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Women on Boards - New Appointments in January 2011 Featured

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Women appointed to larger board of directors in January 2011 have included two financial experts (CFOs) and a specialist in Government Relations and Sustainability.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company announced that it is expanding the size of its board from nine to ten members appointing Celeste A. Clark, Ph.D.,52 as its newest director. Clark, 57, is Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy & External Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for the Kellogg Company. Dr. Clark has transitioned from a US role to global role in 1996 and was named Kellogg’s CSO in 2008.

Lorillard, Inc. announced the election of Dianne Neal Blixt to its Board of Directors. Ms. Blixt will serve on the Company's Audit Committee. Dianne Neal Blixt served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Reynolds American Inc. from 2004 until her retirement in December 2007. She is also a board member for the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the UNC Greensboro Bryan School MBA program and Summit School.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. announced the election of Pamela J. Craig, 53, CFO at Accenture , to the Board effective April 1, 2011.  Ms. Craig joined Accenture in 1979.  She also served as Managing Partner of Accenture's Global Media and Entertainment Industry Group, developing and managing the practice worldwide when first created in 1994


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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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