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Constant Contact

John Walsh

SVP, Engineering and Operations

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: MarTech - SaaS
> Other experience: SVP, Engineering & Operations, Ecora SW | SVP & GM, Product Operations, Saba
> Ownership: Public (NASDAQ: CTCT)

Constant Contact Hires John J. Walsh as Senior Vice President Engineering and Operations WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Constant Contact, Inc. (NasdaqGM: CTCT), a leading provider of email marketing and online surveys for small organizations, today announced that John J. Walsh, Jr. has joined the company as its senior vice president of engineering and operations. In this role, Walsh will serve as a member of the executive team and oversee all aspects of the company's engineering and software-as-aservice operations activities.

Prior to joining Constant Contact, Walsh served as senior vice president of engineering and operations for Ecora Software, Inc. where he was responsible for defining and executing a multi-year product development strategy, while also managing all aspects of customer support, professional services, and sales operations. Prior to his time at Ecora, Walsh also held executive positions at Saba Software, Centra Software, InformTV and Avid Technology. We are committed to delivering industry-leading products and operations for our customers," said Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. "John’s rich background and broad experience make him a great fit for our growing company. He is an important and welcome addition to our executive team."

Constant Contact also announced that Daniel Richards has assumed the newly-created role of vice president of Constant Contact Labs. The mission of Constant Contact Labs is to identify and prototype new technologies for use in future products. Richards, a nineyear veteran of Constant Contact, will be responsible for coordinating the development efforts of the Labs and working collaboratively with other internal organizations to bring new technologies into mainstream development.

"Dan’s dedication, experience, and proven success record make him the perfect fit for Constant Contact Labs. Working together, Dan and John will provide Constant Contact with strong leadership to develop state-of the art solutions and guide our engineering and operations organizations, added Goodman.

About Constant Contact, Inc.

Launched in 1998, Constant Contact, Inc. is a leading provider of email marketing and online survey tools for small organizations, including small businesses, associations and nonprofits. 

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Dora Vell

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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.

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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.

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