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Women Appointed to Large Boards 7/2 to 7/31 2012 Featured

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Qualcomm Appoints Biomedical and Energy Research Heavyweight to Board

Qualcomm, the digital wireless telecom products company, elected Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., 60, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hockfield served as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until July 2012, where she also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Neuroscience. The first woman and the first life scientist to lead MIT, Dr. Hockfield helped the university break new ground across a range of disciplines. Under her leadership, the university launched the MIT Energy Initiative in 2006, known as MITEI, a $350 million effort to accelerate research, policy and education to achieve a clean energy future.

ConocoPhillips Names Public Policy Advisor to Board

ConocoPhillips has elected Ms. Jody Freeman, 48, as a new outside director. Professor Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She joined the Harvard Law faculty in 2005 and was previously professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She served as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the White House in 2009-2010, contributing to a variety of policy initiatives, including greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation. She was appointed in 2010 to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process.

BlackRock Names Former World Bank Exec to Board

BlackRock appointed Jessica Einhorn, 64,  to its Board of Directors. Jessica is the former Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University. She spent nearly twenty years at the World Bank, concluding as Managing Director in 1998. She was a Visiting Fellow at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to becoming Dean, she was a consultant at Clark & Weinstock, a strategic consulting firm. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1978 she held positions at the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. State Department and the International Development Cooperation Agency of the United States.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum names Former E&Y Veteran to Board

Reliance Steel & Aluminum appointed Sarah J. Anderson, 62, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Anderson has over 35 years of experience in accounting and financial advisory services. She retired from Ernst & Young in 2008 after more than 24 years with the firm. Ms. Anderson also serves on the boards of American States Water Company, a water utility that provides clean and waste water to military bases, and Kaiser Ventures, which owns real estate assets of Kaiser Aluminum.

Former Citi and JPMorgan Exec joins Board of Financial Holding Company

Assured Guaranty appointed Bonnie L. Howard to its Board of Directors. She has more than 30 years of experience in auditing and risk management. She was Chief Auditor and Global Head of Control and Emerging Risk at Citigroup. She was previously Managing Director of Capital Markets Audit at Fleet Boston Financial and a Managing Director at JPMorgan in the roles of Global Head of Markets Operational Risk Management and Deputy Auditor. Ms. Howard is a certified public accountant in the United States and has over a decade of experience with KPMG and Ernst and Young.

Weathered Food Industry Exec Appointed to Board by Insurance Group

CNO Financial Group appointed Mary R. Henderson, 62, to its Board of Directors. She is the managing partner and founder of Henderson Advisory, a consulting practice providing marketing perspective and business evaluation to investment management firms on the consumer products and food industries. She previously was a Corporate VP of Bestfoods and President of Bestfoods Grocery. During her 30-year career with Bestfoods, and its predecessor company CPC International, she held a wide variety of international and North American general management and executive marketing positions. She has served as a director on numerous corporate boards, including Del Monte Foods Company, The Equitable Companies, AXA Financial, Pactiv Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, The Shell Transport and Trading Company and the Hunt Corporation. Ms. Henderson currently is a director of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Foreign Policy Association, and is a trustee of Drexel University and the Drexel College of Medicine.

McKesson Exec Appointed to Board by Bank Holding Company

Umpqua appointed Laureen Seeger, 50, to its board. Seeger is EVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of McKesson. Previously, Seeger was VP and General Counsel of McKesson. Before joining McKesson Seeger served as a Commercial Litigation Partner at the Atlanta law firm of Morris, Manning & Martin, and as a Commercial Litigation Attorney at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

Oil and Natural Gas Company adds Director

Bill Barrett Corporation appointed Carin M. Barth, 49, as an independent director. She is President of LB Capital,a private capital company she co-founded in 1988. In 2008, she was appointed a Commissioner to the Department of Public Safety for the State of Texas. She served as a member of the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University and was Chairman of the University's endowment. During 2004 to 2005, she took a leave of absence from LB Capital, to serve as CFO of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. She also served as Interim SVP of Finance and Administration at Texas Southern University.

Specialty Pharma Company Appoints Former CFO of DreamWorks Animation to Board

Obagi Medical Products appointed Kristina M. Leslie, 47, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Leslie served as CFO of DreamWorks Animation, prior to which she was Head of Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning. While at DreamWorks, she led the IPO of DreamWorks. Ms. Leslie also served as Director of Financial Planning for Viacom.

