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Vell Recruits IP-based Mobile Broadband Network Infrastructure VP of Engineering

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Mark Rau

VP, Engineering

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: Networking Products
> Other experience: VP, Engineering, Carrius Technologies | VP, Engineering, BNR / Nortel
> Ownership: VC-backed

Mark joined Airvana from Carrius Technologies, where he was Vice President of Engineering responsible for the development of Intelligent IP service platforms. Mark’s prior positions include Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at SOMA Networks and Vice President/General Manager of the Broadband Wireless division at Nortel Networks.

Mark is a high tech veteran with a very successful record of developing and deploying leading edge carrier grade system solutions for the telecom and wireless markets. He brings over 20 years of engineering, operations, and executive leadership in both startup and large corporate companies.

Mark holds a BS in Mathematics from South Dakota State University and a MSMAS with an Operations Research concentration from the University of Texas at Dallas.

About Airvana

Airvana Inc. is an innovator and leader in IP-based mobile broadband network infrastructure. Networks based on Airvana’s technology are supporting a wide range of mobile broadband information, communication and entertainment services for millions of subscribers throughout the world. Airvana is also helping make fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) a reality with products that will extend the reach of core network services to subscribers regardless of their access method: EV-DO, UMTS and wireline, outdoors and in-building. Airvana’s FMC products will enable carriers to take advantage of wireline broadband connections that already exist in most offices and homes to deliver wireless services through a combination of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Airvana also provides products for specialized mobile broadband applications such as air-to-ground networks that will deliver mobile in-flight broadband connectivity to airline passengers.

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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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