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Tech Execs Appointed to Non Tech Boards 5/6 to 6/3 2012 Featured

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EDS/HP Exec Named to Clean Energy Company Board

Premier Holding, the clean energy products and services company, appointed Bobby Grisham, 58, to its board of directors. Grisham served at EDS, a HP company, for more than 30 years, currently being the chief global sales officer. He also served as the president of the EDS U.S. Southwest Operations Solutions and President of the Large Financial Institutions Strategic Business Unit, assuming responsibility for all EDS banking and securities business. Grisham also managed all IT operations for six General Motors Electrical Component divisions.

Software Industry Investor and Advisor Named to Cambridge Bancorp’s Board

Cambridge Bancorp appointed Hambleton (Ham) Lord to its board. He is the MD of LaunchPad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel group that focuses on seed and early-stage investments for technology companies. He is a board member for Qstream, and a board observer for Building Engines and EveryScape. With over 25 years of experience in the software industry, Mr. Lord is an active investor and advisor to early stage companies. Mr. Lord's senior management experience most recently includes co-founding and serving as the VP of Marketing for Advanced Visual Systems (AVS). Prior to AVS, he helped launch two computational chemistry companies, MicroChem Technologies and Polygen, making them pioneers in the development of software for drug discovery, and were part of an industry wide acquisition roll-up that resulted in Accelrys.

Global CTO of Citibank appointed to StrongMail Board

StrongMail, a leading provider of interactive marketing solutions, appointed Yobie Benjamin to the company's Board. A visionary tech innovator and entrepreneur, Benjamin currently serves as CTO and MD of Citigroup Global Transaction Services/Institutional Clients Group (GTS/ICG). He formerly founded, a social-service e-commerce site helping non-profits that was acquired by Kleiner-Perkins-funded He has been Partner, Chief of Global Strategy and CTO at E&Y, Partner at CSC and Innovation Arts, and Chief Knowledge Officer at Cambridge Technology Partners.

Date range: May 6th - June 3rd

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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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