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July 2011

Read about Second Quarter 2011 Technology board and executive moves
In the second quarter, we saw major market moves in some sectors even as companies continue to seek top talent at the CEO and COO level. Indeed, we're witnessing more opportunities in the C-suite this year than in 2010 and that trend should continue into 2012. At the same time, Equilar, an executive comp data provider, reports a 23 percent jump in 2010 CEO pay compared to 2009.

Read about Second Quarter 2011 Technology board and executive moves
In the second quarter, we saw major market moves in some sectors even as companies continue to seek top talent at the CEO and COO level. Indeed, we're witnessing more opportunities in the C-suite this year than in 2010 and that trend should continue into 2012. At the same time, Equilar, an executive comp data provider, reports a 23 percent jump in 2010 CEO pay compared to 2009.

In the technology sector, we saw plenty of movement in the significant trends in tech board appointments. And after a slow first quarter, more women found their places on boards and many new CEOs and presidents were also named. HP's executive shake up is playing out after Leo Apotheker's housecleaning and B2C firms are looking to compete by shuffling talent.

Some of the major themes in the second quarter include media, mobile, cloud, B2C and security as well as some storage and SCM. What's more, telecom is back with a vengeance—with a mobile spin. Other important themes include storage, cloud computing, software and gaming. I hope you glean some strategic insights from this installment of the Vell Executive Search newsletter. We'll be keeping our finger on the pulse of executive and board appointments. You can find other commentary in the Vell Executive Search blog.

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Technology Board Changes

Mobile, media and security are all the overarching Chairman of the Board appointment themes this quarter. Motorola, VimpelCom, IP licensing firm Rambus, wireless miniaturization tech firm Tessera, data management solutions firm Tekelec, online privacy and cybercrime fighter eCrypt, access control and wireless security firm Intellichek, and online dating site Spark Networks all welcomed new Chairmen to their boards.

New Tech Chairmen
Motorola CEO Takes Over Chairman Role; Chairman Becomes Lead Director

CEO Greg Brown, 50, adds Chairman to his list of titles. He replaces Dave Dorman, 57, who will serve as Lead Director. Brown joined Motorola in 2003 and has held many roles including President. He was also Chairman & CEO of Micromuse, a network management software company. Dorman is a MD at Warburg Pincus and former Chairman and CEO of AT&T.

Mobile Phone Services Giant Brings Back Founder as Chairman
VimpelCom has unanimously proposed that its founder, Augie Fabela II, 46, serve as the new Chairman of the firm's Supervisory Board.

Rambus Chairman Steps Down, Leaves Board
Technology licensing specialist Rambus announced that Bruce Dunlevie, 54, has stepped down as Chairman and is leaving the board. Thomas Bentley, 61, a Director since 2005, assumes the role of Chairman. Bentley has previously served as a Managing Director for SVB Alliant, an M&A firm he co-founded in 1990.

Tessera Sees Separation of Chairman/CEO Roles
The miniaturization company named Robert A. Young, Ph.D., 68, a board member since 1991, President and CEO. Henry R. Nothhaft, 67, resigned from those roles to pursue advocacy of smart innovation policies in Washington. Robert J. Boehlke, 68, succeeds Nothhaft as Chairman.

Telecom Software Company Names New Chairman and New CEO
Hubert de Pesquidoux, 45, replaces Mark Floyd, 54, as Tekelec's new Chairman. Pesquidoux is the former CFO of Alcatel-Lucent and former President of the Enterprise Business Group of Alcatel-Lucent. Ron de Lange, 52, was named CEO. De Lange has served in various roles at the company since 2005, including President and General Manager of the Network Signaling Group and EVP of the Global Product Solutions group. He previously served at Lucent.

Spark Networks Names New CEO; Chairman Role Vacant
Adam Berger, 47, resigned as Chairman, CEO and President of the online dating company, but will remain on the board. Greg Liberman, 39, President and COO of the firm, took the CEO reigns. The Chairman role remains vacant.

eCrypt Names U.S. Congressman as Chairman
The e-mail cybercrime security provider has named U.S. Congressman Curt Weldon as Chairman. The company plans to leverage his extensive international contacts.

Intellicheck Mobilisa Announces COO, CEO and Chairman Successions
The global leader in access control and wireless security systems has announced that CEO Dr. Nelson Ludlow, 49, is now Chairman. Meanwhile, COO Steve Williams, 48, was promoted to CEO. John W. Paxton, Sr., 74, is stepping down as Chairman of the Board.

