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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: May 11 to June 11, 2015

Welcome to our monthly update on CIO/ & Other Tech Roles Turnover. This newsletter covers Tech function roles, including CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Head of Tech & Ops, in the 32 days ended June 12, 2015.

Total Number of Open Roles: 42  

Newly Opened Roles: 21 - EMC Isilon (CA), Ruckus Wireless (CA), FIS (FL), VITAS Healthcare (FL), ACAMS (FL), IBM - Watson/Analytics Solutions (MD), HBX (MA), Gander Mountain Company (MN), Brookstone (NH), NYC Department of Finance (NY), RentCheck (NY), City of Raleigh (NC), Harsch Investment Properties (OR), Steptoe & Johnson (PA), Scripps Networks Interactive (TN), Fujitsu America (TX), Valley Behavioral Health (UT), MicroStrategy (VA), Department of Social and Health Services (WA), PanPages Berhad (Malaysia), and Matt Blatt (Australia).

New Appointments: 72

Sources of Appointments: 55 were External appointments, and 17 were internal promotions (interim CIO 3, divisional execs-2, and Others-12).

Diversity: Six out of 72 is a woman – United Stationers (IL), Coastal Credit (IN), Fairway Markets (NY), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, D.C.), SickKids (Canada), and Rexel (France).

Geographic Distribution: 66 in the US, one in Canada and five International appointments.

For more details on Open CIO roles and appointments, please refer to sections below and for past newsletters on this topic, please refer to our blog on Open CIO roles.

Other recent reports:  CIO SuccessionTech Execs on Boards and CEOs Wanted (latest Open CEO Posts and Appointments).

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CIOs & Tech Execs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of June 12, 2015


Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, CA                                                             Revenues: $4.63b

Juniper Networks offers high-performance network solutions.

February 2015 - Juniper Networks seeks to recruit a new SVP and CIO, as Bask Iyer leaves the company to join VMware.


Mitek, San Diego, CA                                                                                 Revenues: $14.8m

Mitek is a mobile solutions provider engaged in the development, sale and service of its software solutions related to mobile imaging.

August 2014 - Mitek said CTO Michael Strange left his position effective Aug. 15 to pursue other opportunities. Mitek named Fritz Hesse as interim VP of engineering.



California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA                                           Revenues: NA

Established in 1929, California Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast.

September 2014 - California Maritime Academy is seeking a CIO. Under general direction of the VP for Administration and Finance, the CIO would be responsible for providing efficient and effective IT support and services to the campus.



Visa, San Francisco, CA                                                                                 Revenues: NA

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and electronic payments.

September 2014 - Visa is searching for a new CIO after Dennis Howard left in September to work as SVP of core technology services at Charles Schwab. A search for a replacement is underway.



NMI Holdings, Emeryville, CA                                                                     Revenues: $7.1m

NMI Holdings through its subsidiaries provides private mortgage insurance in the United States.

January 2015 - Stan Pachura, EVP and CIO, leaves. Pachura's current duties and responsibilities will be assumed by existing members of the Company's management team, until a replacement is chosen.



AssetAvenue, Los Angeles, CA                                                          Revenues: NA offers a Peer to Peer Lending Platform for Real Estate Investments.

March 2015 – AssetAvenue is looking for a CTO who will lead the technical roadmap taking into account the need to build or integrate products and platforms that appropriately balance the need for speed-to-market, scalability, and differentiation.



McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions, San Francisco, CA                       Revenues: NA           McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions provides a range of IT solutions for hospitals and healthcare providers of all sizes and complexity.

March 2015 – McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions is looking for a CTO/CIO, responsible for IWS’s overall technology and portfolio strategy to ensure R&D investment is aligned with business strategy.



EMC Isilon, Los Angeles, CA                                                                        Revenues: NA           The EMC Isilon brand is a recognized global leader in M&E. It sells clustered file system hardware and software for digital content and other unstructured data to a variety of industries.

June 2015 – EMC Isilon is looking for a CTO for Media and Entertainment, who will represent the public face of EMC Isilon sales and business development strategy for Media Production, Broadcast and Content Delivery markets. The CTO for M&E will meet regularly with Media Executives worldwide to drive continued adoption of Isilon as the best scale-out storage platform for Post Production, Broadcast, Visual Effects and 3-D, VOD and IPTV, nPVR and Over The Top Next-Generation Media Delivery.


