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Vell Compiles Open CEO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: August  to September 11, 2015

Welcome to our CEO Turnover Newsletter. This newsletter covers open CEO roles and latest appointments, in the tech sector and overall in the 37 days ended September 10, 2015.

We cover changes in the tech and other industries. We have recently gotten access to additional data sources, some of which have been incorporated below. Comments are greatly appreciated.

Technology Industry

New Tech CEO Openings:  5 – Viavi Solutions, QLogic and TrueCar, HashingSpace (CA), eMoney Advisor (PA)

Total Tech CEO Roles Open: 15

New Tech CEO Appointments: 40

Sources of Tech CEO Appointments: 15 external; 25 internal promotions – COO (5), CFO (3), Chair (3), CTO (1), Others (13).

Geographic Distribution of new Tech CEOs: 31 in the U.S,one in Canada and eight international

Gender Diversity: One of 22 CEOs appointed was a woman (QSR International)

All Other Industries

New CEO Openings (other industries): 23 – Cardica (CA), Puget Technologies and National CineMedia (CO), Crawford & Company (GA), Stonegate Mortgage (IN), Winnebago Industries (IA), Centuri Construction Group (NV), Iconix Brand Group, Investment Technology Group, LIPA (NY), LSB Industries and PostRock Energy (OK), and National Health Investors (TN), Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board, Vena Resources, Granite REIT and MART Resources (Canada), KPS (Malaysia), Zamia Metals and Tiger Resources (Australia), Bellzone Mining (Jersey), Minera IRL (Peru), Till Capital (Bermuda)

Total CEO Roles Open: 74 (other industries)

New CEO Appointments: 76 (other industries)

Sources of Appointments (other industries): 33 were external appointments; 43 were internal promotions – COO (10), divisional execs (9), President (4), Chair (5), CFO (3), iCEO (5), Others (7)

Geographic Distribution of new CEO Appointments (other industries): US (60), Canada (3) and International (13)

Gender Diversity (other industries): Six women were appointed as CEOs - REVA Medical (CA), NuState Energy Holdings (SC), Siemens Government Technologies (VA), Wolters Kluwer (Clinical Effectiveness Business Unit) (Netherlands), Woolworths South Africa (South Africa), and News UK (UK).

For more details, please refer to sections below on Tech CEOs wanted, Tech CEOs Appointed and Non-Tech CEOs Wanted, Non-Tech CEOs Appointed.

Other recent Vell Leadership Updates: Tech Directors in Corporate Boards, Giant Tech Companies Latest Appointments. 

All the best,  

Dora Vell

Vell Executive Search
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Tech Companies: CEO Roles Open & CEOs Appointed

Tech CEOs Wanted


Twitter, San Francisco,  CA - Revenues: $1.4B
Twitter is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time.

June 2015 - Richard Costolo has decided to step down as CEO of Twitter. The board has named Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chairman, to serve as Interim CEO while the Board conducts a search for Twitter’s next CEO. Twitter’s Board has formed a Search Committee to lead the search and will retain a leading executive search firm to assist in conducting a global search, which will consider both internal and external candidates for the CEO position.

Rocket Fuel, Redwood City, CA  - Revenues: $408.6M
Rocket Fuel is a technology company that has developed an Artificial Intelligence and Big Data-driven predictive modeling and automated decision-making platform.

March 2015 - Rocket Fuel will begin the process to identify a successor to the company’s CEO, George John. Monte Zweben, an accomplished marketing and technology executive and Rocket Fuel Board member since 2010, has been appointed interim CEO while the company searches for a full-time replacement.

Iteris, Santa Ana, CA - Revenues: $68.2M               
Iteris develops technologies and software-based information systems for traffic management.

February 2015 - Kevin Daly, non-executive Director of Iteris, will serve as CEO on an interim basis until the Company finds a permanent replacement for CEO Abbas Mohaddes, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Atmel Corporation, San Jose, CA - Revenues: $1.4B                
Atmel is engaged in designing, developing and supplying of microcontrollers.

May 2015 - Steven Laub, president and CEO of microcontroller vendor Atmel Corp., plans to step down Aug. 31, according to the company. Atmel said its board will conduct a search for Laub’s successor. Both internal and external candidates will be considered.

Viavi Solutions, Milpitas, CA - Revenues: $1.7B                
Viavi Solutions, formerly JDS Uniphase Corporation, is a provider of network and service enablement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, wireless operators, cable operators, network-equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and enterprises.

August 2015 - Viavi Solutions appointed Chairman Richard E. Belluzzo as interim president and CEO, as CEO Tom Waechter stepped down. The Viavi Board is commencing a search for a permanent president and CEO who will lead Viavi as it enters its next chapter and will be added to the board upon appointment.

QLogic, Aliso Viejo, CA - Revenues: $520.2M
QLogic Corporation designs and supplies storage networking connectivity products that provide enhance and manage computer data communication.

August 2015 - QLogic appointed Christine King as executive chairman and Jean Hu as acting CEO. Hu has served as SVP and CFO since 2011 and will continue in that role and retain her CFO responsibilities while serving as acting CEO. Prasad Rampalli has resigned his positions as president and CEO in order to pursue other opportunities.

TrueCar, Santa Monica, CA - Revenues: $206.6M
TrueCar is a data-driven online platform operating on a common technology infrastructure, powered by data and analytics.

August 2015 - Co-founder Scott Painter will step down as CEO later this year, after taking the provider of vehicle pricing and data public in 2014. He will remain as chairman. A board committee is searching for a new CEO, and Painter plans to retire when his successor takes office.

HashingSpace, Los Angeles, CA – Revenues: NA
HashingSpace Corporation is a Bitcoin ASIC mining company, hosting provider, and service provider of blockchain transactional services.

September 2015 - Timothy M. Roberts resigned as the Chairman and CEO. No replacements announced yet.


Citrix Systems, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revenues: $3.1B
Citrix Systems provides virtualization, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions to businesses.

July 2015 - Citrix Systems’ President & CEO Mark Templeton, 62, plans to retire after twenty years of service at the company. The Citrix Board has initiated a CEO search process and has retained search firm Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the process of identifying and evaluating candidates.


