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Gary Young

SVP Global Sales

> Location: Frisco, TX / Boston, MA
> Industry: Data Science Visualization Open Source
> Other experience: VP, Global Sales & Service, Statistica | Exec Roles SAP, Adobe | Exec Roles, SAS, Hyperion
> Ownership: Venture-backed

Plotly, an interactive data visualization company, has named Gary Young as SVP, Global Sales. He joins Plotly after serving as Vice President, America for Alfresco.

He served as the sales and customer advocacy leader for the America’s region at Alfresco, responsible for leading and scaling America’s sales organization. Before joining Alfresco, he served as Global VP, Sales & Services at TIBCO (via acquisition of Dell Statistica), and Head of Business Analytics at Adobe. Prior to that, he worked at SAP as Global Vice President (Americas), Head of BI & SAP Customer Shared Services (Germany), and Global Head of Presales (France/UK).

Earlier in his career, Gary served as Regional Vice President at Hyperion where he led sales, consulting, business development and presales - with full P&L responsibility for North America’s Western region. Before that he served at SAS Institute for nearly a decade, most recently as Senior Director leading global organization for business intelligence, analytics and platform technologies. He was responsible for building global market leadership in business intelligence and analytics. He joined SAS Institute from Coastal Physician Services. Gary started his career at KPMG LLP as an Auditor and Business Consultant for Healthcare, Financial Services and Retail industries.

About Plotly

Plotly is a technical computing company with offices in Montréal, Canada and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Plotly creates leading open source tools for composing, editing, and sharing interactive data visualization via the Web. Plotly’s collaboration servers (available in cloud or on-premises) allow data scientists to showcase their work, make graphs without coding, and collaborate with business analysts, designers, executives, and clients. Plotly leads digital transformation at some of the world's largest companies using Python, R, and React. By applying cutting-edge Web technology to scientific computing and BI, we're preparing industries for their next 20 years of data-driven growth. Along the way, Plotly has democratized access to world-class, scientific software through open-source - enabling a new generation of scientists, engineers, and companies to collaboratively tackle new challenges. Plotly’s libraries have been downloaded more than 5 million times in every country in the world.


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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.

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  • 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


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