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Roy King

Chief Executive Officer

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: Retail LP Solutions
> Other experience: Chairman & CEO, Mercator SW | CEO, Immedient
> Ownership: PE-backed

Roy possesses extensive technology, business and strategic consulting services experience developed through his 30 year career. His experience has encompassed leading businesses through significant growth and transformation while working closely with boards, HR communities, and leadership teams to achieve strategic, operational and financial objectives, as well as completing successful investor exits.

Roy led a $1.5B global consulting and systems integration business for CSC. In this role, he had direct responsibility for 8,000 professionals worldwide and his teams focused on technology and industry consulting for GBS. He also provided consulting leadership for Cyber, Cloud, Big Data and NPS offerings. Before his time at CSC, Roy led publicly traded and private equity backed software businesses as CEO, managed a technology-enabled HR outsourcing solutions company as COO, and was General Manager for IBM’s global consulting and industry solutions business in Europe with $3.5 B in revenue and 10,000 employees. Prior to his leadership roles as an operating executive or board member, he worked with clients worldwide on strategy, operations and technology engagements as a Partner with Booz-Allen and KPMG.

Roy has led critical recruitment efforts for senior executives across the C-Suite and market facing positions like sales and delivery with key account, geographic, industry, functional or business process responsibilities for business services, consulting and new markets. Additionally, he has led talent acquisition programs for large scale programs in target markets and geographic regions worldwide.

Born in Peoria, Illinois, Roy earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University while working as a co-op engineer for John Deere & Co. He moved to the east coast in 1980 and earned a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Roy has served on the boards of CompuPay, Broadstar Energy, and Mercator Software in the past. He is a true internationalist having lived throughout the US and lived in Europe while with IBM leading the growth of its services business. He and his wife reside in the Boston area. They have four “children”, all of whom have earned their college degrees.

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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.

Areas of Practice:

  • 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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