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Software Exec & Board Changes 2/11 to 3/14 2013 Featured

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Splunk Appoints Long-Time Information Security Practitioner as CISO

Operational intelligence software firm Splunk named Tim Mather as chief information security officer (CISO) and VP of security and compliance markets. With nearly 18 years of experience, Mather will serve as the team leader for the company's initiatives in security and compliance, leading the charge to help Splunk customers secure their organizations by using machine data to gain operational intelligence. Prior to Splunk, Mather spent three years as senior advisor at I-4 (International Information Integrity Institute) - a KPMG UK entity focused on information security, including the use of big data for security and securing the cloud. A long-time information security practitioner, Mather has served in senior roles at RSA Security, Symantec, VeriSign and Apple.

Qlik Technologies’ CFO Resigns

Business intelligence software firm Qlik Technologies’ CFO Bill Sorenson, 57, resigns. He plans to continue as CFO of QlikTech until a successor is named in order to facilitate an orderly transition of his responsibilities. From 2007 to 2008, he served as COO of Firebrand TV. Before that, he served as CFO of Savaje Technologies, and EMI Music Publishing. Prior to that, he held executive level positions at Bertlesmann and the News Corporation.

Ellie Mae’s COO Adds on President Role

Ellie Mae, the provider of on-demand automation software solutions for the mortgage industry, named Jonathan Corr, 45, as president and COO. An 11-year veteran of Ellie Mae, Corr was named COO in 2011. Earlier, he led the company's product management efforts and was chief strategy officer. In 2007, he was recognized in Mortgage Banking Magazine's list of IT All-Stars for his contributions in mortgage technology. Prior to Ellie Mae, Corr held executive level positions at PeopleSoft and Kana Software.

Constant Contact Promotes BU Exec as Sales and Marketing SVP

Constant Contact has promoted Christopher M. Litster to SVP, Sales and Marketing. Previously VP and general manager of Constant Contact's EventSpot business unit and a member of the executive team, Litster will now head worldwide sales and marketing for the company. Litster has developed a deep knowledge of both Constant Contact's business and the small business market the company serves. Litster replaces Rick Jensen, who is leaving Constant Contact due to a family medical situation. Jensen will remain with Constant Contact through the end of the first quarter to ensure a smooth transition.

Saba Software Announces Leadership Transition

Saba announced a leadership transition under which Bobby Yazdani, 48, will step down as Chairman, CEO and Director. The Board intends to commence a search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer, and will consider both internal and external candidates. Bobby Yazdani founded Saba in 1997. From 1988 until founding Saba, he served in various positions at Oracle, most recently as Senior Director.

Shawn Farshchi, 55, Saba's EVP and COO, has been named Interim CEO. Farshchi, a 30-year veteran of building high-technology companies, will also retain his responsibilities as COO.  From 2006 to 2011, he served as COO of Coremetrics, an on-demand web analytics application solution provider, acquired by IBM during 2010, where he managed a broad range of responsibilities including product development, service operations, professional services, technical training and customer service. Before that, he served as VO of Platform Engineering and Operations as well as GM of Voice Applications for WebEx Communications, and Regional VP of Managed Services at Oracle.

Saba has separated the roles of Chairman of the Board and CEO and appointed independent director Bill Russell, 60, to the position of non-executive Chairman. The Board is dissolving the role of lead independent director. From 1980 to 2003, Mr. Russell served in a number of executive management roles in a 23-year career at Hewlett-Packard, including the leadership of HP’s Enterprise Systems Group, its Software Solutions Group, and it’s Global Alliances Organization.

RealNetworks Appoints President of Mobile Entertainment division

RealNetworks named Max Pellegrini as President of the company's Mobile Entertainment division, which delivers ring-back tone and other mobile entertainment services to carriers and device manufacturers worldwide. Under Pellegrini, RealNetworks will continue to grow its carrier services, and also create new smartphone-based consumer services. Pellegrini is the former Chairman and CEO of, which was a leading premium mobile web company in North America. He joined Dada in Italy in 2000, and started the company's U.S. operation in 2005. In 2011, Dada was acquired by mobile entertainment leader Buongiorno, which was in turn acquired by NTT DOCOMO in 2012.