Ruckus Wireless, Sunnyvale, CA                                                                Revenues: $326.9M           Ruckus Wireless is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market.

June 2015 – William "Bill" Kish is leaving his position as CTO of Ruckus Wireless, to pursue new interests, and has stepped down as a member of the Board of Directors. The company has launched a search for a new CTO who will fuel the next wave of innovation.




FIS (Fidelity National Information Services), Jacksonville, FL                           Revenues: $6.4B
FIS™ is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies.

June 2015 – The company is looking for a CISO, responsible for ensuring the security program is deployed to meet company objectives for the protection of confidential data, owned or maintained by FIS from inappropriate access, use or disclosure.



VITAS Healthcare, Miami, FL                                                        Revenues: NA
Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care.

June 2015 – The company is looking for a CISO, to work closely with the IT and Technical Services teams to identify, document and mitigate IT security concerns as related to overall access to resources.



Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Miami, FL          Revenues: NA
The Association
of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), is the largest international membership organization dedicated to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) professionals in both the public and private sectors.

June 2015 – The company is looking for a CTO, who will provide vision and leadership to ensure that ACAMS effectively leverages technology to achieve its key strategic initiatives and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage in the AML/Financial Crimes information, training and software market.




Coca-Cola North America, Atlanta, GA                                                 Revenues: NA
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.

October 2014 – The company is looking for a CTO for North America.



Total System Services, Columbus, GA                                                 Revenues: $635.1m
Total System Services (TSYS) is a global payment solutions provider that provides services to financial and nonfinancial institutions.

March 2015 – Ken Tye has decided to retire as Senior EVP and CIO, after 43 years of service, effective September 30, 2015.




IBM - Watson/Analytics Solutions, Bethesda, MD                                   Revenues: $92.79B                       IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. The position is based in Bethesda, MD.   

June 2015 -
IBM is seeking to hire a Federal CTO Watson/Analytics Solutions Architect. The CTO will provide Big Data and Analytics solution expertise to federal clients by developing industry-aligned use case and business value analyses, solution outline and design of Analytics architectures, as well as providing thought leadership to federal account sales teams and Client Architects on the development of innovative analytics solutions to customer business challenges.




LogMeIn, Boston, MA                                                               Revenues: $166.3m
LogMeIn is a provider of SaaS and cloud-based remote connectivity services for collaboration, IT management and customer engagement.   

November 2014 - LogMeIn is seeking a Chief Information Security Officer to serve as a subject matter expert and leader reporting into the CTO.  The CISO will lead a global team of four and be responsible for the security of LogMeIn’s suite of award winning software products (including secure development), product delivery (NOC), security features of our products (security design), internal infrastructure (development environment), and 3rd party services (CRM’s,etc).



University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA                                                    Revenues: NA
The University of Massachusetts Boston, also known as UMass Boston, is an urban public research university and the third-largest campus in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.

December 2014 - The University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for the position of Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO.



Nuance Communications, Burlington, MA                                                Revenues: $1.9B
Nuance Communications is a provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers across the world.   

May 2015 – Nuance is seeking a Chief Information Security Officer who will be a business/technology executive responsible for providing leadership in establishing a comprehensive Information Security and Data Privacy program and ensuring compliance.



HBX (A Deptt. Of Harvard Business School), Boston, MA                       Revenues: NA
HBX is
an educational initiative powered by Harvard Business School to develop a new kind of digital learning experience.   

June 2015 – HBX is looking for a Managing Director/CTO, who will an advocate for alignment of technology related initiatives, business objectives, and key business strategies within the organization.




Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis, MN                                                  Revenues: $9.1B
Based in Minneapolis, Ameriprise Financial is a leading financial planning and services company with more than 10,000 branded financial advisors.

May 2015 –
Ameriprise Financial is currently seeking a Chief Information Security Officer.



Gander Mountain Company, Saint Paul, MN                                                  Revenues: NA
Gander Mountain
Company operates the nation’s largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, camping, and marine products and accessories.

