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Vacant CEO Posts

Vell Executive Search compiles Vacant CEO Posts

PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search

DATE: February 22 to March 20, 2014

There were ten new CEO roles that opened up from February 22nd to March 20th, for a total of 58 Open CEO slots, all listed in this report.

The eleven new openings include: Symantec, Digital Realty Trust and (California), Covisint (Michigan), Equity One (New York), Harsco and Bon-Ton Stores (Pennsylvania), Canexus and TMX Group (Canada), Mulberry Group and Mothercare (UK).

During the same time period, there were 19 new appointments:

  • 2 were Chairmen and one was already an existing board member
  • 7 were external appointments
  • 9 were internal promotions – 6 were COOs and 3 divisional heads

Geographically, the appointments are as follows:

  • 16 in the U.S.
  • 3 major international

Out of the 19 appointments, none were women.

There was a 57% increase of CEO vacancies in February-March from January-February, and 45% decline in CEO appointments.

Top Industry sectors in February-March are: Manufacturing, Energy, Pharmaceutical, and Business services.

For more details on Open CIO roles and appointments, please refer to sections below on CEOs Wanted and CEOs Appointed.

Other recent reports:  CIO Succession; 2013 Trends in Tech. Company Boards and CEOs Wanted (latest Open CEO Posts and Appointments)

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CEOs Wanted


Arkansas Capital Corporation, Little Rock, AR                                        Revenues: Private 
Arkansas Capital Corporation Group provides commercial financing services. The company was formerly known as First Arkansas Development Finance Corporation.

July 2013 - Sam Walls, who served as the CEO of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, has retired after 24 years of service. Rush Deacon, who has served as Chairman of the Board of Arkansas Capital Corporation, is now serving as the acting CEO for the company.


Symantec, Mountain View, CA                                                                 Revenues: $6.9b
Symantec provides security, backup, and availability solutions worldwide.

March 2014 - Symantec has appointed board member Michael Brown as interim president and CEO, following the termination of Steve Bennett as the company's president and CEO and his resignation from Symantec's board. A special committee of the board will immediately begin the search for a permanent CEO with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.

Impax Laboratories, Hayward, CA                                                          Revenues: $581.7m
Impax Laboratories is a specialty pharmaceutical company.

June 2013 - Impax Laboratories announced that Dr. Larry Hsu plans to retire as President and CEO of Impax Laboratories. Dr. Hsu will remain with the Company in his current position until a replacement CEO is hired; he will also remain a member of the Board of Directors following the appointment of his successor.

ReachLocal, Woodland Hills, CA                                                              Revenues: $455m
ReachLocal offers online marketing and reporting solutions, including search engine marketing, display advertising, and online marketing analytics targeted to the SMB market.

September 2013 - ReachLocal announced that Zorik Gordon has resigned as CEO to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities. David Carlick, Chairman of the Board, has been appointed interim CEO. The board has commenced a search for a new CEO and will consider both current members of management and outside executives.

Ixia, Calabasas, CA                                                                                Revenues: $413m
Ixia is a provider of converged Internet Protocol (IP) network validation and network visibility solutions.

October 2013 - Ixia announced that Vic Alston has resigned as its President and CEO and as a member of its board of directors following a determination by the Ixia audit committee that although he had attended Stanford University, he had misstated his academic credentials. The Board plans to commence a search to identify a permanent CEO for the company. The board has appointed Errol Ginsberg, Ixia’s chairman of the board, founder and former CEO as acting CEO (in addition to his current role as chief innovation officer), and Alex Pepe, senior vice president, strategy, as chief operating officer.

Demand Media, Santa Monica, CA                                                          Revenues: $380.6m
Demand Media is a diversified Internet media and domain services company.

October 2013 - Demand Media announced that CEO and Chairman Richard Rosenblatt has resigned. In his stead, the board has named Shawn Colo as interim president.

Maxwell Technologies, San Diego, CA                                                   Revenues: $159m  
Maxwell Technologies together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage and power delivery products, and microelectronic products worldwide.

October 2013 - Maxwell Technologies CEO David Schramm will retire from his position and the company has begun the search for a qualified individual.

Mozilla, Mountain View, CA                                                                     Revenues: Private
Mozilla is the the nonprofit organization behind Firefox, Firefox OS and other online tools.

