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Coca-Cola Appoints Board Member with Banking and Internet Technology Experience

The Coca-Cola Company elected Ana Botin, 52, as a Director of the Company. Botin is CEO of Santander UK, one of Britain's leading personal financial services companies and a subsidiary of the Santander Group, the largest bank in the Eurozone. Botin has led corporate and investment strategies at JP Morgan in New York, established and headed Santander's International Corporate Banking business in Latin America, and served as the Executive Chairman of Spain's Banco Espanol de Credito. She also brings internet technology experience, having partnered with internet entrepreneurs in an IT consultancy firm which she grew and sold to Indra, the leading global technology company in Spain.

Botin is the Founder and Vice Chairman of Empresa y Crecimiento Foundation, which finances small- and medium-sized companies in Latin America; Founder and Chairman of the Conocimiento y Desarrollo Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the contribution of universities to economic and social development; and Founder and Chairman of EmpiezaPorEducar Foundation, the Spanish member of the global "Teach For America" network.

JPMorgan Chase’s Long-Time Board Member Retires

JPMorgan Chase’s board member Ellen Futter, 63, has retired. Futter is retiring after 16 years of service to the company, helping steer the company through a number of mergers as well as the recent financial crisis. Futter is a Partner of New York City Partnership. She is a Member of Executive Committee at NYC & Company. She has been President of the American Museum of Natural History since 1993. She served as President of Barnard College from 1980 to September 1993. Her career began at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where she practiced corporate law.

Pioneer Natural Resources Appoints New Board Members

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company Pioneer Natural Resources appointed Stacy P. Methvin and Phoebe A. Wood to its Board of Directors. Methvin worked for Shell Oil Company in various operational and management roles in the upstream, downstream and chemical businesses for 33 years from 1979 to 2012. These roles included President, Shell Louisiana E&P Company, President, Shell Deer Park Refining Company, President Shell Pipeline Company LP, President, Shell Chemical LP, Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio for the downstream business, Vice President, Global Distribution and Vice President Refining Margin Optimization.

Phoebe A. Wood was employed by ARCO for 24 years from 1976 through 2000 in various financial and planning positions, both domestically and internationally. During her years at ARCO, her assignments included Vice President, Finance, Planning and Control of ARCO Alaska, Vice President, Business Development of ARCO's U.S. exploration and production company (Vastar Resources), and Vice President, Finance, Planning and Control of ARCO British Limited. After leaving ARCO, Wood served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Motorola's telecom subsidiary, Propel, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brown-Forman, becoming Vice Chairman in 2006.

Bunge Appoints Well-Known Attorney and Politician to Board

Food processing giant Bunge appointed Carol M. Browner, 56, to its Board of Directors. Browner is a senior counsellor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global advisory firm that provides strategic counsel to businesses on government relations, macroeconomic and political risks, regulatory issues, market entry strategies, and environmental, social and corporate governance issues. She served as assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport and related policies across the federal government. Browner was a founding principal of the Albright Group and Albright Capital Management. Previously, she served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001.

OGE Energy Appoints Recognized Tech Exec as Director

Electric utility company OGE Energy appointed Sheila G. Talton, 60, as its new board member. Talton currently serves as president and CEO of Gray Matter Analytics, a consultancy offering data analytics and predictive modelling services and solutions to organizations in the financial services and health care industries. Prior to founding Gray Matter, she served in a variety of leadership positions with global technology leaders Cisco and Electronic Data Systems as well as other leading technology firms. She is a Congressional appointee on the U.S. White House Women's Business Council. She also has been recognized as one of the 'Top 10 Women in Technology' by Enterprising Women and as 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners.

Arthur J. Gallagher Appoints Former Northern Trust Exec to Board

Insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. elected Sherry S. Barrat to the company's Board of Directors. Barrat retired in 2012 as Vice Chairman of Northern Trust. She was also the Global President of Northern Trust's Personal Financial Services business, which provides asset management, fiduciary, estate and financial planning, and private banking services to individuals and families around the world. Barrat currently serves as a director of NextEra Energy, and Prudential Insurance Funds, and is a member of the Women Corporate Directors' Global Advisory Board.

Xerox’s Senior Exec Joins as New Director of IDEXX

IDEXX Laboratories, the global market leader in diagnostics and IT solutions for animal health, elected Sophie V. Vandebroek, PhD., 51, as a member of the Company's Board of Directors. Vandebroek has been an executive with Xerox since 2002. Most recently, she has been serving as Xerox's CTO and Corporate Vice President, as well as President of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. She is responsible for overseeing Xerox's research centers in Europe, Asia, Canada and the US as well as the Palo Alto Research Center. Prior to her current positions, from 2002 to 2005, he was Chief Engineer of Xerox and Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center.

Retired Verizon EVP Joins Frontier Communications’ Board

Frontier Communications, the communications company that provides voice, data, Internet, and television services and products, elected Virginia P. Ruesterholz, former President of Verizon Services Operations, to its Board of Directors. Ruesterholz retired as Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications where she was responsible for overseeing key strategic initiatives. She previously served as President of Verizon Services Operations, President of Verizon Telecom, President of Verizon Partner Solutions, President of Verizon Wholesale Markets and held roles in regional operations and operations assurance.

Former Qualcomm Exec Joins D&B Board

D&B announced that Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach was unanimously appointed to its Board of Directors Dr. Lauterbach was, until recently, Senior Vice President of Global Business Operations Europe at Qualcomm, overseeing business interests across Europe, as well as leading expansion in Eastern European markets and Turkey. Before joining Qualcomm, Dr. Lauterbach spent over 14 years in various operational and strategic roles at Deutsche Telekom, Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, McKinsey and Munich Reinsurance Company.

First Solar Appoints Former Deloitte Vet to Board

Photovoltaic (PV) solar modules manufacturer First Solar named Sharon Allen to its board of directors. Allen served as U.S. Chairman of Deloitte from 2003 to 2011, retiring from that position in 2011. She is the first and only woman ever to serve as chairman of a large, private U.S. professional services organization. Spending the entirety of her professional career at Deloitte, Allen was the first female board member in Deloitte's history and the first executive chairman of Deloitte. Allen currently serves as an independent director of Bank of America Corporation. She is a recognized thought leader and popular speaker on governance, talent, ethics, and diversity in the workplace.

Leading Internet Radio Service Company Elects Former Macromedia and HP Exec as Board Member

Pandora elected Elizabeth A. "Betsey" Nelson to the board of directors. Nelson has served on multiple boards of technology companies. She currently serves on the boards of Nokia and Brightcove. Other public company board experience includes serving as a director of, SuccessFactors, Autodesk, and CNET Networks. Nelson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Macromedia, where she also served as a director. Prior to joining Macromedia, Nelson held various roles in finance and corporate development at Hewlett-Packard.

Date Range: July 13th - August 11th

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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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