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55 Open Tech CEO Roles and 89 Tech CEO Appointments Featured

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Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of the end of June 2018) and also the latest appointments for the month of June 2018. We use CapitalIQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 55 Open Tech CEO Roles and 89 Appointments. Here is their geographic distribution:

Geographic Distribution of Open Tech CEO Roles & Appointments

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24 of 55 Open Roles are New

United States Newly Opened Tech CEO Roles (10)
  • California (6): Intel Corp., Rambus, Tintri, Simulations Plus, Digital Locations, Infomart Data Centers
  • Massachusetts (2): athenahealth, Everbridge
  • Other (2): BH Media Group (NE); World Health Energy Holdings (FL)
Europe Newly Opened Tech CEO Roles (4)
  • UK (2) BT Group Plc, Imaginatik Plc
  • Finland (2) Incap Oyj, Digitalist Group Plc  
Asia Pacific Newly Opened Tech CEO Roles (10)
  • China (2): LightInTheBox Holding, Jiangsu NandaSoft Technology CO. ,
  • New Zealand (2): Trade Me Group Ltd. , Connexionz Ltd.  
  • Hong Kong (2): TC Orient Lighting Holdings, GET Holdings Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • India (1): ITI Ltd. 
  • Taiwan (1): Innolux Corp.,
  • Malaysia (1):  Telekom Malaysia Berhad 
  • Australia (1): Hotcopper Holdings Ltd. (Australia)

For all Open Tech CEO Roles & All Appointments

Most active states/countries for Open Tech CEO Roles
  • 14 of the 25 are in the West Mountain/Pacific area, with 9 open roles being in California. 
  • The UK has 4 open roles;  Sweden and Finland each have three.
  • In Asia Pacific, Australia has 4 open roles; New Zealand 2 open roles and Hong Kong, 3.

Note: some CEO resignations immediately announce the successors.

The most active states/countries for Incoming CEOs
  • 16 in the West Coast (Pacific/Mountain), with 11 appointments in California
  • 10 in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with 6 in NY/NJ/PA, 4 in Massachusetts/Maine 
  • 7 in the South Atlantic
  • 8 in Canada, with 5 in British Columbia

Gender Diversity

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80% of women CEOs get promoted not hired; 54% of men CEOs get hired externally
  • 80% of women appointed were internal appointments: promotions or from the existing board. Only two of the women were externally hired. This is a pattern we have observed with other functions. 
  • Only 45% of the men appointed were “internal”, i.e. promotions or from the existing board.
  • On average, 50.6% of CEOs are hired externally.
Geographic Diversity of Women CEO Appointments
  • 6 of the ten women appointed were in the US
  • 3 were in Asia Pacific
  • 1 was in Europe (UK)
  • The two external hires were: one in the US (IL) and one in the UK.

Sources of CEO Appointments

51% of CEOs are sourced externally with 54% of the men and 20% of the women.

2018 July 15 Sources of CEO Appointments jpeg

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Open Tech CEO Roles


          Open Tech CEO Roles - United States 


US - Northeast & Mid Atlantic Open CEO Roles

, Massachusetts, June 2018
Commvault Systems, New Jersey, May 2018
Wayside Tech. Group, New Jersey, May 2018
Everbridge, Massachusetts, June 2018

Read More - US Northeast & Mid-Atlantic States Open Tech CEO Details

US - Midwest & South Atlantic Open CEO Roles


Convergys Corporation, Ohio, January 2018
Deluxe Corporation, Minnesota, April 2018
BH Media Group, Nebraska, June 2018
Stratasys, Minnesota, May 2018 

South Atlantic

Birch Communications, Georgia, October 2017 
World Health Energy Holdings, Florida, June 2018 

Read More US Midwest & South Atlantic States Open Tech CEO Details

US - West Open CEO Roles


Intel Corporation, California, June 2018 
Lattice Semiconductor Corp., Oregon, March 2018
Rambus, California, June 2018
Sigma Designs, California, January 2018 
Marchex, Washington, October 2016  
Tintri, California, June 2018 
BSQUARE, Washington, May 2018, California, October 2016 
Airgain, California, May 2018 
Simulations Plus, California, June 2018 
Digital Locations, California, June 2018 
Infomart Data Centers, California, June 2018 


Lavu, New Mexico, June 2016

Read More - West Coast Open Tech CEO Roles


          Open Tech CEO Roles - Canada


                      Absolute Software, British Columbia, Jan 2018
                        Sierra Wireless, British Columbia, May 2018

       Read More - Canada Open Tech CEO Details


               Open Tech CEO Roles - EMEA


 BT Group plc, June, 2018
IDE Group Holdings, March 2018
 Brady plc, September 2016
Imaginatik plc, June 2018


