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Vell Recruits Veteran Technologist as EMC SVP/ CTO

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Jeffrey Nick

Chief Technology Officer

>Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
>Industry: Storage Solutions / Software
>Other Experience: President, Mirror Image
>Ownership: Public (NYSE: EMC)


EMC Appoints Veteran Technologist Jeffrey Nick as Chief Technology Officer Hopkinton, Mass.

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information storage and management, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey M. Nick to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Nick will assume a major role in the direction of EMC's technology strategy and in the evolution and advancement of EMC's information lifecycle management capabilities, related platforms, software and services. Nick will report directly to Howard Elias, EMC Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology

Nick spent 24 years at IBM, departing in June 2004. He held the distinguished title of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor that IBM bestows on its IT innovators. During his career, Nick, 50, filed more than 80 inventions and holds more than 50 U.S. patents in computer systems technology. Most recently, Nick was responsible for the design and architecture of IBM's On Demand initiative. Nick also led IBM's Grid Computing strategy, responsible for the definition and evolution of IBM's Open Grid Services Architecture. He began his IBM career as a software engineer and contributed to a number of IBM's systems advancements during his tenure.

Elias said, “Customers continue to reap the benefits of EMC's investment in and delivery of the most comprehensive portfolio of information lifecycle management solutions in the industry. Jeff is a recognized leader and innovator and brings to EMC a depth of experience that will be increasingly valuable as we continue to drive increased innovation in the industry.” 

In his new role, Nick will lead EMC's Office of Technology, which is responsible for defining the company's evolving technology vision and technology strategy, as well as working with the industry on standards. He will work directly with EMC customers and leading technologists within EMC's platforms, software and services organizations to develop future product directions. Nick's team will also evaluate emerging information management trends and play a major role in setting technical direction for EMC's M&A activities.

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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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