ScopiaRx, Cincinnati, OH - Revenues: Private
ScopiaRx founded in 2008 by Jeffrey Huth Phd, MD., is a startup company in Cincinnati, OH that has developed a new, comprehensive drug safety software and database platform to improve patient care and reduce medical costs.

May 2014 - ScopiaRx is looking for an executive with a strong sales background who can help lead an early stage health care IT company to market.  The position is based in Cincinnati.  The founder is an MD who is looking for a seasoned executive to direct the market expansion of a drug safety cloud-based analytics tool.


eMoney Advisor, Conshohocken, PA - Revenues: NA
eMoney Advisor is a financial-planning software manufacturer, owned by Fidelity Investments.

September 2015 - Michael R. Durbin named interim CEO of eMoney Advisor. The move follows the decision by eMoney Advisor's founder, Edmond Walters, to step out of his CEO role and leadership position, following 15 years with the company.

* Not clear if they are looking for external candidates for permanent CEO role.


Zix Corporation, Dallas, TX - Revenues: $50.3M
Zix Corporation offers email encryption, data loss prevention and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) security to meet business data protection and compliance needs.
July 2015 - Zix Corporation’s long-serving President and CEO Rick Spurr has decided to step down from those roles after 11 years of successful leadership to pursue personal and charitable interests outside of the company. The board has engaged a nationally recognized executive search firm to conduct a search for the new president and CEO.

Other International

TeleCity Group, London, U.K. - Revenues: $529.6M
TeleCity Group is a provider of network-independent data centers providing colocation and related data centre services.
September 2014 - Michael Tobin, who had led the FTSE 250 group for a decade, left the company, with chairman John Hughes taking over executive responsibilities while a replacement is found.

Shanda Games Limited, Shanghai, China - Revenues: $11.63B
Shanda Games Limited is a China-based company principally engaged in the development and operation of online games and related businesses..

November 2014 - Yingfeng Zhang has been appointed as acting CEO and the Board will begin a global search for a permanent successor.

Gilat Satellite Networks, Petah Tikva, Israel - Revenues: NA
Gilat Satellite Networks is an Israel-based provider of provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications.

March 2015 –Erez Antebi, has decided to step down from the position of CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks. Chairman Dov Baharav will assume the position of interim CEO until a new CEO is appointed.

CEOs Appointed


Snoogoo: Current Board Chairman Terry Neild also named CEO of the common information platform building firm.


Silver Spring Networks: Former wearable tech chief of Intel Michael Bell was appointed as Silver Spring’s President and CEO.

Skyport Systems: The developer of Hyper-Secured Infrastructure named Art Gilliland, SVP/GM of enterprise security at Hewlett-Packard, to the position of CEO.

Vendavo: The B2B provider of margin and profit optimization solutions named Bruno Slosse, President of Ascend Learning’s Clinical Health Division, as President and CEO.

Tinder: Los Angeles-based mobile dating app developer Tinder’s CEO, Christopher Payne, is leaving the company, and it reappointed Tinder founder Sean Rad as CEO.

ID Analytics: The consumer risk management software firm has named COO Scott Carter as its new CEO.

Identiv: Chairman Steven Humphreys has been appointed CEO and remains a member of the board.

ConnectSolutions: Chief Revenue Officer Glen D. Vondrick named CEO.


Coalfire: Louisville, Colorado-based risk management and compliance software company named Chairman Larry Jones as new CEO. 


ASG Software Solutions: COO and CFO Charles Sansbury named CEO.


ClickBank: CTO Ray Morris has been appointed CEO at Internet systems retailer ClickBank.


Panduit Corp: President & COO Tom Donovan promoted to President and CEO.

Allocate Software: Dr. Sati Sian, most recently SVP for Global Technology and Operations for IMS Health, named CEO.


Angie’s List: Scott Durchslag, President, Global e-Commerce and Marketing at Best Buy, was appointed President and CEO.


SHAZAM Network: COO Paul Waltz has been hired as new CEO by SHAZAM Network.


LogMeIn: William R. Wagner, President and COO, will succeed Michael K. Simon as the Company's President and CEO.

Zuken USA: Zuken USA appointed Kent McLeroth, vice president of Systems Engineering, to the position of CEO.


Merit Network: Joseph Sawasky, currently CIO and Associate VP, Computing and IT at Wayne State University, has been selected as the President and CEO of Merit Network.


Novation Cos: The Company appointed Rodney Schwatken, SVP and CFO, to serve as CEO.

New Jersey

Dialogic: SVP of Worldwide Field Operations Bill Crank will be the next President and CEO.

Catapult Learning: Former President Jeffrey Cohen named CEO.

New York

FUJIFILM North America: General Manager of Photo Imaging Products Division, FUJIFILM Corporation, Masato “Mark” Yamamoto is now President and CEO of FUJIFILM North America.

North Carolina

FoodLogiQ: Dean Wiltse, Statisfy’s Chair/CEO, joins as CEO.


Viewpoint Construction Software: Manolis Kotzabasakis, Aspen Technology’s CTO and EVP of Research and Development, joins as CEO.

Datalogic ADC: Board member of Datalogic S.p.A. and Group Chief Technology Officer Pietro Todescato named as new CEO of Datalogic ADC.


AT&T Entertainment and Internet Services: Chief Strategy Officer and Group President of AT&T John Stankey was named CEO-AT&T Entertainment and Internet Services.

Favor: Austin-based on-demand, delivery app developer Favor has named RetailMeNot veteran Jag Bath as its new CEO and President.

Hitachi Consulting: Hitachi Data Systems Executive Vice President of Global Services Hicham Abdessamad will assume the CEO role.


Global Access: The leading provider of cross-border ecommerce technology and shipping solutions named Dave Nielsen, former co-president of, as its CEO.

Steton Technology Group: CEO Frank Maylett is former EVP for Global Sales, Services and Alliances at Workfront/AtTask.


Corvisa Services: Former president Matthew Lautz named CEO.


TELUS: Joe Natale is stepping down as President and CEO of the telecom company. Darren Entwistle will resume serving as the Company's President and CEO.

