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Baker Hughes names former Sunoco CEO to board

Baker Hughes, the oilfield service company, names Lynn L. Elsenhans, 56, former Executive Chairman, President and CEO of Sunoco, to its board.

Adobe Appoints New Media Execs to Board

Adobe appointed new board members Amy Banse and Laura Desmond recently. Amy Banse, 51, serves as MD and head of funds, Comcast Ventures and SVP, Comcast Corporation. Prior to this role, she was President of Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), joining the company in 1991.

Laura Desmond, 47, is the CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), a global marketing services company, part of the Publicis Groupe. Prior to her appointment as global CEO she was CEO of SMG - Americas managing US, Canada and Latin America; CEO of MediaVest; and CEO of SMG's Latin America group.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited Names Acting-Chair

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) selected Madeleine Paquin, 49, to serve as acting Chair of board. Ms. Madeleine M. Paquin has been the President and CEO of cargo-handling company Logistec since January 1996 and a Director since 1987.

TSX CEO Elected to Sun Life Financial Board

Sun Life Financial elects Barbara G. Stymiest, 55, to the Board of Directors. Ms. Stymiest is Chair of Research in Motion and currently serves as a director of George Weston Limited, the University Health Network, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Royal Ontario Museum. She has held a number of senior positions in the financial services industry including CEO, TSX Group; EVP and CFO, BMO Nesbitt Burns; and Partner, Financial Services Group, Ernst & Young.

Former Trinity Health CEO and Health IT expert joins Health Care REIT board

Health Care REIT, real estate investment trusts that own health care properties, named Judy Pelham, 65, to its board. Most recently, she served as President and CEO of Trinity Health, prior to which, she has been the President and CEO of two leading health care systems, Mercy Health Services and Daughters of Charity Health Services of Austin, Texas. She currently serves on the boards of Amgen and Smith College. She has been a recipient of CEO IT Achievement Award in 2004 for her leadership in implementing IT in healthcare provider organizations and the National Quality Healthcare Award in 2004 for innovation and implementation of clinical quality and patient safety systems.

Sensata Technologies Elects their Future CEO to board

Sensata Technologies elected their President Martha Sullivan, 54, to Board effective from beginning of 2013 in preparation for her previously announced transition to CEO next year.  Before Sensata she held senior roles at Texas Instruments.

Sears SVP and President, Retail Services Resigns from Board

Deidra Merriwether, 42, SVP and President, Retail Services of Sears resigned from the retail company’s board. She is responsible for the oversight and leadership of retail services for all Kmart and Sears stores. She served as SVP of Procurement and Finance, VP of Procurement and Purchasing and Director of IT Finance and Global Capital Planning at Kmart.

Financial Operations Expert Named to REIT Board

Two Harbors Investment appointed Hope B. Woodhouse, 55, to its Board. Ms. Woodhouse has extensive operational experience in the financial services industry at top-ranked, global alternative asset management firms and broker dealers. Her experience includes COO at Bridgewater Associates, and Soros Fund Management, President & COO at Auspex Group, and Treasurer of the funds at Tiger Management. She is a Director of Piper Jaffray Companies.

Continental Airlines General Counsel appointed to Bristow Board

Bristow, provider of helicopter services, appoints Lori A. Gobillot, 50, to board. She has been an executive at United Airlines, most recently as VP, Integration Management following the merger with Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger, she served as Staff VP, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Continental Airlines. Prior to that, she was an attorney with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins.

Former Harvard University CFO named to MKS Board

MKS Instruments, global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions, appointed Elizabeth A. Mora CPA to its Board. She is the CFO of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, a non-profit engineering R&D lab. She worked for Harvard University, ultimately serving as CFO and VP for Finance. Prior to joining Harvard, she worked for Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) from and was one of the founding members of its National Regulatory Consulting Practice.

Brooks Automation Appoints Hospital CEO as Director

Brooks Automation elected Ellen M. Zane, 59, to its Board. Ms. Zane recently retired as the President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, and currently serves on its board of trustees as Vice Chairman. Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, Ms. Zane held the position of Network President for Partners HealthCare System. Ms. Zane was also recently named one of the ten most powerful women in healthcare by

Blyth Elects Investment Management Specialist to Board

Blyth, the direct-to-customer home & wellness products supplier, elected Jane A. Dietze, 45, to its Board. Ms. Dietze is Director of Private Equity at Bowdoin College's Investments Office. Prior to joining Bowdoin College she was a MD at Fortress Investment Group, General Partner at Nextpoint Partners, Acting CEO of Secured Services, a publicly-traded software firm, General Partner at Columbia Capital, President, CEO and Co-Founder of TORSO, now owned by Oracle, Investment Officer at International Finance Corporation, and a financial analyst in M&A with Goldman Sachs. During the course of her investment management career, she served as director or observer of Adjoined Consulting (now Capgemini), Approva, Netuitive, Pihana Pacific (now Equinix), RiverMine Software, Affinity Internet (now Hostway), Spaceworks (now Manugistics), Relera, Digital Paper (now ePlus) and Intersect.

