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Pipeline and Midstream Company Spectra Energy Names Former Asset Manager and Energy Analyst to Board

The S&P 500 company elected Miranda Charlene Hubbs, CFA, 48, as a new member of its board. Hubbs is a former executive vice president and managing director of McLean Budden, one of Canada's largest institutional asset managers, with more than $30 billion in assets under management prior to its 2011 sale to Sun Life Financial. Prior to joining McLean Budden in 2002, Hubbs served as an energy research analyst and investment banker with the Canadian brokerage firm Gordon Capital. 

Marriott Elects American Politician with Trade and Public Policy Expertise as Board Member

Marriott elected Ambassador Susan C. Schwab Ph.D., 59, as director. Ambassador Schwab fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Harry Pearce after 20 years of service. Ambassador Schwab served as U.S. Trade Representative in the Bush Administration, and as Deputy Trade Representative earlier. She is currently a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and a strategic advisor to Mayer Brown. Ambassador Schwab also serves on the boards of The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, and FedEx.

AES Corp’s New Director Comes with Long Time Energy Industry and Commodity Markets Experience

The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 company that generates and distributes electrical power, named Holly Keller Koeppel, 55, to AES’ Board. Koeppel was most recently Partner and Global Co-Head of Citi Infrastructure Investors, a division of Citigroup until February 2015. Previously, she was EVP and CFO of American Electric Power Corporation (AEP) and held several additional executive positions at AEP before that.

Comerica Appoints Clorox’s HR Leader and Founder/CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources as Directors

Jacqueline P. Kane, 56, and Nina G. Vaca, 37, have joined the board of financial services company Comerica. Kane is SVP of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at The Clorox Company and Vaca is CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources, an IT services provider.

Kane was named to her current position in 2005, having joined The Clorox Company in 2004. Prior to that, she served in leadership positions with Hewlett-Packard and as SVP, HR at both Bank of America and a predecessor, Continental Illinois Bank.

Vaca is the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources, a staffing, vendor management, and IT solutions firm that serves Fortune 500 clients. Under Vaca's stewardship Pinnacle has become one of the fastest-growing and largest staffing firms in the U.S.

IHS Board Member Comes With Experience in Banking, Technology and Government

Global information company IHS elected Deborah Doyle McWhinney, 58, to its Board. As a respected leader at Citibank, McWhinney championed financial services innovations and guided numerous businesses through transformational change. Prior to joining Citibank she worked at Schwab, where she was President of Schwab Institutional and was a member of the executive committee, the Schwab Bank board, and headed the global risk committee. McWhinney also previously held executive roles at Visa International and Engage Media (a division of CMGI). Earlier in her career, she worked 17 years at Bank of America in both corporate and retail banking. McWhinney was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in 2002.

Spirit AeroSystems Appoints Director with Financial Acumen

Spirit AeroSystems, the independent non-OEM aircraft parts designer and manufacturer of commercial aero structures, named Irene M. Esteves, 55, to its board of directors. Esteves has held various senior leadership roles across a spectrum of industries, most recently serving as EVP and CFO of Time Warner Cable. She also held CFO roles at XL Capital Group, and Regions Financial Corporation.

Real Estate Firm Appoints Former AOL Marketing and Communications Exec to Board

Kilroy Realty Corporation, the office and industrial submarkets focused real estate firm, named Jolie Hunt, 35, to its board. Hunt is the founder and principal of Hunt & Gather, a New York-based marketing and communications agency that serves established brands and start-up ventures in the development and implementation of business strategy, discreet influencer relations and reputation management. Prior to founding the agency, she served as chief marketing and communications officer for AOL, and as SVP and global head of brand and public relations for Thomson Reuters. She has also held marketing and communications roles with IBM and the Financial Times.

Akorn’s Newest Board Member Comes with Finance and Audit Experience

Akorn, a specialty pharmaceutical company, named Terry Allison Rappuhn to its Board. Rappuhn was the CFO of Quorum Health Group and previously served as VP, Controller and Assistant Treasurer as well as VP of Internal Audit. Prior to Quorum Health Group, she worked in Ernst & Young's audit practice for more than 15 years. As a health care industry thought leader, Rappuhn has led the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Patient Friendly Billing® project, which promotes clear, concise and correct patient-focused financial practices and engagement.

JDS Uniphase Appoints Plantronics’ CFO and Seasoned Finance Exec as New Board Member

JDS Uniphase, the provider of network and service enablement solutions, appointed Pamela Strayer, 46, as a director of the company. Strayer is currently the CFO at Plantronics, a position she has held since July 2012. She is also Certified Public Accountant. She served as Chief Accounting Officer, VP and Controller, Senior Director and Assistant Corporate Controller at Autodesk.

LifeLock Appoints Former COO of Yahoo! Acquired Company Overture Services to Board

Identity theft protection company LifeLock named Jaynie Miller Studenmund, 60, to the company’s board of directors. Studenmund’s most recent operating position was as the COO for online advertising services company Overture Services, which was sold to Yahoo! in 2004. Previously, she was president and COO of PayMyBills, which became the largest Internet-based bill management company. Prior to that, Studenmund had a 15-year career in financial services, primarily at First Interstate Bank of California, now Wells Fargo, where she was EVP and head of retail banking. 

Date Range: April 21st - May 28th

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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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