April 2013 - Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind Firefox, Firefox OS and other online tools, announced that its CEO Gary Kovacs, who joined Mozilla in 2010, has stepped down. The organization has started a search for his replacement.

Digital Realty Trust, San Francisco, CA                                                  Revenues: $1.5b

Digital Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, acquires, develops, redevelops and manages technology-related real estate.

March 2014 - A. William Stein, CFO and Chief Investment Officer, was appointed as Interim CEO, as CEO Michael F. Foust has departed., Redwood City, CA                                                             Revenues: $88.2m provides cloud-based services and software that power technology support programs and technical support organizations.

March 2014 - Josh Pickus, the President and CEO of, gave notice of his resignation from all Company positions effective April 1, 2014. Jim Stephens, the Company's Chairman will serve as Executive Chairman and Interim CEO until a successor to Mr. Pickus is found and joins the Company.


Crocs, Niwot, CO                                                                                     Revenues: $1.1b
Crocs is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of footwear and accessories.

January 2014 - Crocs CEO John McCarvel is retiring. Crocs said it is launching an outside search for McCarvel's replacement.


Citrix Systems, Fort Lauderdale, FL                                                        Revenues: $2.9b
Citrix Systems is a cloud computing company. The Company designs, develops and markets technology solutions that enable IT services.

January 2014 - Citrix Systems announced that CEO Mark Templeton has returned from a three-month personal leave to resume his role as CEO. But he intends to retire within the next year, subject to a successor. A committee of independent directors will lead the search process.

WellCare Health Plans, Tampa, FL                                                         Revenues: $7.4b
WellCare Health Plans is a provider of managed care services to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare.

October 2013 - The Board of Directors appointed David J. Gallitano, the company's Chairman, to serve as the company's interim CEO, while a search is conducted by the board for a new CEO


Alternate Energy Holdings, Eagle, ID                                                     Revenues: NA
Alternate Energy Holdings is engaged in the purchase, optimization and construction of
green energy sources, primarily nuclear power plants.

November 2012 - Alternate Energy Holdings announced that founder Don Gillispie will step down as CEO and Director after seven years. The decision was made amid ongoing health concerns, although Gillispie will assist the company part time as a consultant only as his health allows going forward. In his place, the AEHI Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Pete Honeysett, AEHI Director of Nuclear Projects, as interim President.


MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS                                                               Revenues: $334m
MGP Ingredients produces certain distillery and ingredient products which are derived from corn, rye and barley, and wheat flour.

January 2014 - MGP Ingredients elected CFO Donald P. Tracy and VP, Engineering Randall Schrick to serve as interim Co-CEOs until a replacement CEO is hired.


Waters Corporation, Milford, MA                                                            Revenues: $1.84b
Waters Corporation is a laboratory analytical instrument and software company.

August 2013 - Waters Corporation announced that Douglas A. Berthiaume has communicated his intention to retire as CEO within the next twenty-four months. The Board of Directors has appointed a Succession Planning Committee that will guide the process of selecting a successor, and plans to engage an executive search firm to assist in a search which will consider both internal and external candidates.

Watts Water Technologies, North Andover, MA                                     Revenues: $1.4b
Watts Water Technologies is a supplier of products for use in the water quality, water safety, water flow control and water conservation markets.

January 2014 - David J. Coghlan resigned as CEO, President and Director. Current EVP and CFO, Dean P. Freeman, 50, will serve as interim CEO and President.


Covisint, Detroit, MI                                                                                Revenues: $90.7m
Covisint provides cloud engagement platform for enabling organizations to securely connect, engage and collaborate with communities of customers, business partners and suppliers.
March 2014 – Covisint Corporation has named Sam Inman as interim CEO.


Famous Dave's of America, Minnetonka, MN                                         Revenues: $155m
Famous Dave's of America operates restaurants. As of January 1, 2012, there were 187 Famous Dave's restaurants operating in 37 states, including 54 company owned restaurants and 133 franchise operated restaurants.
February 2014 – The restaurant company’s CEO John Gilbert resigned abruptly and will be succeeded on an interim basis by a recently appointed board member, Ed Rensi, a former McDonald’s executive.


American Railcar Industries, St. Charles, MO                                        Revenues: $159.4m
American Railcar Industries designs and manufactures hopper and tank railcars in North America.

March 2013 – American Railcar Industries announced that James Cowan, its President and CEO, has resigned in order to pursue other interests. The board has appointed Jeffrey S. Hollister, who was most recently overseeing the company's railcar manufacturing group, as President and interim CEO.

