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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: July 5 to August 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 31 days ended August 5th, 2015.

Total Number of Open Roles: 52

Newly Opened Roles: 8 - Pivotal Software (CA), Pet Supermarket (FL), Ventiv Technology (CA), Schneider Electric - Americas (MA), Boston Private Bank & Trust Company (MA), Welocalize (OR), Norfolk Southern (VA), Blucora(WA), and MGE Energy (WI).

New Appointments: 56

Sources of Appointments: 43 were External appointments, and 13 were internal promotions (divisional execs-3, and Others-10).

Diversity: 5 out of 42 are women – Farsight Security (CA), KatzAbosch (MD), Peer to Peer Network (NA), Town of Cary (NC), Citibank – APAC (Hong Kong).

Geographic Distribution: 36 in the US, six 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

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CIOs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of August 5, 2015


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.

Pivotal Software, Palo Alto, CA - Revenues: NA          
Pivotal is a spinoff company of EMC and VMware. Pivotal is building a new platform for a new era, setting the standard for Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

July 2015 – The company is seeking a CISOm who will lead the security team within the IT organization.


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.

Pet Supermarket, Miami, FL - Revenues: NA
Pet S
upermarket is a private equity-backed $300M, 150 store, 1600+ employee specialty retailer.

July 2015 – The company is looking for a CIO, who will replace the current CIO who is retiring.


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.

Ventiv Technology, Atlanta, GA - Revenues: NA
Technology, formerly Aon eSolutions, is a global provider of risk management, claims and safety solutions to businesses and public entities.

July 2015 – Ventiv Technology is hiring: Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to oversee all technology risk management activities.


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.

Schneider Electric (Americas), Cambridge, MA - Revenues: $27.2B
Electric S.E. provides integrated energy management solutions to energy and infrastructure, industries, data centers and networks, buildings, and residential markets worldwide.   

July 2015 – Schneider Electric is seeking a CISO, Americas, who will be responsible for establishing and maintaining an enterprise-wide information risk security/privacy program while ensuring tight linkage with the overall corporate strategy.

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Boston, MA - Revenues: NA
Private Bank & Trust Company provides personal and business related banking services.   

July 2015 – The banking services firm is seeking a CIO, the highest IT leadership role for the enterprise.


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
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 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.”

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.

Madison Logic, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
Madison 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
Colgate 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
Established 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.

Welocalize, Portland, OR - Revenues: NA
calize offers innovative translation and localization solutions helping global brands to grow and reach audiences around the world in more than 157 languages.
July 2015 – The company is seeking a CTO to drive the external technology strategy as well as the internal technology infrastructure.


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.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk, VA - Revenues: $11.6B

Norfolk Southern is one of the nation's premier transportation companies.

August 2015 – Deborah H. Butler, EVP planning and CIO of Norfolk Southern, has announced her intention to retire.

*Nothing was mentioned if the company was looking for a new CIO, or if they have a succession plan.


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.

Blucora, Seattle, WA - Revenues: NA
Blucora, one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2013, owns a portfolio of leading Internet businesses.

August 2015 – Blucora is looking for a CISO who will be member of the company’s Operations Team.

Washington D.C.

        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.


MGE Energy, Madison, WI - Revenues: $619.9M
MGE Energy generates and distributes electric energy and distributes natural gas.

July 2015 – VP & CIO Peter J. Waldron, 57, plans to retire.

*Nothing was mentioned if the company was looking for a new CIO, or if they have a succession plan.

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 31 days ended August 5, 2015.



Contractor Management Services: Pat Conley, former VeriSign and Deltek exec, joins as CTO at the compliance software and payment processing services company.


Cisco: Former VP & GM of HP’s cloud business Zorawar Biri Singh joins as Cisco’s CTO for platforms and solutions. Former Salesforce SVP, enterprise transformation, Kevin Brady, was named Cisco's Chief Digital Officer.

Juniper Networks: CIO Bob Worrall joins from graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp.

Adobe: Adobe named Abhay Parasnis as CTO and SVP of platform technology and services. Most recently, he was president and COO of venture-funded enterprise mobility leader Kony. 

Box: Paul Chapman, most recently CIO of HP Software, has joined the company as its CIO.

Extractable: The digital experience strategy and design agency has named Sean Brown, EVP of Technology at Barefoot Proximity (BBDO Digital div.), as the agency's CTO. 

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI): The recycler of electronic waste and data destruction, has named Rich Calzada, a decade old IT exec at the organization, as its first CTO.

RealtyMogul: Timothy Li, EVP and GM of Consumer Lending for loanDepot, joins as CIO.

Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal): Subbarao Mupparaju joined as CIO & Deputy Director, Technology Team for the business transformation project for the State. Former State Chief Enterprise Architect and CTO at California Department of Technology.

Farsight Security: The provider of real-time threat intelligence information hired Merike Kaeo, CISO for Internet Identity (IID), as CTO.

Ellie Mae: Dr. Selim Aissi, VP of Global Information Security at Visa, joined the company as Chief Security Officer.


Welltok: The developers of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform that guides and incentivizes consumers named Aetna exec Brian Garcia as chief technology and product officer.


Tower MSA Partners: Technology executive Anthony Segrich has been promoted to CTO of Tower MSA Partners.

Ominto: The online Cash Back shopping company promoted VP of Engineering Nickolas Sharp to CTO.


The Southern Company: Martin B. Davis, Wells Fargo’s head of enterprise technology services, EVP and CTO, was named EVP and CIO.

Conisus: Steve Fernandez, former CTO at The Coca-Cola Company, Bottling Investments Group, is new CIO at the medical communication services company.


