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Vell Recruits CEO for Signiant

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Margaret Craig

Chief Executive Officer

>Location: California to Boston
>Industry: Software Defined Content Exchange SaaS
>Other experience: COO, Ascnet Media Network | CEO, Leitch Technology
>Ownership: Venture-backed
>Diversity: Gender

Signiant has named Margaret Craig as the company’s new CEO. Most recently, Ms. Craig helped found and develop TBD Media Group, a media technology company. She also serves as a member of the board of directors for Sohonet, a leading provider of global connectivity and data management services, and StorerTV, a developer of contract and program rights management software solutions. Additionally, she is an advisory board member at Generation Technologies, a provider of tools for the interchange of video news content, and Digitalsmiths, a leader in video discovery solutions.

Prior to these advisory and entrepreneurial roles, Ms. Craig served as the COO of Ascent Media Network Services, a global provider of content creation, management, and distribution services to the media and entertainment industry. While at Ascent, she led the technology transition from tape-based to file-based infrastructure and oversaw major contract negotiations with customers such as A&E Television Networks, Discovery, MTV, and YES. Before joining Ascent, Ms. Craig was the CEO of Leitch Technology, a global provider of technical infrastructure for professional television production and transmission. Her duties at Leitch included clarifying strategy to focus on core business, building a cohesive senior management team, and brining a refreshed product portfolio to market. Ms. Craig has also served as the U.S. President of Snell & Wilcox, a provider of video image processing software and hardware, and as a Managing Director at Lightworks Editing Systems, a company which develops non-linear editing systems. She began her career as an engineer at Tektronix.

Ms. Craig holds a BS degree from Iowa State University in Electrical Engineering. 

About Signiant

Signiant is the creator of pioneering software that automates, accelerates, manages, and securely controls the movement of high-value digital content within and between organizations and ecosystems. Signiant solutions go far beyond simple file transport to streamline content supply chain management operations from production through distribution and upload of digital files — enabling customers to build new business models, reduce costs, and integrate with existing investments. Headquartered in Burlington, MA, with development facilities in Ottawa, Signiant has hundreds of enterprise organizations deployed in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.signiant.com.

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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, garage.ca, 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
  • Diversity Executives and Board Directors
  • Canadian Executives and Board Directors



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