Other International

Media Analytics: Blue Sky Petroleum’s President Michael J. Johnson was appointed as President, CEO, CFO, Secretary, Treasurer and sole director of the board at the Hong Kong based social gaming mobile app firm.

Wolters Kluwer (Clinical Software Solutions Business Unit): Health IT veteran and insider exec David Del Toro named as President & CEO of the Netherlands based company’s Clinical Software Solutions BU.

Tele2 AB: Group CFO Allison Kirkby is the new CEO of Tele2 AB. Kirkby succeeds Mats Granryd who will leave the company.

CDON AB: Magnus Fredin was appointed CEO of the marketplace and succeeds Patrik Settlin. Fredin was most recently CEO of the e-commerce stores Babyshop and Alexandalexa.

RiT Wireless: Israel based RiT Technologies named former Promethean exec Paul N. Berry as CEO of its subsidiary RiT Wireless.

UROS: The Finland based provider of low-cost global data roaming solutions named Vodafone SVP Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg as the new Group CEO.

QSR International: The Australia based developer of NVivo software named Aconex SVP Kerri Lee Sinclair as CEO.

Abacus Computers: India based computer network solutions firm named Chair Santosh Ramrao Karambelkar as CEO.        

Other Industries: Open CEO Roles & CEOs Appointed

Other Industries: CEOs Wanted


Joe's Jeans, Commerce, CA - Revenues: $140.2M
Joe's Jeans is engaged in design, development and marketing of apparel products, which include denim jeans, related casual wear and accessories.

January 2015 –Marc Crossman resigned as President and CEO and will be transitioning to a consulting position. Samuel Joseph Furrow, Jr. (Jay) will serve as Interim CEO.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Redwood City, CA - Revenues: NA
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain..

March 2015 – Former Gilead Sciences and ALZA exec Howard B. Rosen is the current interim CEO of AcelRx.

Fuel Systems Solutions, Santa Ana, CA - Revenues: $339.1M
Fuel Systems Solutions designs, manufactures and supplies alternative fuel components and systems for use in the transportation, industrial markets and refueling applications across the world.

May 2015 – Mariano Costamagna, CEO of Fuel Systems Solutions, plans to retire from this position by the end of 2015 after ten years of service to the Company. The Board has appointed a search committee to commence a search for a new CEO.

Reading International, Los Angeles, CA - Revenues: $60.6M
Reading International is focused on the development, ownership and operation of entertainment and real property assets in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

June 2015 – Reading International appointed Ellen Cotter as interim President and CEO, succeeding James Cotter, Jr. The company currently intends to engage the assistance of a leading executive search firm to identify a permanent President and CEO, which will consider both internal and external candidates.

Avalanche Biotechnologies, Menlo Park, CA - Revenues: NA
Avalanche Biotechnologies is focused on discovering and developing gene therapies for patients with sight-threatening ophthalmic diseases.

July 2015 –Thomas W. Chalberg, Jr., Ph.D., has resigned as CEO and president and as a member of the Board. SVP, Business Operations Hans P. Hull will serve as interim CEO and president. Avalanche's Board has appointed independent directors John P. McLaughlin and Paul D. Wachter to a Special Committee to lead the search for a permanent CEO and additional directors.

Vu1 Corporation, Berkeley, CA - Revenues: NA
Vu1 Corporation is engaged in designing, developing and marketing mercury-free lighting products using its electron stimulated luminescence (ESL), technology.

July 2015 –
Vu1 corporation Chair/CEO William B. Smith resigned. The Board of Directors is actively seeking a replacement for the positions of Chairman and CEO.

Cardica, Redwood City, CA - Revenues: $3M
Cardica is focused on the commercialization and development of microcutter product line intended for use by thoracic, bariatric, colorectal and general surgeons.

August 2015 –Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., informed the Board of Directors that after more than 15 years leading the company, he will step down as CEO, president and as a member of the Board. He will stay on in his current roles while the Board conducts a search for a new CEO as well as to provide a period of time to transition his duties to the new CEO.


Boulder Brands, Boulder, CO - Revenues: $516.6M
Boulder Brands is a natural consumer packaged food company.

May 2015 - CEO Steve Hughes resigned. James B. Leighton, COO, will step into the CEO role on an interim basis.
The company plans to conduct a national search for a new CEO and will consider internal and external candidates.

UQM Technologies, Longmont, CO - Revenues: $4M
UQM develops, manufactures and sells power dense, high efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the commercial truck, bus, automobile, marine and military markets.

July 2015 - UQM Technologies has promoted Joseph Mitchell to the position of COO with additional responsibilities of interim President and CEO, as the board sets out to identify a permanent CEO through a disciplined search process. Eric Ridenour, UQM’s former CEO, President and Director, has left the company to pursue other interests.

Puget Technologies, Englewood, CO - Revenues: NA
Puget Technologies provides on line consumers with access to an inventory of more than 300,000 hotels, villas, private homes, condo's, airlines, and other consumer facilities.

August 2015 – Larson Elmore resigned from all positions at the Company, including CEO, President, and as a Director. CFO Thomas M Jaspers will assume the duties of CEO and President on an interim basis as a search has been started to fill the positions.

National CineMedia, Centennial, CO - Revenues: $394.0M
National CineMedia operates the digital in-theatre media network in North America, through which it sells in-theatre and online advertising and promotions.

August 2015 – National CineMedia will implement its Chairman and CEO succession plan. Kurt C. Hall, who helped found the Company in 2005 with the three leading cinema operators AMC, Cinemark and Regal, will retire as Chairman, President and CEO upon the appointment of his CEO successor. The Board has retained Heidrick & Struggles to identify a new CEO to succeed Hall.


UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Hartford, CT - Revenues: $29.8B
UTC Building & Industrial Systems is one of world’s largest providers of building technologies.

July 2015 - Geraud Darnis, President and CEO of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, has informed the company of his decision to retire in January 2016. The company is looking forward to a smooth and successful transition of the leadership responsibilities.


Chico's FAS, Fort Myers, FL - Revenues: $2.7B
Chico’s FAS is a retailer of women’s clothing and accessories.

