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EarthLink and Accelrys - Women Appointed to Tech Boards Featured

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EarthLink Adds Board Members

EarthLink, an IT services, network and communications provider, named Kathy S. Lane, 56, and Julie A. Shimer, Ph. D., 60, to EarthLink's Board of Directors. Lane was most recently EVP/CIO of TJX Companies, a specialty apparel retailer, until her retirement earlier this year. Previously she was Group CIO at National Grid USA and SVP/CIO of Gillette Company and before that she held positions of increasing responsibility in IT at General Electric, Pepsi-Cola International and Procter & Gamble.

Dr. Shimer is currently a private investor and has 30 years of product development experience, including many years with communications companies. She served as CEO of Welch Allyn, a manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, President and CEO of Vocera Communications, GM at 3Com Corporation and Motorola and has been a product development leader at Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Former Taleo Exec Joins Board of Scientific Informatics Software Firm

Accelrys elected Heidi Melin, 43, to board. Melin currently serves as the CMO of Plex Systems, a cloud ERP technology company. Previously, she was the SVP and CMO of Eloqua. Prior to Eloqua, she was responsible for the global marketing team at Taleo and held senior marketing positions at Polycom, Hyperion and Peoplesoft.

Date Range: July 9th - August 3rd

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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.

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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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