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Tech Execs Appointed to Non Tech Boards 1/28 to 2/28 2013 Featured

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American Express Elects Former IBM Chair/CEO and Alcatel EVP as Directors

American Express elected Samuel J. Palmisano, 61, and Anne Lauvergeon, 53, to its board of directors. Mr. Palmisano was chairman, president and CEO of IBM from 2003 to 2011. Under his leadership, IBM achieved record financial performance, transformed itself into a globally integrated enterprise and introduced its Smarter Planet agenda. Mr. Palmisano began his career with IBM in 1973. In a 39-year career with the company, he held leadership positions that included SVP and group executive of the Personal Systems Group, SVP and group executive of IBM Global Services, SVP and group executive of Enterprise Systems, and president and COO. He is a member of the board of Exxon Mobil.

Mrs. Lauvergeon is partner and managing director of Efficiency Capital, an investment firm that focuses on energy, technologies, and natural resources. She is also chairman and CEO of A.L.P. SAS, an advisory company. In 1999, she was named chairman and CEO of Cogema a leading provider of technology solutions to power utilities, which she consolidated with other businesses into Areva that she served as CEO from 2001 to 2011. Prior to that, she was in charge of international business and industrial holdings at Alcatel, where she was senior EVP and member of the executive committee. Earlier in her career, she was partner of Lazard Freres & Cie. She also held the position of deputy chief of staff in the French President's office and G7/G8 meetings "sherpa" for the President. She is a member of the board of Total and Vodafone. She is chairman of the supervisory board of the French newspaper Liberation. In addition, she serves as a member of several business associations, charity and educational institutions.

Sensata Technologies’ CEO Joins Avery Dennison as Director

Global leader in labelling and packaging materials and solutions, Avery Dennison, appointed Martha N. Sullivan, 56, as Director. Sullivan is the president and CEO of Sensata Technologies, one of the world's leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions. An engineer by training with nearly 30 years of experience, she joined Sensata's predecessor company, Texas Instruments, in 1984 and rose through management positions of increasing responsibility, including VP of sensor products, to become COO of Sensata in 2006. She was named president in 2010, and became CEO in January 2013.

Estee Lauder CIO Joins Board of United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods appointed Denise M. Clark, 55, to the Company's Board of Directors. Ms. Clark joins UNFI as an independent director and brings more than two decades of IT experience, including experience in the delivery of ERP, digital platforms, and innovative business transformation initiatives. She has served as SVP and Global CIO for The Estee Lauder Companies since November 2012. Prior to that role, she served as SVP and CIO for Hasbro from 2007 to 2012. Ms. Clark also served at Mattel, where she was Global CTO and later CIO for the Fisher Price brand from 2000 to 2007.

Former IBM Exec and Retail Industry Veteran Joins Saks’ Board

Retailer Saks appoints Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, 66, to the Company's Board. He is a highly experienced retail industry executive who has led large consumer and luxury goods businesses both domestically and internationally over the past thirty years. Last year, Mr. Ullman retired as Chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney, after serving in those positions since 2004. Prior to that, he served as Director General of the world's largest luxury group, LVMH in Paris; Chairman and CEO of DFS Group, the world's leading travel retailer; and Chairman and CEO of R.H. Macy & Co.

His prior retail experience also includes leading Wharf Holdings in Hong Kong and posts at Federated Department Stores earlier in his career. In addition, he previously served as a White House Fellow in the Reagan Administration, VP of Business Affairs at the University of Cincinnati, and an International Account Manager for IBM. Mr. Ullman currently serves on the boards of Starbucks and the COFRA Group and as Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is also an advisor to the board of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and is a past Chairman of the National Retail Federation. Mr. Ullman is also Chairman of the Board of Mercy Ships International, a global medical and human services charity. He previously served as a director of Ralph Lauren; Taubman Centers, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton; Federated Department Stores; and Segway.

Date Range - January 28th - February 28th

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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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