New Tech CEOs and Presidents Rise

The second quarter also saw the rise of new CEOs and presidents. The emphasis was on payment services, enterprise software focused on Financial Services, Mobility, cloud services, and media. Storage and supply chain management also emerged as strong leadership themes in the second quarter.

MasterCard's Commerce Gateway Names New President
Ajay Bhalla has been named president of DataCash, a European payment service provider which is responsible for all of MasterCard's Commerce Gateway Services as well as the associated DataCash Fraud Tool and Risk Management services. Prior to joining MasterCard, Bhalla held positions at HSBC and Xerox.

SunGard Names New CEO
SunGard has named Russ Fradin, 55, as its new CEO. He previously served as Chairman and CEO of Aon Hewitt, CEO of the BISYS Group, and as a senior executive at ADP and McKinsey. Fradin is an HBS graduate and also sits on Gartner Group's Board. He replaces Cris Conde, 51, who left earlier this quarter.

SAP's New Heavyweights
SAP named Dr. Christoph Kollatz to EVP of SAP HANA in the Technology and Innovation Platform Board Area. He is the former CEO of Siemens IT Solutions and Services, a 5 billion Euro company.

SAP named John J. Sims as President of Sybase 365, the mobile software and solutions business. From 2001 to 2010, John served as CEO of 724 Solutions and was co-founder, CEO and President of TANTAU Software, a global provider of high volume, secure, mobile e-commerce enterprise solutions.

AT&T Labs Names New CEO
AT&T Labs has named Dr. Krish Prabhu, 56, as its new CEO. He replaces retiring president and CEO Keith Cambron, who has led AT&T Labs since 2005. Prabhu launched his telecom industry career in 1980 at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories. He also has served as CEO of Alcatel USA and Tellabs.

Founder Steps Down and Verizon Exec Takes Over Cloud Provider
Terremark founder and CEO Manuel D. Medina stepped down and Kerry Bailey, Group President of Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Services for Verizon, assumes leadership.

Accenture North America Names New Leader
Accenture North America has named Jorge Benitez, 51, the current COO, as the MD of North America and CEO of the United States. He succeeds Mr. Robert Frerichs, who will work with Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme on strategic initiatives.

Trident Microsystems Names New CEO
Trident, a digital home entertainment provider has named Dr. Bami Bastani, 57, as its new CEO. He replaces Philippe Geyres, a board member who serves as iCEO. Bastani previously served as Chairman and CEO of B2 Global Consulting, CEO of Anadigics, EVP at Fujitsu Microelectronics, and GM at National Semiconductor.

InfoSpace Names New CEO, Board Member
InfoSpace, an online search engine, has named interim CEO William Ruckelshaus, 46, as its permanent Chief. Ruckelshaus previously served as CFO at AudienceScience, a digital advertising company. He was also SVP and Head of Corporate Development at Expedia and Director of M&A for Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group. His earlier experience includes PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division and Booz Allen Hamilton.

DISH Network Names New CEO; Chair/CEO Role Separate
DISH Network has named Joseph P. Clayton, 61, as its new CEO. Charles W. Ergen, the former CEO, remains as Chairman of the satellite broadcaster. Clayton previously served as Chairman and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and President of Global Crossing North America, as well as CEO of Frontier and as EVP of Americas and Asia for Thomson SA.

Other Notable CEO Announcements

  • Cambridge-based Big Data Storage Startup Basho Nabs $7.5M and Accenture CTO Don Rippert as CEO.
  • Tobias Hartmann, 39, was appointed as President of GSI Commerce Global Operations. He is responsible for Fulfillment and Freight Services, Customer Service and Direct Response.
  • Saba Software, a talent management software firm, named Shawn Farshchi as COO. He most recently served as COO of Coremetrics and previously held executive roles at WebEx, Oracle, Broadvision and CIO at DHL Airways.

Wanted: Tech CEOs and COOs

Open CEO roles are running along the same themes as second quarter placements. Iron Mountain's digital storage division woes ended with a CEO vacancy as the Chairman took over. Wireless systems communications Harris Corp announced a CEO departure.

Service provider XO Holdings and DSL test supplier Aware are on the hunt for new leaders. B2C companies Zynga and are searching for C-suite execs. And Massachusetts-based publishing software firm Bitstream has an open CEO slot.

