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Monday, 18 July 2011 16:38

Women Appointed to Large Boards - Manufacturing, Transportation, & Energy June 4th to July 13th Featured

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International Paper Company announced the election of Joan Spero, 66, to its Board of Directors. In the past, Spero has served in the U.S. Department of State as Undersecretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs and as Ambassador to the UN for Economic and Social Affairs. She has also held leadership positions in Corporate Strategy and Corporate Affairs at American Express and served as President of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Spero is currently a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a member of IBM’s Board of Directors. Previously, she served on the board of directors at the ING Group, Delta Air Lines, and First Data.

Debra Reed, 55, has resigned from the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison. Reed has recently been elected as CEO & Director at Sempra Energy, where she has been serving as EVP since 2010. Previously, she served as President and CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Gas Company, two of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Reed also serves on the Board of Directors of Halliburton. Previously, she was a board member at the American Gas Association, Genentech, and Dominguez Services.

Metabolix, a plastic and fiber manufacturing company, announced that Barbara Wells, 56, has joined its board of directors. Dr. Wells is currently President and CEO of ArborGen. Prior to ArborGen, she was the VP in charge of Latin American growth initiatives and investments for the agricultural investment firm Emergent Genetics. She also spent nearly 18 years at Monsanto where her roles included Co-Managing Director of Monsanto Brazil and Leader of the Roundup Ready Soybean team. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and is Vice Chairman of the Food and Agricultural Sector board.

Cross industry product developer CirTran has appointed Kathryn Hollinger to serve as a member of the company's Board of Directors. Hollinger has been with CirTran for 11 years as the company's Controller.


J.B. Hunt Transport Services elected Francesca Maher Edwardson, 53, to its Board. Edwardson is currently the CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. She has previously served as SVP, General Counsel, and Secretary of United Airlines.


Principal Solar announced that Margaret Keliher, the Executive Director of Texas Business at Clean Air, will join the Board. In the past, Keliher administered a plan for North Texas to decrease dangerous ozone levels and was the first female judge elected in the 157-year history of Dallas County.

GT Solar International announced the appointment of Mary Petrovich, 48, to its Board of Directors. Previously, Petrovich has served as GM/Chairman and as CEO of AxleTech International, a supplier of off-highway and specialty vehicle drive train systems and components. She is also a Director at Woodward and at Modine Manufacturing Company.

Samson Oil & Gas appointed Dr. DeAnn Craig to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. She will also serve on Samson's Audit Committee. Craig began her career as a drilling and reservoir engineer. She has since held senior management roles at Phillips Petroleum and CNX gas. Craig is currently a consultant for companies in the oil and gas industry.

Date range: June 4th - July 13th

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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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