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Boardroom Diversity: Walmart, Verizon, Fannie Mae & More Boards Appoint Women Directors Featured

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Walmart Board Adds Former Accenture CFO

Wal-Mart Stores appointed Pamela Craig, 56, retired CFO of Accenture, as a new member of the company's board. Craig has extensive experience in finance, technology and operations from her time at Accenture. Before serving as the CFO, she held additional leadership roles at Accenture included directing the company's office locations globally, the IT function, and travel and cross-company operations. She also managed businesses within the company's Products and Communications & High Tech operating groups.

Verizon Elects MetricStream CEO to Board

Verizon Communications elected Shellye Archambeau, 49, CEO of enterprise-wide governance, risk, compliance (GRC) solutions company MetricStream, to Board. Archambeau joined MetricStream in 2002. Previously, she was CMO and EVP of sales for Loudcloud, CMO for NorthPoint Communications, president of Blockbuster's e-commerce division, and held domestic and international executive positions in a 15-year career at IBM.

Rackspace Hosting Appoints Director with Wide-Ranging Industry Insight

Rackspace Hosting, the leader in hybrid cloud, appoints Ossa Fisher to its Board of Directors. Fisher is SVP for strategy and analytics at global dating leader,, where she has built a reputation for wide-ranging industry insight, marketing analytics, and product development. Fisher has a broad range of expertise in technology and media, including more than 10 years in the Technology, Media and Telecom practices of both Bain & Company and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Fisher also worked for the World Bank Group in the IT investment division.

Fannie Mae Elects SAIC CTO as New Board Member

Fannie Mae elected Amy E. Alving, 50, to join the Board. Alving served as the CTO and a SVP at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), an engineering and technology applications company, from 2007 to 2013. Prior positions include director of the Special Projects Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, White House Fellow, and a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Alving is currently a member of the Board of Pall Corporation, Defense Science Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Former Facebook Exec and Three Koi Labs’ co-founder and CEO Joins Board of Restoration Hardware Holdings

Restoration Hardware Holdings names Katie Mitic to its Board of Directors. Mitic is co-founder and current CEO of Three Koi Labs, a mobile services start-up. Previously, she led platform marketing for Facebook, where she advanced the growth of ground-breaking products for the developers and businesses that engage with Facebook's community worldwide. Prior to that, Mitic served as SVP of Product Marketing at Palm, VP and General Manager at Yahoo!, and Executive in Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Elevation Partners. She began her career in the M&A group at Credit Suisse First Boston, before going on to become the product leader in a number of successful start-ups including Four11 (acquired by Yahoo!) and NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems).


Hasbro CFO Joins SeaWorld Entertainment’s Board

Theme park and entertainment company SeaWorld Entertainment appointed Deborah Thomas to its Board of Directors. Thomas currently serves as the EVP and CFO for global branded play leader Hasbro. She joined Hasbro in 1998. Prior to that Thomas held assurance positions at KPMG Peat Marwick in both the U.S. and United Kingdom. Thomas is active in a variety of civic, academic and philanthropic organizations, including Providence College, the March of Dimes and the Rhode Island Society of CPAs. She serves on the boards for several local, not-for-profit groups in Rhode Island including: the Providence Ballet Theatre, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) and Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC).

Recognized Women Leader Joins Genesco Board

Specialty retailer Genesco appoints Joanna Barsh to its board of directors. Barsh became a director emeritus of McKinsey in early 2013, after more than 30 years with the firm, where she had been a senior partner since 1994.  She also serves as a trustee of Sesame Workshop, chairing its personnel and compensation committee, and as a commissioner on the New York City Commission on Women's Issues. At McKinsey, she has counseled clients in the retail, consumer products, direct selling, private equity, and media sectors on strategic and operational issues, and has held leadership positions on the firm's partner personnel committees and in its Strategy and Organization practices. 

Date Range: October 21st - November 29th

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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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