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Vell Recruits VP of Engineering at Cedar Point Comms

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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

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