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AT&T Adds Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp as Director

AT&T has named Beth E. Mooney, 58, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, to its board of directors. Mooney joined KeyCorp in 2006 as vice chairman and head of Key Community Bank and served as president, COO and executive director from 2010 to 2011, when she was named CEO. Prior to her most recent position as Senior EVP and CFO for AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation), Mooney ran its banking operations in Tennessee and Northern Louisiana. Mooney also completed other line assignments of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., Hall Financial Group and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic. At Bank One, she served as Regional President in Akron and Dayton, and then as President of Bank One Ohio, managing major markets throughout the state.

QUALCOMM Appoints Former US Diplomat to China as Board Member

QUALCOMM appointed Clark T. Randt, Jr., 67, to its Board of Directors. Randt brings more than 30 years of experience as a diplomat, attorney and businessman who has a comprehensive understanding of Chinese industries and businesses, and he currently serves as the president of Randt & Company. In his current role, he provides strategy consulting services to clients that are developing business in China. From 2001 to 2009, Randt was U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China where he worked on improving the political, economic and cultural relationship between the U.S. and China. Prior to this, he was a partner at Shearman & Sterling where he served as head of China practices and was a member of the firm's M&A and corporate finance groups. Randt previously held a number of additional government-affiliated positions, including: First Secretary and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing; the China representative of the National Council for United States-China Trade; and served in the U.S. Air Force Security Service.

Baidu Names Founder of Recently Acquired Company as Director

China-based Internet search provider Baidu named Liu Dejian as a director of the Company. Liu Dejian is the founder, chairman and executive director of NetDragon Websoft, a leading developer and operator of online games and mobile Internet platforms in China. Since founding NetDragon in 1999, he has led it to become a leading player in China's online gaming and mobile Internet industries. He is recognized as one of the most influential figures in China's online game sector. Liu also served as chairman and non-executive director of 91 Wireless Websoft Limited, one of China's largest mobile app marketplaces and mobile game operators and a former subsidiary of NetDragon. 91 Wireless was acquired by Baidu in August 2013.

VMware Adds Retired Accenture Exec to Board

VMware named long-time Accenture executive Pamela Craig, 55, to succeed Renee James, 47, on its board. James has served on the VMware board since 2007 and has resigned to focus on her responsibilities as President of Intel. Craig brings a wealth of technology industry experience to the VMware board of directors, having worked at Accenture in various operational, finance and senior management roles for 34 years, most recently serving as chief financial officer from 2006 until her retirement in July 2013.


During her long tenure at Accenture, Craig gained extensive knowledge, leadership experience and expertise with insight into how to manage a large, global and rapidly growing organization.

Salesforce Makes Board Changes named John V. Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and Robin Washington, CFO of Gilead Sciences, to its Board of Directors. also announced that Stratton Sclavos, former president and CEO of VeriSign, and Shirley Young, former corporate VP of General Motors, have departed from the company’s Board of Directors.

Roos most recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan, from 2009 to August 2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Roos practiced corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Silicon Valley law firm, from 1985 to 2009, where he most recently served as CEO.

Wipro Names Acclaimed Strategic Consultant to Board

India-based IT services company Wipro appoints Ireena Vittal, an acclaimed strategic consultant on emerging markets, agriculture and urban development to its Board of Directors. Vittal, a former partner with McKinsey, brings with her over two decades of experience as a recognized thought leader to consumer facing companies looking to build large scale, profitable businesses in emerging markets. She was a founding member of the economic development practice and the global emerging markets practice at McKinsey and has worked with governments and public institutions to design and implement solutions for inclusive urban development and sustainable rural growth in India.

SanDisk Appoints Retired Chairman and CEO of Conexant Systems to Board

SanDisk has appointed D. Scott Mercer, 62, to its board of directors. Mercer brings to SanDisk more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, in both senior executive and board positions. Mercer also currently serves as a Director of Polycom and QLogic. Previously, Mercer was the CEO, Director and Chairman of the Board of Conexant Systems, interim CEO and Director at Adaptec, and served as the CFO of Western Digital Corporation. Mercer also held senior operating and finance roles at Dell, LSI Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Autodesk Appoints Retired Apple Finance Exec to Board

Autodesk appointed Betsy Rafael to its Board of Directors. Rafael retired from Apple in 2012, where she had served as VP and Corporate Controller since 2007 and Principal Accounting Executive since 2008. Previously, Rafael held the positions of VP, Corporate Controller, Principal Accounting Officer and VP, Corporate Finance at Cisco between 2002 and 2007. Prior to this, she held management and other senior financial positions with Aspect Communications, Silicon Graphics (SGI), Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer.


She began her career with Arthur Young & Company. She serves on the board of directors of Echelon, and previously served on the board of PalmSource.

