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Vell Recruits VP of Engineering for Cloud and SaaS Co.

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Pitney Bowes

Sue McKinney

VP, Engineering

> Location: Philadelphia to Connecticut
> Industry: Document Factory and Communications
> Other experience: VP, Development Transformation, IBM | VP, Social Networking Development IBM
> Ownership: Public (NYSE: PBI)
> Diversity: Gender


Stamford, Connecticut

Sue McKinney joins Pitney Bowes as VP of Engineering where she will manage a global engineering team of 500 people and build solutions for a $4.5 billion business. She will transform the overall engineering organization into a software driven business, oversee day to day operations, and be a key player in the strategic development of the Mailing Solutions Management business and the Document Messaging Technologies business. Ms. McKinney’s career started at IBM in 1984 as a developer and rapidly moved into various software development management positions, helping drive corporate e-business initiatives across IBM and externally.

Most recently, Ms. McKinney served as Vice President of Cross-Software Group Integration and Development Transformation, where she led an effort to produce significant development transformation across the Software Group development teams, impacting over 25,000 engineers and 43,000 employees in 120 global locations. Key focus areas included identifying and fixing integration issues that impact consumability, strengthening IBM development communities, executing cross software initiatives, and fostering agile development and software engineering improvement.

In previous executive positions, she was responsible for the development of Sametime Instant Messaging, currently serving 20 million users, and Web Conferencing solutions. She also defined new product opportunities for IBM in the Social Computing marketplace, thus, for the first time, enabling IBM to enter the market of social software for enterprises first. She led the definition and delivery of Lotus Workplace, the next generation of collaborative capabilities for IBM, which was another corporate first.

Sue McKinney is a 1984 graduate of Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Computer Science.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes is the world’s leading provider of Mailstream solutions. Their innovations have redefined industries. And today, their advanced technology and comprehensive suite of services are turning the Mailstream into a profit engine for over two million businesses – from the largest global enterprise to the smallest home office. As a company, they continue to grow and evolve. But they also remain true to their 90-year heritage. A foundation built on a passion for invention, a belief in the power of diversity and a deep-rooted commitment to corporate responsibility, financial accountability and community.


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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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