Mycronic AB, February 2018
Cherry AB, May 2018
Pricer AB, April 2017


Incap Oyj, June 2018
Digitalist Group plc, June 2018
Efecte, May 2018


VEON, Netherlands, March 2018 
TDC A/S, Denmark, May 2018 
Escher Group Holdings, Ireland, January 2018 

Read More - EMEA Open Tech CEO Details


           Open Tech CEO Roles - Asia Pacific


                                        LightInTheBox Holding, June 2018
                                Jiangsu NandaSoft Technology Co., June 2018

Hong Kong

SUNeVision Holdings, March 2018
TC Orient Lighting Holdings, June 2018 
GET Holdings Limited, June 2018 


Innolux Corporation, June 2018


CS Loxinfo Public Company, March 2018


ITI Limited, June 2018


Telekom Malaysia Berhad, June 2018
Maxis Berhad, March 2018


J-Devices Corporation, November 2017

New Zealand

Trade Me Group Limited, June 2018
Connexionz Limited, June 2018 


Isentia Group, February 2018
Big Un, May 2018
Seeing Machines Limited, January 2018 
Hotcopper Holdings Limited, June 2018 

Read More - Asia Pacific Open Tech CEO Details


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Tech CEO Appointments - US 


       Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Tech CEO Appointments

                            Verizon Communications, New York 
                              ValueMomentum, New Jersey

Digital Ocean, New York 
1010data, New York 
Critical Alert Systems, Maine 
IIOT-OXYS, Massachusetts 
Extreme Reach, Massachusetts 
Personnel Data Systems, Pennsylvania 
Buildium, Massachusetts 
Canon Solutions America, New York 

Read More US Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Tech CEO Appointments

US - South Atlantic Tech CEO Appointments

Perspecta, Virginia
Kforce Government Solutions, Virginia 
xG Technology, Florida
MobileSmith, North Carolina 
PowerDMS, Florida
Smoke Cartel, Georgia
PEARL Unlimited  Holdings, Georgia 

Read More US South Atlantic States Tech CEO Appointments

US - Midwest & South Central Tech CEO Appointments


Workiva, Iowa
Intelligent Medical Objects, Illinois
Astute/Wilke Global, Ohio
MyAlerts, Minnesota
Outcome Health, Illinois 

South Central

Internet Marketing, Texas
Ziften Technologies, Texas

Read More US Midwest and South Central Regions Tech CEO Appointments

US - West Tech CEO Appointments


Cologix, Colorado 
Array Technologies, New Mexico 
Ridgetop Group, Arizona 


Palo Alto Networks, California
Quantum Corporation, California 
Machine Zone, California 
ShareThis, California 
Smarsh, Oregon 
Perforce Software, California 
Simulations Plus, California 
GitHub, California 
Gopher Protocol, California 
AppViewX, Washington 
Giga Entertainment Media, California 
Global Payout, California 
Datrium, California  

Read More - US West (Mountain/Pacific) Tech CEO Appointments



         Tech CEO Appointments in Canada

                                         UrtheCast, British Columbia 
                                            Romet Limited, Ontario
                      Cryptobloc Technologies Corp., British Columbia
                                   Glenbriar Technologies, Alberta
                    eXeBlock Technology Corporation, British Columbia

Rift Valley Resources Corp., British Columbia
AXS Blockchain Solutions, British Columbia
Titus International, Ontario

Read More Canada Tech CEO Appointments

      Tech CEO Appointments - EMEA



      RedstoneConnect Plc
      Earthport Plc 
    Algomi Ltd. 
LightwaveRF Plc 
Catenae Innovation Plc 
Finastra Group Holdings 
Smart Communications
Interlinked Media 
Starship Technologies 


Ingenious Technologies AG

Others – Europe

Net Insight AB, Sweden 
Riber S.A., France 
Apptix, Norway 
MACCS International BV, Netherlands 
4finance Group S.A., Luxemburg 
Moscow City Telephone Network, Russia 

Africa and Middle East

Ellies Holdings, South Africa
MTN Ghana Ltd, Ghana 
Bezeq Israel, Israel 
Magal Security Systems, Israel
Eltek Ltd., Israel
Elastifile, Israel 

Read More EMEA Tech CEO Appointments

                  Tech CEO Appointments - Asia Pac

  Australia/ New Zealand

  Redbubble, Australia
             Reckon Ltd., Australia

Livehire Ltd., Australia
Vodafone New Zealand Ltd., New Zealand


Linekong Interactive Group

Hong Kong

Digital China Holdings Ltd.
PanAsialum Holdings Company Ltd.
Rentian Technology Holdings


Genesys International Corporation Limited


Grand Perfecta, Japan
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Malaysia
Philippine Telegraph and Telephone, Philippines 

Read More Asia Pacific Tech CEO Appointments

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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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