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Women on Large Boards: Disney Director Leaves, While Twitter Welcomes First Female on Board Featured

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Former Cisco Exec Leaves Walt Disney Board

The Walt Disney Company is replacing former Cisco exec Judith Estrin, 57, who is leaving, as she reached the 15-year term limit for the Disney board. Estrin is CEO of JLABS, (formerly Packet Design Management Company), a privately held company focused on furthering innovation in business, government and non-profit organizations. Estrin served as CTO and SVP of Cisco, from 1998 until 2000, and as President and CEO of Precept Software, a developer of networking software of which she was co-founder, from 1995 until its acquisition by Cisco in 1998. Estrin has been a Disney Director since 1998.


Twitter Adds First Female Director to Board

Twitter has appointed its first female director, former publishing executive Marjorie Scardino, 66. Scardino was CEO of London-based Pearson, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012. From 1985 to 1997 she served in several roles, including CEO, at The Economist Group, a media company.


International Mining Company Appoints Female Board Member with Aviation and Construction Management Experience

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold appoints Lydia H. Kennard, 59, to its Board of Directors. Kennard has over 30 years of executive and operational experience in aviation, construction management and real estate development. She is the President and CEO of KDG Construction Consulting, a provider of project and construction management services, and a principal of Airport Property Ventures, an operator and developer of aviation facilities. In addition, she serves on the Board of Prologis and URS Corporation.

Sun Life Financial Names Financial Industry Expert to Board

Sun Life Financial appointed M. Marianne Harris to the Board. Until recently, Harris was a Managing Director at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and President of Corporate and Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Canada. Before joining Merrill Lynch, Harris was Head of the Financial Institutions Group at RBC Capital Markets. Harris is Chair of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.


PetSmart Elects Director with Extensive Corporate Knowledge

Pet supplies and services retailer PetSmart elected Elizabeth Nickels, 50, to fill a newly created vacancy on its Board of Directors. Nickels is currently the Executive Director of the Herman Miller Foundation and has held several executive positions with the organization for the past twelve years including President of Herman Miller Healthcare and CFO. She is also presently a board member of Spartan Stores. Prior to joining the Herman Miller Foundation, Nickels served as the VP and CFO of Universal Forest Products for seven years.

Healthcare Industry Expert Joins Cree’s Board

Semiconductor materials and devices company Cree named Anne Whitaker, President, North American Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi S.A., to Board. Whitaker joined Sanofi in 2011. Before that Whitaker was SVP and BU Head, Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Urology (CVMU) at GlaxoSmithKline. She also held roles like SVP of Leadership and Organization Development and VP of Critical and Supportive Care at GSK. Whitaker began her career as a metabolic disease specialist with Upjohn Company before joining GSK as a sales representative.

Highly Experienced Healthcare Executive Elected to Rite Aid Board

Retail drugstore chain Rite Aid Corporation elected Myrtle S. Potter, 53, to the Board. Potter currently operates Myrtle Potter and Company, a private consulting firm she founded in 2005, and Myrtle Potter Media, a consumer healthcare content company she founded in 2009. Potter previously served at Genentech, as President of Commercial Operations from 2004 to 2005 and as EVP, Commercial Operations and COO from 2000 to 2004. She serves as a director of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Everyday Health, and Proteus Digital Health and as a trustee of The University of Chicago.

Alere’s New Board Member is Recognized Physician and 18th Surgeon General of the U.S.

Alere, a provider of point-of-care diagnostics and services, appointed Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, 57, to the company's Board. From 2009-2013, Dr. Benjamin served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States and chair of the National Prevention Council – 17 cabinet-level Federal agencies that developed the road map for the Nation's health – the National Prevention Strategy. Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has been chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and Rockefeller Next Generation Leader. In 1998 Dr. Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. 

Date Range: November 30th 2013 - January 5th 2014

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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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