Retailers, distributors and IT Services providers are also looking for new CEOs. These companies are emphasizing the same themes—storage, wireless communications, telecom, B2C, etc.—in some aspect, perhaps as a vehicle to reinvent their business models.

EMC Searches for New CEO As Tucci Plans to Move to Chairman Role
Joe Tucci, 63, plans to step down as CEO in 2012. He is considering four internal candidates for succession: Pat Gelsinger, 49, an EMC President, David Goulden, 51, EVP and CFO, Howard Elias, 53, an EMC President, and Paul Maritz, 56, CEO of VMWare.

Iron Mountain Chairman Re-assumes CEO Role
Iron Mountain announced that its Chairman, Richard Reese, 65, will also take on the CEO role. Reese served as Iron Mountain's CEO from 1981 to 2008 and has been chairman since 1995. Bob Brennan, 50, left earlier in the quarter in the wake of issues with the digital business.

Harris Corp Launches CEO Hunt
Harris Corp, a manufacturer of digital microwave radios, wireless local loop telephony systems, broadband wireless access products and secure communications systems, is on the hunt for new leadership. Chairman, President, and CEO Howard Lance, 55, announced that he would like to retire at the end of the next fiscal year. Lance will retain his present titles pending the appointment of a successor. He joined Harris in 2003 as President and CEO and was appointed Chairman of the board later that year.

Priceline Promotes Company Veteran to NA CEO has promoted Christopher Soder, 50, President of North American Travel, to CEO of North America. Prior to joining Priceline in 2000, Soder was the Western Region Vice President for AT&T. CEO Spot Vacant
The Priceline Group announced the planned transition of Kees Koolen, 44, from CEO to Chairman of Netherlands-based, a Priceline subsidiary. Koolen was a founder of and its CEO since 2008. That leaves the CEO position open.

Electronic Arts COO Joins Zynga
Zynga has appointed John Schappert, former COO of Electronic Arts, as a senior executive. Schappert left the video games publisher to join the online social games maker. No replacement has been named.

Bitstream Chairman Takes Over as iCEO
Bitstream, a Massachusetts-based font and publishing software provider, announced that its CEO and President, Anna Chagnon, 43, has resigned. Amos Kaminski, 81, the Chairman of the Board, has agreed to take over as Executive Chairman and interim CEO.

Systemax CEO/Director Resigns After Whistleblower Probe
Systemax, a multichannel retailer of computers, has accepted the resignation of Gilbert Fiorentino, 50, as CEO. In the wake of a whistleblower probe, Fiorentino has agreed to surrender assets valued at about $11 million.

Agilysys Launches CEO Search
Agilysys, an Ohio-based IT services provider, announced that Martin Ellis, 46, the architect of the company's multi-year restructuring, is stepping down as CEO to pursue other career interests. James H. Dennedy, 45, a member of the Board, was named interim CEO. Ellis has a financial and M&A background. Dennedy is in private equity with experience as a software CEO.

XO Holdings' CEO Resigns
Carl J. Grivner, 56, resigned as CEO, President, and Director of XO Holdings after 8 years. The management team is deep enough to hold the fort while looking for a new CEO.

Navarre Begins National CEO Search
Navarre, a Minneapolis-based publisher and distributor of home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software and DVD videos, has launched a national external search for its next CEO. J. Reid Porter, CFO, 61, replaces Cary Deacon, 58, as interim CEO. Deacon has also stepped down from his position on Navarre's Board of Directors.

Aware Looks for Permanent CEO
Aware, a Massachusetts-based telecom products company, has announced that Dr. Edmund C. Reiter, 46, resigned in April 2011 as CEO. He cited personal reasons. Richard P. Moberg, 56, CFO, and Kevin T. Russell, General Counsel, 48, have been named co-CEOs and co-Presidents on an interim basis.

Women & Boards – Appointments & Exits

More women are joining boards this quarter: rumored health issues are causing some to make the move from the executive ranks to the boardroom. Meanwhile, star female CFOs are joining significant boards in telecom products, Business Intelligence, robotics and storage. And former Microsofties are landing on board seats. But there's also a new theme this quarter: whereas P&L executive appointments are scarce, we see finance and other functional areas represented on boards for women.

HP Appoints Ann Livermore to Board
HP announced that Ann Livermore, 51, has been elected to the HP board. She has served HP for nearly three decades and was instrumental in helping countless HP customers grow and transform their businesses. Although she stepped down from her day-to-day management of the HP Enterprise Business, Livermore, who some say is suffering an illness, will contribute valuable guidance to the organization as a member of the board.