May 2015 - CEO David Dyer will retire next spring after taking the helm of the women’s apparel retailer in 2009. Dyer will remain CEO until a successor is appointed.

The St. Joe Company, Watersound, FL - Revenues: $131.3M
The St. Joe Company is a Florida real estate development and operating company.

August 2014 - CEO, Park Brady retired, while the Company commenced the search for a new CEO. Jeffrey C. Keil, an independent Director of St. Joe since 2011, will serve as President and Interim CEO.


Axiall Corporation, Atlanta, GA - Revenues: $4.5B
Axiall Corporation is a manufacturer and international marketer of chemicals and building products.

July 2015 - President and CEO Paul D. Carrico retired. EVP of Strategy, General Counsel and Secretary Timothy Mann Jr. will be interim president and CEO. Axiall hired an unnamed executive search firm to identify qualified candidates. Internal and external candidates are being considered for CEO.

Crawford & Company, Atlanta, GA - Revenues: $1.15B
Crawford & Company provides claims management solutions to the risk management and insurance industry, as well as to self-insured entities.

August 2015 - Independent claims adjustment firm Crawford & Co. announced that Jeffrey T. Bowman is stepping down after nearly eight years as president and CEO. The board has appointed board member Harsha V. Agadi to be interim CEO while it conducts a search for a permanent CEO. The search will be led by the board’s executive committee and is expected to take several months.


Calumet Specialty Products Partners, Indianapolis, IN - Revenues: NA
Calumet Specialty Products Partners is a producer of specialty hydrocarbon products in North America.

March 2015 - Calumet Specialty Products Partners promoted Vice Chairman and CEO F. William Grube, to the newly formed position of Executive Vice Chairman. Bill Hatch is now Interim CEO. The company has retained The Miles Group to assist in establishing the correct selection criteria and retained Spencer Stuart to assist in identifying the most qualified successors to the CEO.

Stonegate Mortgage, Indianapolis, IN - Revenues: NA
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation is a specialty financial services firm focused on the United States residential mortgage market.

August 2015 - Stonegate Mortgage named Chairman Richard A. Kraemer as Interim CEO, until the search for a permanent CEO with the requisite leadership and mortgage industry experience is completed.


Winnebago Industries, Forest City, IA - Revenues: $945.2M
Winnebago Industries is a manufacturer of recreation vehicles (RVs) used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.

August 2015 - The Company’s board of directors has named former chairman and CEO Robert Olson, age 64, to serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for the Company's next CEO.


AMC Theatres, Leawood, KS - Revenues: NA
AMC engages in the theatrical exhibition business.

July 2015 - Gerry Lopez stepped down as president and CEO of AMC Theatres to become chief executive of the hotel chain Extended Stay America. CFO Craig Ramsey will be iCEO, while the board of directors has formed a search committee to find Lopez’s replacement.


Sarepta Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA - Revenues: $9.8M
Sarepta Therapeutics, formerly AVI BioPharma, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company.

March 2015 - Sarepta Therapeutics named Edward Kaye, M.D., the company’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), as interim CEO, replacing Christopher Garabedian.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA - Revenues: $105.4M
ARIAD Pharmaceuticals is a global oncology company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines for the cancer patients.

April 2015 - Harvey J. Berger, 64 will retire from the cancer drug company he founded, when a successor is named or by Dec. 31 at the latest, after reaching a settlement with the Connecticut hedge fund. The board has begun a search for a new CEO.

Urban Edge, Boston, MA - Revenues: NA
Urban Edge is a nonprofit community development corporation in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

June 2015 - The new CEO will succeed Chrystal Kornegay who has recently been named Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA - Revenues: $158.4M
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of therapies for patients with debilitating rare diseases.

July 2015 - Marc Beer offered his resignation as CEO and member of the board, as did Craig Fraser as COO. Board member Sandford Drexel Smith has been appointed interim CEO, while the company conducts a search to identify a successor.


Famous Dave's of America, Minnetonka, MN  - Revenues: $149.4M
Famous Dave's of America owns, operates, and franchises restaurants.

November 2014 - Famous Dave’s of America’s CEO Ed Rensi has stepped down after less than two years on the job, the second CEO to leave after a short time on the job. The chain has hired an executive-search firm to find a permanent replacement. Independent director Adam J. Wright is interim CEO.


Centuri Construction Group, Las Vegas, NV - Revenues: NA
Centuri Construction Group is the construction services subsidiary of Southwest Gas Corporation.

September 2015 - James P. Kane plans to retire as President and CEO. Heidrick & Struggles has been retained to assist in the search for Kane's successor.

New Jersey

Chambers Street Properties, Princeton, NJ - Revenues: $250M
Chambers Street Properties is a net lease real estate investment trust.

November 2014 - President, CEO and Founder Jack Cuneo retires. CFO Martin Reid named iCEO.

CorMedix, Bedminster, NJ - Revenues: NA
CorMedix is a pharmaceutical company that in-licenses, develops and commercializes prophylactic and therapeutic products for the treatment of infectious diseases in cardiac, renal and oncology patients.

July 2015 – The Board is determined to transition the role of CEO from Randy Milby to an individual with clinical trial management and other management experience that will lead clinical, commercial, and financial oversight and long term vision for CorMedix. The company has begun a search for a CEO with the assistance of an executive search firm.

New York

Morgans Hotel Group, New York, NY - Revenues: $189.9M
Morgans Hotel Group is a fully integrated lifestyle hospitality company.

September 2013 - Michael Gross resigned as CEO after its largest shareholder led an ouster of the board. Jason Kalisman, the company’s chairman, took over as interim CEO and has now resigned as iCEO and Chair, and remains as director. CFO Richard Szymanski is now principal executive officer.

Ogilvy & Mather, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
Ogilvy & Mather is an advertising, marketing and public relations agency, owned by WPP.

June 2015 - CEO Miles Young will leave the agency after more than three decades. The agency is launching a search for his successor, considering both internal and external candidates.

Town Sports International Holdings, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
Town Sports is an owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

June 2015 - Town Sports International Holdings’s President and CEO Dan Gallagher is leaving the Company. Chairman Patrick Walsh will serve as Executive Chairman while the Board conducts a search for Gallagher’s successor.

