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Women on Technology Boards: Expedia, InterDigital & More

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Cognizant Goes Through Board Changes 

Cognizant announced that Betsy S. Atkins has been elected to its Board as new independent directors. Atkins has been the CEO of venture capital firm Baja and was previously Chairman and CEO of Clear Standards.  


Paychex Director Pamela A. Joseph Resigns

Pamela A. Joseph, 57, notified Paychex of her resignation from the Company's Board of Directors. Joseph has been a member of the Board since 2005. Joseph has been the President and COO of Total System Services since May 2016.

Expedia Elects Chelsea Clinton as Director 

Expedia expanded the size of the Board from thirteen to fourteen members and elected Chelsea Clinton to fill the newly-created directorship. Clinton currently serves as Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation where her work emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities and empowering the next generation of leaders. She has previously worked as an associate at McKinsey and as an Assistant Vice Provost at New York University, where she focused on interfaith initiatives and the university’s Global Expansion Program.

Amy Chang to Step Down from Splunk Board    

Amy Chang, founder/CEO of Accompany, will not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors of Splunk. She was appointed to the Splunk board in March 2015.

The Sage Group Appoints Cath Keers as Non-Executive Director   

The Sage Group plc appointed Cath Keers to its board as a non-executive director. She was a non-executive director of Home Retail Group from September 2011 to September 2016. Keers is a non-executive director of the Royal Mail group, TalkTalk Telecom Group and Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and is the Chairman of Ustwo. Cath Keers served as a Customer Director of 02 PLC, UK since March 2004 and served as its Marketing Director. She was also GM at BT.

Oracle Financial Services Software Appoints Oracle Assistant General Counsel as Director

Oracle Financial Services Software named Kimberly Woolley as a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director of the company. Woolley is Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Oracle.

InterDigital Announces Board Changes

InterDigital, the company that designs and develops technologies for wireless communications, appointed Joan Gillman to the company's Board of Directors. Gillman was EVP of Time Warner Cable and President and COO of Time Warner Cable Media from 2006 until shortly after Time Warner’s acquisition by Charter Communications in May 2016.

Verint Systems Appoints FirstRain’s Chair and Former CEO to Board        

Verint Systems appointed Penelope Herscher to the Board. Herscher has over 15 years of experience as a high-tech CEO and over 10 years serving on public company boards. She currently sits on the boards of Lumentum Operations and Rambus Corporation. She is executive chairman at FirstRain and was formerly President & CEO until 2015.

Q2 Holdings Appoints Spredfast CFO as Board Member

Q2 Holdings added Lynn Atchison, CFO of Spredfast, to its board of directors. Atchison joined Spredfast in February 2017. Prior to Spredfast, Atchison served as the CFO of HomeAway shortly after it was acquired by Expedia. Atchison serves on the Austin Technology Council board of directors.

Co-Founder Cinta Putra Intends to Retire from the Board of Everbridge

Cinta Putra, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Everbridge informed the Board of her intention to retire from the Board. Putra Co-Founded Everbridge in 2002 and served as its CFO and SVP of Business Operations since September 2011 until November 2014. She served as the CEO at Everbridge since November 2002 until September 2011.

Date Range: March 15th - April 24th

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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