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Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:19

Vell Recruits CIO and EVP for Univision

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Christopher T. Furst

Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President

> Location: New York, NY
> Industry: Media & Television
> Other experience: EVP & CIO, NBC & NBCU | Partner, Navint Consulting
> Ownership: PE-backed

Univision announced the appointment of Christopher Furst to the newly created position of EVP and CIO. Mr. Furst will bring more than 15 years of experience in the media industry to Univision. Since 2007 Furst has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at NBC Universal, where he was responsible for global applications, infrastructure and IT operations supporting the company’s worldwide media portfolio. Prior to that role he held the position of Senior Vice President & CIO for NBC Universal’s global enterprise systems group. Before joining NBC Universal, Furst was a Partner with Navint Consulting, where he was responsible for the media & entertainment practice and its clients. In addition to his career accomplishments, Furst also served as a David Rockefeller Fellow, working with the Partnership for New York City, focusing on the improvement and effectiveness of public and private partnerships citywide. Furst serves on the board of directors for NPower, a national non-profit, focused on IT skill development in the community, as well as serving other non-profits. Additionally, Furst is a member of the New York City Investment Fund’s Media sector group.

Furst holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Fairfield University.

About Univision

Univision Communications Inc. is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Univision Studios produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms which include Univision Television Group, Univision Radio, and Univision Interactive Media. The Univision Network is one of the top five networks in the U.S. and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 96% of U.S. Hispanic households. Univision’s TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, reaches 88% of U.S. Hispanic households. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

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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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