Dora Vell

Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including 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 also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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Stefan Piesche


> Location: Seattle to Boston, MA
> Industry: MarTech SaaS
> Other experience: ED, Architecture, Cobalt | Frmr Siemens, Deutsche Borse
> Ownership: Public (NASDAQ: CTCT)

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Sue McKinney

VP, Engineering

> Location: Philadelphia to Connecticut
> Industry: Document Factory and Communications
> Other experience: VP, Development Transformation, IBM | VP, Social Networking Development IBM
> Ownership: Public (NYSE: PBI)
> Diversity: Gender


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Bill Olsen

Senior Vice President, Product Development (SAAS)

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Location: Asset Management Software SaaS
> Other experience: Engineering Exec, RSA | VP, Engineering, CenterStone SW
> Ownership: PE-backed


Phillip Keenan

EVP, Americas Sales, Service, and Field Marketing

> Location: Ottawa, ON
> Industry: Unified Communications
> Other experience: VP, Multimedia, Nortel | SVP, WW Sales, Polycom
> Ownership: Public (NASDAQ: MITL)


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VP, Marketing

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: Enterprise Software
> Other experience: Research Director, Aberdeen | VP, Marketing, Pegasystems
> Ownership: VC-backed

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Neil Florio

VP, Marketing

> Location: Philadelphia, PA
> Industry: Mobile Mgt & Security SaaS
> Other experience: Marketing Exec, QlikTech | Frmr Ulticom, Cigna
> Ownership: PE-backed

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Ronnie Thomson

SVP, Engineering

> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: Human Capital Management (HCM) SaaS
> Other experience: SVP, Engineering, Quark | VP, Engineering, Centra
> Ownership: PE-backed


John Hotchkiss


> Location: Greater Boston Area, MA
> Industry: HCIT (healthcare software) SaaS
> Other experience: VP, R&D, LiveData | CTO, Perceptive Informatics
> Ownership: VC-backed


Margaret Craig

Chief Executive Officer

>Location: California to Boston
>Industry: Software Defined Content Exchange SaaS
>Other experience: COO, Ascnet Media Network | CEO, Leitch Technology
>Ownership: Venture-backed
>Diversity: Gender

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Massoud Sedigh

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> Location: Houston, TX to Florida
> Industry: Mobile Tower Operator
> Other experience: CIO, Equiva Trading | MD, Global Tech, Cantor Fitzgerald
> Ownership: PE-backed
> Diversity


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