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PayPal Appoints Recognized Attorney and Airbnb Business Leader to its Board 

PayPal appointed Belinda Johnson to its board of directors. Johnson is a recognized attorney and business leader who has focused her talents on crafting and directing policies and strategies that enable high-growth, consumer-facing internet companies for more than two decades. Johnson is the Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at Airbnb.

Yahoo CEO and Five Other Directors to Step Down from Board on Completion of Acquisition by Verizon

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will step down from the board on completion of its $4.8 billion acquisition by Verizon. Mayer will leave the board alongside its cofounder David Filo and board members Eddy Hartenstein, Richard Hill, Jane Shaw, and Maynard Webb. Eric Brandt will become board chairman once the sale of its core business is completed. The company added that the remaining units of the business will operate as an investment company under the name Altaba. Under the chairmanship of Brandt, Tor Braham, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney, and Jeffrey Smith will all remain on the board.

Qorvo Appoints Former JDS Uniphase EVP to its Board

Semiconductor firm Qorvo announced the election of Susan L. Spradley to its Board of Directors. Spradley has substantial senior management experience in the communications industry, most recently as EVP and GM, Network and Service Enablement for Viavi Solutions (formerly JDS Uniphase).

SYNNEX Corporation Appoints Retired Xerox Exec to its Board

SYNNEX, a leading IT design-to-distribution business process services company, appointed Ann Vezina to the company's Board of Directors. Vezina most recently was the Corporate VP, HR, of Xerox Business Services, a role she was promoted to in 2013.  Prior to that she was the Corporate VP and COO for Xerox Business Services, where she led the operation and growth of Enterprise BPO.  Vezina came to Xerox when it acquired Affiliated Computer Services where Vezina had been the EVP and Group President, Commercial Solutions and Services since 2006.

Zynga Appoints Couple of Board Members with Venture Capital and Global Technology Experience     

Two new directors are joining Zynga’s Board, Carol G. Mills and Janice M. Roberts. Mills brings more than three decades of experience building global engineering teams to Zynga's Board. She currently serves as Chairman of Xactly and serves on the Board of Directors for RELX Group. Most recently, Mills served as the Interim CEO of Blue Coat Systems in late 2011. Before that, she spent nearly two years at Juniper Network, where she served as EVP and General Manager of its Infrastructure Products Group.

Roberts brings more than three decades of venture capital and technology experience to Zynga's Board. She is currently a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures. Roberts serves on the Boards of Zebra Technologies and RealNetworks, and most recently served on the board of ARM Holdings. Prior to joining Benhamou Global Ventures, Roberts served as a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund for 13 years. Preceding her career in venture capital, Roberts held a number of executive roles in Europe and the U.S.

Former PeopleSoft CMO Joins Talend’s Board

Talend announced that it has named Nanci Caldwell to its board of directors. Caldwell brings more than two decades of global IT and software industry experience to Talend’s board. Caldwell is the former EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of PeopleSoft. Prior she spent nearly two decades at Hewlett-Packard in increasingly senior and executive sales and marketing roles in Canada, U.S. and globally. A highly sought after corporate director, Caldwell currently sits on the boards of CIBC, Citrix, Equinix, and Donnelly Financial Solutions.

Callidus Software Announces Board Changes

Global enterprise software and SaaS company Callidus Software appointed Nina Richardson, a renowned business executive, to its board of directors. Richardson has over 30 years of experience ranging from start-up environments to multi-billion dollar corporations. Most recently, she served as the COO at GoPro. The company announced the retirement of Michele Vion Choka from its board. Michele has served on CallidusCloud’s board of directors since 2005.

Date Range: January 3rd - February 8th 2017

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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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