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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: June 12 to July 5, 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 24 days ended July 5, 2015.

Total Number of Open Roles: 52  

Newly Opened Roles: 13 - Wikimedia Foundation, Business Wire, Centrify (CA), iRobot Corporation (MA), NGA (MO), Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (NJ), Kadmon, Madison Logic, Colgate University (NY), Cleveland Foundation, Axcess Financial (OH), State of Vermont-Department of Information & Innovation (VA), US Consumer Product Safety Commission (Washington D.C).

New Appointments: 42

Sources of Appointments: 36 were External appointments, and 6 were internal promotions (divisional execs-3, and Others-3).

Diversity: 7 out of 29 are women – McKesson, New Relic, Informatica (CA), AIG and Phillips-Van Heusen (NY), Air Products (PA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washington D.C).

Geographic Distribution: 37 in the US, two in Canada and three 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).

Dora Vell

Vell Executive Search
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CIOs & Tech Execs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of July 5, 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.

Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco, CA                                                     Revenues: NA           The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting Wikipedia and other Wiki projects.

June 2015 – Wikimedia is looking for a CTO to lead and connect with communities of volunteers, researchers, and users. The CTO must have the ability to understand and synthesize a vast amount of data, opinions and emerging technologies.

Business Wire, San Francisco, CA                                                            Revenues: NA           Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the leading source of news on major U.S. corporations, including Fortune 1000 and NASDAQ companies.

July 2015 – Business Wire is seeking a Chief Information Systems Security Officer to take responsibility for research, development, implementation, testing and review of the organization's security policies/processes and technology.

Centrify, San Francisco, CA                                                                   Revenues: NA           Centrify provides unified identity management across cloud, mobile environments and datacenter that deliver a single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT.

July 2015 – The CISO is the leader of the corporate/physical security function for Centrify, which includes responsibility for overall corporate security strategy, security architecture development, and global function oversight.


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
VITAS® 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.

iRobot Corporation, Bedford, MA                                                            Revenues: $556.8M iRobot Corporation is engaged in designing and building robots. The Company designs robots for the consumer, defense and security, telemedicine, and mobile video collaboration markets.   

July 2015 – CTO Paolo Pirjanian will leave in August. iRobot said it would begin a search to find a replacement for Pirjanian, but the former CTO will remain with the company through October.


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.


National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), St. Louis, MO                   Revenues: NA
The National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

June 2015 –
NGA is looking for a CISO, who will be the highest ranking senior executive for cybersecurity at NGA, reporting to the CIO. The CISO will be accountable to safeguard information and information systems from external and internal threats while supporting the agency's needs to conduct secure, responsive, and effective operations.

New Hampshire

Brookstone, Merrimack, NH                                                                                      Revenues: NA
Brookstone 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 Jersey

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Raritan, NJ                                                            Revenues: NA
Clinical Diagnostics is a company that makes in vitro diagnostics products. OCD was recently acquired by the Carlyle Group, as an independent, freestanding company.

January 2015 – OCD is
seeking a CTO to support our IT organization, including infrastructure engineering, operations and enterprise architecture.

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
RentCheck 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.

Kadmon Corp., New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative medicines for serious unmet medical needs.

July 2015 – Kadmon is looking for a CIO to e
stablish and direct the strategic and tactical goals, policies, and procedures for the IT department.

Madison Logic, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
Logic is the premier provider of full-funnel media, marketing and enterprise solutions for the world’s leading B2B brands, agencies and publishing partners.

July 2015 – Madison Logic is looking for a CTO to join its Executive Management team.

Colgate University, Syracuse, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
is a highly selective liberal arts college located in central New York with an enrollment of approximately 2,900 students.

July 2015 – Colgate University is seeking a CISO to join the IT Services department to serve as the university expert on information security across all domains. 

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.


Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OH                                                       Revenues: NA
in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and, with assets of approximately $2.1 billion, one of the largest.
June 2015 – Cleveland Foundation is looking for a Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) which is a newly created position for working on nonprofit and foundation related IT challenges and solutions.

Axcess Financial, Cincinnati, OH                                                       Revenues: NA
Axcess Financial is a financial services company.
July 2015 – Axcess Financial is looking for a CTO, who will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of Axcess IT operations.


Harsch Investment Properties, Portland, OR                                                  Revenues: NA
Harsch 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.

Steptoe & Johnson, Pittsburgh, PA                                                          Revenues: NA
Steptoe & 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.


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.


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 CISO, 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.


State of Vermont-Department of Information & Innovation, Burlington, VA        Revenues: NA

The Department of Information and Innovation was created in 2003 to provide direction and oversight for all activities related to information technology for the state.

June 2015 – Reporting to the CIO, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) will oversee and direct security programs and security efforts within state government.


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.

        US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington D.C.                                Revenues: NA

Independent US regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products.

July 2015 – The agency is looking for a CIO for providing forward-thinking direction and visionary executive leadership for the agency-wide information resources management and IT programs, as well as systems implementation, to assist the agency in achieving its safety mission.

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 24 days ended July 5, 2015


Facebook: Yahoo’s CISO Alex Stamos will join Facebook as Chief Security Officer.