Experienced Tech CEO named to Emulex board

Storage networking products company Emulex appointed industry leader Beatriz Infante, 57, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Infante is the CEO of Business Excelleration, a business transformation consultancy she founded in 2009, and also serves as director at Sonus Networks. Prior to these roles, she was the CEO and director of ENXSuite, a leading supplier of energy management solutions, until its acquisition by Infor in 2011. She also served as CEO of VoiceObjects; Interim CEO of Sychron; Chairman, President and CEO of Aspect Communications; and several roles including SVP, Application Servers at Oracle. 

Children’s entertainment and toy industry veteran appointed to JAKKS Pacific board

Leading U.S. toy and consumer products company JAKKS Pacific elected Leigh Anne Brodsky as new Director to the Board. She served as President of Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, where she oversaw worldwide licensing and merchandising for several children’s series.  Prior to her nearly 13 years with Viacom, she worked in senior executive roles for Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video and Scripps Howard's United Media. Ms. Brodsky is currently a Board member of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and served as a director of Toy Industry Association.

Medical Devices Company Appoints Venture Capital Exec to board

The Spectranetics, the medical devices company, appointed B. Kristine Johnson, 59, to the Board. For last 12 years she is President of Affinity Capital Management, a venture capital firm that invests in private, US based healthcare companies. Prior to that she was SVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Medtronic where she spent 17 years. She currently serves on the Board of Piper Jaffray, St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota Foundation, University of Minnesota Physicians and other private entities.

Former Honeywell and GE Exec named to manufacturing company’s board

Douglas Dynamics, manufacturer of snow control equipments, appoints of Margaret Dano, 52, as director. Ms. Dano has been a member of the board of International Container Services, and currently serves as Lead Director. She was VP, Worldwide Operations of Garrett Engine Boosting Systems, a division of Honeywell. Before joining Honeywell, she served in executive or management roles with Avery Dennison, Black & Decker and GE .

Homebuilding Company names Financial Expert to Board

Beazer Homes USA, the Fortune 500 American homebuilding company, appointed Elizabeth S. Acton, 60, to its Board of Directors. She served as EVP, Finance & CFO at financial services company, Comerica. Prior to joining Comerica, she was VP-Treasurer at Ford Motor, where she had responsibility for worldwide automotive and financial services treasury activities.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia founder elected as Non-Exec Chair

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the diversified media and merchandise company, elected Martha Stewart, 71, the company’s founder as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. She rejoined the Board in 2011 and now succeeds Charles Koppelman. She served as Chair, Director, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, Chief Editorial, Media and Content Officer of the Company.  She is the author of numerous books on domestic arts.

Accomplished Female Entrepreneur, Advisor and Activist named to Peoples Bancorp Board

Peoples Bancorp appointed Tara Abraham to its board and to the company's main subsidiary, Peoples Bank, National Association. Abraham is Chair and Co-CEO of Accel, a contract packaging company which she founded 16 years back. She currently serves on the board of United Way of Central Ohio, Ohio State University College of Education/Human Ecology, and Capital Campaign for Ohio Health's Kobacker Hospice, and Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She was appointed in 2011 to the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) to serve a three-year term representing WBENC. The NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

TheStreet Appoints Aegis Media Exec to Board

TheStreet, the online financial media company, appointed Sarah Fay, 49, to board as Ronni Ballowe, 54, resigns. Ms. Fay served as CEO of Aegis Media North America, a marketing services company, as CEO and President of Carat and Isobar, divisions of Aegis. Since leaving Aegis she has served on the boards of a number of digital advertising, marketing and technology companies, including NeoMedia Technologies, a mobile barcode technology company.

Ronni Ballowe has served as a director of the Company since 2009. She spent 19 years at Ziff-Davis, a leading media company, serving in several senior executive positions, including Publisher of the flagship PC Magazine, Publisher of Computer Shopper and President of Ziff-Davis. After leaving Ziff-Davis in 1998, she turned her attention to helping non-profit organizations in strategic planning, marketing, fund-raising and organizational dynamics. More recently, she has been consulting to media and other companies in a variety of roles, including providing strategic advice to digital media companies.

Date range: May 6th - June 3rd


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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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