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Google Loses Its Wallet VP; Company Hires Head of Design

Osama Bedier, who joined Google in 2011 and headed the Google Wallet payment business as VP of Wallet & Payments, is leaving the company. Previously, he served as VP, Product Development at PayPal, Director-Technology at DG Systems/Starguide Satellite Systems, Sr. Manager, B2B eCommerce at Gateway, and Web Architect/Manager at AT&T Wireless.

Google has appointed former Ogilvy & Mather vice-chairman and executive creative director Patrick Collister as its head of design. Collister is replacing Irene Au, who is leaving. In his new role, Collister will lead Google’s creative team with the aim of helping ad agencies make the best use of Google products, such as YouTube. Ahead of joining Google, Collister is winding up his business, Creative Matters, which offers a mixture of consultancy and training services. Collister originally set up the business in 2000 after leaving Ogilvy & Mather, where he was executive creative director and vice-chairman. He served as a creative director at EHS Brann (now Havas EHS), but left in 2003 after two years.

eBay Appoints VP of Global Communications

eBay has appointed Joe Carberry, partner at Brunswick Group, to serve as VP of global communications for eBay Marketplaces. Carberry, who worked at Brunswick since 2010, will lead all communications for the company's Marketplaces business unit. The Marketplaces division includes eBay, eBay classifieds, and StubHub. Prior to joining Brunswick, Carberry served as president of the western region for MSLGroup. He also worked at Fleishman-Hillard as an account supervisor and as press secretary for San Diego Mayor Susan Golding.

The company has created a new position focusing on data and personalization, and has hired Zoher Karu, a former marketing analytics VP from Sears to fill it. Karu's new role is VP of customer optimization and data, and will focus on using customer data across eBay's properties to make a more "personal and relevant experience."

Facebook Witnesses Chief Accounting Officer Changes; General Counsel Leaves

David M. Spillane, the Chief Accounting Officer of Facebook has communicated his intention to leave the company, and Jas Athwal was appointed to the role of Chief Accounting Officer. Athwal has served as Facebook’s revenue controller since he joined the company in 2008. He is former Director of Revenue of Yahoo!, Manager, Revenue and Reporting of Extricity, and Assurance Supervisor of Grant Thornton.

Spillane joined Facebook in 2009, before which he served as Audit Senior Manager and Audit Manager at Ernst & Young, Dublin.

Facebook’s General Counsel Ted Ullyot, 45, is leaving. Ullyot has been Facebook’s VP, general counsel and secretary since 2008. Previously, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and served as chief of staff at the U.S. Justice Department and as a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. The search for his replacement will include internal and external candidates.

Yahoo! Chair Steps Down after Serving for a Year; Company Hires Longtime McKinsey Exec to Head Global Ops

Yahoo Chairman Fred Amoroso, 62, is resigning. Amoroso will be replaced in the chairman role by director Maynard Webb Jr, 58, on an interim basis. Amoroso, a former IBM executive, will remain on the board of directors until the annual shareholder meeting in June. Amoroso had informed the Yahoo board when he became chairman in May 2012 that he intended to serve only one year "in order to help Yahoo during a critical time of transformation." He is the former CEO of digital entertainment company Rovi, and joined Yahoo's board in February 2012. Among other positions, he had previously served as the President, CEO and Vice Chairman of META Group, the President and CEO of CrossWorlds Software, and as GM and a member of the world-wide management committee of IBM.

Webb, who is the chairman of contact center software company, LiveOps, joined Yahoo's board in February 2012. He had formerly served as CEO for LiveOps, COO of eBay, and CIO of Gateway.

Yahoo has also hired longtime McKinsey exec John DeVine as SVP of global operations. He has worked in the marketing and sales practice at the consulting firm since 1999 and has been a customer experience advocate. He is a former submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

VMware Exec Joins Groupon as SVP, Engineering and Ops

Groupon named Sri Viswanath as its SVP of Engineering and Operations. Viswanath joins Groupon from VMware, where he served as VP of research and development for mobile computing. Prior to VMware, he was SVP of Engineering at Glam Media and general manager of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning, and was instrumental in that company's acquisition by Glam. Before that, he worked at Sun Microsystems where he led development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products.

