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Retired Lockheed IT Exec Joins Home Depot Board

The Home Depot named Linda R. Gooden, 62, to the company's board of directors. Gooden, who retired in 2013 from Lockheed Martin Corporation as EVP, Information Systems & Global Solutions, has an extensive background in information technology, cybersecurity, operations and finance. As EVP, she expanded Lockheed's IT capabilities beyond government customers to international and commercial markets. She also served as president of Lockheed's IT division from 1997 to 2006, which she grew into a multi-billion dollar business.

Oil and Gas Exploration Company Appoints Board Member With Expertize in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Anadarko Petroleum elected Dr. Sean Gourley, 36, to serve as an independent director of the company. Dr. Gourley is the founder and CEO of Primer, an early-stage, venture-backed company building software to power artificial intelligence applications. Prior to founding Primer, he was the founder and CTO of Quid, an augmented intelligence company building software for strategic decision-making. The industry and company will increasingly use big data and artificial intelligence to improve exploration, development and production success.

Best Buy Appoints CFO of Cognizant as Director

Best Buy named Karen McLoughlin, 50, to its Board of Directors. McLoughlin is the CFO at Cognizant Technology Solutions. McLoughlin joined Cognizant in 2003 and has spearheaded several critical transformation initiatives during her time with the company. Prior to joining Cognizant, McLoughlin spent six years at Spherion and three years at Ryder System, where she held key financial management positions. Prior to joining Ryder, she spent six years in the South Florida practice of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

LPG Distribution Company’s Newest Director is a Former IBM Vet

UGI Corporation announced that James B. Stallings, Jr., 60, was elected a director. Stallings currently serves as Managing Partner of PS27 Ventures, a private investment fund focused on technology companies. Prior to his work at PS27 Ventures, Stallings spent over 25 years at IBM leading major lines of business, including the company’s technology, mainframe, software, and intellectual property areas. In addition, Stallings was founder, Chairman and CEO of E House, a consumer technology company, and EVP of Physician Sales & Services, a medical products supplier.

Former Yahoo! CFO Joins Board of Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts appointed Susan Decker to the Company's Board of Directors. Decker, who served as both president and CFO at Yahoo!, currently serves on several boards of directors, including Berkshire Hathaway; Intel and Costco Wholesale. Decker was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School (HBS), served in several positions for Yahoo! most recently served as president, and was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) in New York City. Most recently, she served as global director of equity research at DLJ.

Umpqua Appoints Former Google and Yahoo! Exec to Board

Umpqua Holdings Corporation the parent company of Umpqua Bank, appointed Luanne Calvert, CMO of Virgin America, to its board of directors. Before joining Virgin, Calvert served as creative director at Google, where she managed the brand globally and developed innovative campaigns to bring Google products directly to consumer and business audiences. Calvert also served as a Director of Marketing at Yahoo!, Inc. where she founded Yahoo!'s buzz marketing team before the term “viral marketing” existed, and served as VP of Marketing at Joe Boxer Apparel.

Former BT CEO Joins Board of Belmond

Hotel and leisure company Belmond appointed Ian Livingston, Lord Livingston of Parkhead, to the Company’s board of directors. Livingston is a member of the U.K. House of Lords after being made a life peer in 2013 and serving in the U.K. Government as Minister of State for Trade and Investment from December 2013 to May 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was the Group CEO at BT Group, one of the world’s leading communications companies.

Boston Private Appoints Intel CIO as Board Member

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company announced the appointment of Kimberly S. Stevenson, 52, to its board of directors. Stevenson is corporate VP and CIO of Intel Corporation, where she has more than 6,000 IT professionals under her leadership. Stevenson currently leads the Intel Network of Executive Women (INEW) as the Subcommittee Chair for External Thought Leadership and Outreach, and she speaks on the topic both internally and externally. 

Bank Holding Company Appoints mindSHIFT CEO as Director

American bank holding company Sandy Spring Bancorp elected Mona Abutaleb, 53, President and CEO of mindSHIFT Technologies, to its board of directors. Abutaleb joined mindSHIFT in 2006 and utilized her unique blend of skills and expertise in operations, engineering, IT and customer service to drive mindSHIFT's rapid growth. She was named CEO in 2014, and she led the company in its acquisition by Ricoh Americas Holdings. Today, mindSHIFT is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses. 

Date Range: September 14th - November 5th

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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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