Pellegrini succeeds Mike Lunsford, who is leaving the company. Lunsford was with RealNetworks for five years, most recently as EVP of Real's Mobile Entertainment (formerly SaaS) division.

Guidance Software Appoints New Sales Leader for EMEA

The Digital forensics, cyber security, and e-discovery software solutions company Guidance Software appointed Sam Maccherola as VP of Sales for the Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. Prior to taking on his new role, he served as a VP of Sales for Guidance Software responsible for managing the Federal Government and Northeastern U.S. sales teams. Before joining Guidance Software, he was the VP of Sales for IT security company HBGary, and prior to that, he was the President of Tenix America. Mr. Maccherola also held senior positions with Tumbleweed, Entrust Technologies, Platinum Technologies, and Legent Corporation. In addition to his professional experience, Maccherola was recognised by a panel of government and industry leaders as one of Federal Computer Week’s “Federal 100,” representing the 100 people who made a positive difference in government IT.

Globalscape Promotes COO as New CEO

File transfer software developer Globalscape has named its current President and COO, Craig A. Robinson, 48, to the position of CEO. He has more than 25 years of experience in operations, IT, information assurance, and R&D. Prior to joining GlobalSCAPE as COO, he served at Synteras (General Manager), a government contracting company providing IT consulting services. He became President in 2011. He has held executive positions for companies including Symantec where he sequentially served in several leadership roles, including VP, Managed Security Services; VP, Solution Delivery; and VP, Worldwide Product Marketing. In addition, he has held senior leadership positions at AXENT Technologies (VP, Operations for consulting subsidiary SNCi), META Security Group (COO and CTO), Trident Data Systems (Commercial President and CIO.

XRS Corporation Appoints Trident Capital VC as new COO

XRS Corporation, the provider of on-demand software and services to the trucking industry, named Brendan Reidy, 59, as its new President and COO. Reidy is the former chairman and CEO of Clarus Systems. Reidy has held executive-level positions at Qwest Communications/US West, Litton Integrated Automation and Software Alliance. In addition, he has served as a director of several technology companies including eGistics, Arantech, Evolving Systems and Greenbrier & Russel. In addition, he is a venture partner at Trident Capital.

Compass Learning Appoints Software Development and Engineering Exec for Product Development Role

Compass Learning, which develops personalized educational software to the K-12 market, it has named David Thomas as its VP of Product Development. Thomas brings more than 25 years of software development and engineering experience to Compass Learning. Most recently he was VP of Platform Development for mobile entertainment software and gaming company, Fun Machine. Prior to Fun Machine he held similar VP of product development and engineering roles with All Web Leads, Trustwave, and Mirage Networks. His experience also spans the video communications, web content management, and marketing communications realm. Thomas began his career with IBM.

DreamBox Learning Names Finance Veteran as CFO

Dreambox Learning, the developer of educational and math software for the elementary school market, has named Peter Biere as its CFO. A former Partner at Gottschalk Hardesty and CFO of GlobalScholar, Mr. Biere brings deep financial, operations management and K-12 education market expertise to DreamBox Learning. He joins the DreamBox Learning leadership team with 30 years of experience in adding value to public and privately held emerging growth and middle market companies across a wide range of industries from educational and traditional high technology to retail distribution and financial services. In addition to his prior posts at Gottschalk Hardesty and GlobalScholar, he also served as CFO at and Locate Networks, COO at Evergreen Collateral Consulting, and CFO and General Manager at Lumera (now GigOptix). In these capacities, he optimized financial structures, drove profitability, shaped corporate development and strategy and created organizational sustainability.

Zettics Expands Executive Team with Addition of Big Data and Telecom Veterans

Zettics, the leader in big data mobile analytics, has appointed three industry veterans to its executive team: John Gillespie, formerly with IBM and Netezza, to SVP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development; Mike Crane, previously with Guavus and Grid Net, to VP of Business Development; and John Tremblay, formerly with NxStage and Verizon Wireless, to VP of Product Management.