Banking Industry Heavyweight appointed as Director by Payment Processing Technology Company

Jack Henry & Associates, the data and payment processing technology and software company, named Jacqueline R. Fiegel, 58, to its Board of Directors as an Independent Director. Ms. Fiegel is SEVP and COO of Oklahoma-based Coppermark Bank which she joined in 1976. She currently is a member of the board of Coppermark Bank and also serves as director and treasurer of both Coppermark Bancshares and affiliate Coppermark Card Services. She has served on the Oklahoma City Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and currently serves on several business and civic boards including the Economic Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University Alumni Association, and the YWCA, Oklahoma City. In 2008, she was named one of the U.S. Banker 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking. She received the Servant Leader Award from Oklahoma City University and the Alpha Phi Panhellenic Woman of the Year, and was named to the Circle of Excellence as a Journal Record Woman of the Year – 50 Making A Difference.

Google and eBay Exec named to Data Integration Software Company Board

Informatica, the enterprise data integration and data quality software company, appointed Amy Chang to its Board of Directors. Ms. Chang has been the global head of product, ads measurement and reporting for Google since 2010. Ms. Chang joined Google in 2005, and has served in various management positions including director of product management, group product manager, senior product manager and product manager. Prior to joining Google, she was Product Manager - User Acquistion at eBay and Associate and Business Analyst at McKinsey.

Former Yahoo Exec named to Zynga’s Board

Zynga named former Yahoo executive Ellen Siminoff, 44, to its board of directors. Siminoff is currently CEO of Shmoop University, an educational publishing company which aims to reduce the friction in learning. She also currently serves on the board of Journal Communications, Mozilla Corporation, Solarwinds, and U.S. Auto Parts Network. Prior to joining Shmoop University, she served as President and CEO of Efficient Frontier, a provider of Search Engine Marketing management services. Siminoff was a founding executive at Yahoo! were she held a variety of roles in business and corporate development, culminating with overseeing Yahoo!’s entertainment and small business division.

Digital Imaging and Software Company appoints former Kellogg and Lucent CIO to board

Teledyne Technologies appointed Ruth E. Bruch, 58, former SVP and CIO of Kellogg, to its Board of Directors. Previously she served as SVP & CIO at Lucent Technologies, VP & CIO at Visteon Automotive Systems, President & COO at, VP & CIO at Union Carbide, Principal Advisor at JGA Consulting, Sr. Director, IT Strategy at Continental Bank, Sr. Director, IT Strategy at First Bank Systems, and Controller at Davenport Bank & Trust.

Health IT Company Appoints Well-Known Politician to Board

eHealth, appointed the Honorable Ellen O'Kane Tauscher, 60, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Tauscher served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 10th Congressional District. While a member of Congress, she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and most recently as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. She served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, when she retired from government. Since returning to the private sector earlier in 2012, she has provided advice to the State Department on arms control, missile defense and civil nuclear cooperation and joined the board of directors of Invacare Corporation. Prior to serving in Congress, she worked in investment banking and the financial industry in various roles for Bache Halsey Stuart Shields, Bear Stearns, Drexel Burnham Lambert and as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.

Star Tech Analyst Joins DocuSign’s Board

DocuSign, the eSignature transaction management company, appointed Mary Meeker, 53, to its Board of Directors. Mary is a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Mary had previously been a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Over the years, Morgan Stanley published similar landmark reports led by Meeker on online advertising, e-commerce, evolution of search, the Internet in China, and the mobile Internet. In 2004, Morgan Stanley (with Meeker as research analyst) served as lead manager for the IPO of Google. Meeker and Chris DePuy at Morgan Stanley, published "The Internet Report," a landmark Morgan Stanley industry report which became known as "the bible" for investors in the dot com boom and went into popular circulation - as a book, and on the web. Meeker is often credited for her comprehensive, rapid fire, annual Internet industry overviews at the Web 2.0 conferences. Meeker was named "one of the ten smartest people in tech" by Fortune magazine in 2010.

Online Transportation Management Company appoints Academician to board, the online transportation management company, appointed Neeli Bendapudi, 48, Dean of the University of Kansas School of Business, to its Board of Directors. She previously served as a professor of marketing at The Ohio State University and as EVP of Huntington National Bank. She has consulted for dozens of the world's largest companies and has experience on public and private boards.

Retired Williams-Sonoma COO/CFO joins Board of Online Art Seller, the online art seller, appointed Sharon McCollam, 49, former COO and CFO at Williams-Sonoma, to its Board of Directors. McCollam also previously served as CFO of Dole Fresh Vegetables. She is a Director of Sutter Health and OfficeMax.

Former Tropicana and Nabisco CEO named to Mozido Board

Mozido, a provider of mobile-enabled financial services, appointed Ellen Marram, 62, to its Board of Directors. Ellen is the former president and CEO of Tropicana, and the Nabisco Biscuit Company. Currently president of the Barnegat Group, a business advisory firm, Marram's corporate board roles include Eli Lilly, Ford Motor, and The New York Times Co.

Date range: July 2nd - July 31st

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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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