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AT&T Appoints Chief Medical Adviser for Mobile Health Strategy

Eric Topol has been named chief medical adviser at AT&T. In the new role of Chief Medical Advisor, Topol will offer strategic guidance as the company adds mobile devices and mHealth products and services. In addition to his duties at AT&T Topol will continue to serve as the the Chief Academic Officer at Scripps Health and as the editor-in-chief of Medscape. Before moving to Scripps Topol had been the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Topol, along with Robert Califf, was the leading force behind the highly influential GUSTO trials and their predecessor, the TAMI trials.

T-Mobile Director Perry Won't Stand for Re-election

James N. Perry, Jr., 52, informed T-Mobile US, that he will not stand for re-election as a director. Perry is a Managing Director on the MDP Telecom, Media & Technology Services team. Prior to co-founding MDP, he was with First Chicago Venture Capital for eight years. Previously, he was with The First National Bank of Chicago. 

More BlackBerry Senior Leaders Leave

BlackBerry’s VP of User Experience, Don Lindsay, has left the company. He had been with the company since 2008. Before Blackberry, he worked at Microsoft, at the Live Labs project and helped the MSX design team wrap up Vista. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, he spent 10 years at Apple, directing the User Experience team that was responsible for the first four releases of Mac OS X. He first jointed Apple to work on Speech user interfaces.

BlackBerry BBM Chief Andrew Bocking has left the company. John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions, who has extensive experience in mobile messaging, will add the BBM team to his organization. The departure comes as BlackBerry mulls potentially spinning off its BBM asset, which last reported having 80 million users.

Ciena Adds T. Michael Nevens as Director

Ciena appointed T. Michael Nevens, 64, to Board. Nevens also serves on the board of NetApp and Altera. He currently serves as senior adviser at Permira Advisers, an international private equity fund. From 1980 until 2002, he held various leadership positions at McKinsey, most recently as a director (senior partner) and as managing partner of the firm’s Global Technology Practice.

Gigamon Appoints Director with Financial Acumen

Gigamon, the traffic visibility networking solutions developer for enterprises, data centers and service providers, appointed Paul Milbury to its board of directors. Milbury served as VP of operations and CFO of Starent Networks, a provider of mobile network solutions, from January 2007 until its acquisition by Cisco in 2009. After that, he played a key role in integrating Starent Networks into Cisco to create the Mobile Internet Technology Group. Prior to Starent, Milbury served as VP and CFO of Avid Technology.

Motorola CEO Leaves to Join Dropbox

Dennis Woodside, the chief executive of Motorola, owned by Google, is leaving to join Dropbox, which competes with Google in cloud storage. His departure came two weeks after Google announced plans to sell the unprofitable Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, less than two years after paying $12.5 billion to buy it. Woodside previously led sales and operations for the Americas at Google. Google appointed him to run Motorola after the acquisition. But less than two years into Woodside’s turnaround plan for Motorola, and after the less-than-stellar debut of the Moto X phone, Google decided to sell the company.

Zoom Telephonics Goes Through Board Changes

J. Ronald Woods, 76, retired from the Board of Directors of Zoom Telephonics, the provider of telecommunication products for the mobile phones, wireless communication circuitry and related software products. Woods has served as President of Rowood Capital, a private investment Company. Before that, he served as VP-Investments of Jascan, VP-Investments of Conwest Exploration, Director, major shareholder and head of research and corporate finance for Merit Investment Corporation, President of Merit Investment, Research Director for Merrill Lynch. He is a former Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The Company appointed Robert Crowley to the Board of Directors. Crowley was President of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corp. (MTDC), the state’s main venture capital arm. Prior to his tenure as president, Crowley was MTDC’s EVP, Chief Investment Officer and Investment Analyst. He is also a former chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum and former chairman of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE).

Date Range: January 25th - March 5th

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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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