New Jersey

Suburban Propane Partners, Whippany, NJ                                           Revenues: $1.64b
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (the Partnership) is a nationwide marketer and distributor of a range of products meeting the energy needs of the customers.

November 2013 - Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. announced that Michael J. Dunn, Jr. its President and CEO, will retire at the end of the current fiscal year, effective September 27, 2014.

Sun Bancorp, Vineland, NJ                                                                      Revenues: $70.1m
Sun Bancorp and its subsidiary Sun National Bank provides commercial and consumer banking services.

November 2013 - Sun Bancorp announced that Thomas X. Geisel, President and CEO of the company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Sun National Bank, will terminate his employment and also resign as a member of the board. The company has retained the international firm of Spencer Stuart to assist in the selection of a new CEO. Chairman Sidney R. Brown will serve as interim President and CEO.

New Mexico

Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos, NM                                           Revenues: Private
Los Alamos National Bank is a full service financial institution, serving customers in northern New Mexico.

February 2013 - Los Alamos National Bank’s CEO Bill Enloe has announced his retirement. Bank president Steve Wells will take over as interim CEO.

New York

Morgans Hotel Group, New York, NY                                                      Revenues: $189.9m
Morgans Hotel Group is a fully integrated lifestyle hospitality company.

September 2013 - Morgans Hotel Group said Michael Gross resigned as CEO after its largest shareholder led an ouster of the board. Jason Kalisman, the company’s chairman, will take over as interim CEO.

Fairway Group Holdings, New York, NY                                                 Revenues: $661m
Fairway Group Holdings Corp. operates in the retail food industry, selling fresh, natural and organic products, prepared foods, and specialty and gourmet offerings along with a assortment of conventional groceries.

February 2014 - Herbert Ruetsch is retiring after two years as CEO of Fairway. President William Sanford will become interim CEO.

Dow Jones & Company, New York, NY                                                   Revenues: NA
Dow Jones & Company is an American publishing and financial information firm and a division of News Corp.

January 2014 - Lex Fenwick, CEO of Dow Jones & Co., has left. Chief creative officer of News Corp, William Lewis, has assumed the role on an interim basis.

Equity One, New York, NY                                                                       Revenues: $334.2
Equity One is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops shopping centers and retail properties located primarily in supply constrained suburban and urban communities.

March 2014 - CEO Jeffrey S. Olson has informed the Company he will not renew his employment agreement, which expires on December 31, 2014. The Board has formed a search committee to identify the Company's next CEO, and will consider both internal and external candidates.


EQM Technologies & Energy, Cincinnati, OH                                          Revenues: $79.5m
EQM Technologies & Energy, formerly Beacon Energy Holdings, is engaged in the production and marketing of biodiesel.

June 2013 - EQM Technologies & Energy announced the appointment of Jon Colin as its interim CEO. Colin will assume CEO duties immediately while EQM’s board initiates a search for a permanent chief executive.


WPX Energy, Tulsa, OK                                                                          Revenues: $3.1b
WPX Energy is an independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company engaged in the exploitation and development of long-life unconventional properties.

December 2013 - WPX Energy announced that Ralph A. Hill will step down as President, CEO and Board Member and the company has appointed James J. Bender as interim President, CEO and Board Member, effective Dec. 31, 2013. A search committee consisting of four board directors – has been established and the executive recruiting firm of Spencer Stuart has been retained to assist in an external CEO search.

Gulfport Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK                                    Revenues: $248.6m
Gulfport Energy Corporation (Gulfport) is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company.

January 2014 - Gulfport Energy Corporation announced that CEO James Palm will retire. Gulfport's Board has begun a search for Mr. Palm's successor. The Board intends to conduct a review of both internal and external candidates. During this interim period, Michael Moore, the Company's President and CFO, will act as interim CEO.


Hurley International, Beaverton, OR                                                     Revenues: Private
Hurley International – Owned by NIKE, Hurley is a clothing, footwear, sportswear, and equipment supplier based in the United States.

June 2012 - NIKE announced that company founder and Chairman Bob Hurley will assume the interim CEO role at Hurley International, replacing Michael Egeck who has decided to leave the company. Hurley will work closely with Roger Wyett, President of NIKE Affiliates, and a former CEO of Hurley, during the transition.


