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Northrop Grumman Elects SunGard Financial Systems’ COO as Newest Board Member

Northrop Grumman elected Marianne Brown, 55, COO of SunGard Financial Systems, to its board. Brown joined SunGard Financial Systems in February 2014. Prior to that, Brown was the CEO and president of Omgeo, a global financial services technology company. Before joining Omgeo, she was the CEO of the Securities Industry Automation Corporation. Brown began her career at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and progressed through a series of positions of increasing responsibility culminating in her role as GM of ADP's Brokerage Processing Services business, which was subsequently spun off to become Broadridge Financial Solutions.

Zions Appoints Director with Technology-Related Financial Services Experience

Financial Holding company Zions Bancorporation elected Suren K. Gupta, 54, to its board of directors. Gupta is EVP of Technology and Strategic Ventures at Allstate Insurance. Previously, Gupta was an EVP and group CIO for consumer lending at Wells Fargo Bank. He held a similar role for Wells Fargo's home and consumer finance group. He was a founding member of the corporate executive team at Airclic, a startup wireless Internet venture, and SVP of IT and operations for GMAC Residential, a division of General Motors. Gupta also has held senior operations, sales, marketing and strategic development roles at INTELSAT and Thomson.

Cubic Names Distinguished U.S. Navy IT and Cybersecurity Expert to Board

Military defense equipment and automated fare collection equipment company Cubic Corporation named Jan Hamby to its board. Hamby is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, and an IT expert with more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. Navy cybersecurity arena, culminating as a deputy CIO for the U.S. Department of Defense. She is currently the Chancellor at the Information Resources Management College (IRMC/iCollege), National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Hamby served twice as commanding officer of critical telecommunications and technology services organizations; technology and general strategist at the senior levels of the staffs of the Secretary of Defense; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and commander of Multi-National Force in Iraq.

Date Range: March 18th - April 20th 

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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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