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Vell Recruits VP of Development for Software-based Management Systems (CMS) Leader

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Extend Media Now Cisco 

Ray Payette

Vice President, Development

> Location: Toronto, ON
> Industry: Content Management System SaaS
> Other experience: VP, Development, Cartesis | VP, Development, Hyperion
> Ownership: VC-backed

Ray Payette has joined Extend Media, a leading provider of software solutions to the digital and media industries, as Vice President of Development. Extend Media, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is well known in the broadband content world for the creation, distribution and operation of secure content services over multiple networks and development. Ray is a retired Air Forces officer who brings with him over 17 years of leadership experience in all aspects of application software development.

As Vice President of Engineering and GM of ExtendMedia’s Canadian operations, Ray’s primary responsibilities include all aspects of product delivery and the daily oversight of the Canadian operation. Ray joins ExtendMedia from Cartesis where he was the Vice President of Engineering for their Toronto Division. Additional previous experience includes Vice President of Engineering for Hyperion Solutions in Stamford Connecticut, Director of Development at BCE Emergis and he additionally spent the last ten years of his career in uniform undertaking all aspects of software development from programming, product management and project management. During his last five years in the military Ray was the Officer in Charge of the non-weapons system software unit with responsibilities for numerous national software projects.

Ray received his BSC from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia and when he is not in Toronto he can be found on his hobby farm north of Brighton Ontario. 

About Extend Media (Now Cisco)

Extend Media founded in 1991, provides digital television services software and related products. The company’s products are used in such areas as digital and enhanced broadcasting, interactive advertising, and digital content management. Its flagship product, OpenCASE, allows media and digital content providers to transform products and data into managed content services across multiple networks and consumer devices. ExtendMedia also provides services in designing, developing, and commercializing content services. Clients include communication and media companies such as Cablevision, ESPN, Sony, BCE and Tribune.

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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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