Bryn Mawr Bank Corp, Bryn Mawr, PA                                                    Revenues: $107.1m
Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation operates as the holding company for The Bryn Mawr Trust Company that provides personal and business banking services.

May 2013 - Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation announced that Frederick C. Peters, II, its Chairman, CEO and President, has informed the Board of Directors of his intent to retire at or prior to the end of 2014. No successor has been named yet.

Michael Baker Corporation, Allegheny County, PA                                 Revenues: $593.4m
Michael Baker Corporation provides engineering services for public and private sector clients worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Transportation and Federal.

December 2012 - Michael Baker Corporation announced that, at the request of its Board of Directors, Bradley L. Mallory has stepped down as President and CEO and Director of the company. The company has created an Office of the Chief Executive, composed of Michael J. Zugay, CFO, and H. James McKnight, Chief Legal Officer, to lead the company on an interim basis. Supporting this office will be an Operations Committee consisting of senior operating executives representing the company's business segments. Korn/Ferry to assist Baker board with CEO search.

American Eagle Outfitters, Pittsburgh, PA                                             Revenues: $3.5b
American Eagle Outfitters is a specialty retailer that operates in the United Sates and Canada, and online at

January 2014 - American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) said chief executive Robert Hanson is leaving the retailer, while executive chairman Jay Schottenstein will step in as his interim replacement.

Harsco Corporation, Camp Hill, PA                                                          Revenues: $2.8b
Harsco Corporation is a diversified, multinational provider of industrial services and engineered products.

March 2014 - Harsco Corporation announced that Patrick K. Decker has stepped down as President and CEO and Director, to become CEO of Xylem. Harsco director David C. Everitt has been appointed Interim President and CEO and will continue as a member of the Board. The Board will begin its search process immediately and will engage a leading executive search firm to assist in this process.

Bon-Ton Stores, York, PA                                                                      Revenues: $2.8b
The Bon-Ton Stores is a department store operators in the United States, offering an assortment of apparel and accessories for women, men and children.

March 2014 - Brendan L. Hoffman, President and CEO, will not renew his employment agreement with the Company at its expiration on February 7, 2015. The Board of Directors will undertake a national search to find a CEO to succeed Mr. Hoffman.


Kirkland’s, Nashville, TN                                                                          Revenues: $448.4m
Kirkland’s is a specialty retailer of home decor and gifts in the United States.
March 2013 - Kirkland's announced that Robert Alderson, the company’s long-time President and CEO, has advised the Board of Directors of his intention to retire from the Company at the end of fiscal 2013, or approximately February 1, 2014.

TeamHealth Holdings, Knoxville, TN                                                       Revenues: $2.1b
TeamHealth is a provider of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in U.S.
January 2014 - Team Health Holdings’ CEO has decided to retire. The company's Board of Directors will begin an executive search for a new CEO, while Roth will remain as CEO throughout the search process to manage an orderly transition in the leadership of the company.


KBR, Houston, TX                                                                                    Revenues: $7.77b
KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company.

December 2013 - KBR announced that William P. "Bill" Utt will retire from his role as Chairman, President and CEO in 2014. The Board of Directors has formed a search committee to identify his successor.

UniPixel, The Woodlands, TX                                                                  Revenues: $7.77b
UniPixel is a production-stage company delivering its Performance Engineered Film (PEF) to the display, touch screen and flexible electronics markets.

January 2014 - Following the resignation of longtime company President and CEO Reed Killion, the board of UniPixel has appointed its chairman, Bernard Marren, and director, Carl Yankowski, as interim co-Presidents and co-CEOs. The search process for a permanent replacement has begun.

Washington, DC

LivingSocial, Washington, DC                                                                 Revenues: Private
LivingSocial provides daily deals with discounts at local restaurants, bars, spas, and theaters in the United States and internationally.
January 2014 - LivingSocial, a daily deal coupon site that’s partially owned by, said co-founder and CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy is stepping down amid stagnant sales. He will remain CEO until the company finds a replacement in the first half of 2014.

Pepco Holdings, Washington, DC                                                            Revenues: $5b
Pepco Holdings is engaged primarily in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity and the distribution and supply of natural gas.
January 2014 - Pepco Holdings announced that Chairman, President and CEO Joseph M. Rigby has notified to retire from PHI in the first half of 2015. To provide for a smooth transition, Rigby will step down as CEO near the end of 2014, following the selection of his successor.

