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Vell Recruits EdTech Saas Chief Technology Officer

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Frontline Tech

William Bergen


> Location: Boston to Malvern, PA
> Industry: K-12 EdTech SaaS
> Other experience: VP, Product Development, Talent Solutions, ADP | CIO & Operations, Workscape
> Ownership: PE-backed

Frontline Technologies, the cloud-based K-12 software solution to 7,000 school districts, announced Bill Bergen, formerly VP Product Development, Talent Solutions at ADP, as its CTO. Bill responsible for all aspects of the company’s technology including its software developers, architects, IT and infrastructure.

In addition to serving as the VP, Product Development at ADP, Bill also held the role of GM, Large Markets Benefits administration. He joined ADP via the highly successful acquisition of Workscape, in 2010, where he had been the company’s Chief of Operations and CIO. Bill led key technology and business initiatives that have been central to its success. He successfully built a new technology platform leveraging the latest in Web 2.0 based capabilities, and was instrumental in introducing the Agile development methodology to produce feature rich, high quality products that can be very quickly adapted to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

Bill also led Workscape 's breakthrough development of new corporate standard multitenant product architecture that provides the platform for highly configurable applications utilizing commercially supported open source technologies. In addition, he continues to lead company-wide initiatives focused on constantly measuring, analyzing and improving the security, performance and scalability of Workscape data centers and corporate infrastructure.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and management information systems from Stonehill College and has conducted his MBA studies at Clark University.

About Frontline Technologies

Frontline Technologies provides cloud-based K-12 software that empowers over 7,000 school districts and millions of educators to positively impact student learning. From recruiting, hiring and absence management, to professional learning and evaluation, Frontline partners with the education community to support the entire educator lifecycle. Built on a foundation of best practices, Frontline gives organizations the tools to focus on data-driven decisions, collaboration, meaningful growth and application to classroom practice. Frontline Technologies corporate headquarters are located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with offices in San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

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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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