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Vell Recruits AISI SVP of Engineering

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Peter C. Walters

SVP, Engineering

> Location: Portland, OR
> Industry: Test Solutions
> Other experience: SVP, BD, Marketing & Sales, Multigig | Frmr HP, Rockwell
> Ownership: VC-backed

HILLSBORO, OREGON - Peter has extensive experience in business and product development for new businesses in test and measurement front-ends, automotive radar, electronic phase arrays, CMDA handsets PAs, front-end satellite communication systems, 10G physical layer transport telecom, and newEDA design and validation flows. Peter has helped raise over $50M in funding and defined customer significant products leading to $200M yearly revenues in multiple large and small company settings. Proven leader and team player through previously held positions including CEO, VP of Engineering, VP of Business Development, and various senior management and design positions within companies such as Multigig, iTerra, Wavetronix, Hewlett Packard, Rockwell, and Philips. He has extensive experience in High-Speed Electronic Integrated Circuits applications with multiple semiconductor technologies. Peter holds a number of patents, including the first on-wafer probe calibration structures to 75GHz. He was a research fellow at the European Space Agency and has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds, England, MBA, and B.A.Sc from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

About AISI

AISI is changing the face of semiconductor test. AISI’s revolutionary WaferTranslator™ technology makes full wafer test and burn-in an economic reality. AISI’s vision is to become the world’s leading provider of Advanced Inquiry Systems for microelectronics. AISI’s strategic mission is to rapidly bring to market a game changing world class solution for wafer level test using a high margin business model and innovative technologies. Funded in 2005 and headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, they deliver cost effective solutions to the multi-billion-dollar market for semiconductor test in the form of full wafer contactors, tester interfaces, and automated test platforms.

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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.

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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
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