Microchip Technology Appoints Director with Manufacturing and Industrial Experience

Microchip Technology, the manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors, appointed Esther Johnson to serve as a director. Johnson is the former VP and General Manager of Carrier Electronics, a part of United Technology Corporation. During her 29-year career at Carrier, Johnson held a variety of management positions, including VP and General Manager, Director of Operations, and Global Supply Chain Manager.

Nuance Communications Adds to Board

Speech recognition software maker Nuance Communications appoints Brett Icahn and David Schechter to the Company's Board of Directors. Icahn has been employed by Carl Icahn and his affiliated investment funds since 2002 and is currently responsible for co-executing an investment strategy across all industries as a Portfolio Manager of the Sargon Portfolio for Icahn Capital. Icahn currently serves as director of The Hain Celestial Group, Take-Two Interactive Software Cadus Corporation, Voltari Corporation and American Railcar Industries.

Schechter has been employed by Carl Icahn and his affiliated investment funds since 2004 and is currently responsible for co-executing an investment strategy across all industries as a Portfolio Manager of the Sargon Portfolio for Icahn Capital. Schechter currently serves as a director of Mentor Graphics Corporation and The Hain Celestial Group.

E*TRADE Appoints IDEO CEO to Board

E*TRADE appointed Christopher M. Flink to the Company's Board of Directors. Since 1997, Flink has served as a Partner with IDEO, a global design and innovation firm. In addition to his responsibilities at IDEO, Flink is a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University, with adjunct appointments from both the Graduate School of Business and the School of Engineering.

SS&C Technologies Appoints Former IBM Vet as Board Member

SS&C Technologies, a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software, named Michael Daniels, 58, to the company's Board of Directors. Daniels carved out his career at IBM over 36 years. In his leadership role as SVP of Global Technology Services for IBM Global Services he oversaw the go-to-market and business line management for IBM's offerings in strategic outsourcing, integrated technology services, SMB services, maintenance and IBM Global Financing.

Prior to this, as General Manager of Sales and Distribution Operations in the Americas, he restored the business to growth and led Global Services in the Asia Pacific region. Daniels is an Independent Director of Tyco International.

AOL Appoints Hearst’s General Counsel to Board

AOL appointed Eve Burton, SVP and general counsel of Hearst, to its Board of Directors. Burton brings to AOL extensive leadership experience in the media industry spanning print and digital publishing, cable networks and broadcasting, online media, and government affairs. Burton has been with Hearst since 2002 and also serves as an adjunct professor of constitutional law and journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining Hearst, Burton was VP and chief legal officer of CNN and VP at the New York Daily News. Additionally, she practiced law at Weil Gotshal & Manges. Burton currently serves on the board of directors of the Hearst Corporation and Gryphon Technologies, and is a trustee of Middlebury College.

Cornerstone OnDemand Goes through Board Shuffle

Robert D. Ward, 46, resigned from the Board of Directors of HCM software company Cornerstone OnDemand. Rob Ward was a founder of Meritech Capital Partners in 1999. Rob joined Meritech from Montgomery Securities where he was a principal in the Private Equity Group, raising late stage capital for private IT companies. Prior to joining Montgomery, Rob was with Smith Barney in the New York and San Francisco Corporate Finance Departments.

The Board appointed Joseph P. Payne, 48, to serve as a member of the Board. Payne served as CEO and a member of the board of Eloqua, a marketing automation company, until its acquisition by Oracle in early 2013. He served as Eloqua's chairman and its president, as its interim president and CEO. In 2006, Payne served as president of Qualys, a provider of cloud security and compliance solutions. From 2005 to 2006, he served as president and COO of iDefense, a VeriSign company.

Advent Software Makes Board Changes

Advent Software, the company that makes software designed to automate portfolio accounting for investment management firms, named Stephanie G. DiMarco as Chair of its Board of Directors, replacing John H. Scully, who resigned from the board. DiMarco founded Advent in 1983 and was CEO from 2003 to 2012. She served as Chair of the Board from 1995 until 2003, and as a member of the Board thereafter. Wendell G. Van Auken has been named Lead Independent Director. A director since September 1995, Van Auken is currently a Partner Emeritus at Mayfield Fund.

Former President of Motorola Mobility Joins TiVo Board

TiVo, the developer and provider of software and technology that enables the search, navigation, and access of content across sources, including linear television, on-demand television, and broadband video, appointed Daniel M. Moloney, 52, to its Board of Directors. Moloney is the former President of Motorola Mobility. Prior to Motorola Mobility being spun out of Motorola in early 2011, he served as the President of the Home & Networks Mobility business within Motorola and led the expansion of this business into a worldwide leader in both video and broadband wireless solutions. He also led the Connected Home business for Motorola. He joined Motorola as part of their acquisition of General Instrument in 2000, where he served in various leadership roles around the forefront of key technological breakthroughs including digital TV and HDTV, VoIP, and internet/video applications over cable.