Warren Resources, New York, NY -  Revenues: $150.7M
Warren Resources is an energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of domestic onshore crude oil and gas reserves.

July 2015 - Warren Resources has commenced a search for a CEO. The Company has retained executive search firm Egon Zehnder to assist with the selection process.

Vince Holding, New York, NY - Revenues: $340.4M
Vince Holding is a contemporary fashion brand known for modern style and everyday luxury essentials.

July 2015 - Jill Granoff, CEO, has resigned from the Company. The board plans to work with an executive search firm to identify potential CEO candidates. Board Chairman Marc Leder will lead this search.

Iconix Brand Group, New York, NY - Revenues: $406.9M
Iconix Brand Group is a brand management company and owner of a diversified portfolio of 35 global consumer brands across women's, men's, entertainment and home.

August 2015 - Iconix board member Peter Cuneo was appointed Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO. The board has formed a search committee to evaluate candidates, after Neil Cole stepped down as CEO, chairman, president, and a member of the board.

Investment Technology Group, New York, NY - Revenues: $557.5M
Investment Technology Group (ITG) is an independent execution and research broker that partners with global portfolio managers and traders.

August 2015 - ITG appointed R. Jarrett Lilien as its President and CEO, on an interim basis, pending the selection of a permanent CEO.

Long Island Power Authority, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
LIPA is a municipal subdivision of the State of New York that oversees PSEG Long Island, the electricity service provider for most of Long Island.

August 2015 - CEO John McMahon prepares to leave the authority. His replacement has not yet been hired.

North Carolina

Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC - Revenues: NA

Carolinas HealthCare System is a nonprofit hospital network which operates hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, and medical practices in the American states of North and South Carolina.

June 2015 – CEO Michael Tarwater announced that he’ll retire next June. The board will hire an executive search firm to help find Tarwater’s replacement.

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Raleigh, NC - Revenues: NA

Salix Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company.

January 2015 – Salix Pharmaceuticals’ President and CEO Carolyn Logan plans to retire by the end of January, months after an accounting issue may have derailed the drug maker’s takeover. Chairman Tom D’Alonzo will become acting CEO. The company will hire a search firm to look for a CEO.


Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, OH - Revenues: $4.1B

Abercrombie & Fitch through its subsidiaries is a specialty retailer that operates stores and direct-to-consumer operations. 

December 2014 - Abercrombie & Fitch’s longtime and controversial CEO and Director Michael Jeffries is retiring, as the once-hip teen clothing chain’s sales decline. The retailer has started a search for a new CEO.

Bob Evans Farms, New Albany, OH - Revenues: NA

Bob Evans is a full-service restaurant company that operates Bob Evans Restaurants. 

December 2014 - Bob Evans Farms’s CEO Steve Davis has stepped down. The Board has established an interim Office of the CEO to provide ongoing leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Company while a search is conducted for a new CEO.

Myers Industries, Akron, OH - Revenues: $623.6M

Myers Industries is an international manufacturing and distribution company. 

July 2015 - The president and CEO of Akron-based Myers Industries, John C. Orr, will retire. The board of directors will work with DHR International to find a successor.


Enable GP, Oklahoma City, OK -  Revenues: NA
Enable GP operates as a general partner for Enable Midstream Partners, which owns, operates, and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets in the United States.

June 2015 – Chairman Peter B. Delaney, who was also OGE Energy’s Chairman and CEO, has been named interim President and CEO of Enable GP. A special committee of the Board has begun a search for a permanent CEO with the assistance of Russell Reynolds Associates.

LSB Industries, Oklahoma City, OK - Revenues: $732.5M
LSB Industries through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells chemical products, water source and geothermal heat pumps, and air handling products.

August 2015 –Barry H. Golsen stepped down as President and CEO. The LSB Board appointed Daniel D. Greenwell, Lead Independent Director, to serve as Interim CEO.

PostRock Energy, Oklahoma City, OK - Revenues: $83.5M
PostRock Energy is an integrated independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production and transportation of oil and natural gas.

August 2015 –Terry W. Carter has retired from his position as President and CEO. The Board has elected Clark Edwards, PostRock's current VP of Operations, as Interim President and CEO.

* The company hasn’t announced if they’re looking for external candidates.


American Eagle Outfitters, Pittsburgh, PA - Revenues: $3.5B
American Eagle Outfitters is a specialty retailer that operates in the United States and Canada.

January 2014 - American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) said CEO Robert Hanson is leaving the retailer, while executive chairman Jay Schottenstein will step in as his interim replacement.

Triumph Group, Berwyn, PA - Revenues: $3.9B
Triumph Group is an aerospace systems and components company. It is a supplier for aerospace giants such as Boeing and General Dynamics’ Gulfstream business.

May 2015 - The aerospace systems and components company appointed its founder Richard C. Ill as President and CEO replacing Jeffry D. Frisby, as the company seeks a permanent CEO.

Penn Virginia, Wayne, PA - Revenues: $512.9M
Penn Virginia Corporation is an independent oil and gas company.

July 2015 - H. Baird Whitehead plans to retire as president and CEO after more than 14 years of service, including four years in his current position. The board has formed a committee to commence a search to identify a new president and CEO, and has retained SpencerStuart to advise it on potential candidates.


National Health Investors, Murfreesboro, TN - Revenues: $177.4
National Health Investors (NHI) is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments.

August 2015 - Eric Mendelsohn, who serves as EVP of Corporate Finance, was appointed interim President and CEO while the Company conducts a search to replace CEO J. Justin Hutchens who stepped down.


Cash America International, Fort Worth, TX - Revenues: $1.79B
Cash America International provides specialty financial services to individuals through retail services locations and through electronic distribution platforms known as e-commerce activities.
July 2014 - Cash America International announced that its president and CEO, Daniel R. Feehan, 63, intends to retire. The Board of Directors has appointed a special committee, chaired by James H. Graves, the Chairman of the Management Development and Compensation Committee, to lead a search for a successor CEO. As of April 2015, Feehan’s retirement has been delayed by six months.

