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Former Chair/CEO is New Board Member of Retailer TJX

The TJX Companies, the off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions, elected Dawn Lepore, 56, former CEO and chairman of, to the board of directors. Lepore most recently served as interim CEO at Prosper Marketplace, and previously held a number of leadership positions at Charles Schwab, including CIO. Lepore has deep experience in the digital and retail industries and relationships in both Silicon Valley and the Seattle technology communities. This experience, including her principal executive role at, and her extensive expertise managing complex global information technology systems, aligns with the Company's strategy to grow its digital businesses.

WellPoint Board Members Step Down

WellPoint’s Directors, Susan B. Bayh, 53, and Sheila P. Burke, 62, have left the company’s board. Bayh had served on the WellPoint board since 2001. Bayh formerly served as the Commissioner of the International Commission between the U.S. and Canada, overseeing compliance with environmental and water level treaties for the United States-Canadian border. Before that, she served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Business Administration at Butler University and was an attorney in the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company, where she focused on marketed products, clinical trials and regulatory issues. Previously, she practiced law, specializing in litigation, utility, corporate and antitrust law.

Burke, a faculty member at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was up for re-election on the board, but she withdrew her candidacy. She had served on WellPoint's board since 2004. Before that, she had served several years on the board of Thousand Oaks, WellPoint Health Networks, which was acquired by Indianapolis-based Anthem in 2004 to create the current company.

HCA Adds VC and Managing Partner of Oak Investment Partners to Board

HCA Holdings appointed Ann Huntress Lamont, 53, to its Board of Directors. Ann is a Managing Partner of Oak Investment Partners and leads their healthcare and financial services information technology teams. Her industry expertise includes enterprise software and services, healthcare, information technology and financial services. She has been integrally involved in assisting companies at a variety of development stages to become leaders in large and expanding new markets. She has developed a number of successful biopharmaceutical, information technology and healthcare related investments.

Retired Verizon EVP Joins The Hartford's Board

Virginia P. Ruesterholz, 52, has been elected to the insurance and financial services company, The Hartford's board of directors. Ruesterholz, who retired in 2012, most recently served as EVP of Verizon Communications, responsible for overseeing key strategic initiatives. She previously served as president of Verizon Services Operations. Her experience includes key business unit leadership roles that drove the company's network, technology and growth strategies. Ruesterholz was recently named chairman of the board of trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is the first female to hold this position. She is also a former member of the board of directors of the Manhattan Theater Club.

Hertz's Board Welcomes Facebook Marketing Exec and Former Diageo Canada CEO as Directors

Hertz named Carolyn Everson, 39, and Debra J. Kelly-Ennis, 56, to its Board of Directors. Carolyn Everson serves as VP of Global Marketing Solutions for Facebook, where she manages the global marketing solutions team focused on expanding advertising revenue and managing significant, strategic accounts.  Before Facebook, she served as Corporate VP of Global Ad Sales and Strategy of Microsoft.  Previous to that, she held various advertising management positions at MTV Networks Company, including serving as EVP and COO of Ad Sales. Prior to MTV, she served in roles of increasing responsibility with respect to business development and advertising at Primedia, Zagat Surveys and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Debra J. Kelly-Ennis served as President and CEO of Diageo Canada, a subsidiary of Diageo plc, a global spirits, wine and beer company. She was previously the Chief Marketing Officer for Diageo North America.  Previous to her positions at Diageo, she served in various management roles at General Motors including serving as President and COO of Saab Cars USA, General Manager of Oldsmobile and a Chevrolet Brand Manager.  Previous to GM, she held marketing and management roles of increasing responsibility with leading companies such as RJR/Nabisco, The Coca Cola Company and Grand Metropolitan.

L-3 Communications Appoints Retired Four-Star General of U.S. military as Board member

L-3 Communications named Ann E. Dunwoody, 60, the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, to the board. Throughout her 38-year military career, General Dunwoody served in a variety of senior staff positions in the Army. From 2008 until her retirement in 2012, she headed the Army Materiel Command, one of the largest commands in the Army, employing more than 69,000 people across 145 countries and all 50 states. General Dunwoody also served as Strategic Planner for the Chief of Staff of the Army and as Executive Officer to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency. She was the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general. During her career, she was decorated for distinguished service and has received many major military and honorary awards.

Electronic Arts Appoints New York Times Digital Exec to Board

Electronic Arts appointed Denise F. Warren, 48, EVP of the Digital Products and Services Group at The New York Times, to its board of directors. Warren previously served as general manager and chief advertising officer of the New York Times Media Group, where she managed operations for and related digital and mobile products.

