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Verizon Elects Aetna Chair/CEO to Board; Reorganizes Operating Structure

Verizon Communications elected Mark T. Bertolini, 57, chairman and CEO of Aetna, to its Board of Directors. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna's Specialty Products. He served as EVP and head of Aetna's regional businesses prior to being named president. In 2007 he was named president and in that role was responsible for all of Aetna's businesses and operations. Prior to joining Aetna, Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare, where he served as president.

Verizon also reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, 53, formerly Verizon's EVP and President - Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizon's wireless and wireline businesses.

Daniel S. Mead, 61, formerly Verizon's EVP and President and CEO - Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.

Cisco VP Leaves to Join European Company Interxion as Marketing & Strategy Chief

Interxion Holding, an European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral data centre colocation services, named Giuliano Di Vitantonio as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer. Di Vitantonio joins Interxion from Cisco, where he was VP of Marketing for Data Center & Cloud. Prior to that, Di Vitantonio was at Hewlett-Packard, where he held a broad range of positions, the latest one being Head of Global Marketing for Business Intelligence.

Juniper Networks Adds Two Directors in Agreement With Elliott

Network gear maker Juniper Networks named two independent directors Jim Dolce, 51, and Rahul Merchant, 58, to its board and said activist investor Elliott Management would support the nominations. Juniper and Paul Singer-controlled Elliott were in talks about adding a number of new directors to the company’s board. Elliott and its associates held an 8.7 percent stake in Juniper as of November.

Dolce is now CEO of Mobile security firm Lookout. Before his current role, he was VP Carrier Market Development at Akamai. Dolce has founded four companies, has experience managing both private and public organizations, and has led teams ranging from three to 3,000. He built Unisphere, which was sold to Juniper Networks, and played a key role in scaling Juniper to a multi-billion-dollar revenue run rate from 2002-2006, as EVP of Worldwide Field Operations. He has a current role on the board of optical transmission outfit Infinera.

Rahul N. Merchant is New York City’s former Chief Information and Innovation Officer and the seventh Commissioner of the Department of IT and Telecommunications. Prior to joining the City, he was an Operating Partner at Exigen Capital and served as an EVP, CIO, and Member of the Executive Committee of Fannie Mae. He also served as SVP, Chief Investment Officer, and CTO of Merrill Lynch from 2000 to 2004. Merchant is on the board of Fair Isaac and Emulex.

T-Mobile Promotes CMO Mike Sievert to COO; Makes Other Senior Leadership Changes

T-Mobile is promoting its CMO Mike Sievert to COO. Tom Keys, who had been COO of T-Mobile’s MetroPCS unit, was named president of T-Mobile’s indirect channels, while Jim Alling, who has been COO of the T-Mobile business unit, is retiring.

Before joining T-Mobile in 2012, Sievert was CEO of Discovery Bay Games, a Seattle-based mobile gaming company. Previously, he was Chief Commercial Officer of Clearwire, Corporate VP, Global Windows Group at Microsoft and EVP, CMO at AT&T.

SVP, Marketing Andrew Sherrard will take Sievert’s place as CMO. He formerly served as Acting CMO & SVP, Post-Paid Marketing at the company. He has been with the company since 2003, holding several positions. Before joining T-Mobile, he was a Marketing Manager at Clorox.

Other promotions include Ami Silverman, the new EVP of T-Mobile Retail, Jon Freier who has been promoted to EVP of Customer Care, Brian Brueckman the new SVP of Direct to Customer and Janice Kapner who is promoted to SVP of Corporate Communications.

ADTRAN CFO Retires; Interim CFO Named

James Matthews retires as CFO of ADTRAN, provider of telecommunications networking equipment and internetworking products. Matthews was SVP – Finance, CFO, Treasurer and Secretary of the Company. Matthews is retiring in order to spend time with his family. ADTRAN elected Michael Foliano, SVP – Global Operations, to the position of Interim CFO. 

Date Range: January 27th - February 24th

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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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