Dora Vell

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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Website URL: https://www.vell.com

94 new Software CEO Appointments and 21 Software CEO open roles

Welcome to our Software CEO newsletter, where we report on the software CEO roles appointed, and those software CEO roles recently vacated.

The criteria for the software (&related) companies we selected have either $40m in revenues; or have raised $40m in financing or have 200 employees or more.  They are all located in the US or Canada. We used CapitalIQ numbers, and if unknown or unsure, we used Crunchbase information.

The relevant dates of the appointments are from November 10th, 2023, to March 21st, 2024.   The “open roles” were still open as of March 24th.

This summary has the following:

  • Software CEO appointments: by region and by gender.
  • Open CEO roles: by region and gender of the interim CEO. In one case, it is unclear whether the company will be acquired.
  • We also have organized the details by region:
    • East Coast: summary and detailed appointments and open roles
    • Great Lakes and Midwest: summary and detailed appointments and open roles
    • Southwest: summary and detailed appointments and open roles
    • West Coast: summary and detailed appointments and open roles
    • Canada: summary and detailed appointments and open roles

Hope you enjoy this newsletter and find it useful. Suggestions and corrections are most welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks again and all the best,

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Vell Executive Search is a retained executive search firm that specializes in recruiting technology execs for boards and executive roles, including Board Members, CEOs, Presidents, GMs, CTOs/Chief Digital Officers/VP Engineering, SVP Sales, Chief Revenue Officers, CMOs, and CFOs. Vell has built a reputation for recruiting talented high-performing leadership teams globally. www.vell.com.

Booking Holdings, Analog, Rackspace and 47 others appoint new CFOs - S&P Global, Brightcove, RealReal and others looking for CFOs

50 new CFO Appointments and 7 CFO open roles

Welcome to our Software CFO newsletter. We considered software companies in the United States and Canada that are of some size: revenues of $40m or more, 200+ employees, or $50m or more raised. All numbers were based on CapIQ’s estimates. We looked at the period from November 22nd, 2023, to March 1st, 2024.

December 1st, 2023

 

Welcome to our Software CFO newsletter. We considered software companies in the United States and Canada that are of some size: revenues of $40m or more, 200+ employees, or $50m or more raised. All numbers were based on CapIQ’s estimates. We looked at the period from August 7th to November 21st, 2023.

In this newsletter, we examine the following: geographic distribution of newly appointed CFOss and interim CFOs ("iCFOs”), internal or external sources of talent, areas of functional expertise, as well as gender diversity. It contains:

58 Software CEO Appointments and 21 Open Software CEO Roles

November 16th, 2023

Welcome to our Software CEO newsletter. We considered software companies in the United States and Canada that are of some size: revenues of $40m or more, 200+ employees, or $50m or more raised. All numbers were based on CapIQ’s estimates. We looked at the period from July 1st to November 10th, 2023, for appointments, and CEOs with interim titles.

In this newsletter, we examine the following: geographic distribution of newly appointed CEOs and interim CEOs ("iCEOs), internal or external sources of talent, areas of functional expertise, as well as gender diversity.

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

April 19, 2021

Last week, we celebrated our 16th anniversary as Vell Executive Search. I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all who have worked with us, as clients, candidates, trusted advisers, and friends.

This edition of our newsletter looks at open technology officer roles, more specifically CIOs, Chief Digital Officers, Chief Technology Officers and CISOs, as well as title combinations there of, such as Chief Information and Digital Officer.

The geography covered is mostly the U.S. and Canada: we added a couple of big Latin American opportunities as well, but most of the research was focused on larger companies in the U.S. and Canada. 

We cover some bigger CIO or CTO roles, then the CISO roles. We then highlight some others, including health care, academia and government. I hope you enjoy this newsletter and find it useful. Suggestions and corrections are most welcomed and appreciated.

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Thanks again and all the best,

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. * Direct: (617) 530-1288 * www.vell.comVell Executive Search is a retained executive search firm that specializes in recruiting technology execs for boards and executive roles, including Board Members, CEOs, Presidents, GMs, CTOs/Chief Digital Officers/VP Engineering, SVP Sales, Chief Revenue Officers, CMOs, and CFOs. Vell has built a reputation for recruiting talented high-performing leadership teams globally. www.vell.com.

 

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Sal Visca

CTO

> Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada to Philadelphia, PA
> Industry: SaaS; Fintech; Taxtech
> Other experience: CTO, Business Objects; SAP; CTO, Elastic Path; Board Member, Absolute Software (NASDAQ: ABST) cybersecurity
> Ownership: Public (NASDAQ: VERX)

 

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Odus (Boogie) Wittenburg

COO

> Location: Austin, Texas and Winnipeg
> Industry: Digital Commerce Software
> Other experience: President, Q2ebanking
> Ownership: VC-backed

Thursday, 17 December 2020 15:01

Vell Recruits AWeber CMO, Jessica Snavely

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Jessica Snavely

Chief Marketing Officer

> Location: Chalfont, PA
> Industry: Martech SaaS
> Other experience: Partner, KnJ Books
> Ownership: Private - Founder-led

Wednesday, 02 December 2020 05:00

Vell Recruits Nayan Jadeja as VP of ENGg

 

Nayan Jadeja
VP, Engineering

> Location: Blue Bell, PA
> Industry: Mobile Mgt & Security SaaS
> Other experience: VP, Engineering JDA (i2)
> Ownership: PE-backed
> Diversity
> Tenure: 12 years – 2005-joined; 2008-promoted; 2013-2016 IBM
> Successful exit - Fiberlink was acquired by IBM in 2013 

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