Demandware Expands Board with Recognized Retail Industry Leader and Academician

Demandware, the provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, named Dr. Leonard A. Schlesinger, 58, to its board of directors. As the former Vice Chairman and COO of Limited Brands, Dr. Schlesinger adds both retail industry and operational experience to the board. Dr. Schlesinger currently serves as Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Schlesinger recently concluded a five year term (2008 to 2013) as the 12th President of Babson College. Dr. Schlesinger has also served as EVP and COO at Au Bon Pain and as a director of numerous, public and private retail, consumer products and technology companies. His career spans various leadership roles at esteemed academic institutions, including twenty years at Harvard Business School where he served as the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration, leading MBA and executive education programs.

Avaya Appoints Former Intuit EVP and Former EDS CEO to Board

Avaya named Kiran Patel and Ronald Rittenmeyer to its board. Patel most recently served as EVP and general manager of the Small Business Group of Intuit from 2008 to September 2013. He is currently on the board of KLA-Tencor.

Rittenmeyer has served as chairman, president and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, a global provider of customer care support since 2011. Prior to his current position with Expert Global Solutions, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Electronic Data Systems. Rittenmeyer is currently on the board of American International Group and Tenet Healthcare.

Comverse Names Telecom Industry Expert as Director

Comverse, the provider of software and systems enabling value-added services for voice, messaging, mobile Internet and mobile advertising, appoints Neil Montefiore to Board. He served as CEO and director of StarHub from 2010 until his retirement in 2013. From 1996 to 2009, he served as CEO of MobileOne, where he also served as a director from 2002 to 2009. Prior to that, Montefiore served in various executive roles at Hongkong Telecom CSL, Chevalier (Telepoint), and the Cable and Wireless Group.

Digital River Appoints Seasoned International Payments Exec as New Board Member

eCommerce solutions firm Digital River appoints Ed Eger, 52, to its board of directors. Most recently, Eger served as a SVP and general manager of the Americas at PayPal, and as an advisor to the CEO at eBay. In this role, he was tasked with establishing PayPal as the preferred online payment method for consumers and merchants in North and South America. Eger is a seasoned international payments executive with deep financial services, management, branding and risk management experience. Earlier, Eger was with Citigroup and last served as the CEO and business head for its International Cards business. He held positions across the globe, including Australia, Singapore and New York. Prior to that, his experience included various business management positions with Advanta, Standard Chartered Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and McKinsey.

Merge Healthcare Chair Steps Down; New Chair Appointed

Merge Healthcare, the developer of software solutions that facilitate the sharing of images to create an electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians, accepted the resignation of Michael W. Ferro, Jr. as Chairman and a Director of the Company and appointed Dennis Brown as the Company's new Chairman. Ferro served as Merge's Chairman and a Director since 2008, when Merrick RIS made a significant investment in the Company.

PCTEL Adds Former AT&T and MCI Exec to Board

Provider of propagation and optimization solutions for the wireless industry PCTEL appointed Cindy Andreotti to its Board. Andreotti is a 26-year telecommunications industry veteran and President and CEO of The Andreotti Group, a strategic business advisory firm. Prior to launching The Andreotti Group, she was responsible for sales, service, and bottom-line performance at both AT&T and MCI where she built a strong track record in managing large enterprise, government, and global customers. At MCI she was President, Enterprise Markets and also implemented the MCI Solutions business (managed services) and helped build a $2 billion revenue stream in the business’s first year. Before joining MCI in 1990, Andreotti managed national accounts at AT&T, notably Dayton Hudson (currently Target).

Kodak Board Elects Chair

Eastman Kodak Company has elected James V. Continenza, 51, Chairman of the Board. Continenza has been a Kodak director since April 2013. Continenza also serves on the board of Tembec. Continenza earlier served as the President of STi Prepaid, Interim CEO of Anchor Glass Container, COO of Arch Wireless, COO, SVP of Strategic Operations, and President & CEO of Teligent.

He also served as the President and CEO, and SVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing of Lucent Technologies Product Finance, which was a division of The CIT Group.

Provider of Online and Mobile Clinical Resources and Tools Appoints Chair and Vice-Chair

Donato Tramuto, CEO of Physicians Interactive Holdings, a provider of online and mobile clinical resources and tools, has been appointed chair of the company's board. He was previously CEO of i3, a global pharmaceutical services company, formerly part of Ingenix (a UnitedHealthGroup Company), and was one of the founders of Protocare, a large provider of drug development and disease management services, where he served as CEO and President of the Protocare Sciences Division and Corporate Officer of Protocare from 1998 to 2003.  Prior to co-founding Protocare, he was Corporate VP of Marketing/Healthcare at Caremark.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services Appoints New Board Member

Thomas Simmer, SVP and chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has been appointed to the board of directors at Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield, Simmer was VP of health and medical affairs and medical director for Health Alliance Plan.

Date Range: September 6th - October 14th

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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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