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Women Appointed to Tech Boards: IBM, EMC & Others Featured

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IBM Elects Saudi Businesswoman as New Board Member

IBM elected Hutham S. Olayan, 61, to the board. Olayan is a principal, director and senior executive of The Olayan Group, a private multinational enterprise that is both an international investor and diversified commercial and industrial business in Saudi Arabia. Olayan has been a director of The Olayan Group since 1981 and has headed the group’s New York office since 1985. She is president and CEO of Olayan America, the group’s affiliate responsible for investments primarily originating in North, Central and South America.

EMC Adds BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Laura Sen to Board

Storage and IT giant EMC added Laura J. Sen, 59, CEO of retail giant BJ’s Wholesale Club as director. Sen will be the second woman on the board, joining to Jami Miscik, president of Kissinger Associates. Sen is a 26-year veteran of BJ’s and has been its CEO since 2009.

Pandora Adds Former Yahoo! Exec Mickie Rosen to Board

Pandora elected Mickie Rosen to the company’s board of directors. In her most recent operating role, Rosen served as the SVP of Yahoo’s Global Media and Commerce division which included Yahoo’s leading media properties – Yahoo! Homepage, News, Finance, Sports, Games, Entertainment, Lifestyles, Shopping, Autos, Travel, Homes and Video – across 20 categories and platforms worldwide.

Prior to her tenure at Yahoo!, Rosen was a partner with a digital media venture capital firm, Fuse Capital, where she co-founded and incubated Tecca. Rosen was also the head of entertainment for Fox Interactive Media. Prior to this, Rosen led product development, marketing and public relations for Fandango and was an executive for The Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Alliances group.

Logitech Elects New Director

Logitech elected new director to the board recently: Sue Gove, president of Excelsior Advisors and former president and CEO of Golfsmith International.

Yelp Elects New Non-Exec Board Chair

Yelp elected current board member, Diane Irvine, to the position of non-executive board chairperson. Irvine takes over from Max Levchin, who recently stepped down from Yelp's and other boards to dedicate more time to the company he founded and leads.

Irvine previously served as an executive of Blue Nile, the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, having joined as CFO and later serving as CEO, president and a director on the board. She has also served as CFO of Plum Creek Timber Company, a timberland management and wood products company, and was a tax partner at international accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand.   

Date Range: September 1st - October 18th  

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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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