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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 15:15

Significant Board Appointments for Hardware and Software Providers Featured

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Dell announced that Judy Lewent has decided not to seek re-election to its board of directors when her current term ends in July in order to devote more time to other business responsibilities. Ms. Lewent, the former EVP and CFO of Merck, was chair of the finance committee and also served on the audit committee of the Dell Board. She has been a member of the board since May 2001. Ms. Lewent recently joined the board of Glaxo Smith Kline. In addition, she is a director of Motorola Solutions and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

ScanSource announced the appointment of Steven H. Owings to its Board of Directors. Mr. Owings is one of the original founders of ScanSource and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from the Company's inception in December 1992 until December 2005, when he reduced his workload due to medical reasons. Mr. Owings also served as CEO of ScanSource from December 1992 until January 2000.

Acer announced that CEO Gianfranco Lanci quit after clashing with board members over future strategy. Lanci, temporarily replaced by Chairman J.T. Wang effective immediately, disagreed with the majority of the board on "future development," the Taipei-based PC maker. The CEO held different views on topics including the importance of growth and branding, it said. The resignation comes less than a week after the company lowered its sales forecast, which led to a four-day, 18 percent rout of the stock.

Electronics For Imaging announced the appointment of Eric Brown to its Board of Directors. Brown will serve on the Board's audit committee. He is currently the EVP, CFO of Electronic Arts, the $3.7 billion global interactive entertainment software company. Prior to his current role with Electronic Arts, he was COO and CFO at McAfee after serving as President and CFO of MicroStrategy the parent company of, where he also served as CFO.

RadiSys announced the appointment of David Nierenberg to its Board of Directors. Mr. Nierenberg has extensive experience in corporate strategy, corporate governance, management consulting and venture capital and public company investing. Mr. Nierenberg is the President of Nierenberg Investment Management Company, which is a long-term shareholder of RadiSys.

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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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