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Zurich Insurance, Hilton and Other Non-Tech Boards Welcome Tech Directors Featured

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Zurich Insurance Group Appoints BofA Technology Leader to Board

Zurich Insurance Group announced that its board has elected Bank of America's Chief Operations and Technology Officer Cathy Bessant as a director. In her role at Bank of America, Bessant oversees about 95,000 employees and contractors in 35 countries in the bank's global technology and operations group. Bessant previously chaired the Charlotte Chamber and the Foundation For The Carolinas.

Hilton Appoints Former GE CIO as Newest Director          

Hilton announced that Charlene T. Begley, former SVP and CIO at GE and CEO of GE’s Home and Business Solutions segment, has been appointed to its board of directors. Begley held various executive management positions at GE from 1988 through 2013. She was president and CEO of GE Enterprise Solutions, president and CEO of GE Plastics and GE Transportation, and CFO for GE Transportation and GE Plastics Europe and India. Begley currently serves as a director of Red Hat and WPP plc.

Silvercar CEO Joins Plug Power Board of Directors  

Plug Power, the leader in delivering hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, has elected Luke Schneider to its Board of Directors. Currently, Schneider serves as the CEO of Silvercar, an Austin, TX-based start-up that has built a technology platform for a new breed of rental car business and other vehicle mobility applications. Prior to Silvercar, Schneider was the CTO of Zipcar, and worked in various positions with Ford.

Commercial Leasing and Finance plc Appoints Director with Operations and Technology Management Experience

Commercial Leasing and Finance plc announced that Luxhman Jayaratne has been appointed as an Independent Non- Executive Director of the company. Jayaratne has over 37 years of banking experience. He has worked in several countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, focusing on Management of Operations and Technology areas with involvement in product management. He had also been the Head, Operations and Technology of Africa Citibank covering 14 countries before joining Union Bank of Nigeria.

Date Range: March 24th - May 12th

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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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