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Royal Dutch Shell Elects Former Standard Chartered Exec and ADM CEO as Non-executive Directors

Royal Dutch Shell elected Euleen Goh and Patricia A. Woertz as Non-executive Directors. Euleen Goh is a chartered accountant with professional qualifications in banking and taxation. She is a Non-executive Director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd, CapitaLand Limited and SATS Ltd. She is also Non-executive Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to nurture active global citizens. Previously she held various senior management positions with Standard Chartered Bank and was CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore. 

Patricia A. Woertz is Chairman, CEO and President of Archer Daniels Midland Company. She was named CEO and president in 2006, and assumed the additional role of chairman in 2007. Woertz joined Gulf Oil Corporation in 1977, where she held various positions in refining, marketing, strategic planning and finance. Following the merger of Gulf and Chevron in 1987, Woertz led international operations and a global workforce as president of Chevron Canada and, later, Chevron International Oil Company. With the merger of Chevron and Texaco in 2001, she was named EVP in charge of the company’s global refining, marketing, lubricant, and supply and trading operations. She began her career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Ernst — later Ernst & Young — in Pittsburgh.

Former Financial Times CEO Joins PepsiCo’s Board

PepsiCo elects Rona Fairhead, 52, former chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group, to its Board of Directors. She previously served as Pearson's CFO. Prior to that, she held a variety of leadership positions at Bombardier, in the Aerospace division, and at Imperial Chemical Industries plc, a specialty chemicals company, where she ultimately served as EVP of strategy and group financial control. Fairhead was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012 and was appointed a British Business Ambassador in 2014. She is a member of the UK Government's Cabinet Office, supporting the Prime Minister to ensure effective development, coordination, and implantation of policy and operations across all government departments. She currently serves on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc and the Economist Group and chairs the Board of HSBC North America Holdings.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation Former SEC Chair as Director 

Occidental Petroleum Corporation elected Hon. Elisse B. Walter, 63, former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to its Board of Directors. Walter was appointed Commissioner of the SEC by President George W. Bush, and served in that capacity from 2008 until 2013. President Barack Obama designated her as Chairman of the SEC in December 2012. Walter spent more than two decades of her distinguished career at the SEC. She served as Senior EVP, Regulatory Policy and Programs, for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She held the same position at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) before its 2007 consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation. Earlier in her career, she served as the General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as Deputy Director of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance.

BlackRock Appoints Special Advisor to Chairman and Retired GE SVP to Board

BlackRock elected Pamela Daley, retired SVP of Corporate BD at GE, to the Company's Board. While at GE, Daley was a Special Advisor to the Chairman of BlackRock from April 2013 to January 2014. As SVP, Daley was responsible for GE's M&A and divestiture activities worldwide. She joined GE in 1989 as Tax Counsel. Previously, she was a Partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she specialized in domestic and cross-border tax-oriented financings and commercial transactions.

BAE Systems’ Retired President and CEO Joins Board of Premier Energy Company 

The Southern Company elected Linda P. Hudson as Director. Hudson is the recently retired President and CEO of BAE Systems. Hudson is also a director of Bank of America. Prior to her five-year tenure as CEO, Hudson served as president of BAE Systems' Land & Armaments operating group. Before that, she served as an officer and VP of the General Dynamics and president of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. She began her career with the Harris Corporation and Ford Aerospace, and later led organizations at Martin Marietta through the Lockheed Martin merger and a subsequent divestiture to General Dynamics.

General Dynamics Elects Abbott Veteran as Board Member

General Dynamics has elected Laura J. Schumacher to be a director. Schumacher is the EVP of BD, External Affairs and General Counsel for AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott. Previously, Schumacher served as Abbott's EVP, general counsel and secretary and has spent more than 20 years with Abbott. Prior to joining Abbott, Schumacher was an associate attorney with the law firm Schiff, Hardin & Waite in Chicago.

Apache Appoints Director with Operating, Strategic and Financial Experience in Oil and Gas Industry

Apache Corporation appointed Amy H. Nelson, 44, to its board. Nelson is president and founder of Greenridge Advisors, an energy services and equipment consulting firm focused on the development, execution and financing of growth strategies. Prior to Greenridge, she served as a VP of SCF Partners, a private equity firm, and worked for Amoco Production Company in planning and engineering roles.

Obamacare Architect Nancy-Ann DeParle Joins Board of Health Care Services Firm 

HCA Holdings appointed Nancy-Ann DeParle as independent director. DeParle is a founding partner of Consonance Capital Partners, a PE firm. From 2009 to 2013, she served in the White House, first as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, and later as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. In addition she served as the Associate Director for Health and Personnel for the White House Office of Management and Budget, and later as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (then known as the Health Care Financing Administration). From 2001 to 2009, she was a senior advisor and managing director of JPMorgan Partners and its successor, CCMP Capital.

MGM Resorts Elects Investment Expert to Board 

Gaming and hospitality company MGM Resorts International elects Mary Chris Gay to board. Gay served as a SVP, portfolio manager and equity analyst for more than 24 years at Legg Mason Global Asset Management, an international asset management firm. Her primary area of research focused on the gaming and lodging industries at a time when Legg Mason Funds took meaningful positions in several companies within the industry groups and was often among the largest investors in the space. Gay joined Legg Mason in 1989 to work directly with former Legg Mason Capital Management Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Bill Miller on the firm's flagship product, the Legg Mason Value Trust. At Legg Mason's peak in assets, she oversaw the management of $20 billion in client assets. 

Date Range: January 6th - February 16th

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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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