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Vell Recruits CTO for Mortgage Tech Software Co.

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Don Gaspar

Chief Technology Officer / Chief Product Officer

> Location: California to Florida
> Industry: FinTech SaaS
> Other experience: CTO & EVP, Upland Logic | CTO & EVP, Yapstone
> Ownership: PE-backed

Don Gaspar has been named CTO of ISGN, a leading mortgage technology and services company. Don was most recently CTO & EVP of Upland Logic, and CTO & EVP of Yapstone.

In his new role, Don will be accountable for leading the enterprise technology products vision, strategy and development. As a key member of the executive leadership team, he will provide thought leadership and strategy development in scaling ISGN’s business.

Don brings with him over twenty years of diverse leadership, product and engineering experience within the software, mortgage and financial services verticals. Most recently Don was the CTO AND EVP of Upland Logic, known for its commercial real estate portfolio analytics platform, and CTO and EVP for Yapstone, a $10B payment processor in the rent and vacation rental verticals that were on the Inc.5000 list 5 years in a row. Don is skilled in managing, mentoring and building teams of all sizes. Don is also the author of one technical book, "Web Commerce Programming in Visual C++".

Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Cal State University, an M.B.A. in Business from Pepperdine University and an M.S. in Distributed Systems from DePaul University. 

About ISGN

ISGN is a leading full service provider of mortgage technology and services, impacting over 5.5 million of all U.S. mortgage loans. Their 1,500 domain and technology experts have spent more than 25 years creating award-winning technologies and solutions to help financial institutions improve precision, reduce risk, manage volatility and effectively transform their business. With flexible staffing and delivery models, ISGN is uniquely positioned as one of the few comprehensive mortgage service providers to both the origination and servicing sectors. They work with a majority of the top ten national lenders, as well as with regional lenders, non-banks, credit unions and community banks.

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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
  • Technology Officers: CTOs, CIOs, Heads of Engineering, CISOs, Chief Data Officers
  • Board Directors
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