West Virginia

MTR Gaming Group, Chester, WV                                                           Revenues: $478.6m
MTR Gaming Group owns and operates racetrack, gaming and hotel properties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

April 2013 - Jeffrey J. Dahl has provided his notice of resignation from his position as President and CEO of MTR Gaming Group to pursue other business opportunities. Dahl has agreed to remain in his current position as the Board conducts its interview process for a new CEO. COO Joseph L. Billhimer adds on the role of Acting President.


Brady Corporation, Milwaukee, WI                                                         Revenues: $1.15b
Brady Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of complete identification solutions.

October 2013 - Brady announced the retirement of President and CEO Frank M. Jaehnert. Current SVP and CFO Thomas J. Felmer will replace him as interim President and CEO.


Vitran Corporation, Toronto, Ontario                                                      Revenues: $702.9m
Vitran provides freight surface transportation and related supply chain services in Canada and United States.
April 2013 - Vitran Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Bill Deluce, a current member of the board, as interim President and CEO following the resignation of Rick Gaetz as President and CEO and a Director of the Company, effective immediately.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Burnaby, BC                                                 Revenues: $438m
Ritchie Bros. operates as an auctioneer of industrial equipment. The company operates from approximately 110 locations in 25 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide.
October 2013 - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announced that CEO Peter Blake will step down in May 2014. Blake will remain as CEO, continuing to lead the company and the board will initiate a search for his replacement.

Rockbridge Resources, Vancouver, BC                                                  Revenues: $288.03m
RockBridge Resources engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas resource properties in Canada.

June 2013 - Canadian junior RockBridge Resources is in the hunt for a new boss after its President and CEO quit. Mike O’Byrne is vacating the top seat “to focus on his own business endeavours” but will remain on the board, the Vancouver-based explorer said. Current director Stephen Mathiesen, a business lawyer and partner with Lang Michener, will step in on an interim basis.

Absolute Software, Vancouver, BC                                                        Revenues: $83.2m
Absolute Software is engaged in providing software solutions for the security and management of computers and mobile computing devices.
December 2013 - Absolute Software’s CEO John Livingston has tendered his resignation as CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. Errol Olsen, CFO, will serve as interim CEO while the Board conducts a search for a new CEO and Daniel Ryan will serve as Chairman of the Board.

Canexus, Calgary, AB                                                                             Revenues: $553m
Canexus, through its subsidiaries, produces sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali products in four plants located in Canada and two plants located at one site in Brazil, largely for the pulp and paper and water treatment industries.
March 2014 - Canexus Corp. says Gary Kubera has stepped down as CEO of the company, effective immediately. In the meantime, Richard Ott, currently on Canexus’ board of directors, will fill the role in the interim.

TMX Group Ltd., Toronto, ON                                                                 Revenues: $773m
The TMX Group owns and operates stock exchanges, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V), formerly known as the Canadian Venture Exchange (CDNX), the Montreal Exchange, the Natural Gas Exchange and the Boston Options Exchange.
March 2014 - Canada's leading exchange, TMX Group Ltd., is looking for a new leader, following the news that CEO, Thomas Kloet, intends to retire from the firm at the end of August.

Other International

Nokia, Espoo, Finland                                                                             Revenues: $30.17b
Nokia Corporation is a Finnish multinational communications and information technology corporation that is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.
September 2013 - Nokia said its CEO, Stephen Elop, will move to Microsoft Corp when the deal to acquire Nokia's handset business is closed. Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa will take over CEO duties while the Finnish firm is looking for a new CEO. Microsoft is working toward having the successor to CEO Steve Ballmer in place by the end of this year.

Domino’s Pizza Group plc, Milton Keynes, UK                                        Revenues: $240m
Domino’s Pizza Group plc is a pizza delivery company and holds the master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino's Pizza stores.
December 2013 - Domino's Pizza’s CEO Lance Batchelor would stand down next year. The group has opened the search for a new CEO.

Mulberry Group, Chilcompton, UK                                                           Revenues: $165.1m
Mulberry Group is engaged in the design and manufacture or sourcing of luxury accessories, clothing and footwear and their subsequent sale through wholesale channels or its own stores and concessions in home and export markets.
March 2014 - Bruno Guillon, the CEO of English luxury brand Mulberry, has stepped down from his role less than two months after the retailer issued a profit warning.Godfrey Davis, who is currently non-executive chairman and was previously CEO, will become executive chairman until a successor is found.

