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Telecom Products Exec & Board Appointments 11/19 to 12/21 2012 Featured

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Verizon Adds Board Member and Names Investor Relations SVP

Verizon elected Kathryn A. Tesija, EVP of merchandising and supply chain at Target, its Board of Directors. Tesija joined Target in 1986 and has held a variety of leadership positions within merchandising. She is a member of Target's executive committee and currently oversees all merchandising functions, including product design and development, sourcing, inventory management, merchandising systems, presentation and operations, as well as the company's global supply chain.

Mike Stefanski, SVP and treasurer for Verizon, has been named SVP - Investor Relations. The current head of Investor Relations, John Doherty, has been named to lead Verizon's Strategic Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures organization. A successor as corporate treasurer will be named at a later date. Stefanski brings more than two decades of experience in telecommunications and finance to his new role in Investor Relations. Before becoming treasurer last year, Stefanski served as CFO - Verizon Consumer and Mass Business and Global Wholesale, and VP and controller at Verizon Wireless. Since joining Verizon predecessor company Bell Atlantic in 1990, Stefanski has held management positions of increasing responsibility, including internal audit, financial operations, strategy and planning, and corporate finance. Before joining Bell Atlantic, he worked at Ernst & Young as a certified public accountant.

Google Nabs Samsung Exec for Motorola Mobility

Google has hired Brian Wallace, the VP of strategic marketing at Samsung’s U.S. phone unit, to fill a similar post at Motorola. Wallace joined Samsung a year ago; prior to that he had spent more than a decade at BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.

Former Motorola Exec Named as CMO at HTC

HTC appoints new CMO, Benjamin Ho— replacing current CMO, John Wang, who will be stepping down.  Jason Mackenzie, currently serving as its president of global sales and marketing, will focus on global sales strategy. Ho was previously VP of business strategy and marketing at Far EasTone Telecommunications, and served as VP and CMO at Motorola Asia Pacific, as well as previously being director at BBDO Greater China, Dentsu and Young and Rubicam International.

Wireless Handset Chip Supplier Promotes Divisional Exec to Corporate Role

Skyworks Solutions promoted Liam Griffin, who previously served as EVP and general manager of Skyworks' high performance analog business, to EVP and corporate general manager. This newly created role encompasses responsibility for all of Skyworks' business units and is designed to enhance product line performance, leverage organizational synergies and best capitalize on market opportunities. Prior to his leadership role in high performance analog, Griffin served as the Company's SVP of sales and marketing where he gained in depth knowledge of Skyworks' broad product portfolio.

Head of Nokia’s Digital Imaging Departs for Land Rover/Jaguar

Nokia's longtime head of imaging and photography, Damian Dinning, is leaving after nearly a decade. He is leaving the mobile giant for a job at Land Rover/Jaguar. During Damian Dinning’s nine years at Nokia, he led the team that developed the PureView technology that introduced a 41 megapixel camera to a smartphone.

Harris Corporation Names Divisional Heads

Harris Corporation has named Vishal Agrawal, M.D., 38, president of the company's Healthcare Solutions business. He joins Harris from McKinsey and Company, where he was a partner and leader in the firm's North American Healthcare Systems and Services practice. Prior to his business career he served as a research fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University.

James D. Morris, 47, is now group president of the company's Integrated Network Solutions business. He joins Harris from Western Digital, where he held domestic and international leadership positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in 2001. He most recently served as EVP and general manager for four of the company's commercial product businesses, with $7 billion in total revenue. Previously he helped revitalize the company's notebook and desktop operations, guiding WD to industry leadership in both segments. Morris also served as a senior engagement manager with McKinsey. Prior to his business career he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army and was awarded a Bronze Star in Operation Desert Storm.

Genesis Group Holdings Makes Board Changes

Genesis Group Holdings, the telecom infrastructure company, named Neal Oristano as director of the Company. Neal Oristano is VP, Global Service Provider Market Segment of Cisco. Prior to joining Cisco, he was SVP, Americas for service provider sales with Juniper.

Mark Durfee is also new director of the Company. Mark Durfee is Managing Director of Auerbach Acquisitions. Mr. Durfee has been a private equity investor for 25 years, investing in a broad portfolio of companies in the manufacturing, education, telecommunications, business and industrial services industries. He began his career at Manufacturers Hanover as a founding member of the special finance division, and then moved on to both Butler Capital and Kinderhook Capital, as a Partner, investing in over 40 middle market companies.

Date range: November 19 - December 21

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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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