Angelika Dammann Steps Down From SAP's Management Board
The 51 year old lawyer, head of Human Resources, former Unilever exec, and the only female on SAP's board leaves the company a year after she joined and far short of her contract expiring.

Juniper Networks Finds Board Member
Juniper Networks has named Mercedes Johnson, 55, as a board director. Johnson has served as SVP and CFO at Avago and Lam Research. She previously held executive roles at Applied Materials, Nanometrics, NCR and HP.

Lam Research Picks NetApp CMO for Board
Semiconductor firm Lam Research announced that Christine Heckart, CMO of NetApp, has joined its Board of Directors. Previously, Heckart was GM of Microsoft's TV, Video, and Music division and headed global marketing at Juniper Networks.

Qlik Technologies Appoints Citi Veteran
Business Intelligence software maker Qlik Technologies has appointed Deborah Hopkins, 56, Chief Innovation Officer at Citi, to its Board. Hopkins was previously CFO at Boeing and Lucent and served on the Board of DuPont for five years.

iRobot Appoints Star CFO to Board
iRobot has appointed Gail Deegan, 64, to its board. Previously, Deegan was a board member and CFO at Houghton Mifflin. She has also served as a Director at EMC, TJX Companies, Hartford Life, and EG&F.

Imation Loses Longtime Board Member
Removable data storage company Imation announced that Linda Hart, 70, has retired as Non-executive Chairman. She currently serves as Vice Chairman and CEO of Hart Group. Prior to 1990, Hart practiced law in Dallas. Hart also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Strategic & International Studies, the Women's Leadership Board, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Dot Hill Appoints Ingram Sales Exec
SAN storage firm Dot Hill has appointed Debbie Tibey, 51, to its board. She is a Principal of Zoey, an educational publishing company, and serves as a Director of Proximetry, Healthzones, Pomeroy IT Solutions, and Interlink Networks. Tibey was SVP of Sales at Ingram Micro for 13 years.

More New Directors

Some of the biggest news on the consumer tech side is Netflix's CEO joining Facebook's board. Overall, the trends show a higher than usual number of CIOs and CTOs joining tech boards while only a couple of CFOs have been named. This demonstrates the demand for more technical expertise, possibly due to the rise of security threats in recent months.

Facebook Names Netflix CEO to Board
Facebook has named Reed Hastings, 50, Chairman and CEO of Netflix, to its Board of Directors. Hastings previously served as CEO of Pure Atria Software, a maker of software development tools. He also serves on Microsoft's Board.

CA Technologies Names Board Member
CA Technologies has named Rohit Kapoor, 46, CEO of Exl Service Holdings, an outsourcing and transformation services provider, to its Board.

Iron Mountain Names New Board Director After CEO Turnover
Iron Mountain has named Ted R. Antenucci, 46, President and CEO of private real estate firm Catellus Development Corporation, to its Board of Directors.

PTC Names Cognos Founder & CEO to Board
PTC has named Renato "Ron" Zambonini, 63, to its board. Zambonini's appointment expands the board to seven members. Zambonini is the former Chairman & CEO of Business Intelligence leader Cognos. Earlier in his career, Zambonini was VP of R&D at Cullinet Software. Zambonini serves on the Board of CA Tech and also served as a Director at Reynolds and Reynolds.

Fairchild Semiconductor Names CFO to Board
Fairchild Semiconductor, a power management and mobile IP semiconductor provider, has named Terry A. Klebe, 56, to its Board. Klebe was previously a CFO of Cooper Industries and was a partner with Ernst & Young.

Intralinks Names Merck CIO to Board
Intralinks, an on-demand critical information exchange software firm, has named J. Chris Scalet, 52, to its board. Scalet is CIO at Merck and was previously CIO of International Paper and MAPCO.

Aspen Names Tech Investment Banker to Board
SCM software firm Aspen has appointed Robert M. Whelan, 59, to its Board of Directors. Whelan brings an extensive background of technology investment banking and executive management to the table. He is President of Whelan & Company and was previously Vice Chairman of Prudential Volpe Technology Group.

Unisys Names Former IBMer to Board
Unisys has named Lee D. Roberts to its Board of Directors. He is currently President of a high-tech management consulting company and was previously GM and VP of IBM's Document, Content and Business Process Management group. Roberts served at FileNET as CEO prior to the IBM acquisition. He spent 20 years at IBM prior to FileNET.

