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Wal-Mart, Hasbro and Capella Education Company: Boards Welcome Tech Execs Featured

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Wal-Mart Board Appoints Instagram CEO and Co-Founder as New Member

Wal-Mart Stores appointed Kevin Systrom, 30, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram, as a new member of the company’s Board. Systrom is best known as CEO and co-founder of Instagram, the photo-and-video sharing social networking service. Founded in 2010, Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts. 

Former Microsoft Corporate VP Joins Hasbro’s Board

Toy and board game company Hasbro appointed Linda Zecher as an independent director to its Board. Zecher is currently President and CEO and Director at global education leader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Prior to HMH, Zecher held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Microsoft, ultimately culminating in her appointment as Corporate VP, Worldwide Public Sector. Prior to Microsoft, she served as CEO of Evolve Corporation, a software provider. Prior to that, she was SVP of Application Suites at Oracle. She began her career as a geophysicist at the semiconductor firm, Texas Instrument.

Education Company Appoints MyBuys’ CEO as Director

Capella Education Company, a provider of online post-secondary education through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, appointed Rita Brogley, CEO of MyBuys, to its board of directors. Brogley is CEO of MyBuys, a marketing technology company that is a leader in consumer analytics and personalization solutions for online commerce. Over the last 15 years, Brogley has been CEO of three different technology companies and brings deep experience in marketing, strategy and business development, along with extensive board experience.

Date Range: September 23rd - October 27th

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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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