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Five Industry Practice Heads Named at AOL with Publishing Experience. Featured

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AOL Announced five industry heads for CPG/Health, Travel, Entertainment, Automotive, and Finance. They all come from relevant publishing backgrounds such as Heartst, Yahoo, TV Guide, Amex Publishing, Travel+Leisure Golf, Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

  • Jennifer Willey as Industry Practice Head for the CPG and Health categories. Formerly from Everyday Health, RealAge (a division of Hearst), Yahoo and TV Guide.
  • Mike Feeley expanded his role to Industry Practice Head for the Travel category. Feeley worked at American Express Publishing , Travel + Leisure Golf,  and MGM Resorts, Universal McCann and MediaCom.
  • Debbie Menin has been named Industry Practice Head for the Entertainment category. Prior to AOL, Menin was VP, Branded Entertainment at Parade and , roles at Variety and Associate Publisher of Premiere magazine, MTV Networks,, E-Zone Networks and the College Television Network
  • Julia Edvardsson was named Industry Practice Head for the Automotive category.  She has been at AOL since 2004.  Edvardsson  also worked for American Express amd Prudential Investments.
  • Amy Starwalt was named Industry Practice Head, Finance. She also worked with Businessweek nd at Leo Burnett USA.
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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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