Titanium Healthcare, Dallas, TX - Revenues: NA
Titanium Healthcare is an innovative health sciences company assembled in 2014 with a foundation of strategic shareholders.
May 2015 - CEO James York has been terminated. CFO Chuck Talley and COO Chris Mashburn will share the CEO duties until a new CEO is appointed.

Harte-Hanks, San Antonio, TX - Revenues: $553.7M
Harte-Hanks is a multi-channel marketing organization.
July 2015 - Harte-Hanks named CFO Douglas C. Shepard as interim President and CEO. He succeeds Robert A. Philpott, who has stepped down as President and CEO. The Board has formed a search committee to identify a successor CEO.


Fauquier Bankshares, Warrenton, VA - Revenues: $26M
Fauquier Bankshares is a bank holding company and owns all of the voting shares of The Fauquier Bank.    

February 2015 - President and CEO Randy Ferrell plans to retire in 2016. Ferrell will remain as president and CEO until a search committee has selected a successor.

Lumber Liquidators, Toano, VA - Revenues: $1.04B
Lumber Liquidators is a retailer of hardwood flooring, and hardwood flooring enhancements and accessories in North America.    

May 2015 - Robert M. Lynch resigned as President and CEO. The Company intends to commence a national search for his replacement. In the interim, Thomas D. Sullivan, the Company's Founder, will serve as the acting CEO.

Washington, DC

Pepco Holdings, Washington, DC - Revenues: $5B
Pepco Holdings is engaged primarily in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity and the distribution and supply of natural gas.
January 2014 - Pepco Holdings announced that Chairman, President and CEO Joseph M. Rigby has notified to retire from PHI in 2015. To provide for a smooth transition, Rigby will step down as CEO near the end of 2014, following the selection of his successor.


Sears Canada, Toronto, ON - Revenues: $2.7B
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer.
July 2015 – Sears Canada CEO Ronald D. Boire joined Barnes & Noble as CEO of that company's retail business. The Sears Canada board will commence a search for a new president and CEO.

Wi-LAN, Ottawa, ON - Revenues: $98.3M
Wi-LAN (WiLAN) is an intellectual property licensing company.
June 2015 – CEO James (Jim) Skippen intends to retire and will stay on until such time as a suitable replacement has been identified and hired. A special committee of the Board will immediately begin the search for a new permanent CEO with the assistance of a leading search firm.

Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board, Winnipeg, MB - Revenues: NA
Manitoba Hydro is the electric power and natural gas utility in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 1961, it is a provincial Crown Corporation, governed by the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board and the Manitoba Hydro Act.
September 2015 - The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board has named Darren Rainkie as interim President and CEO as the Board continues its search for a new permanent President and CEO.

Vena Resources, Toronto, ON - Revenues: NA
Vena Resources is a Canada-based mining company.
August 2015 - Vena Resources announced Juan Vegarra's resignation as CEO and the appointment of Nick Appleyard as interim CEO.

* No indication if they are looking for external candidates.

Granite REIT, Toronto, ON- Revenues - $170m 
Granite is a Canadian based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) engaged in the ownership and management of predominantly industrial properties in North America and Europe.

August 2015 - The employment of Thomas Heslip, Granite's CEO, has been terminated. Michael Forsayeth, Granite's CFO, will assume the responsibilities of CEO on an interim basis.

Mart Resources, Alberta, Canada - Revenues - $148m
Mart Resources is an independent international upstream oil and gas company.

August 2015 - The employment of Thomas Heslip, Granite's CEO, has been terminated. Michael Forsayeth, Granite's CFO, will assume the responsibilities of CEO on an interim basis.

Other International

Bayer, Leverkusen, Germany - Revenues: $54.6B
Bayer AG is a German management holding company with core competencies in the field of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.
June 2014 - Bayer AG CEO Marijn Dekkers will step down at the end of 2016, setting up a contest for the top job at one of Germany’s largest companies.

MENA Communications Group, Dubai, UAE - Revenues: NA
MENA Communications Group (MENACOM), parent company of Young & Rubicam (Y&R) Middle East.

March 2015 – Joseph Ghossoub, chairman and CEO of MENACOM, has resigned. Roy Haddad, WPP’s director of MENA, steps in as interim chairman with full management authority and responsibility. The company will name a successor in the near future.

Reuters, London, U.K. - Revenues: NA
Reuters is an international news agency headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, England, United Kingdom and a division of Thomson Reuters.

April 2015 – Andrew Rashbass, Reuters’ CEO, is leaving the company to become executive chairman of Euromoney. Steven Adler, Reuters editor-in-chief, would take on Rashbass’ role in the interim, but is taking his name out of the running for CEO. Thomson Reuters has started its search for a new CEO of Reuters.

Sasol Limited, Johannesburg, South Africa - Revenues: $16.3B
Sasol Limited (Sasol) is a South Africa-based international integrated energy and chemicals company.

June 2015 – SASOL president and CEO David Constable would not renew his contract beyond its expiry in 2016. The company will search both locally and internationally for a successor.

Woolworths, NSW, Australia - Revenues: $45.5B
Woolworths Limited is a major Australian company with extensive retail interest throughout Australia and New Zealand.

June 2015 – Under-pressure CEO Grant O'Brien would retire after less than four years in the job. Woolworths launched a global search to replace O'Brien, who would remain in the role until a successor was appointed.

Drillsearch Energy Limited, Sydney, NSW, Australia - Revenues: $289M
Drillsearch is an Australia-based oil and gas explorer and producer focused on the Cooper-Eromanga Basin.

July 2015 – Oil and gas company Drillsearch Energy’s CEO Brad Lingo will leave the company and a global search is underway to find a successor. COO Walter Simpson will take over as the acting head while candidates from Australia and overseas are considered as part of the search process.

Loomis, Stockholm, Sweden - Revenues: $1.6B
Loomis AB provides various solutions for the distribution, handling, storage, and recycling of cash and other valuables primarily in the United States, Europe, and Argentina.

June 2015 – Jarl Dahlfors, President and CEO of Loomis AB, has chosen to leave his position at Loomis. The recruitment process to appoint a new CEO has begun. Dahlfors remains in his position until the end of the year at the latest. Lars Blecko, EVP and Regional President USA will, in addition to his position in the US, assume the position as CEO of Loomis until a new CEO has been recruited.

