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Zillow Group Appoints VP of Product at Slack as Board Member

Zillow Group announced that the appointment of April Underwood to the company's Board. Underwood is VP of product at Slack. She joined Slack as head of platform in June 2015. Underwood also is a founding member of #Angels. From 2010 until 2015, Underwood led product, marketing and business development teams as director of product at Twitter.

International Game Technology Names Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School to the Board  

International Game Technology announced the appointment of Heather J. McGregor as an independent director. McGregor is the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. McGregor is also the principal shareholder and non-executive chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett. In addition, McGregor is a director of Non-Standard Finance.

RealPage Announces Resignation of Kathryn V. Marinello as Director   

Kathryn V. Marinello, a member of the board of directors of RealPage, indicated her intention to resign her position as director of the Company. Marinello is the CEO, a Director of the Company and Chairman of the Board for Stream Global Services, a global outsourcing solution providerr, providing BPO services for Fortune 1000 clients.

Paysafe Group Appoints Female Non-Executive Directors

Online payments company Paysafe Group named Jennifer Allerton and Karen Guerra as independent Non-Executive Directors of the company. Jennifer Allerton brings a wealth of international experience in payments technology, data innovation, operations and IT strategy. She is the former CIO of the pharmaceutical division of Hoffmann-La Roche, where she was a member of the pharmaceutical executive committee which doubled sales and quadrupled profits in a five-year period. Jennifer is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Sandvik, Iron Mountain and Aveva Group.

Karen Guerra has significant senior-level experience in the consumer goods sector, having been Managing Director and Chairman of Colgate-Palmolive's UK company between 1996-1999, followed by heading the larger French subsidiary between 1999-2006 operating across Oral, Personal & Household Care. She is a non-executive director of Davide Campari-Milano.

NEXTDC Appoints Sharon Warburton as Non-Executive Director              

Australia based sata centres, colocation, hybrid cloud solutions company NEXTDC appointed Sharon Warburton to the company board. Warburton brings extensive experience and insight into corporate strategy, business operations and finance, with a strong track record in the resources, infrastructure and construction industries. She is currently a non-executive director of Fortescue Metals Group and Gold Road Resources. She is also Chairman of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and a Director of Western Power.

Mitel Appoints Director with Proven Track Record in Managing Innovation Transitions

Mitel announced the appointment of Martha Bejar to the company's Board of Directors. Bejar brings to Mitel broad corporate board experience in the information, communication, technology (ICT) sector, and has also held senior leadership positions with some of the world's leading global technology companies including: CEO and Director of Flow Mobile; Chairperson/CEO of Wipro Infocrossing Cloud Computing Services; Corporate VP for Communications at Microsoft; and a series of executive positions at Nortel Networks including President of the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.

Sue Swenson to Step Down from the Board of Spirent Communications              

Spirent Communications announced that Sue Swenson will be stepping down from the board in order to more fully focus on her Chair and CEO role at Inseego and her non-executive role at Wells Fargo & Company.

MobileIron’s Newest Board Member is CIO of Varian Medical Systems

Jessica Denecour, CIO of Varian Medical Systems, joined the board of MobileIron, an IT security vendor. Denecour has held senior technology management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.

Date Range: February 9th - March 14th


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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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