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Breaking News: Target Appoints New CIO Mike McNamara from Tesco Featured

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Target Appoints New CIO Mike McNamara from Tesco

Target named Tesco veteran Mike McNamara to the role of EVP and CIO. As the company’s top technology leader, McNamara will further advance Target’s digital transformation. McNamara replaces Bob DeRodes, who is retiring after playing a pivotal role in guiding the chain’s information security efforts. DeRodes, is a 40-year IT veteran who joined Target last spring with a focus on enhancing data security and technology infrastructure. DeRodes will serve for a short time in a senior advisory role to Target.

McNamara will join Target from Tesco PLC, where he worked for more than 15 years joining in 1998. In 2011, McNamara was named the global supermarket chain’s CIO, with responsibility for all IT systems. At Tesco McNamara played a pivotal role in securing an eight year deal with Microsoft that saw the retailer obtain unlimited licences from Microsoft. Before becoming CIO, he served as Tesco’s Operations Development Director, IT Director and CTO of  McNamara already has experience of the US retail scene through Tesco's ill-fated Fresh & Easy venture which ultimately failed. Before Tesco, he was a senior manager at Accenture for seven years.

Date: February 9, 2015

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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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