Alkermes Appoints Healthcare Industry Expert to Board

Ireland-based biotechnology firm Alkermes elected Nancy J. Wysenski, 54, to the company's Board of Directors. Most recently serving as Chief Commercial Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, she has more than 35 years of healthcare experience, nearly 30 years of which have been in leadership and commercial roles in the biopharmaceutical industry. During her tenure at Vertex, she was responsible for expanding and directing the company's sales, marketing, market research and sales operations activities for the company's first two commercial products, INCIVEKR and KALYDECOR. Prior to joining Vertex in 2009, she was COO of Endo Pharmaceuticals. She was President and CEO of EMD Pharmaceuticals, the North American subsidiary of Merck, prior to joining Endo, and also served as EMD's VP of Commercial. She held several sales-focused roles with Merck Human Health and Astra Merck, including VP of Field Sales for Astra Merck. She began her career in healthcare as a nurse in the Acute Psychiatry / Medical Teaching / Research Units at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Cleveland.

HP CFO Joins SunPower Board

SunPower, the solar products company, appointed Catherine A. (Cathie) Lesjak, a 27-year veteran of HP, as a new independent member of the SunPower's board of directorsLesjak currently serves as EVP and CFO at HP, a position she has held since early 2007. Before being named CFO, she was SVP and treasurer, responsible for managing the company's worldwide cash, debt, foreign exchange, capital structure, risk management and benefits plan administration. Also at HP, she managed financial operations for the Software Global Business Unit, was group controller for its Software Solutions Organization, managed global channel credit risk and was the credit manager for the Commercial Customer Organization.

D&B Appoints Tyco’s EVP/Gen. Counsel to Board

D&B, the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, appoints Judith A. Reinsdorf, 48, to its Board of Directors. Reinsdorf is EVP and General Counsel of Tyco International, the world’s largest pure-play fire and security company. Previously, she served as VP, General Counsel and Secretary of C. R. Bard, a medical device company; VP and Corporate Secretary of Tyco and as VP and Associate General Counsel of Pharmacia Corporation.

PolyOne’s New Director is Experienced C-Suite Exec with a Wealth of Polymer Experience

PolyOne Corporation, provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, elected Sandra Beach Lin, 55, to the company's board of directors. Lin retired as president and CEO of Calisolar, (now Silicor Materials), a solar silicon company. She previously held executive roles at Celanese Corporation; Avery Dennison Corporation; Alcoa, and Honeywell International. Lin currently serves on the boards of directors of WESCO International and American Electric Power Company.

Brown Shoe’s CEO Adds on Chairman Role

Brown Shoe Company, the global footwear retailer and wholesaler, has appointed Diane Sullivan, 57, as chairman of the board. Sullivan will add chairmanship duties to her existing roles as president and CEO, when Ron Fromm, 61, steps down from his chairman role. Sullivan joined Brown Shoe Company in 2004 as president and assumed the additional role of COO in 2006. She was elected to Brown Shoe Company’s board of directors in 2007. Prior to Brown Shoe Company, she worked at The Stride Rite Corporation, where she served as president and COO and as a member of the board of directors. From there, Sullivan went to Phillips-Van Heusen as vice chairman of Footwear before joining Brown Shoe Company. In addition to serving on several footwear industry boards, Sullivan is currently on the boards of BJC HealthCare and Enterprise Holdings and will be joining as member of the board of trustees at Washington University.

NACD Names Seasoned Director and Experienced Business Woman as New Chairman

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) elected Dr. Reatha Clark King, 75, to serve as chairman of the board. She succeeds the Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, who has served as chairman of the NACD board since 2009 and will remain on the board through May 2014. King has served on the boards of ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, H. B. Fuller, Minnesota Mutual Insurance, and Lenox Group in addition to several nonprofits. She has been an NACD member since 1993 and an NACD director since 2005. Previously, she was president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation and VP of General Mills.

Bausch + Lomb Appoints PepsiCo Finance Leader as Director

Bausch + Lomb, the eye health company, appointed Maria Teresa Hilado, 47, to its Board of Directors. Tessa is SVP of Finance and Treasurer of PepsiCo. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2009, Hilado was VP and treasurer at Schering-Plough Corporation from 2008 – 2009 where she had global operating responsibility for the company's treasury organization and served on the Pension Investment Committee.  Previously, Hilado spent 17 years at General Motors (GM) where she held a variety of senior finance roles including assistant treasurer, general manager and CFO, GMAC Commercial Finance.  She also held a variety of positions in M&A, labor negotiations, and treasury.

Date Range: May 1st - June 12th

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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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