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Software Exec & Board Appointments 7/26 to 8/22 2011 Featured

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Microsoft Loses Veteran

Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft employee of 21 years, announced that he is leaving to begin his own startup company. As General Manager of the Windows Phone developer experience, Kindel was tasked with leading the team that built the Windows Phone application platform. He was also responsible for contracting third party developers to create applications for the system. Prior to his work with the Windows Phone division, Kindel held a variety of senior roles within the company, including GM of Windows Home Server, Executive Technical Assistant, Senior Program Manager, and Chief of Staff.

New General Counsel Selected at HP

HP announced that it has appointed Gregg Melinson as Deputy General Counsel & VP of Global Government Affairs. From 1990 to 1995, Melinson was an Associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath. Following this appointment, he was Deputy General Counsel to Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania for two years before rejoining Drinker Biddle & Reath in 1997. He has been with the company ever since and most recently served as Chief Marketing Partner.  

Symantec Names New Chairman

Symantec's Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Bennett, 56, as Chairman of the Board. Bennett has been a Director at Symantec since early last year. Before Symantec, Bennett served as President & CEO of Intuit. He joined Intuit from GE, where he held senior management roles in divisions such as the GE Capital e-Business, GE Capital Vendor Financial Services, GE Appliances, and GE Medical Systems. Prior to GE, Bennett served as the CEO of Orbitz, SwissAir, and Alta Vista. He currently serves on the boards of American Airlines, AMR, Qualcomm, and Vertafore.

Division SVP Leaves Adobe

Robert Tarkoff, 42, the SVP of the Digital Enterprise Solutions business unit at Adobe Systems, has resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities. Prior to joining Adobe, he worked at EMC Software as the SVP and GM of the Captiva Software Division. Tarkoff joined EMC from Documentum, an enterprise content management company, where he served as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Before that, he was SVP of Worldwide Business Development at Commerce One, a provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions.

New Member Elected to PTC Board

PTC announced the appointment of Thomas Bogan, 59, to its Board of Directors. Bogan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Citrix Systems, a leading enterprise software infrastructure company, and as a Venture Partner with Greylock Partners. At Greylock, Bogan focuses on enterprise software startup companies such as Apptio, iConclude, Mazu, and Rally Software. Before Greylock, Bogan was President of Rational Software, an enterprise software company which was sold to IBM in 2003.

CEO Leaves Progress; Regional VP Appointed

Progress Software announced that President & CEO Richard Reidy, 51, has resigned from his positions. He joined the company in 1985 and was appointed as the CEO and a Director on the Board in 2009. He will continue to serve on the company's Board of Directors until his successor is selected. Reidy also serves as a Director at Zipboard and as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Boston University.

Dan Veitkus has been elected to the position of EMEA VP & GM. Prior to joining Progress Software, Veitkus was EMEA VP & GM of Channels and Alliances for Novell, a provider of infrastructure software. Before this position, he held other senior global leadership roles at Novell, including VP of Global Field Operations and VP of Global Certification and Training Services. Veitkus joined Novell from Telcordia Technologies, where he served as Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support for the Global Learning Services business unit.

Former CA Exec Lands at Saba

Saba announced the appointment of Jayesh Thakkar to the position of Country Manager for India. Prior to joining Saba, he was CEO of C&S System Technologies, an IT solutions provider. Before C&S, Thakkar was a Consulting Director at CA Technologies and a Senior Tech Manager at CMS Computers.

Date range: July 26th - August 22nd

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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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