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Women Board Directors: Gender Diversity on NIKE, Accenture, Cigna & Other Large Boards Featured

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NIKE names Gilt CEO to Board

NIKE appointed Michelle A. Peluso, 42, to serve as a Director. Peluso is CEO of Gilt, an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise and experiences every day at insider prices. Prior to joining Gilt, she served as Global Consumer Chief Marketing and Internet Officer of Citigroup and held senior management positions at, being appointed COO and then as President and CEO. She founded Site59, an online travel site, serving as its CEO until its acquisition by Travelocity in 2002. 

Accenture Appoints Former CFO of Ahold USA as New Board Member

Accenture appointed Paula A. Price, 52, to the company's Board. She was EVP and CFO of Ahold USA, a U.S. grocery retailer, until January 2014. Before joining Ahold in 2009, she was the controller and chief accounting officer at CVS Caremark. Earlier in her career, she was CFO for the Institutional Trust Services division of JPMorgan Chase.

Kohl's Chief Customer Officer Joins Cigna Board

Global health service company Cigna appointed Michelle Gass, 46, to Board. Gass is the Chief Customer Officer of Kohl's with leadership responsibility for omni-channel platform, ecommerce business, and marketing, public relations, and branding strategies across all channels. Prior to joining Kohl's in June 2013, she spent more than 16 years with Starbucks in a variety of senior leadership roles like President, Starbucks EMEA, as well as leading global strategy, marketing and category management during her tenure there. Before Starbucks, Gass worked in marketing and new product development with Procter & Gamble.

Caterpillar Exec Joins The Mosaic Company’s Board

Fertilizer giant The Mosaic Company appointed Denise Johnson, 47, VP of the Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division at Caterpillar, to the company's Board. Johnson joined Caterpillar in 2011 and initially served as the GM of special products within Caterpillar's Reman & Components Division, where she had global responsibility for 17 facilities. She previously had a career with General Motors, where she built deep expertise in operations and product management.

Edison International Appoints Director with Valuable Expertise in Utility and Environmental Law

Electric power generator, distributor, and structured finance provider Edison International and Southern California Edison elected Linda G. Stuntz, 59, to the board of each company. Stuntz is a founding partner of law firm of Stuntz, David and Staffier, P.C. Before that, Stuntz was a partner in the law firm of Van Ness Feldman. She was deputy secretary, at the U.S. Department of Energy. She played a principal role in the development and enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and helped to develop and implement the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Stuntz also served as minority counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives. Stuntz currently serves on the board of Raytheon Company and Royal Dutch Shell.

Navient’s New Director is one among Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

Navient, the loan management, servicing and asset recovery company, appointed Linda A. Mills, 64, to its board. Mills is currently Corporate VP of Operations for Northrop Grumman. In 2012, she received the Federal 100 Award from Federal Computer Week, recognizing government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community. Last year she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine. Mills serves on the board of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the board of visitors for the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

Gannett Appoints Quest Diagnostics CIO as Board Member

Lidia Fonseca, 44, SVP and CIO at Quest Diagnostics, has been elected to the Board of Gannett. Fonseca is an advisory board member of Medivo, a leading healthcare data company; and prior to joining Quest Diagnostics, was SVP and CIO at Laboratory Corporation of America. Fonseca earlier served as EVP of Global Operations and Technology of Synarc and served in a variety of executive roles at Phillips Healthcare.

Barnes Group Appoints New Director with Experience in Industrial B2B Sector and Aerospace Overhaul and Repair

International aerospace and industrial manufacturer Barnes Group elected JoAnna Sohovich to the Company's Board. Sohovich is the Global President of Stanley Black & Decker's Industrial & Automotive Repair Division. Before that, she had a ten-year career at Honeywell International in several positions most recently as President, Security & Communications (Americas Region). Prior to that, she held leadership positions related to Repair and Overhaul and continuous improvement at Allied Signal and Cisco respectively. Sohovich began her career as an officer in the United States Navy.

Date Range: April 16th - May 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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