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Vell Recruits VP of Engineering at Cedar Point Communications

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John O'hara

Vice President, Engineering

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: VoIP and Multimedia for Service Providers
> Other experience: VP, Engineering, Colubris Networks | VP, Engineering, WaveSmith
> Ownership: VC-backed

Derry, New Hampshire - John O’Hara brings more than twenty years of business development and engineering experience to Cedar Point Communications. O'Hara's primary focus most recently has been in working with service providers worldwide as they build and manage their infrastructure networks. O'Hara was responsible for strategic product direction and technology planning support at sentitO. He was also co-founder and led engineering for WaveSmith (acquired by Ciena), a maker of core infrastructure technology for service providers. Prior to Wave Smith, O'Hara founded New Oak Communications (acquired by Bay Networks/Nortel Networks), a pioneer developer of high-capacity remote access virtual private networking devices. O'Hara also served as VP, Engineering at Colubris Networks, a WLAN public access equipment company, and has held senior engineering positions at FTP Software, DEC, and Wang Labs. O’Hara graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he concentrated in Computer Science and Mathematical Economics.

About Cedar Point Communications

Cedar Point Communications, Inc. offers a totally integrated voice and multimedia switch that provides IT departments and network operators with a cost-efficient, less complex Voice-over-IP (VoIP) alternative to distributed soft-switching and legacy PBX telephony options.

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including 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 also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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