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Craig Brennan

Chairman & CEO

QuickMobile Appoints Silicon Valley Enterprise Software Veteran Craig Brennan as CEO

> Location: California to Vancouver, BC, Canada
> Industry: Enterprise SaaS
> Other experience: CEO, Overtone (Kana) | CEO, Brio
> Ownership: Venture-backed

VANCOUVER, B.C. – QuickMobile, the global leader in mobile enterprise meeting and event apps, today announced the appointment of Craig Brennan as Chief Executive Officer. Brennan, who was appointed Chairman of the Board, brings more than 20 years’ experience as a CEO, board member and senior executive at SaaS and enterprise software companies. He succeeds company founder Patrick Payne, who will continue to serve on the board of directors and as an advisor focused on innovation.

Prior to joining QuickMobile’s board, Brennan was an advisor to numerous Silicon Valley start-ups and is on the board of directors of, a SaaS company serving associations. He has served as the CEO of Overtone, a social media listening analytics company and CEO at Brio Software, a leading business intelligence company. Brennan was the Senior Vice President of CRM at Oracle; a partner at Deloitte Consulting, where he built and led the Siebel CRM practice; and he worked as an associate partner at Accenture, where he sold and managed several multi-million-dollar projects.

“This is an exciting time to join QuickMobile as we prepare to once again alter the course of the industry,” said Brennan. “Every year enterprises spend $650 billion on meetings and events yet struggle to demonstrate meaningful ROI. Meeting and event apps and analytics are rarely connected to other enterprise systems, which means valuable insights are not captured nor integrated with CRM, ERP, and HRM systems to track data or build profitable relationships. At QuickMobile, we are changing the game with our enterprise mobile meetings and event platform, apps, and analytics as they become a core part of enterprise technology and data ecosystems.”

About QuickMobile

QuickMobile is transforming meetings and events with mobile apps that engage and delight audiences. QuickMobile's mobile engagement platform creates an always-on communication channel that allows event owners to increase attendee participation, build loyalty and generate revenue through richer experiences. QuickMobile’s head office is in Vancouver, Canada.

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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
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