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Women Appointed to Large Boards 12/3 to 12/31 2012 Featured

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Verizon Adds Board Member

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.

Honeywell Names GM Vet to Board

Honeywell appointed Grace Lieblein to its Board of Directors. Grace is the GM Brazil President and Managing Director. Prior to this role, she served as GM Mexico President and Managing Director. Lieblein began her career in 1978 as a co-op student at General Motors Assembly Division in Los Angeles and has since served in a number of positions within the company. As Vehicle Chief Engineer, she led the design, development, testing and launch of the company’s new line of mid-size cross-over vehicles, one of GM’s most profitable platforms to date.

Harvard Business School Professor Joins Eaton Corporation’s Board

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation named former Cooper Industries director Linda A. Hill to the Company’s Board. She is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs. She is a member of the Board of State Street Corporation and Harvard Business Publishing. She is also a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund USA, The Bridgespan Group and Bryn Mawr College. Hill is on the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program.

Tesoro Corporation Appointed Former KPMG Exec to Board

Tesoro Corporation named Mary Pat McCarthy to the Company's Board of Directors. Ms. McCarthy in 2011 retired from her position as Vice Chair of KPMG’s U.S. member firm.  She joined KPMG in 1977 and was admitted to partnership in 1987.  She held numerous senior leadership roles with KPMG, including Executive Director of the KPMG Audit Committee Institute; Leader of the KPMG Client Care Program; U.S. Leader, Industries and Markets; and Global Leader, Information, Communication and Entertainment Practice. She also served on the KPMG Management and Operations Committees.

Interactive Multichannel Retailer appoints BBC Exec as Director

Interactive multichannel retailer HSN named Ann Sarnoff to its Board of Directors. Ms. Sarnoff currently serves as the COO of BBC Worldwide Americas. She is responsible for the company's North American businesses and has held this role since 2010. From 2006 until joining the BBC in 2010, she was President of Dow Jones Ventures and SVP of Strategy for Dow Jones & Company. Previously, she served for two years as COO of the Women's National Basketball Association and spent ten years at Viacom where she ultimately became COO for VH1 and Country Music Television.

Penske Automotive Group Appoints Banking Professional as Board Member

The international automotive retailer named Sandra E. Pierce to its Board. Ms. Pierce recently retired as President and CEO, Charter One Bank Michigan, a division of Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was responsible for the bank’s commercial banking business and all bank activities in Michigan, a position she held since 2004. She also served as the Midwest Regional Executive for the bank, overseeing all bank activities in Illinois and Ohio. Prior to these positions, she held various executive positions with JP Morgan Chase, Bank One, and National Bank of Detroit from 1978 through 2004. Ms. Pierce currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Henry Ford Health System, one of the country’s largest health care systems and a national leader in clinical care, research and education. She is actively involved in numerous activities to foster economic development in the Detroit area, including Chair of the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Detroit.

Supply Chain Solutions Company Names Former Microsoft Exec to Board

Landstar System, a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation and logistics services, appointed Homaira Akbari, 51, to its Board of Directors. She most recently served as the President and CEO of Skybitz, a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions specializing in real‐time decision-making tools for companies with unpowered assets such as tractor-trailers, intermodal containers and rail cars, from 2007 through 2012.  She has also held executive positions at a number of large corporations, including Microsoft, Thales and Liberty Media.

First Internet Bancorp Appointed Electric Utility Industry Exec to Board

First Internet Bancorp, parent company of First Internet Bank of Indiana, a premier provider of online retail and business banking services nationwide, named Ann Murtlow to its Board of Directors. Ms. Murtlow recently completed a third term as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and is currently the principal in her consulting firm, AM Consulting. From 2002-2011, she was the President and CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, making her one of the few female CEOs in the electric utility industry.

Clean Coal Technologies appointed Ms. Ivy Santoso to its Board of Directors.

Clean Coal Technologies, an emerging cleaner-energy company utilizing patented technology to convert raw coal into a cleaner burning and more efficient fuel, appointed Ivy Santoso, as board member. Santoso brings over 20 years of professional experience working throughout Southeast Asia and China. For the past 18 years, she has worked in the investment management business with a focus on early stage opportunities. During her 12 years at Avenue Asia, a division of Avenue Capital Group, U.S.A., she was involved in the sourcing, structuring, and management of investments totaling over $2 billion.

Google Exec Departs from HomeAway’s Board; Former AOL Exec Fills Vacancy

Susan Wojcicki, 44, leaves as director of HomeAway, the company that manages online vacation rentals sites. Wojcicki joined HomeAway’s board in 2011, right before the company went public. A Google veteran, she serves currently as SVP of product management and engineering for all advertising products at Google.

The company elected Tina Sharkey to fill Wojcicki’s vacancy. Sharkey was chairman and global President of BabyCenter, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, she held various senior positions at AOL.

ANTs Software Appoints New CFO as Director

Elise Vetula, joins ANTs as the CFO and Member of the Board Of Directors, from NextTraq where she served as the Comptroller. Elise brings more than 20 years of experience as a CFO and in other leadership positions in the financial arena with organizations such as Char Baxter Communications.

Payments Processor Appoints Accomplished Finance Exec to Board

Heartland Payment Systems appointed Maureen Breakiron-Evans, 57, to board. She served as CFO of Towers Perrin, VP & GM of CIGNA, EVP and CFO at Inovant, and held several positions at Transamerica Corporation including VP and General Auditor, VP of Control and Services and President of Transamerica Business Technologies. Ms. Breakiron-Evans began her career as a financial auditor, ultimately serving as an Audit Partner with Arthur Andersen.

Former COO for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Joins Board of Health Care Management Company

Health Integrated appointed Charlene Frizzera to its Board of Directors. Frizzera is the former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As a senior executive, she helped lead numerous policy and operational initiatives, including those most recent associated with the Affordable Care Act. Frizzera's 30 years of experience at CMS includes positions as COO, Deputy COO, Deputy Director for the Center of Medicaid and State Operations, and Regional Administrator of the Philadelphia Regional Office. Frizzera led the integration of the agency's programs and policies across components and leading all operational aspects of CMS including budget, information technology and systems, human resources, contracting, administration, and program integrity. She modernized CMS' IT infrastructure, and designed and implemented an aggressive program for reducing fraud, waste and abuse.

Date Range - December 3rd - December 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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