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Vell Recruits Aspera President & CEO

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Mel Passarelli
President & CEO

> Location: Boston, MA
> Industry: Software Asset Management
> Other experience: EVP & GM, Attunity | VP, Sales, Aspect Software
> Ownership: Public - division of a Public Co.USU Software (AG ETR: OSP2)

Aspera, the leading provider of software asset management solutions, has named Mel Passarelli as President and CEO. Prior to joining Aspera, Mel served as Chief Revenue Officer at StoneCalibre, a privately funded investment firm specializing in the acquisition of lower middle market companies, and was responsible for the turnaround of Trivantis, a leading provider of a variety of onpremise and cloud-based eLearning software solutions, that StoneCalibre acquired in 2016. Before that, Mel served as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Attunity. In this role, Mel was responsible for increasing Attunity’s penetration in multiple verticals across the workplace applications market. Mel leveraged his years of experience in sales to drive both the direct sales and indirect sales opportunities for Attunity. Prior to joining Attunity, Mel was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Vistagy, Vice President of Sales for Aspect Software, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Vertical Communications, and more sales roles at various other private and public software companies helping them to achieve rapid growth. He spent over thirteen years helping to build Intergraph Corporation into a Fortune 500 company. Mel holds a BA and MBA from the State University of New York in Buffalo, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.

About Aspera

For nearly two decades, Aspera has helped hundreds of enterprises and over 50 Fortune 500s to assess cost and risk within their IT environments. Aspera’s solutions for Software Asset Management track all the big vendors, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP to cover every environment from servers and desktops to cloud and mobile. With the largest in-house consultant and service team in the industry, Aspera provides the best strategy for data discovery, easy system integration, and a cost-effective way to purchase, use and optimize licenses.

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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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