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Tech Execs Appointed to Non Tech Boards 10/5 to 11/4 2011 Featured

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Cisco SVP Joins Moody’s Board

Moody's, a leading credit rating company, announced that Kathy Hill, 55, has been elected to its Board of Directors. She will also serve as a member of the Governance & Compensation Committee and Audit Committee. Currently, Hill is the SVP of Development Strategy & Operations at Cisco Systems. Prior to joining Cisco, she served as VP of Ascend Communications and held senior engineering management positions at Newbridge Networks and Hughes Network Systems. Hill is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Musical Instrument Manufacturer Selects Tech CFO for Board

Steinway Musical Instruments announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Greg Wood to fill a newly created director position. He will also serve on the company's Audit Committee. Currently, Wood serves as the EVP & CFO of Actian, a provider of software that enables organizations to take rapid action on large data sets. Prior to joining Actian, he was the CFO of Silicon Graphics, Liberate Technologies, and InterTrust Technologies.

Telecom Exec on Real Estate Board

Parkway Properties announced that Charles Cannada, 52, has been appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. He has earlier served as a director for Parkway and is currently a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Currently, Cannada is a private investor and advisor. Earlier in his career, he held various executive management positions at MCI (previously WorldCom and earlier LDDS Communications), including CFO and SVP in charge of Corporate Development. Cannada serves on the board of directors at Nanoventions, First Commercial Bank, and Stadium Wrap America.

Unitary Thrift Holding Company Hires Former Yahoo! Head

First Pactrust Bancorp has appointed Jeff Karish as the company’s newest director. He will also join the company's Audit Committee. Karish currently serves as EVP and Acting General Counsel of Windsor Media. Prior to Windsor Media, he served as the Head of Strategy and M&A at Yahoo! Media Group and as an Associate Principal for McKinsey & Company.

Former IBM Exec on Mobile Social Advertising Company Board

Blue Calypso announced that it has appointed Richard Fennessy, 46, to the company's Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of PeopleJar, a software company which specializes in digital marketing platforms and tools. Before joining PeopleJar, Fennessy served as President and CEO of Insight Enterprises, a Fortune 500 public company providing global IT solutions. Earlier in his career, he led marketing and brand management activities for IBM's personal computer business.

Date range: October 4th - November 5th

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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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