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Vell Recruits Technology Leader Young Hong as CTO

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Young Hong

> Location: Greater Philadelphia Area
> Industry: Martech/SaaS
> Other experience: Head, Webstore & Omni-Channel Platforms | Head, Commerce Exchange
> Ownership: Private founder-led
> Diversity

CHALFONT, PA. May 15, 2018 – AWeber, a global provider of email marketing and automation software, announced today the hiring of innovative technology leader Young Hong as its Chief Technology Officer. With more than 25 years of product development and service delivery experience in the technology industry, Hong has scaled and led large technology teams at global technology companies with more than 1 billion dollars in revenue.

In his new role, Hong will be responsible for leading AWeber’s growing team of engineers to deliver the next generation of email marketing and automation solutions to businesses, entrepreneurs and creators worldwide. He will play a key role in advocating for and challenging the AWeber team to continue to focus on what matters most to the company’s 100,000 customers.

Hong will play a pivotal role in helping AWeber expand upon recent product advancements, including behavior-based tagging, automations and segmentation.
“What’s really cool about this time in our company’s 20-year history is that we are moving faster than ever before,” said Chris Vasquez, Director of Product at AWeber. “I’m really looking forward to what Young will enable us to achieve as we position ourselves for the next phase of growth. His knowledge, experience and constant focus on the needs of our customers will help us work as effectively together as possible and deliver solutions to our customers that change their lives in incredible ways.

” Prior to joining AWeber, Hong built and led high-performing, global teams that delivered, scaled and operated complex webstore, mobile and omni-channel SaaS platforms for Radial, eBay Enterprise and GSI Commerce. At Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, he advised senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, implemented large business intelligence and data warehousing solutions, and led complex M&A integration efforts.

About AWeber

AWeber, headquartered in Chalfont, PA., helps 100,000 businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers increase sales and profits through its software suite of web-based email marketing and automation tools and educational online courses. AWeber works with more than 250 partner software solutions, allowing AWeber to seamlessly integrate with the apps and services customers already leverage. The privately held company was founded in 1998.


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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, garage.ca, 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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