John Gillespie brings more than 25 years of experience delivering complex solutions to the telecommunications and enterprise sectors to Zettics, including more than six years of big data analytics experience. He comes to Zettics from IBM, where he served as the Global General Manager for the Communications Sector (Telecommunications, Media and Energy & Utilities) Big Data Organization based in Shanghai, China. Previously, Gillespie spent many years at Netezza as the GM of their Telecommunications Division before their acquisition by IBM.

Mike Crane brings over 20 years of big data, telecommunications and global business development experience to Zettics. Previously, Mike was VP of Business Development at Guavus, VP of Sales and Business Development at Grid Net, and held leadership positions at Nielsen Mobile, Vodafone, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

John Tremblay brings over 20 years of marketing and product innovation experience across the mobile value chain. Prior to Zettics, John led an mHealth offering at NxStage Medical, helped defined the realization of new 4G services at Verizon Wireless, and co-founded and was VP of Marketing and Product Management at mobile media startup Azuki Systems.

Bullhorn Appoints Parametric Technology Exec as COO

Bullhorn, a recruiting software company, has hired technology executive Justin Teague as COO. Teague was most recently divisional VP and general manager for product life cycle management powerhouse Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he led the $600 million mechanical engineering global business unit through a surge of $100 million in revenue growth. At Bullhorn, Teague directs all customer-facing departments, including professional services, customer services and support, and sales.

Webroot Names CMO

Security software developer Webroot has named David Duncan as its CMO. Most recently, he was responsible for developing and leading the CyberSafe secure storage go-to-market product strategy for Imation, having joined Imation after the acquisition of EncryptX in 2011, where he was founder, president and managing director for 10 years. Duncan also served on McAfee's embedded solutions advisory committee for the last two years as a result of EncryptX's efforts to enable McAfee's Anti-Virus/Malware protection for deployment on removable storage devices. Prior to EncryptX, Duncan held several executive marketing positions, including SVP of marketing of Tactical Marketing Ventures, a marketing consulting company that developed go-to-market strategy and tactics for more than 150 technology companies, and VP of marketing, account management & sales for RL Polk's Consumer Information Services Division, a database marketing, direct marketing, marketing analytics and market research company with more than $400M in sales. Duncan also served in marketing leadership roles with Storage Technology Corporation, including co-founding and running marketing for a strategic business unit focused on indirect channels that grew revenue from $11M to more than $170M in three years.

Pixorial Taps Microsoft, Boeing Vet for Bizdev

Pixorial, the developer of online video sharing and editing software, has snagged a Microsoft and Boeing veteran, Jim St. Marie, as its new VP of Business Development. St. Marie brings a diverse background to Pixorial, with deep experience at Microsoft and Boeing, where he developed, coordinated, and executed capture team plans with large systems integrators to win numerous multi-million dollar contracts. In addition, St. Marie helped launch several startups including ONYX Software, NetIQ Corporation, and Four Winds Interactive. At NetIQ, he played an integral part in helping it grow from a startup to a mature +1,000 person public company. St. Marie helped grow the company to over $165M in annual revenue.

Identity Management Software Developer Hires CFO from IHS

Identity management software developer Ping Identity has named public company veteran Michael J. Sullivan as its new CFO. Sullivan recently served as EVP and CFO of IHS, the leading global source of information and analysis, where he was responsible for the overall performance of the business and financial management of the company. Prior to IHS, Sullivan served as the director of financial planning and analysis for Coors Brewing Company, where he helped shape the way in which Coors communicated with its public stakeholders. Sullivan spent ten years as senior manager of the M&A transaction support and audit practice for Price Waterhouse.

Hub Marketing Software Firm ClickSquared Names CEO

ClickSquared, a marketing and campaign management software firm, has named Sam Zales CEO. Zales succeeds Wayne Townsend, who had served as CEO since 2008. Most recently, Zales was president of Zoom Information, where he led day-to-day operations and oversaw the company’s growth strategy into the marketing services and sales intelligence arenas. He was also a management consultant at Bain & Co.

Date Range: February 11 - March 14

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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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