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Vell Recruits Board Member for CIMTEK - Toronto, ON

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William (Bill) J. McClean
Member of the Board of Directors

> Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
> Industry: Automated Test Solutions
> Prior experience: VP, Software Development & Manufacturing, IBM ($4B P&L)
> Ownership: PE-backed

William J. McClean joined Cimtek Automation Systems as the newest member of the Board of Directors.

McClean's entire professional career has been with IBM. He began in the manufacturing and development area and spent the early part of his career there. In the course of his career, he has managed the software lab, the data service organization, and a number of manufacturing plants. Currently, as Vice President of Manufacturing Development and Operations, McClean is one of a six-member management team that jointly manages IBM Canada. In his current position, direct reports include the Toronto manufacturing facility, IBM's Bromont manufacturing facility with over 3,000 employees, their Toronto software group which has about 2,000 employees in application development and e-commerce, 500 people in IBM's burgeoning e-business practice, a Pacific data center with about 300 employees, IBM's real estate activities (they manage 161 sites across the country), all IBM marketing communications, all internal IT, and all forward-looking marketing planning. In total, IBM Canada is about 20,000 people. Most recently, McClean has been focusing on improving IBM's fulfillment processes. McClean has consistently been rated a 1-level IBM executive and has been very highly rated within IBM.

About CIMTEK Automation Systems

CIMTEK Automation Systems is a Systems Integrator supplying high quality Design and Manufacturing Functional Test Solutions to many Fortune 500 companies in the electronics, automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, defense and utility industries. Circuit Check, based in Minnesota acquired CIMTEK. Circuit Check is a leading provider of automated test systems and test fixtures for complex electronic products for the automotive, military/aerospace, medical, industrial, and computer networking industries.

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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
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