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Vell Recruits Board of Directors Talent for Software Company - Canada

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Michael Tasooji

Member of the Board of Directors

> Location: Los Angeles, CA to Vancouver, BC
> Industry: Real-time Transaction Monitoring Software for Financial Services
> Prior experience: EVP and CIO, The Gap Inc. | SVP and CIO, Walt Disney
> Ownership: VC-backed

Michael has more than 25 years of IT leadership experience in industry leading companies. He has led global fortune 500 companies in leveraging new technologies to transform their businesses and gain competitive advantage. Currently, he is Executive Partner at Ethos Capital, a specialized investment firm that helps accelerate the growth and profitability of established companies in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy. Most recently Michael was interim CIO and technology advisor to several global brands, where he spearheaded transition to new business processes and operating models.

Michael is a digital transformation leader and an IT executive grounded in creation of business value. As the CIO of Disney, he reinvented the IT operating and governance model across all business units and segments, delivering over $200m in efficiencies annually. He also orchestrated development and implementation of Guest centric operations for Theme Parks and Resorts, including invention of Fastpass, the most impactful digital innovation in the hospitality industry.

Michael also spent 5 years as CIO of Gap Inc., responsible for overhauling the company’s IT landscape in support of plans to significantly improve margin, reduce SG&A, and increase global sales through international expansion and E-Commerce. He helped develop one of the first omni-channel sales and fulfillment systems in retail. As CIO of Quiksilver, Michael developed execution strategy to transition Planning, Design, Development, Production, and Supply Chain from a regional to a global model. Michael also spent 5 years in Healthcare working with hospitals, pharmacies, and manufacturers to reduce overall cost of dispensing drugs in the healthcare system.

Michael has served on the board of several startups, including Runa Inc. (e-Commerce technology) and Arges Inc. (medical devices) both of which were acquired. Currently, Michael is Chairman of the board of directors for INETCO Systems Limited, and Advisor to Mobify Inc. Michael obtained undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California. He served on the Corporate Advisory Board of University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and CIO advisory board for Oracle corporation.


INETCO® builds smart technology that makes real-time transaction data workable for customer journey insights, early warning payment fraud detection and operational performance – across all banking, retail and payment processing environments. Our real-time transaction monitoring and analytics platform thrives in self-service and multi-channel payment ecosystems where timely data collection, organization and visualization is challenging.

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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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