Barclays, London, UK - Revenues: $35.2B
Barclays is a global financial services holding company based in London.

July 2015 – CEO Antony Jenkins has left the British bank. Executive chairman John McFarlane will take over the role as interim CEO while the bank searches for a replacement. Barclays Plc has retained Spencer Stuart to lead its search for a new CEO.

KPS, Selangor, Malaysia - Revenues: $74.1M
Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad (KPS) is a infrastructure and utility player.

September 2015 – Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd has appointed Head of Strategic Planning and Investment Department, Ahmad Fariz Hassan, as acting CEO.

* Not clearly mentioned if they are looking for any new candidate for CEO role.

Zamia Metals, NSW, Australia - Revenues: $165.2K
Zamia Metals Limited (Zamia) is an Australia-based mineral exploration company.

September 2015 – Jordan Li, appointed CEO in April 2012, has resigned from the position.

* No announcement on if they are conducting an external search.

Bellzone Mining plc, Jersey - Revenues: NA
Bellzone Mining plc is an iron ore, copper and nickel exploration and development company.

September 2015 – Kum Hon Tung resigned as Executive Director, CFO and Acting CEO to pursue other career opportunities. Tung will remain until 31 October 2015 whilst the company seeks a suitable replacement.

* No announcement on if they are conducting an external search.

Minera IRL, Miraflores, Peru - Revenues: NA
Minera IRL Limited is a precious metals mining, development and exploration company.

August 2015 – Minera IRL Limited announced that the Board has unanimously voted to remove Diego Benavides from the position of Interim CEO of Minera IRL.

Tiger Resources Limited, Perth, Australia - Revenues: $143.4M
Tiger Resources Limited is an Australia-based company engaged in discovery, development and exploration of copper and cobalt deposits.

August 2015 – Brad Marwood has retired as CEO and director. Michael Griffiths, a director of the company, will assume the role of Interim CEO pending the identification of a successor to Marwood.

Till Capital, Hamilton, Bermuda - Revenues: NA
Till Capital is a Bermuda-domiciled company with two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Omega Insurance Holdingsand Resource Re.

September 2015 – The Board has appointed William A. Lupien, a Director of the company and its Chief Investment Officer, to serve as Interim CEO of the company.

Other Industry CEOs Appointed


Standard Metals Processing: Bobby Cooper, a seasoned mining industry executive and former President of Kennecott Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group, named CEO.



Providence Service: CFO James M. Lindstrom named President, CEO and a member of the Board.

Sprouts Farmers Market: CFO Amin Maredia has been named new CEO.



ACADIA Pharmaceuticals: iCEO Stephen R. Davis is now CEO.

T3 Motion: Former sales exec, Noel Cherowbrier, who left three years back, joins as CEO.

Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune: Tribune Publishing Co. named Timothy E. Ryan, former Publisher & CEO of The Baltimore Sun and The Morning Call, as Publisher & CEO of the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Global Future City Holding: President, COO and board member Ning Liu, 53, is new CEO and Chairman.

REVA Medical: Regina Groves, VP & GM of the AF Solutions, Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division of Medtronic, joins as CEO.

Nemus Bioscience: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian S. Murphy named CEO.

Finisar: Executive Chairman Jerry Rawls will continue to serve as principal executive and will also assume the title of CEO.



Surna: Stephen Keen, founder of Hydro Innovations, named as President and CEO.



XPO Logistics: COO Troy A. Cooper was appointed CEO and chairman.


Discount Coupon: Insider exec Keith Holloway promoted as Discount Coupons' CEO.

Fleetgistics Holdings: Former CEO of Flash Global Jim van Leenen has been appointed as the company’s President and CEO.


Numerex: Numerex appointed Marc Zionts as its CEO, succeeding Stratton J. Nicolaides, who will assume the position of Executive Chairman. Zionts was most recently CEO and President of Aicent.


United Continental Holdings: CEO Jeff Smisek has left the company amid a continuing federal investigation, and the airline named CSX COO Oscar Munoz as its next president and CEO.

MillerCoors: The U.S. and Puerto Rican joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors named iCEO Gavin Hattersley as CEO, following former CEO Tom Long, who retired.

Ares Commercial Real Estate: Insider exec John Jardine named President and Co-CEO. Chairman Robert L. Rosen was also appointed as Co-CEO on an interim basis.

Landauer: Michael P. Kaminski, President of the Radiation Measurement Division, will succeed Michael T. Leatherman as President and CEO.

IF Bancorp: Senior EVP and COO, Walter H. Hasselbring, III, 59, will become President and CEO.


Principal Financial Group: COO Daniel J. Houston elected as president and CEO.


Associated Wholesale Grocers: EVP of operations David Smith replaces president and CEO David Smith.


Tempur Sealy International: Scott L. Thompson, Chair/CEO of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, joins as the Company's next Chairman, President and CEO.

Poage Bankshares and Town Square Bank: Bruce VanHorn, previously President of Town Square Bank, has been appointed to succeed Ralph E. Coffman, Jr. as President and CEO of the Company and the Bank.


KEYW Holding: William J. ("Bill") Weber joined as President and CEO. Former President and COO of XLA, a Virginia-based professional services consulting firm.


Epizyme: Robert Bazemore will succeed Robert Gould, Ph.D. as President and CEO. Bazemore formerly served as COO of Synageva through its acquisition in July 2015 by Alexion.

Handel and Haydn Society: David Snead, currently VP of marketing, brand, and customer experience at the New York Philharmonic, has been appointed as new president and CEO.


St. Jude Medical: COO Michael T. Rousseau will become President and CEO.

TCF Financial Corporation: Craig R. Dahl, vice chairman and president, will succeed William A. Cooper as CEO.



Express Scripts: Current company President Tim Wentworth replaces George Paz as CEO.

Leggett & Platt: Karl G. Glassman, the company's President and COO, will assume the role of CEO.


Werner Enterprises: Founder and Chairman C.L. Werner elected as CEO.