June 2015 –
Gander Mountain is currently seeking a CIO responsible for aligning IT strategies and initiatives with the overall business objectives of Gander Mountain by providing vision and leadership for the IT organization in a retail environment.



New Hampshire

Brookstone, Merrimack, NH                                                                                      Revenues: NA
is a chain of specialty retail stores in the United States.   

June 2015 – The CIO is responsible to oversee the development of corporate standards, technology architecture, technology evaluation and transfer; sponsor the business technology planning process; manage client relations; align IT with the business; and develop IT financial management systems.



New York

UNICEF, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
UNICEF is the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children.

January 2015 –
UNICEF CIO, Paul van Essche resigned “for personal reasons”. According to the UNICEF spokesperson, “a senior UNICEF colleague has temporarily assumed the interim Director role until the position is filled.”



Accordant Media, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
Accordant Media is a programmatic media-buying and optimization company in the US.

January 2015 –
Accordant is seeking a CTO, a newly created position. The CTO will develop and scale the company’s software development, technology procedures and practices, and will work closely with internal key decision-makers.



NYC Department of Finance, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
The NYC Department
of Finance (DOF) collects more than $33.6 billion in revenue for the City and values more than one million properties worth a total market value of $988 billion.

June 2015 –
The New York City Department of Finance seeks a CIO to manage its 200+ person Information Technology Department.



RentCheck, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
is an apartment rental search engine.

June 2015 –
RentCheck is seeking a CTO who will be responsible for maintaining the general architecture and scalability of the business while maintaining stability.



North Carolina

City of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC                                                       Revenues: NA

Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County in the United States.
June 2015 – City of Raleigh CIO Gail Roper has announced her resignation. Beth Stagner, the IT Department’s business applications director, will serve as the department’s interim director until a competitive national recruitment can be completed.




Harsch Investment Properties, Portland, OR                                                  Revenues: NA
Investment Properties is a dynamic, expanding real estate investment, development and management company, which owns and operates more than 100 properties throughout six Regional offices.
June 2015 – Harsch is seeking a CIO who will provide vision and leadership for developing, implementing and executing strategic and tactical IT initiatives.




UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA                                                          Revenues: NA
UPMC is a leading not-for-profit health care delivery system in western Pennsylvania.
September 2014 - CIO and EVP Dan Drawbaugh has decided to step down to pursue other professional interests. Ed McCallister, presently SVP, Enterprise Applications & Business Services, Information Services Division, will serve as interim CIO.



Reed Smith, Pittsburgh, PA                                                          Revenues: NA
Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
January 2015 - The company is looking for a CIO, who will be a key member of the firm’s leadership team and will lead the firm strategy of information technology and telecommunications, while directing the IT teams in all aspects of technology evaluation, selection, and deployment.



Steptoe & Johnson, Pittsburgh, PA                                                          Revenues: NA
& Johnson is an international law firm recognized for advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, representation of clients before governmental agencies, and advice in guiding business transactions.
June 2015 - Steptoe & Johnson is seeking a CIO who will be responsible for all aspects of the firm’s information management, technology and systems.




Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville, TN                                                    Revenues: NA
Scripps Networks
Interactive is a global media company and the Leader in Lifestyle Media.
June 2015 - Scripps Networks Interactive is actively seeking a Chief Information Security Officer in Knoxville.




State of Texas, Austin, TX                                                   Revenues: NA
Texas is the second most populous and the second largest of the 50 U.S. states in the United States of America, and the largest state in the 48 contiguous United States.
January 2015 - Texas CIO Karen Robinson officially retires. Deputy Executive Director Todd Kimbriel is now serving as the state's interim CIO.



Fujitsu America, Dallas, TX                                                   Revenues: NA
America provides a complete portfolio of business technology services, computing platforms, and industry solutions.
June 2015 - Fujitsu America is looking for a CTO Chief Technical Officer for our MIS Group in our Dallas, TX location.




Red Touch Media, Salt Lake City, UT                                                   Revenues: NA
Red Touch Media is a software technology company that specializes in white label content management and distribution solutions.