Groupon Exec to lead e-commerce for Staples

Former Groupon VP and general manager, Faisal Masud took on the position of EVP of global e-commerce for Staples. In this newly created role, Masud will be responsible for leading online and digital growth, building the company’s digital channels and leading e-commerce efforts. In addition, Masud will spearhead Staples’ platforms and sites development including and the company’s mobile assets.

AOL’s Ad Sales Head Resigns; Company Hires New Comms Head from Pepsi

AOL Ad Sales Head Ned Brody is leaving the company. He will be replaced on an interim basis by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. He headed AOL Networks — which used to be called — selling premium display, video and mobile network ads for the Web portal. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has stepped in to take over the role for now.

AOL has hired top PepsiCo PR exec Peter Land as its latest head of communications. Land will be leading internal and external messaging at AOL, but will not be in charge of marketing. Before joining PepsiCo, Peter was a global managing director of Edelman. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Marketing Communications for the NBA and worked for Kraft Foods in London as Director of European Promotions, among other roles.

Demand Media Sees Chief Revenue Officer Switch

Joanne Bradford, Demand Media’s Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, has stepped down to pursue another opportunity. Bradford has been replaced by Jeff Dossett, who was previously EVP Revenue. Dossett also has experience at Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Blucora Appoints PE Expert to Board

Blucora, a provider of leading online search and digital tax preparation solutions, elected David H.S. Chung to the Board of Directors. Chung brings more than 17 years of experience in private equity and public market investing. From 2006 to 2012, he was a partner at Blum Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on private equity and public strategic block investments. Prior to Blum Capital, he was a founder of Perspective Value Partners, a partner at Standard Pacific Capital, and a director/principal at KKR. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey and an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist. He is currently a director of Payless Holdings and an alternate director of Xtralis Holdings. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Hamlin School, and SLS School.

Former Yahoo Top Product Exec to Join Tribune as President of New Digital Ventures Unit

Shashi Seth, former top product exec at Yahoo, has joined the Tribune Company as president of Tribune Digital Ventures. Seth ran a wide variety of product groups for Yahoo — the last as SVP of its Connections division — and left in early 2013. Seth had been in charge of a swath of key products at Yahoo including Yahoo Mail, the Flickr photo-sharing service and many others. Previous to Yahoo, Seth also worked at Google and AOL.

EMC Exec Joins Online Real Estate Firm for Sales Role

Move, online real estate and operator of the Move Network, named Ray Picard as EVP of sales. Picard joins Move from EMC, where he held the position of VP of Americas for the Information Intelligence Software Group. At EMC, Picard led the team to several quarters of growth in an increasingly challenging market. Prior to EMC, Picard was VP of worldwide field operations at Hara Software, a Kleiner Perkins -backed leader in clean tech software. Additionally, Ray spent 10 years at Interwoven, where he helped transform the company from a content management system provider to an online digital marketing platform. In the role VP of America's Field Operations, he oversaw many quarters of year over year growth.

Blue Nile Appoints Retail Industry Specialist as Director

Blue Nile, online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, added Mindy Meads, 61, to its Board of Directors. Previously, Meads was Co-CEO of Aeropostale, where she successfully reinvigorated the merchandise assortment and launched "P.S.", Aeropostale's Kid's Division. Prior to Aeropostale, she served as CEO and President of Victoria's Secret Direct. Before that, she held executive merchandising positions at Lands' End for 14 years, including CEO and President during her last two years. Earlier in her career, she held a wide range of executive and operating roles at Sears, Gymboree, The Limited and Macy's. She currently serves on two public boards, Wet Seal and Mela Sciences. In addition to her corporate work, she sits on the Board of Governors of HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) and the Board of Trustees of the Masters School.