McKesson: Emerson’s CIO Kathy McElligott has been appointed as EVP, CIO and CTO.

Tessera Technologies: Former CTO and chief scientist at Cadence Design Systems Steve Teig joined as CTO.

Gopher Protocol: EDA technology leader and entrepreneur Dr. Danny Rittman was appointed as the CTO and a director of the Company.

New Relic: Former VMware and Accenture exec Yvonne Wassenaar has been promoted to the company's first CIO.

Cloudera: Cloud analytics software company Cloudera hired Google VP Daniel Sturman as Engineering VP.

Informatica: The enterprise data integration software company names Ginna Raahauge, CIO of Riverbed Technology, as CIO.

Advisor Software: Advisor Software adds Thuyen Nguyen, CEO and CTO for Data Agent, joins as CTO.


TransFirst: Richard Brennan replaces Craig Page. Most recently Brennan was SVP, IT at AIMCO.


PASSUR Aerospace: Bloomberg’s head of technology for Interactive Data Real-Time Services, David Brukman, joins as CTO.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root: Charlie Lickfold has been hired as Chief Information Officer with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a subsidiary of the Danaher Corporation.


Health First: Fidelity Investments VP Alex Popowycz has joined Health First as the new SVP & CIO.

Revcontent: Rocket Fuel exec Rick Landsman joins as CTO.


Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola names Alan Boehme, Chief of Enterprise Architecture, Business Innovation and Emerging Technologies, as CTO, replacing Jim Scholefield.

Graphic Packaging: Vish M. Narendra, CIO at Alstom Integration, a GE Power & Water business, joined as CIO.

Damballa: The leader in advanced threat detection and containment promoted VP, Products Stephen Newman to CTO.


Cradlepoint: McAfee veteran Ryan Allphin joins Cradlepoint as new CTO.


Regis Corp.: The owner of the Supercuts and SmartStyle hair salon brands, promoted Andy Dulka, formerly VP of retail systems and enterprise architecture, to CIO.

Hanover Park: The Village of Hanover Park recently appointed Jed Gerstein to serve as its new CIO. Joins from Schaumburg Park District.


RevSpring: RevSpring hires Bill Needham, Wellness & Prevention’s tech exec, as CTO.


Regis Corp.: The owner of the Supercuts and SmartStyle hair salon brands, promoted Andy Dulka, formerly VP of retail systems and enterprise architecture, to CIO.

New Jersey

Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation: IT veteran and former Ingersoll Rand and GE exec Richard Marani joined as HERC’s CIO.

New York

Nielsen: Nielsen named technology veteran James Powell Global CTO. Most recently EVP and CTO at Thomson Reuters.

AIG: TIAA-CREF CIO Annabelle Bexiga has been named Commercial Insurance Business Information Officer.

Phillips-Van Heusen: Eileen Mahoney was promoted from SVP, Retail Information & Technology to the role of EVP & CIO.

Case: The innovator in bitcoin technology named Pictometry exec Stephen Schultz as CTO.


Air Products: Director, IT Service Delivery Alyssa Budraitis was promoted to CIO.

Reed Smith: Corporate law firm Reed Smith has named Steven Agnoli, former head of global IT transformation at Mylan NV, as CIO.

ESIS: The third-party claims administration company and part of ACE Group, named Paul Holden as VP and CIO.

PeopleLinx: Former GSI Commerce exec Don Nawrocki joins PeopleLinx as CTO.


Tesoro Corporation: Blane Peery, Mylan’s VP, Global Business Services, replaces Marlee Perez as CIO.

River Logic: River Logic appoints former Tibco exec Peter Bull as CTO.


Neustar: Former Product management leader at McAfee Brian Foster joins the company as SVP, Information Services.

The State of Virginia: The state named Nelson Moe, formerly CIO at the House of Representatives, as CIO.


MultiCare Health System: Dr. Robert “Rob” Biernbaum, VP/Chief Medical Information Officer at Rochester Regional Health System in New York, will be the new CIO.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Matthew Trunnell, CIO of Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, joins as Fred Hutch’s VP and CIO.

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: The department promoted Margie Graves to principal deputy CIO for strategy, governance and transformation.


Jockey: Jockey hires Dain Bussewitz, formerly VP of finance at Abercrombie & Fitch, to fill CIO, CFO roles.


lululemon athletica: Miguel Almeida has been named as EVP, Digital. Most recent Group VP, Digital Commerce and Mobile solutions for Walgreens.

Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAPREIT): Former PwC MD Roberto Israel has been appointed the REIT's CIO.

Other International

Yoox: Wal-Mart e-commerce tech director Alex Alexander named CIO at Italy based online retailer Yoox.

CNL Software: PrisymID and FormScape Software exec Darren Atkinson joins as CTO.

BaseN: The Finland based Internet of Things operator appoints former Nokia exec Erik Bunn as CTO.

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

        Vell Team

Dora Vell - Managing Partner

​Dal Coger – Vice President

Paula Axelrod – Vice President

Judy Smith - Senior Consultant

Earl Stephens - Business Manager

Ajanta Banerjee – Business Research Associate

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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