November 2014 - Red Touch Media (RTM) is looking for a CTO. As one of the most innovative content distribution and management platforms, RTM connects content owners, advertisers, and retailers with a reliable, secure solution to manage and deliver all digital media assets (movies, music, eBooks, etc.) to their business partners and their customers/users., Provo, UT                                                   Revenues: NA
Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history.

May 2015 - Ancestry is currently looking for a leader to fill the new role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The CISO is responsible for establishing, executing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy and program to ensure that Ancestry’s physical and digital information assets and technologies are adequately protected.



Valley Behavioral Health, Salt Lake City, UT                                                   Revenues: NA
Valley Behavioral
Health is a private, not-for-profit agency.

June 2015 – The agency is currently looking for a CIO as a core part of our strategy management team, advising the CEO, CFO, COO, and other core members on matters of strategic and tactical importance concerning IT systems, hardware, software, services, and maintenance.




MicroStrategy, Tysons Corner, VA                                                              Revenues: $579.8M

MicroStrategy is a leading global provider of enterprise-ready platforms for business intelligence and analytics, mobile apps, and identity security.

June 2015 – MicroStrategy seeks a CISO, who will establish and develop global information security management programs for our internal systems and customer offerings.




Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Tacoma, WA                          Revenues: NA

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) oversees the social services provided to the citizens of Washington State.

June 2015 - The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is seeking a CIO of DSHS Enterprise Technology, with combined background in social services, IT management, and business administration for a largely structured non-profit or government organization.



Washington D.C.

United States Department of Energy, Washington D.C.                                         Revenues: NA

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material.

August 2014 - Robert Brese will leave his post at the Energy Department as CIO on Sept. 5, Federal News Radio reported. The station reports that deputy DOE CIO Dan Adcock will succeed Brese on an interim basis.


       Other International

PanPages Berhad, Selangor, Malaysia                                         Revenues: $9.6M

PanPages Berhad (formerly known as CBSA Berhad), is a listed company specializing in the areas of Search and Advertising (S&A).

June 2015 - PanPages Berhad is looking for a CTO, who’s role is to provide vision and leadership for development of database marketing platform, B2B online portal and analytics solutions.



Matt Blatt, NSW, Australia                                                                     Revenues: NA

Matt Blatt is the home of accessible design, bringing the inspirational, iconic and unconventional into everyday Australian homes since 1999.

June 2015 - Matt Blatt is recruiting a stellar CTO who will ensure the successful execution of the company’s business mission through development and implementation of the company’s digital presence and performance capability.



CIOs Appointed

Latest Tech Exec Appointments in IT Leadership in the 32 days ended June 12, 2015




Cisco: Guillermo Diaz, SVP of IT, has been promoted to CIO and Hilton Romanski, SVP and Head of Corporate Development named Chief Technology and Strategy Officer.

Yahoo!: Yahoo CIO Mike Kail has left, being replaced by Laurie Mann, SVP of search products.

Splunk: The provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence appointed Snehal Antani, former CIO for multiple divisions of GE Capital, as CTO.

Cylance: Cybersecurity startup Cylance named longtime former Intel executive Malcolm Harkins as its first CISO.

American Apparel: Former DirecTV and Verizon exec Brian McHale has been named SVP and CIO.

Sportvision: Former CTO Marv White is leaving ESPN to return to Sportsvision as CTO.

8x8: Former Jive Software and Cisco Technology Leader Jared Smith-Mickelson joins as VP of Engineering.

Experian: The UK based the global information services company has appointed Barry Libenson, CIO of Safeway in North America, as CIO based in Experian’s North American headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.

FastSpring: The e-commerce software developer named Verisk Analytics’ CTO Michael Smith as the company's new CTO.

Science Mobile: Speek CTO Matthew Turner is now CTO at Science Mobile.

Visus Technology: Co-Founder Attila A. Priplata, PhD. Named CTO.

International Contact: The media translation and localization company named Ron Fredericks, an expert in Cloud, and LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), to the role of CTO.

StatRad: The leading provider of cloud-based medical image sharing and teleradiology services hired OnPoint Medical Diagnostics’ CTO Chris E. Hafey as its new CTO.