Twitter Makes More Changes to Management Team

Twitter has tapped Morgan Stanley’s Cynthia Gaylor to run its corporate development team. Gaylor has experience in both acquisitions and initial public offerings (IPOs). Gaylor's has led technology execution efforts at Morgan Stanley, being managing director of M&A at the firm's global technology group. She led on such deals as Google's acquisition of AdMob and's purchase of Zappos.

Gabriel Stricker, Twitter’s current VP of communications, will head up the company’s consumer marketing efforts from now on, as VP of marketing and communications. Stricker comes from both a PR and a marketing background.  He headed search communications at Google for more than five years; in 2003, he wrote a book on marketing strategy, and he has a history in political campaigning.

DigitalTown Appoints FuncoLand Founder and Recently Appointed Director as CEO

DigitalTown, the company that owns and operates social networking site of hyper-local, on-line communities built around their domain names and the schools and communities, named Director David R. Pomije, 57, as CEO. In 1988, David founded FuncoLand, predecessor to GameStop, an Interactive Entertainment Company with over 5,000 retail locations. From inception until its sale to Barnes and Noble in 2000, David held the position chairman and CEO of FuncoLand. He oversaw the building of a team of professionals, the transformation to a public company, and rapid growth to 400 locations and $250 million in revenue. Additionally, he oversaw the launching of The Game Informer magazine, the world's largest interactive entertainment magazine.

Paul Gramstad, CFO and former interim president and CEO, will maintain his CFO responsibilities for the company.

LookSmart Terminates CFO

William O'Kelly, 57, was terminated from his positions as the CFO, SVP Operations, and Secretary of LookSmart, the syndicated pay-per-click search network. Before LookSmart, he was Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Senetek, Financial Consultant at Netopia, CFO at Agentis Software, VP Finance and Treasurer at Informix, CFO at Chemical Supplier Technology, and Corporate Controller at Air Liquide America.

ePals Announces CEO Succession Plan

ePals, the social network optimized for K-12 learning, announced that Katya Andresen will succeed Miles Gilburne as the Company's CEO, in 2014 and Gilburne will transition from his role as CEO over the next six months while continuing to serve as Chairman. During the transition, Andresen will serve as President and COO. Current President, Ed Fish and current COO, J. Michael Kelly will continue focusing on major strategic partnerships, international joint ventures and corporate finance.

Andresen brings to ePals over 20 years of experience in online community development, the software services business, social media marketing, management operations and journalism. Most recently, Andresen served as COO and Chief Strategy Officer of Network for Good, which has built an online learning network and Software as a Service (SaaS) digital donations platform. Before joining Network for Good, she was president of Sutton Group, a consulting firm. She has worked with the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Ukraine and at CARE International in Atlanta, GA. Earlier in her career, she was a foreign correspondent for Reuters News and Television in Asia and for Associated Press and major U.S. newspapers in Africa.

Izea Appoints CEO as Principal Financial Officer

Izea, the marketplace for consumer generated advertising, connecting advertisers with social media publishers, appointed Edward H. Murphy, President and CEO, to act as the Company's Principal Financial Officer. He was appointed as Chairman in April this year. He founded IZEA in 2006 as part of MindComet, an interactive advertising agency that he started in 1999 and served as CEO. IZEA was later spun out of MindComet in 2006 itself.

Square Hires Former Obama Cabinet Member

Commerce start-up Square hired Demetrios J. Marantis to oversee its international and regulatory policy. Marantis, a former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, served as the country’s top trade official before making the leap to Square. Marantis, who is a lawyer, first served in the White House as the Deputy United States Trade Representative, where he was responsible for U.S. trade negotiations and enforcement in Asia and Africa. In March 2013, Marantis assumed the duties of Acting United States Trade Representative. Before joining the Administration, Marantis served as Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, where he advised Congress on trade and economic issues.

Alex Petrov, a former PayPal exec, joined Square as VP of Partnerships. Petrov was most recently the VP of Retail Marketing at PayPal, where he was responsible for merchant marketing and launching PayPal into an offline retail environment. He was previously president of Lucerne Foods, where he built the wholly-owned Safeway subsidiary into a growing consumer product organization, marketing branded and private label solutions such as Lucerne, O Organics, and Eating Right to domestic and international retail customers. He was also a marketing executive at Nestlé. He is a former NATO paratrooper.