Micron Technology: Trevor Schulze, who most recently served as Broadcom's corporate VP of IT, joined as CIO at Micron Technology.


Grant Thornton: Manish Tomar, CSC’s VP & GM for application services, has joined consulting firm Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. division of Grant Thornton International, as CIO.

Water Street Healthcare Partners: The strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry appointed Paul T. Cottey, former executive partner with Accenture, as CIO.

TurboAppeal: CTO Dr. Mehmet Dalkilic, will transition into the role of Chief Data Officer. Former Microsoft exec Scott Beason is now CTO.

University of Chicago: Cole W. Camplese, an accomplished leader in information and academic technology, has been appointed Associate VP and CIO for the University of Chicago. 


Sprint: John Saw, Chief Network Officer, has been promoted to CTO.

Murray State University: Keith Weber, Mount St. Joseph University technology executive, joined as CIO at Murray State University.

Kansas: Phil Wittmer, president of Lead-It, a technology strategy and investment firm, joins as Chief IT Officer for the State of Kansas.


KatzAbosch: Accounting firm KatzAbosch promoted IT Director Catherine “Kate” Krupey, PMP, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS to CIO.

The KEYW Holding Corporation: Bruce Potter, co-founder of KEYW acquired Ponte Technologies, named CTO.

Champions Oncology: BofA exec and former BP of IT/CTO at Charles River Ventures, Mark Weinstein, is now CIO.


Cryptzone: The network security company promoted Kurt Glazemakers from SVP of Product Strategy to CTO.

Peer to Peer Network: Dana Lainge, former McCracken Financial Software exec, has joined the company as CTO. 

Acquia: The digital experience company named Alan Nugent, former Novell and CA exec, as its CISO.

New Jersey

Knight Capital Group (KCG): The automated trading firm and brokerage has hired its CTO Josh Schubkegel from competitor Redi Global Technologies.

New York

Foot Locker: Pawan Verma, Target’s VP, Digital and Marketing Technologies, is now SVP and CIO at the retailer of shoes and apparel. 

JPMorgan Chase: Technical Risk Manager of Vanguard William Vink was recently named as the JPMorgan Chase’s new VP, Information Risk.

Voitrax: Moshe Rayman, technology exec from Barclays Capital, has joined the firm as CTO to further develop its core trade reconstruction compliance platform.

Pico Quantitative Trading: Paul Cassell, president of PC IT Consulting and former U.S. CIO for NYSE Euronext and the New York Stock Exchange, has been named CIO for Pico.

CAIS: Industry-recognized technology leader and former IBM, D&B and First Data exec Frederick Kauber has joined the financial product platform provider as Managing Director and CTO.

REDI Technologies: Goldman Sachs’ Global Head of Applications Systems Infrastructure, Mark Etherington, has been appointed CTO.

Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC): Stephen Scharf, Experian’s CISO, joins as Chief Security Officer.

North Carolina

Cary: Nicole Raimundo to serve as the Town of Cary’s CIO. Comes from the City of Raleigh, where she has most recently served as the COO for IT.  She replaces Bill Stice, who retired earlier this year.


Broken Arrow Public Schools: Brian Daley was promoted from Executive Director, Technology & Information Services to CTO at Broken Arrow Public Schools.


S&T Bank: SVP, Operations Administration, Jim Mill, was promoted to EVP & CIO.


Newgistics: Logistics and e-commerce technology company Newgistics has named former Staples and e-commerce and supply chain executive Gene Wojciechowski as its new CIO.

Hanger: Scott Ranson, CIO for Brookdale Senior Living for fourteen years, joined Hanger as its CIO.

Allegro Development Corporation: The provider of commodity management software hires Keith Farris as CTO from JP Morgan’s FICC Technology Division.

MV Transportation: Ray Lowrey, CIO of McGraw-Hill Education, joins MV Transportation as CTO.

T-System: The healthcare IT company promotes Hank Hikspoors, director of product development for T-System’s emergency department information system - EV, as CTO.

Acumera: Acumera, a player in trusted connections services for retail organizations, has hired payment card industry data security standards (PCI-DSS) expert Tabitha Greiner as chief security officer.


Siteworx: The digital experience agency hired Mike Gilpin, former Forrester Research exec, as CTO.

PRA Group: The leader in acquiring non-performing loans named Devon Arendosh, Markel’s director of IT security, as CISO.

Washington, D.C.

Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Dr. Raymond “Ray” Cook, director of mission operations at the National Reconnaissance Office and also head of the CIA‘s space reconnaissance office, is now CIO of the Intelligence Community.

Other International

Lans Holdings: Seasoned professional in the software design and development for the payment and pharmaceutical industry Ritesh Mitra to serve as CTO.

Citibank: The bank has appointed Christine Lam, Country Business Manager for Citi’s consumer banking business in Hong Kong and Macau, as Head of Operations And Technology (O&T) for Asia Pacific.

Co-operative Group: Mike Bracken has been named Manchester based Co-operative Group’s Chief Digital Officer, leaving his current role as Executive Director of the Government Digital Service and the UK government's Chief Data Officer.

Snapdeal ( The India based online marketplace has appointed Animesh Sharma, former VP, Engineering at Wize Commerce, as CTO of recently acquired online portal for premium and luxury fashion

Urban Ladder: India based online furniture retailer has appointed Apurva Dalal, former Google and eBay exec, as its CTO.

Haymarket Media Group: Martin Gee, currently responsible for Technology Delivery of Video-on-demand & Digital Services, Audience Insight and Business Intelligence at Channel 4, will join as CTO of the London based media company.

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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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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