ClearStory Data: The business-oriented Data Intelligence company appointed Dr. Timothy A. Howes, Ph.D., a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and computer scientist who co-invented LDAP and was a former CTO of Netscape, Opsware and HP Software, as CTO.

SIGMAnet: The leading provider of Technology (IT) consulting, solutions & services appointed former Citigroup tech exec Apo Hagopian as CIO and SVP of Professional Services.



Recondo Technology: New CTO Eldon Richards joins Recondo, the leading provider of cloud-based revenue cycle connectivity and applications, from PatientPoint.

Amercanex: The American Cannabis Exchange tapped former Barclays exec Jim Miller to become Amercanex’s new CTO.

W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital: The privately held mortgage banking firm has promoted insider tech exec John Sadler to serve as CIO.

Cartasite: Payfone executive Bill Sinclair joined the fleet management, GPS asset tracking, security & monitoring company as CTO. 



AmeriCares: Dennis Rice, CIO of MAP International in Georgia, named as AmeriCares’ new CIO and SVP of Innovation.



Harbin Clinic: Andrew Goodwin, CIO at the Georgia Hospital Association, named as CIO.

Primary Capital Mortgage: Walt Carter, CIO at Generation Mortgage Company, appointed CIO.

Allconnect: The leading home services provider has promoted its software development leader Tippu Gagguturu to CIO.

Payscape: The leading financial technology solutions provider named Doug Hardman, CEO and Founder of SparkBase, as CTO.

Gwinnett County Board of Education: Frank Elmore, CIO of Orange County Public Schools, is the new CIO of the Gwinnett County school district.



North Idaho College: Ken Wardinsky, the CIO and director of planning for Great Falls College Montana State University, named as new CIO.



Walgreens Boots Alliance: Anthony Roberts, SVP, international CIO, will now assume the role of SVP, global CIO.

United Stationers: Insider exec Janet Zelenka has been promoted to SVP and CIO.



Coastal Credit: Previous CIO and Co-Founder of Dealer Services Corporation / NextGear Capital, Christine Brady, has joined Coastal as CIO and Chief Customer Officer.



Arxan Technologies: The provider of application protection solutions named Sam Rehman, former CTO for EPAM Systems, as CTO.


Wayfair: Former Athenahealth executive Jeremy Delinsky will be taking on the role of CTO at the company in place of Steve Conine.

Progress Software: VP of Application Development and Deployment business unit Matt Robinson promoted to CTO.

Biogen: Biogen named VP of Pharmaceutical Operations and Corporate IT Matt Griffiths as SVP and CIO.

LPL Financial: Interim CIO at McGraw-Hill Education David Wright joins as LPL’s first CTO.

Wyless: The leading Internet of Things (IoT) global managed services provider, named Gavin Carter, CEO of JOC Group, as CTO.

Tapjoy: Tapjoy promotes VP, Engineering Sean Lindsay to CTO.


Meijer: Terry Ledbetter, former CIO at Bass Pro, is the new CIO at hypermarket chain Meijer.



Bluestem Brands: Digital River exec Craig Dillon joins as CTO & CIO.



State of Nebraska: First Data exec Ed Toner is replacing current acting state CIO Brenda Decker as CIO.


New Jersey

Union County College in New Jersey: Experienced IT administrator Inder V. Singh joins as CIO.

DriveWealth: The brokerage-as-a-Service specialist hired Harry Temkin, CEO and Partner at financial software startup KnowVera, as CIO.

Youth1 Media: The digital youth sports media coverage company has named McKinsey exec Ian Campbell its CTO.

New York

Cablevision: Office Depot CIO Keith Sherwell joins Cablevision as CIO.

Interpublic Group of Companies: Chief Applications Officer John Halper was named as CIO.

Fairway Markets: Maureen Minard, formerly with Aeropostale, is now CIO with Fairway Markets.

Wisdom Tree Investments: McKinsey exec David Yates joins as the company’s first CIO. 

B2R Finance: The lender for single-family rental (SFR) property investors appointed Paul Behm, SVP of Product Strategy and Development at Fiserv, as CIO.

SocialCode: The technology and insights company that manages digital advertising for leading consumer brands appointed Steve Skrzyniarz, CTO of Dashbox, as new CTO.

