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Tech Execs Appointed to Non Tech Boards June 4 to July 14 Featured

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GameStop Lands Ex-Microsoft Talent

GameStop, a video game retail company, announced the appointment of Shane Kim, 48, to its Board of Directors. Kim is a video game industry veteran who has spent the majority of his career at Microsoft. Most recently, he served as Corporate VP for the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) division. While at Microsoft, Kim led the delivery of some of the industry's most renowned franchises including Halo, Gears of War, Fable, and Forza Motorsport as well as the innovative Xbox LIVE technology. Since retiring in 2010, he has actively advised several technology and digital media companies.

Storage Veteran Joins Automated Retail Solutions Provider

Coinstar announced the appointment of Nelson Chan, 49, to its Board of Directors. Previously, Chan served as the CEO of Magellan from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he held various management positions at SanDisk, a manufacturer and supplier of flash brand data storage products, including EVP and GM of the Consumer Business division. Chan is also a member of the board of directors at Affymetrix, a genetic analysis company, and Synaptics, a developer of consumer interface solutions.

Former Dell President Now on Board of Market Research Services Company

Arbitron announced that Ronald Garriques, 46, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Garriques comes to Arbitron from Dell where he served as the President of its Global Consumer Business. Prior to Dell, Garriques was CEO and Chairman of Gee Holdings and President of Motorola’s Mobile Devices Business. Before joining Motorola, Garriques worked for ATT/Lucent Technologies, where he held leadership roles in product management, engineering, customer technical support, and deployment of Wireless Infrastructure for the global markets.

Online Retailer Recruits CTO to its Board

Chris Bruzzo, 41, has been appointed to the Board of Blue Nile, an online jewelry and watch retailer. Currently, Bruzzo serves as the SVP & Chief Marketing Officer for Seattle’s Best Coffee. Before that, he was the VP of Global Advertising & Digital Marketing at Starbucks. Before Starbucks, Bruzzo was the VP of Marketing & PR at and Assistant VP at Regence Blue Shield.

Canadian Techie on Energy Board

Thermal Energy International announced that it has appointed Donald Gibbs, 65, to its Board of Directors. Gibbs is the President, CEO, & Director of AirIQ, a provider of GPS solutions for location and security services. Prior to joining AirIQ, Gibbs was Chairman and CEO of Tarquin Group. He has a long history with Canadian technology companies, including stints at Leigh Instruments and Mitel. During his eight years at Mitel, the company was listed as a public company, was active on several stock exchanges, and grew in sales revenue to $250 million. He has also held senior positions at Cognos, Gandalf Systems, and Positron Fibre Systems.

IT Consultant Appointed as Exec Chairman at Venture Capital Firm

Equus Total Return announced that it has appointed Alessandro Benedetti, 49, as the Fund's Executive Chairman. Benedetti was instrumental in structuring the acquisition of a controlling interest in Italian telecom giant WIND Telecom. Additionally, he formed a consortium to close a 17 billion Euro leveraged buyout in 2005. Benedetti is a Non-Executive Director for Versatile Systems and Cadogan Petroleum.

Tech Consultant Joins Security Company

Horne International, a provider of security to government agencies, announced that it has added Greg Layok to the Horne Advisory Board. Layok is currently a Director and Practice Lead for Technology and Integration at West Monroe Partners of Chicago. Prior to this, he served as MD of North America for ThoughtWorks. Layok also has IT experience with companies such as Andersen Consulting, UST Global, and Viant.

IT Consulting Company’s Founder on Mining Board

Sierra Resource Group elected Ricardo Cordon to its Board of Directors. Cordon is the Founder and President of A.R.C. Investment and Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in business process optimization and information technology. His clients include Wal-Mart Central America, Banco Santa Cruz, James M. Stonehouse, Michel Rowland, Georges Juilland, Timothy Benjamin, and Luis Munoz.

Date range: June 4th - July 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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