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Report: Characteristics of Successful Technology CEOs Featured

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Characteristics of Successful Tech CEOs

We have completed our research into Characteristics of Successful Technology CEOs. We invite you to download the final report.
I must admit I was surprised at some of these results in spite of assisting search committees select CEOs for over a decade. Busting some of these myths may prove to be very useful in improving the performance of our corporations.

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In 6 sections we investigate the impact on CEO success at public technology companies in New England of these factors:

  • Education
    What Education do these CEOs have?
    Does an Ivy League degree matter?
  • Experience
    What functional experience do these CEOs have?
  • Internal Promotions vs. External Hires:
    Which ones perform better? How do founders perform?
    You would be surprised with these results.
  • Age:
    What is the optimal age for a CEO?
  • Tenure:
    How long have they been in the role and how long have they been with the company?
  • Combined Chairman and CEO:
    Is the role combination or separation a positive correlation to success?

I hope that you find this study both informative and insightful. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this study further, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your input will help fuel investments in future research we publish.

Wishing you all the best for 2009!

Dora Vell
Vell Executive Search
m: 617-416-9088 

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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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