Blue Earth: CEO Johnny R. Thomas is being replaced by G. Robert Powell, President, North America for SunEdison, as the CEO/director of Blue Earth.

New Hampshire

GT Advanced Technologies: Tom Gutierrez is retiring as CEO and director. David Keck, EVP & GM of the Polysilicon and Photovoltaic business, is the new CEO.

New Jersey

Cortex Pharmaceuticals: James S. J. Manuso, Ph.D., 66, currently the Chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of Talfinium Investments, named as President and CEO.

New York

Cheil (North America): Cheil Worldwide, the marketing solutions company headquartered in South Korea, named Brad W. Brinegar as CEO of Cheil in North America. Also to continue as chairman and CEO of McKinney, another Cheil holding in North America.

NorthStar Asset Management Group: President Al Tylis will assume the role of CEO of NSAM and become a member of both NSAM and NRF's Board.

Balchem: The Company appointed Theodore Harris, SVP and President, Performance Materials of Ashland, as its new President and CEO.

OHR Pharmaceutical:  Jason S. Slakter, MD, has been appointed CEO. Slakter joined OHR as Chief Medical Officer in May 2014 and was appointed board member in January 2015.

North Carolina

The Fresh Market: Incoming CEO Richard Anicetti hails from Delhaize Group and its Food Lion subsidiary, where he served as the CEO.

Extended Stay America: The Charlotte-based hotel chain named the CEO of theater chain AMC Entertainment as its new CEO. Gerry Lopez, 56, will replace Jim Donald.


The Andersons: Pat Bowe, formerly Corporate Vice President of Cargill, will succeed Mike Anderson as President and CEO.


Delaware Investments National Municipal Income Fund: Shawn Lytle, President of Delaware Investments, has been named President and CEO of the Fund.

South Carolina

NuState Energy Holdings: New President and CEO Kathleen Roberton is Founder and former CEO of Small Cap-Pro and has previously served as CEO/President of two other public companies.


Healthways: Chairman Donato Tramuto is new president and CEO.

Quorum Health Corporation: Thomas D. Miller, president of Division V Operations for Community Health Systems, will serve as CEO of the new Community Health Systems spin-off.



Ajinomoto Windsor: Ajinomoto appointed Bernard Kreilmann as CEO of its North America subsidiary, Ajinomoto Windsor. Most recently Kreilmann had been the CEO of Ferrero USA.

Cinemark Holdings: Industry veteran Mark Zoradi, most recently COO of Dreamworks Animation, was named to succeed Tim Warner as CEO.

Conn’s: Norman Miller will serve as new CEO and President. Former President of Sears Automotive.

Monitronics International: Jeffery R. Gardner, age 55, was appointed as an EVP of Ascent Capital Group, and as President & CEO Monitronics International, an operating subsidiary of the Company.

Mannatech: The company promoted its President, Alfredo (Al) Bala, as CEO.

Key Energy Services: President and COO Robert Drummond will assume the role of CEO, succeeding Dick Alario, who will retire next year.

YETI Coolers: The outdoor products startup behind the popular line of hard coolers and drinkware, has named Matt Reintjes as its new CEO. Most recently head of the Outdoors Product division of Vista Outdoor.

NeighborFavor: Board member Jag Bath named as CEO and President.


Bioethics: Private investor and business consultant Mark A. Scharmann, was appointed to the Board and as President, CEO, and Secretary.


Siemens Government Technologies: COO Barbara Humpton was named President and CEO.

DuPont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership: President of DuPont's sustainable solutions business James Weigand has been appointed CEO and chairman of the DuPont Teijin Films joint venture.

Tredegar Corporation: iCEO John D. Gottwald elected as president and CEO.


Actuant Corporation: Chair and former CEO Robert Arzbaecher re-appointed to the position of President and CEO, succeeding Mark Goldstein.


Great Lakes Aviation: Douglas G. Voss, the Company’s Chairman and formerly its President, named as CEO.


Hydro One: Former Viterra CEO Mayo Schmidt is the company's incoming President and CEO. Schmidt assumes this role as the company prepares for its transition to a publicly traded company.

Mukuba Resources: The exploration company named Daniel Crandall, senior manager at Marrelli Support Services, as CEO and CFO.

Baylin Technologies: iCEO Randy Dewey named as Baylin's President and CEO.


Other International

Nordea Bank AB: Head of Wholesale Banking Casper von Koskull is new president and Group CEO.

China Ginseng Holdings: Entrepreneur Guoqin Yin replaces Changzhen Liu as CEO.

APC Technology Group: The UK based electronic components supplier named CFO Richard Hodgson as CEO.

MSLGROUP: Publicis Groupe's global PR firm MSLGROUP named Guillaume Herbette, global Vice Chairman of Operations at Omnicom subsidiary FleishmanHillard, as CEO.

Sandvik: Björn Rosengren, currently President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation, will succeed Olof Faxander as CEO.

Wolters Kluwer (Clinical Effectiveness Business Unit): VP & GM, Clinical Decision Support Denise Basow, M.D., is now President & CEO of Wolters Kluwer’s Clinical Effectiveness BU.

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings: Adam Szakmary, CEO and Portfolio Manager of Blue Capital Management Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Endurance, is new CEO of the Bermuda based collateralized reinsurance provider.

Arcos Dorados: COO Sergio Alonso, 52, is new CEO of the Argentina based McDonald's franchisee.

Woolworths South Africa: Retail giant Woolworths announced that it’s MD for foods Zyda Rylands as the new CEO of Woolworths South Africa.

News UK: News Corporation's UK division News UK appointed Rebekah Brooks as its CEO. She returns to the company, having quit from the CEO position in 2011 - when the company was called News International.

International Alert: Europe’s leading peacebuilding NGO International Alert named Fairtrade International’s CEO Harriet Lamb as its new CEO.

Ogilvy & Mather Advertising London: Ogilvy & Mather Group announced today that Charlie Rudd would become O&M Advertising’s new CEO. Rudd is currently COO of BBH.

Zopa: UK based Peer-to-peer lender Zopa, appointed COO Jaidev Janardana as CEO, replacing Giles Andrews, Zopa’s co-founder and previous CEO, who has been appointed Executive Chairman.

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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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