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Vell Recruits board member Meg McCarthy for Cloud Security SaaS vArmour

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Meg McCarthy

Member of the Board of Directors

> Location: Hartford, CT to Silicon Valley
> Industry: Security SaaS
> Other experience: EVP, Operations & Technology, Aetna | CIO, Aetna
> Ownership: VC-backed & PE-backed
> Diversity: Female

vArmour, the data center security company that enables organizations to protect their virtualized and cloud assets in a multi-cloud world, today announced the appointment of Meg McCarthy, executive vice president of operations and technology at Aetna, to its board of directors. A distinguished leader with 30 years of experience in information systems and healthcare operations, McCarthy’s insight and expertise will help expand vArmour’s focus on the security needs in the healthcare industry. McCarthy joins Gary Moore, former president and chief operating officer of Cisco Systems, as the newest members of vArmour’s board.

“Every organization should have cyber security as a top risk. The protection of consumer information and customer-enabling technologies is paramount,” said McCarthy. “vArmour is among the new guard of innovative security companies working globally to secure customer data and reduce threat risk in a completely new and disruptive way as organizations move their businesses to the cloud. I’m pleased to join vArmour’s board at this exciting time in the transformation of cyber security.”

As Aetna EVP of Operations and Technology, McCarthy is currently responsible for information technology, service operations, global security, data analytics, procurement and real estate services. She has helped Aetna pioneer a new healthcare model that is based in innovative technologies and provides higher value and quality for the consumer. With security becoming a key differentiator in healthcare, McCarthy will play a pivotal role in advising vArmour on the personal health data protection requirements of healthcare organizations. Prior to her current role, she served as Aetna’s chief information officer and vice president of information technology. Prior to her Aetna tenure, McCarthy was senior vice president of information technology at Cigna Corporation. She also has been recognized as one of Insurance & Technology Magazine’s “Elite 8” and Computerworld’s Top 100 leaders.

“Meg joining our board shows a commitment to solving a huge problem: protecting digital assets wherever they reside,” said Tim Eades, vArmour CEO. “Our customer add rate for our software-based distributed security technology has increased 10x in the past quarter, spread out across all verticals and we are just getting started. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Meg and Gary Moore join our board of directors—ensuring we do right by our healthcare and enterprise customers.”

About vArmour

vArmour, the data center and cloud security company, delivers a distributed platform with integrated security services including software-based segmentation, micro-segmentation, application-aware monitoring, and cyber deception to help organizations protect critical applications and workloads. Based in Mountain View, CA, the company was founded in 2011 and is backed by top investors including Highland Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Work-Bench Ventures, Allegis Capital, Redline Capital, and Telstra.

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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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