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HP Poaches Microsoft and VMware Executives Featured

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The battle for software talent is on. Hewlett-Packard (HP) launched the latest missive when it poached executives from the ranks of Microsoft and VMware this Spring.

HP nabbed Bill Veghte, 42, as its new Executive Vice President of the Software and Solutions Business. This is a significant win for HP. Veghte is a 19-year Microsoft veteran and served as president of the company's $15 billion Windows Business.

It's possible that changes at Microsoft influenced his decision. In January, Stephen Sinofsky took over as President of Microsoft's Windows division. Veghte replaces Tom Hogan, 49, who was promoted to run sales, strategy, marketing and operations for the $54 billion Software and Solutions division.

HP also set its sights on VMware's executive suite. HP's latest exec comes from the rival company. Richard T. Geraffo, Jr. gave up his Vice President and General Manager position at VMware to serve as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Americas at HP. Geraffo replaces Tom Iannotti, who was recently chosen to lead HP Enterprise Services.

By hiring away a top U.S. executive in Geraffo, HP is throwing down the gauntlet in the battle against the recently formed VMware-Cisco-EMC (VCE) alliance that competes with HP to build data center infrastructures and compute clouds. During his tenure at VMware, Geraffo led a number of field functions. He brings more than 20 years of IT industry experience to HP, including previous leadership positions at BEA and IBM.

Geraffo brings critical insider knowledge of the VCE's technical and sales pain points. But he's also a strong channel booster who will help drive increased virtualization and cloud channel sales for HP channel partners.

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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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