Buffalo State: The State University of New York appointed David Demers, COO of American Women’s College, as CIO.



Ohio University: Associate CIO at the University of Minnesota, Craig Bantz is now Associate VP for the Office of IT and CIO.

TriHealth: The Cincinnati-based hospital system has named iCIO John Ward as CIO.



Nike: Jim Scholefield, CTO at beverage giant Coca-Cola, has been named CIO at Nike.

Audio Precision: Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, welcomed Jayant Datta, Assistant VP for Audio R&D at THX, as CTO.



Unisys Corporation: Former Oracle executive Tarek El-Sadany joins as SVP, Technology, and CTO.

Revitas: Saba Software’s CTO and SVP Products and Development Hemanth Puttaswamy joins Revitas as CTO and SVP of Products and Technology.


South Carolina

ChartSpan Medical Technologies: One of the most downloaded medical apps in the U.S. has hired CTO Robert McCarthy from LCE (Life Cycle Engineering).



American Blue Ribbon Holdings: The restaurant holding company whose brands include O’Charley’s and Max & Erma’s, has named VP, IT of Yankee Candle Company Jeffery Kent as its new CIO.



McDermott International: Baker Hughes exec Akash Khurana recently joined engineering and construction company McDermott International as VP & CIO, following the departure of Maurice Tayeh.

Cameron International: Jennifer Hartsock, Caterpillar’s Divisional CIO, has been named CIO at the Fortune 500 flow equipment products and services provider.

Shell Federal Credit Union: Sam James, former VP of Mobiloil FCU, appointed as CIO.

NCS Multistage: The company created a Corporate Technology Group and appointed COO Marty Stromquist as CTO.



Commonwealth of Virginia: Nelson Moe, formerly CIO at the House of Representatives, has been named CIO of the Commonwealth of Virginia.



PeaceHealth: Dan Hein, serving as interim CIO, was named CIO for PeaceHealth.

VoloMetrix: The people analytics software company named Mani Gill, a tech innovator known for his transformative work in big data and advanced analytics at SAP and BusinessObjects, as CTO.


Washington, D.C.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: Dr. Ed Felten is joining as Deputy U.S. CTO. He is current Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Susannah Fox has been tapped as the next CTO replacing Bryan Sivak, who stepped down from the role in April. Former associate director at the Pew Research Center and briefly was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


SickKids: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) appoints Dr. Sarah Muttitt, expert in telehealth initiatives, to the position of CIO and VP of the Information Management and Technology.


Other International

Tesco: Edmond Mesrobian, former CTO of Expedia, joins Tesco as CTO to replace former CIO Mike McNamara.

Rexel: VP, Pricing & eCommerce LouAnne Annino has been named CIO & VP, eCommerce at the Paris based company.

Unit4: Netherlands based leader in enterprise applications for service organizations, named Microsoft exec Erik Tiden as CTO.

Home Retail: The UK based home and general merchandise retailer hired former Sears Online CIO, George Goley, as CTO.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG: Company veteran Josef Bogdanski named CIO and Chief Process Officer. 

Recent Vell Placements

For specific bios and announcements, as well as functional or other (e.g. diversity, cross border, relocation) experience lists, please refer to Vell website:

CIO, Univision 

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Product Officer (CPO), $100m Mortgage Software company

MD, Data Technology, large investment banking co.

CIO, large transportation co.

CIO, wireless tower owner and operator

SVP Engineering and Operations, SaaS Application Software Co.

CTO, SaaS online marketing suite company

Fleetmatics (FLTX), Fleet Management Software for SMB (SaaS)  - Board members  (4)

Carbonite (CARB), Online Backup for SMB (SaaS) - Board Members (2)

mHealth Software CEO (Announcement being made)

$1b CFO -Announcement being made early June

$60m SaaS to Retail Industry Company: VP North America (now SVP Sales)

VP Product Management, $120m SaaS Company - Announcement being made in early June

VP & GM, Transportation and Logistics Software (SaaS, large public co.)

VP & GM, SMB (SaaS, large public co.)

CMO, SaaS Software Company

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Paula Axelrod – Vice President

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Tori Agel – Marketing Coordinator

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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.

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