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Vell Recruits VP of Marketing for IT Managed Services Co.

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Vicki Brown

VP, Marketing

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: Outsourced IT / Cloud
> Other experience: VP, Marketing, IntelliReach | COO, IDC
> Ownership: Venture-backed
> Diversity: Woman


Vicki Brown brings more than 13 years of marketing management experience to mindSHIFT. She was most recently Vice President of Marketing at IntelliReach Corporation, the integrated messaging management software company acquired by Infocrossing. Prior to IntelliReach, Ms. Brown was Chief Operating Officer at IDC, leading the marketing initiatives and infrastructure improvements that enabled IDC’s rapid revenue and profit growth. In her 15-year career at IDC, Ms. Brown held various executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales and Vice President of Systems and Software Research.

Prior to IDC, Ms. Brown was the Director of Entry Desktops Product Marketing at Sun Microsystems, where she successfully launched the SPARCstation 5, then the highest selling product in Sun’s 13-year history.

About mindSHIFT Technologies

mindSHIFT Technologies provides a fully managed information technology (IT) infrastructure service for small-to-mid sized organizations enabling them to increase network reliability, protect crucial information assets, and focus on their core business. With mindSHIFT’s 24x7 proactive network monitoring, single point of accountability, and world class customer care center, mindSHIFT transforms your IT operations into a utility. 

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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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