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Vell Recruits COO for Toronto Digital Media Co

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Doug Clarke

Chief Operating Officer

> Location: Toronto, ON
> Industry: Integrated multi-platform media company that owns and operates over 1400 websites in high consumer spending verticals
> Other experience: SVP & COO, Yellow Pages | President, Trader Media Corporation
> Ownership: Private-founder led; strategic investor

VerticalScope, a leading Internet media company has appointed Mr. Douglas A. Clarke, also known as Doug, as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to VerticalScope, Mr. Clarke served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Yellow Pages Limited. Mr. Clarke served as Senior Vice President of Sales at YPG Financing Inc. Mr. Clarke serves as Senior Vice President of Sales at Yellow Media Limited and served as its President of Vertical Media since February 2006.

Mr. Clarke also served as President of Trader Corporation since June 2006 and was responsible for revenues in all of its online properties and print publications. Prior to this, he served as Senior Group Publisher at Trader Media Corporation (TMC). He began his career in the advertising directory business when he joined Tele-Direct, a Yellow Page Group predecessor company in 1991. Mr. Clarke held various sales management and marketing positions at Bell Inc. portal and also served as its Director of Sales. Since 2002, he served as Director of Sales of Ontario Elite Sales Channel of Yellow Pages Group. He served as a Director of, Incorporated.

Mr. Clarke is a graduate of St. Michael’s College School in Toronto and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Colorado College.

About VerticalScope Inc.

VerticalScope enables the world to share expertise and discover knowledge on subjects they love. Established in 1999, VerticalScope owns and operates consumer shopping portals and enthusiast forum websites focused on the automotive, outdoor, powersports, pets, technology, health and wellness, and home improvement vertical markets. VerticalScope’s online properties reach an average of 95 million highly qualified buyers and purchase decision makers each month. Visit for more information. 

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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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