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Sprint & Nokia Facing Pivotal Board and Leadership Changes & More Featured

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Sprint Names New CEO 

Marcelo Claure, 43, the CEO of Brightstar, will replace Dan Hesse, 60, as CEO of Sprint. Brightstar is part of Softbank of Japan, which bought 70% of Sprint last year. Claure built Brightstar into the world's largest distributor of cellphones by convincing cellphone carriers that they're better off outsourcing that side of the business.

Hesse joined Sprint as CEO in 2007. Hesse has been credited with improving the carrier's customer service and shepherding it back to the cusp of profitability.

Nokia’s Mapping Business Chief Leaves; Company Looking for Replacement

Michael Halbherr, the chief of Nokia’s mapping business HERE, is leaving the company, in order to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests outside of the company. Cliff Fox, currently SVP, Core Map Group, at HERE, will assume the position of acting head of HERE. A search for a permanent leader of HERE will start immediately inside and outside the organization.

Cincinnati Bell appointed Russel P. Mayer, an incumbent director, as the Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

HP Networking Head Joins Ixia as CEO

Networking equipment and solutions company Ixia appointed Bethany Mayer, 47, as president, CEO and director. Most recently, Mayer served as HP’s SVP and GM of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business and led the company’s NFV initiative. Previously, she was SVP and GM of the HP Networking BU; VP, marketing and alliances for HP’s Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking Group; SVP of worldwide marketing and corporate development at Blue Coat Systems, and held product marketing roles at Cisco and Apple.

Date Range: July 25th - August 31st

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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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