Mothercare, Watford, UK                                                                         Revenues: $749.4m

Mothercare plc is a retailer, franchisor and wholesaler of products for mothers-to-be, babies and children under the Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands.
February 2014 - Mothercare CEO Simon Calver has resigned from the retailer after less than two years in the role, but intends to remain until the end of March. Calver will help find a successor.

Polyus Gold International Limited, London, UK                                     Revenues: $2.84b
Open Joint Stock Company Polyus Gold, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the extraction, refining, and sale of gold.
November 2013 - Polyus Gold International Limited announces that Mr. Pavel Grachev, a member of the Board of Directors, has taken on the added responsibilities of interim CEO of the Company until a successor is elected, and Mr. German Pikhoya has now resigned as CEO and Director of the company with immediate effect.

Jet Airways (India) Limited, Mumbai, India                                           Revenues: $3.1b
Jet Airways (India) Limited is a holding company. The company is a scheduled airline with domestic and international operations.
January 2014 - Jet Airways announced that Gary Kenneth Toomey had resigned from his position as CEO of the airline with immediate effect. Toomey had joined the airline just six months ago on a three-year contract. CFO Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan will be the acting CEO until the board names a new chief.

Kingfisher Airlines, Mumbai, India                                                          Revenues: $5.01b
Kingfisher Airlines Ltd is engaged in rendering scheduled and unscheduled aircraft passenger and cargo services, including charter services.
February 2014 - Kingfisher Airlines CEO Sanjay Aggarwal put in his papers, with no replacement announced.

CEOs Appointed


Sony Computer Entertainment America: The San-Mateo, CA based Sony Computer Entertainment America appointed EVP/COO of Sony Network Entertainment International Shawn Layden as CEO, replacing Jack Tretton.

Anacor Pharmaceuticals: Chairman Paul L. Berns assumes the role of President and CEO, succeeding David P. Perry.


Essex Rental: Essex Rental appointed Nicholas Matthews, 41, formerly COO, to president and CEO.

Così: Founder and CEO of Hearthstone Associates, R.J. Dourney, replaces Stephen Edwards, who will assume the role of Executive Chairman.

New Jersey

Wyndham Worldwide: CEO, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, Geoff Ballotti has been appointed to serve as president and CEO of the Company's hotel franchising and management division, Wyndham Hotel Group, to succeed Eric Danziger.

New York

Xylem: Harsco CEO Patrick K. Decker has been named President and CEO at the water technology provider Xylem, succeeding Steven R. Loranger.

Eastman Kodak: Eastman Kodak has elected Managing Partner of Augusta Columbia Capital Jeffrey J. Clarke as CEO.

Madison Square Garden Company: Tad Smith replaces Hank Ratner as president and CEO.

CPI Aerostructures: Long-time CPI Aero executive and COO Douglas J. McCrosson has been named President and CEO.


PolyOne: PolyOne appointed COO Robert M. Patterson, 41, as president and CEO, succeeding Stephen D. Newlin, 61.


SemGroup Corporation and its subsidiary Rose Rock Midstream: Both the companies appointed Oiltanking Group MD Carlin G. Conner as president and CEO.


Electro Scientific Industries: Electro Scientific Industries’ board member Edward C. Grady has been appointed President and CEO to succeed Nicholas Konidaris.


Valero Energy: Valero elected its President & COO Joseph W. Gorder, 56, as CEO, replacing William R. Klesse, 67.

Oiltanking Partners: Insider Kenneth F. Owen has been appointed as President and CEO of the Partnership's general partner.

National Oilwell Varco: COO Clay C. Williams has been appointed President and CEO, replacing Merrill A. "Pete" Miller, Jr.


K12: Chairman Nathaniel A. Davis adds on CEO role.


Geberit: Switzerland based sanitary equipment maker Geberit named its Germany Head Christian Buhl as its new CEO effective Jan. 1, 2015 when current CEO Albert Baehny steps down to concentrate on his role as chairman.

Serco Group: Rupert Soames is the new CEO, and is set to take over from incumbent CEO Ed Casey on June 1st according to a statement from the UK-based outsourcing service provider.

Stallergenes: France's Stallergenes appointed former Actelion manager Christian Chavy as its new CEO to drive the company's expansion into the U.S. immunotherapy market, replacing Roberto Gradnik.

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Dora Vell

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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