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FIS, Avon, Ulta Beauty & More Large Boards Appoint Women Board Members Featured

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RBS's ex-boss in US, Ellen Alemany, Joins FIS’ Board

Fidelity National Information Services appoints Ellen Alemany, 58, to its board. A former head of RBS Americas, and Chair and CEO of RBS' Citizens Financial Group, Alemany has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry. In 2007, Alemany joined as Head of RBS Americas, and Chair and CEO of RBS' Citizens Financial Group, and served as a consultant to the company until her retirement in 2013. Beginning as Area Head of Citibank's NY Leveraged Capital Group, she grew to CEO of Global Transaction Services at the firm and spent five years on the board of Citigroup North America. Alemany began her career in Operations at Chase Manhattan before being recruited to Citibank in 1987. She has served on the boards of ADP since 2011 and CIT Group since early 2014.

Avon Appoints Apparel Industry Veteran to Board

Avon Products elected Helen McCluskey, 59, to Board. Most recently, McCluskey was the President, CEO and Director of Warnaco Group. Upon the acquisition of Warnaco by PVH Corp. in February 2013, she joined the Board of PVH, term for which ended in June this year. Before becoming CEO at Warnaco, she was COO (with additional responsibility for growing the Calvin Klein brand), and Group President, Intimate Apparel. Prior to Warnaco, she was Group President of the Moderate Women's Sportswear division and President of Special Markets for Liz Claiborne and spent 18 years with Sara Lee, most recently being the President of Playtex Apparel. She began her career at Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. She is a director of Signet Jewelers Limited.

Ulta Beauty’s Board Adds CFO of Motorola Mobility

Ulta Beauty appointed Vanessa Wittman, 46, SVP and CFO of Motorola Mobility, to its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Motorola Mobility in 2012, Wittman served for four years as EVP and CFO of Marsh & McLennan Companies. She previously held CFO roles at cable television company Adelphia Communications, telecommunications services provider 360networks, and software developer and consulting group Metricom. Wittman is a director of Sirius XM Holdings. She previously served as a director of Infospace, an internet search company.

Xactly Executive Chairman Carol Mills Join Ingram Micro Board

Ingram Micro appointed Carol Mills, 60, executive chairman and development consultant for Xactly Corporation, to serve as an independent director. Mills is also a member of the board for Alaska Communications and for privately-held WhiteHat Security, a cloud-based web application security company. Previously, Mills served on the boards of Adobe Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Tekelec. Prior to these roles she served in senior executive leadership roles at Juniper Networks, Acta Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Groupon Names CDW's CFO as Independent Director 

Groupon appointed Ann Ziegler, 56, as an independent director. Ziegler is SVP and CFO of CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare, and a Fortune 500 company. She joined CDW in 2008. Prior to joining CDW, she held a number of executive positions with Sara Lee, including finance, strategy and general management roles in both U.S. and international businesses. She also serves on the board of directors of Hanesbrands.

Electronic Payment Solutions Firm VeriFone Appoints Veteran IT Exec as Board Member

VeriFone Systems named Karen Austin, 53, to the Company's Board. Austin is SVP and CIO of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, a natural gas and electric utilities company. Before joining PG&E in 2011, she worked for Sears as SVP and President of Consumer Electronics and as EVP and CIO. Austin joined Kmart in 1984 and served, before its merger with Sears, Roebuck and Co. as its SVP and CIO and VP, Applications.

Long-Time AmEx Exec Joins Board of Children’s Apparel Retailer 

The Children's Place, the specialty retailer of children’s apparel and accessories, elected Susan Sobbott, 50, to Board. Sobbott currently holds the position of President of Global Corporate Payments, a global division of the American Express. Before that, she was President and GM of American Express OPEN. Since 2009, Sobbott has also served as a member of the Business Operating Committee, a group of senior leaders at American Express working with the CEO to develop strategic direction. 

Date Range: May 30th - July 3rd

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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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