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Open Tech CEO Roles in Canada as of June 30th, 2018

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Absolute Software and Sierra Wireless are both looking for CEOs.

Absolute Software, British Columbia, Canada, January 2018 - Absolute Software named Steve Munford, an accomplished cybersecurity industry leader, as interim CEO. Absolute’s former CEO, Geoff Haydon, resigned as both CEO and member of the Board.

Sierra Wireless, British Columbia, Canada, May 2018 - the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Jason Cohenour will retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer and will be stepping down as a Director of the Company.  Effective May 31, Kent Thexton, Chair of Sierra’s Board of Directors, has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer and the Board has initiated a search for a new CEO.  Mr. Cohenour will continue to serve as an advisor to Mr. Thexton and the Company until June 30.  In addition, Greg Aasen, a Sierra Wireless director since 1997, has been named Lead Independent Director of the Board.


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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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