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February 2011: Women Executives of Note Appointed to Boards Featured

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Procter & Gamble Co announced the appointment of Meg Whitman 54, to its board of directors. She first served on the P&G board from 2003 to 2008. She started her career as brand assistant at P&G and later moved to Bain & Co in 1981 where she worked for 8 years reaching the level of VP. She then joined Walt Disney as SVP Marketing and in 1992 accepted a senior position at StrideRite. Whitman held executive positions at Florists' Transworld Delivery (FTD) and Hasboro before taking the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at eBay in 1998. Her leadership enabled eBay to grow from $4.7 million in revenues with 30 employees to $8 billion in sales and 15,000 employees worldwide by the time she retired in 2008. She ran for Governor of California in the 2010 elections.

DIRECTV announced that Lorrie Norrington, 50 has joined its Board of Directors. Ms. Norrington, who is currently a private investor, held various positions at eBay  from 2005-2010. She started as President of eBay International in Europe and Asia-Pacific and then took on the position of President of Global Operations, and later President of eBay Marketplaces before stepping down in September 2010. Ms. Norrington previously served as CEO of , an online shopping comparison site acquired by eBay in 2005. Prior to eBay, Ms. Norrington was an officer at Intuit where she led the Quicken and QuickBooks brands and later became an Executive Vice President in the Office of the CEO. She also led a variety of businesses at General Electric Company over a twenty-year period in a broad range of industries, including her last position as an officer of GE and CEO of GE FANUC. She also serves on the Board of McAfee,  

Dr Pepper Snapple Group,  announced that Joyce M. Roche has joined the company's board of directors. Ms. Roche, 63, most recently served as president and CEO of Girls  until her retirement in 2010. Previously, she was President and COO of Carson Products Company and VP global marketing at Avon Products,  In addition to the DPS board, she currently sits on the boards of AT&T , Tupperware Corp., Macy's , and The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She is also the chair of the Board of Trustees for Dillard University.

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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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