Keep up to date with technology leadership moves by category.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:30

Women on Large Boards: eBay, AmerisourceBergen & Others Featured

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

eBay’s New Director Adds Media Perspective

eBay appointed Bonnie Hammer, 64, to its board of directors. Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, brings in a background in consumer and social-media content to the eBay board. Hammer becomes the second woman on the board. She’s joining ahead of the planned spinoff of the company’s PayPal payments unit this year, and decisions about which directors will be placed on which boards after the split will be determined later. Hammer joined USA Network as a Universal Television programming executive in 1989 and has held several top positions at the company, including president of USA Network and Syfy channels. Before that, she developed and produced programs at several other cable and local TV channels.

Walgreens Boots Alliance EVP and Divisional Head Joins Board of AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen elected Ornella Barra, EVP of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and President and CEO of Global Wholesale and International Retail to its Board. Prior to her current roles, she was CEO Wholesale and Brands of Alliance Boots, CEO of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division of Alliance Boots and before that, Wholesale & Commercial Affairs Director. Barra is Chairman of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) and board member of Assicurazioni Generali. She began her career as a pharmacist in Italy and is Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

Michael Kors’ New Director Brings Experience in e-commerce, Digital Marketing and Technology

Michael Kors appointed Jane Thompson has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. Thompson is currently Co-Founder and Director of The Fusion Labs, a U.K-based digital marketing and e-commerce company, which operates a network of niche e-commerce sites. Prior to that, she was Managing Director, International at IAC/InterActiveCorp, a leading interactive media and Internet company. Thompson held various senior roles at, including SVP and GM, North America and also worked at Bain. She also serves as Chairman of and as a director of

Williams-Sonoma Elects Gap’s CFO to Board

Williams-Sonoma elected Sabrina Simmons to its Board of Directors. Simmons has served as EVP, CFO, of Gap since January 2008. Simmons joined Gap in 2001, and prior to her current position, she held positions of increasing responsibility from VP and treasurer to EVP. Before coming to Gap, Sabrina was CFO and an executive member of the Board of Sygen International, a British genetics company. Prior to Sygen, Simmons spent five years at Levi Strauss, where she was assistant treasurer. She also spent several years at Hewlett Packard Company and KPMG.

Teradata Adds Cigna’s CMO to Board

Teradata elected Lisa R. Bacus, 49, to its Board of Directors. Bacus is EVP and Global CMO at Cigna. Bacus joined the company in 2013. Before that, she served as EVP and Chief Marketer at American Family, and served in many key roles at Ford, including Director of Global Marketing Strategy, Director of Global Market Research, Head of Marketing for Ford in Mexico, and Brand Manager and Regional Sales Manager for Lincoln.

Convergys Appoints Retired Finance Exec as Director

Convergys appointed Cheryl K. Beebe, 59, as a director. Beebe is retired EVP and CFO of Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries. She served in this role from 2010 to 2014. Beebe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Packaging Corporation of America, a box manufacturer for conventional shipping containers, custom-printed corrugated boxes, custom packaging, and retail displays.

Date Range: January 4th - February 7th 2015

Read 2311 times Last modified on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 11:21
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.

Leave a comment

Subscribe to Vell Leadership Insights

Track leadership moves and stay up to date with current trends