EFI Names Star CFO to Board
EFI, a digital imaging and print management solutions firm, named Eric Brown, 46, to its Board of Directors. Brown is CFO at Electronic Arts and was previously COO and CFO at McAfee, President and CFO at MicroStrategy, and CFO at DataSage.

Emulex Names VC/Technologist to Board
Storage networking firm Emulex has named Nersi Nazari, 46, to its Board of Directors. Nazari founded Pacific General Ventures, serves as the Executive Chairman of Vigilo Networks, and was a VP at Marvell Semiconductor. He previously served as Chief Technologist at GEC Plessey Semiconductor and in engineering roles at Seagate Technology and Digital Equipment.

Infinera Names Former Verizon CTO to Board
Optical networking giant Infinera named Mark A. Wegleitner, who was most recently CTO at Verizon, to its Board of Directors. Wegleitner previously held technical roles at Bell Laboratories and AT&T.

LivePerson Names Former Microsoft CTO to Board
LivePerson, the SMB online interaction management firm, named David Vaskevitch to its Board. Vaskevitch is an executive at securities trading platform GETCO. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and held various roles including CTO from 2001 to 2009. Steven Berns, 46, the CFO at Revlon, has stepped down from LivePerson's Board after nine years of dedicated service.

Quantum Names Storage CEO to Board
Quantum, a deduplication firm, has named David Roberson, 56, to its Board. Roberson was most recently an SVP at HP's StorageWorks division and CEO of Hitachi Data Systems.

Camelot Information Systems Names Citi Exec to Board
Camelot Information Systems, a China-based IT Services firm, named Dipak Kumar Rastogi, 57, as an Independent Director on its Board. Rastogi has been the CEO of Citi Venture Capital International since 2001.

Volterra Names LSI COO to Board
Volterra, a power management and semiconductor maker, has named Jeff Richardson, 46, EVP & COO of LSI, to its Board. Richardson has been an executive at LSI since 2005 and previously had a successful career at Intel. Financial expert Edward Winn, 72, is leaving the Board after serving since 2004.

Orbitz Swaps Board Members
Orbitz appointed Mark Britton, 44, to its Board. Britton is the founder, CEO and President of Avvo, a website that helps consumers make better health and legal decisions. Britton has held executive roles at InterActiveCorp Travel (IACT) and Expedia. He replaces Rick Fox, 63, a former E&Y Partner and President of CyberSafe.

HP’s Major Shakeup

Now that he has settled in to his new role as CEO, Leo Apotheker is making his mark on HP's executive team. Apotheker recently announced sweeping changes in a major executive shuffle. In addition to Ann Livermore joining the Board, a move which opened the door to a successor in HP's important Enterprise business, there were also several key changes in the exec ranks.

New EVP and CMO Joins from SAP
Martin "Marty" Homlish has joined HP as SVP and CMO. He comes to HP after more than 10 years at SAP AG, where he was the Global Chief Marketing Officer and Corporate Officer, as well as President and CEO of SAP Global Marketing. He previously spent 15 years at Sony Corporation in several strategic roles, including President of Sony's Media Solutions Company and head of the Sony Electronic Corporate Marketing Services division.

HP WW Execs Get International Responsibilities
Vyomesh Joshi, 56, EVP of the Imaging and Printing Group, will now lead cross-business initiatives in India. Joshi has been with HP since 1980 and has held various leadership positions since joining the firm.

Todd Bradley, 51, EVP of the Personal Systems Group, has been selected to lead cross-business initiatives in China. Bradley previously served as CEO of the Solutions Group at Palm, SVP of the Consumer division and EVP of Global Operations at Gateway, President & CEO of Transport International Pool, and President of NCH Promotional Services.

Microsoft Exec to Lead Software Business
Bill Veghte, formerly SVP of Online Services and Windows Business at Microsoft, now leads HP's software business. He joined HP in 2010.

Dave Donatelli Named EVP, Business Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking
Donatelli is also responsible for HP ProCurve, led by Marius Haas. Donatelli replaces Scott Stallard, who is retiring from HP after 34 years.

European Head Promoted to Lead WW Sales
Jan Zadak, Managing Director of EMEA, has been promoted to head of Global Sales.

French Executive Named EMEA Head
Yves de Talhouet was promoted to SVP of Enterprise Business & Managing Director for HP Europe & EMEA.

