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Tech Giant Board & Exec Moves - Tech Hot Topics 1H2018 Featured

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  • Apple has hired Google's former head of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea to lead the company's 'machine learning and A.I. Strategy.
  • Google appointed veteran programmer Jeff Dean, 50, as the new head of the company's artificial intelligence unit,
  • Facebook is making forays into the future with emphasis on technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented/Virtual Reality.
  • eBay has hired Jan Pedersen as VP and chief scientist, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Pedersen's most recent position was VP of data science at Twitter.
  • Microsoft: Scott Guthrie will lead Cloud + AI Platform. This is all about applying AI in the business. It will include distributed computing (cloud and edge) and AI covering infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition. Harry Shum stays on in his role leading AI + Research.
  • The world’s largest container company, Maersk and IBM Launch Digital Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade and Digitize Supply Chains.  
  • Accenture Names Intel IoT President & Chief Engineer to Board. Venkata Murthy Renduchintala, 52, has been appointed to Accenture’s Board. Dr. Renduchintala is chief engineering officer and president of the Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture group and the Technology and Manufacturing group at Intel Corporation. He is former EVP of Qualcomm Technologies and co-president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
  • InfoSys appoints Tech Renaissance Exec to Board, Dr. Pradeep Kumar Khosla, Ph.D to its board. His research interests include the areas of internet-enabled distributed and compostable simulations, collaborating autonomous systems, agent-based architectures for embedded systems, software composition and reconfigurable software for real-time embedded systems, distributed robotic systems, distributed information systems and intelligent instruments for biomedical applications.
  • Mastercard Innovations Will Make Cities more Accessible, Pay Solutions for People without Banks: Mastercard announced that Miguel Gamino Jr., most recently CTO, New York City, has joined the company as EVP, global cities. Gamino will lead the scaling of urban tech solutions pioneered by Mastercard and will also integrate the payment systems company's products into municipal services around the world. In Chicago, it has helped baseball fans to come to the stadium over a long period of time. In Mexico City one can pay for buses and trains digitally. And it’s pushing payment solutions for people without bank accounts, as well as build a treasure trove of economic data.
  • Activision Blizzard Appointed Key eSports Leaders: new CMO Daniel Cherry previously chief marketing and innovation officer for the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center; Marc Kolin has come on board as VP of finance & strategy. Kolin comes most recently from NBC Universal, where he was responsible for all analytics, financial planning and analysis, strategic initiatives, and back-of-house accounting for Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park in Los Angeles. And Brandon Snow has been tapped for the role of chief revenue officer. Snow was SVP of team marketing & business operations at the National Basketball Association.


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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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