify Appoints former CEO and Chairperson of Constant Contact Gail Goodman to its Board

Canadian e-commerce company Shopify appointed Gail Goodman to its board of directors. Gail is the former CEO and Chairperson of Constant Contact, a software company providing small businesses with online marketing tools to grow their businesses. After becoming CEO in April 1999, she led Constant Contact through its initial public offering and for eight years as a publicly traded company, until its acquisition by Endurance International Group Holdings in February, 2016. Shopify announced that Trevor Oelschig has resigned from its board of directors.

Tableau Software Appoints New Relic President Hilarie Koplow-McAdams to its Board    

Tableau Software appointed Hilarie Koplow-McAdams to its Board of Directors. Koplow-McAdams is President at New Relic. Her leadership has helped New Relic perform as a high-growth company, extend its product portfolio, and bolster its enterprise sales force.

Tech Data Appoints Director from Consumer Goods and Pharmaceutical Domain

Tech Data Corporation appointed Bridgette Heller to the company’s Board of Directors. Heller has served as EVP, Early Life Nutrition, and a member of the Executive Committee for Danone since July 2016.

Integrated Device Technology Appoints Egon Zehnder Leader as Director 

Integrated Device Technology appointed Selena Loh LaCroix to serve as a director of the Company, filling a new vacancy. LaCroix, based in Dallas, is global leader of Egon Zehnder's Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals Practice.

Cotiviti Appoints SAP Exec to Board of Directors    

Cotiviti Holdings announced that Mala Anand, President of Analytics at SAP SE, was elected to Cotiviti’s Board of Directors to serve as an independent director.

Shutterfly Announces Board Appointment 

Shutterfly elected new independent director, Elizabeth (Libby) Sartain, to its board of directors. Sartain is an executive and advisor with more than 30 years of experience as a senior human resources leader. Her diverse industry exposure includes technology, media, consumer products, professional services, and manufacturing. Sartain is currently the vice chairman of the board of AARP and holds board seats at Manpower Group and the SHRM Foundation. Sartain has served as chief people officer at Yahoo.

Sophos Group Appoints Successful Entrepreneur as Non-Executive Director

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, announced that Vin Murria is to be appointed as a non-executive director. Vin was the founder and CEO at Advanced Computer Software until it was sold to Vista Equity Partners in 2015. Prior to that Vin was CEO of Computer Software Group which was backed by HG Capital and then acquired Hellman & Friedman in 2007. Vin's earlier career includes 15 years with Kewill Systems where she was COO before leaving in 2002. Vin is currently a non-executive director for Softcat and for Zoopla Property Group, and a partner at Elderstreet Investments.

MTS Elects Bosch CFO Maximiliane Straub to Serve on its Board  

MTS Systems Corporation elected Maximiliane Straub to serve on the Company's Board of Directors. Straub serves as the CFO of Bosch and EVP Finance, Controlling and Administration of Bosch North America from 2010 to present.

Date Range: November 27, 2016 - January 19, 2017

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Dora Vell

Managing Partner

Dora Vell is the CEO of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston that recruits technology executives and board members for companies ranging from promising tech startups to Fortune 100 companies. Throughout her 22-year career in executive search, she has successfully completed hundreds of assignments, placing board members, CEOs, COOs, CIOs, technology officers, vice presidents and many other C-level executives. Vell’s clients span both private and public companies and her work has included searches in markets large and small across the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to founding Vell Executive Search in 2005, she was a partner at the executive search consulting firm Heidrick & Struggles for seven years. She started in the Technology Practice in the Toronto office, became the firm’s Technology Practice leader for Canada, and then joined the firm’s Boston office.

Before her career in executive search, Vell worked for 11 years at IBM Canada in software-related roles of increasing responsibility. She started as a software engineer, managed a software engineering team of 100, and then led software sales for IBM Canada. She holds seven worldwide software patents. This deep industry understanding has helped Vell Executive Search become a recognized leader in finding senior executive and board talent for software and SaaS companies.

Vell is a recognized industry thought leader who has published several reports on governance and leadership topics. She has been frequently quoted as an expert on executive and board leadership by outlets such as 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 has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell has been a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State University, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for Developmentally Handicapped Adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

The trilingual daughter of a diplomat, Vell grew up in Canada, Greece, France, Switzerland and China. Her unique multicultural and international perspective, experiences as a woman in the male-dominated software field, and insights as a dual Canadian and U.S. citizen inform all her work for clients.

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

Areas of Practice:

  • C-Level Technology Executives
  • CEOs, CROs, Heads of Sales, Heads of Marketing, Chief Product Officers
  • Technology Officers: CTOs, CIOs, Heads of Engineering, CISOs, Chief Data Officers
  • Board Directors
  • Diversity Executives and Board Directors
  • Canadian Executives and Board Directors