Other HP Departures
Pete Bocian, 57, EVP & CAO, is leaving HP. Prior to joining HP in 2006, Bocian served as EVP, CFO and CAO at Starbucks Coffee and as SVP and CFO at NCR.

Thomas E. Hogan, EVP of Enterprise Business, Sales and Marketing, has decided to leave the company. He was formerly head of the Software business.

Marius Haas, SVP of the Computer Networking division, is leaving HP to join private-equity firm KKR.

Tom Iannotti, 53, and Gary Budzinski, SVPs of Technology Outsourcing & Consulting Services, are departing from HP.

Randy Mott, 54, EVP & CIO, is leaving the company. Before joining HP, Mott was SVP & CIO at Dell. Prior to Dell, Mott spent nearly two decades with Wal-Mart.

B2C Internet Moves

There was lots of action on the B2C Internet front in the second quarter. Google, Yahoo! and AOL are making rapid-fire announcements as they move to acquire the competitive skill sets they need.

Leadership Moves at Google
Google promoted Sundar Pichai as SVP of Chrome, Vic Gundotra as SVP of Social, Andy Rubin as SVP of Mobile, Salar Kamangar as SVP of YouTube & Video, Alan Eustace as SVP of Search, and Susan Wojcicki as SVP of Ads.

Jonathan Rosenberg, SVP of Product Management, has left the search titan.

Yahoo! Media Hiring Streak Continues
Yahoo! has hired Robertson Barrett as the new head of its powerful News and Finance division. Barrett has held senior roles at Tribune, ABC, Time, Channel One Interactive, and The Feedroom.

Jai Singh has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief for the Yahoo! Media Network. Singh came to Yahoo! from the Huffington Post Media Group. He also worked as Editor-in-Chief and SVP for CNET and was founder of

Ken Fuchs was named VP of Sports, Games, and Entertainment. Formerly, Fuchs worked for Time, Sports Illustrated and Fox.

AOL Editorial and Advertising Hiring Continues
Jenny Kang was appointed as the new Senior Fashion Editor, Neil Katz is the new Executive News Editor, and Lori Leibovich was promoted to Women's Editor.

AOL Advertising announced new Industry Practice Heads: Scott Kelliher for Technology, Lateef Sarnor for Multicultural, Jennifer Willey for CPG and Health, Mike Feeley for Travel, Debbie Menin for Entertainment, Julia Edvardsson for Automotive, and Amy Starwalt for Finance.

AOL's MapQuest also announced a number of new hires. Vijay Bangaru was named VP of Product Management. He joins from Google Docs/Apps. He previously served as a Program Manager of the WinFS and SQL projects at Microsoft.

Unified Communications Firms Shake Exec Teams

The unified communications space has been consolidating for some time. Polycom and Mitel are two of the largest remaining independent companies and both are making very fast moves on the executive front.

Polycom's New Executives
Polycom appointed several key executives in the second quarter to help it continue to grow its unified communications share in both the U.S. and foreign markets.

Cisco exec Sean Lessman joins as Chief Technologist for its Worldwide Public Sector team.

Kate Hutchison, 48, joins as the CMO and EVP. She formerly served at VMware, Citrix Systems, and BEA Systems.

IBM Tivoli VP of Worldwide Sales Gary Testa was named VP of the Global Cloud and Service Provider Solutions Group.

Hansjoerg Wagner was promoted to SVP of Global Field Operations. This promotion expands Wagner's role to include global sales processes and Polycom's global cloud initiative. He will also remain the President of the Asia Pacific theatre.

Michael Chetner, Polycom's Australia and New Zealand head, was promoted to VP of Asia Pacific.

Paul Newell was promoted to VP of Asia Pacific Field Operations. He is responsible for driving the region's strategic initiatives and partner relations.

Mitel's String of EVP Appointments
Vell placement Philip Keenan, 47, has been promoted to EVP of Americas sales at Mitel. Keenan formerly served as SVP of Polycom, including Network Systems, Strategy, and Worldwide Sales and Marketing.

Graham Bevington, 50, was named EVP of International Sales. He is responsible for Mitel's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Caribbean and Latin America.

Ron Wellard, 52, was promoted to GM and EVP of Product Development. Ryan Donovan was promoted to GM of the Distribution unit, DataNet. Mitel also announced the departure of President and COO Paul Butcher.

Vell's Recent Placements

Vell has been very busy in the second quarter. For recent board, CEO and executive placements, please visit our Recent Placements. For roles currently open, please visit our blog section on Open Positions.

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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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