SocialVibe Appoints Co-Founder as CEO

Online advertising firm SocialVibe re-appointed founder Joe Marchese as CEO. Marchese served as President of SocialVibe from 2006-2011. After his departure, Marchese was SVP of Marketing and Digital for Fuse Networks, where he lead Fuse’s strategy and development as a multiplatform media company, as well as Fuse's overall consumer marketing. Prior to co-founding SocialVibe, Marchese consulted and ran a practice group that specialized in strategy development for digital publishing and advertising. Marchese began his career at Monster Worldwide, the parent company of He also served as Chairman of BlockBeacon, a company that connects local businesses and local consumers in real-time which was recently acquired by Dun & Bradstreet. Marchese is also currently on the advisory board of the Paley Center’s GENERATOR, a community for rising media professionals looking to influence the evolution of media. Welcomes VP of Product, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, named Barbara Mousigian as the company's VP of Product.  As head of product, Mousigian will be responsible for defining the company's product strategy and ensuring it delivers rich value to all customers. With 16 years of web leadership experience on top of a robust marketing background, Mousigian has worked in a variety of industries including e-commerce, consumer packaged goods and marketing services. Mousigian joins from CDW, where as a Senior Director, she led strategy and day-to-day operations for the company's multi-billion-dollar e-commerce business, including mobile, search engine marketing and social media components.

Fullscreen Taps CAA Vet as Head of Talent

Independent YouTube network Fullscreen has tapped a CAA veteran, Larry Shapiro, as its new Head of Talent. Shapiro has extensive experience with digital media starting from his days as an agent for Creative Arts Agency (CAA), where he established the agency’s video game department and connected video game talents with Hollywood insiders. After leaving CAA in 2007, he was the EVP of business development at Fourth Wall Studios and was a co-founder of Xmobb, a company that links social media with entertainment.

Giftster Growth Necessitates Hire of CTO, the lifetime gift registry connecting family members around gift giving occasions, named Ian Fitzpatrick, 32, as CTO and general business strategist. Fitzpatrick has worked on several start-up development projects in the web and mobile space, and consults with small to medium businesses on their use of technology to achieve specific business objectives with his Citrusy Software consulting practice.

Artfact Hires CTO from Perillon Software

Artfact, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, is appointing D.J. Charles as CTO. Prior to Artfact, Charles served as VP of development and CTO at Perillon Software where he managed a team of engineers building on the company’s SaaS environmental product line for leading companies including Exxon Mobile, Barnes & Noble and Tiffany & Co. Before Perillon, Charles worked as both chief architect and acting general manager of Intuitive Manufacturing Systems. Charles has more than 20 years of software and services industry experience.

The RealReal Appoints CTO

The RealReal, the leader in online luxury consignment, named Nicolas Genest to its leadership team as CTO.  Nicolas will be responsible for The RealReal's technology infrastructure and product development. Nicolas joins The RealReal from where he was CTO overseeing operations, products and technology for the new US division.  While at, Nicolas led the technology department in France from 2007 to 2012 as it grew from $170M to $1B in revenue. Vente-privee is widely known as the ecommerce company, which pioneered the model of online flash sales.

Former Live Nation Exec Joins uSamp as CTO

Targeted audience provider uSamp has appointed Carl Trudel as CTO. Trudel joins from social commerce company BeachMint where he was also CTO and was previously senior vice-president for software development at entertainment company Live Nation.

Gazelle Appoints Chief Talent Officer

Senior human resources veteran, Susan M. McCuaig was appointed to the position of chief talent officer for Boston-based consumer electronics trade-in site, Gazelle. McCuaig will be responsible for overseeing and expanding the company’s workforce through an enhanced talent acquisition and development program. She previously held senior and executive level HR positions with DAVIDsTEA, CIRCOR International, State Street Corporation, and Radius Capital Partners.

Date Range: April 12th - May 24th

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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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