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Retired Lockheed IT Exec Joins Home Depot Board

The Home Depot named Linda R. Gooden 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.

Celgene Elects Renowned Retina Surgeon and Clinician-Scientist to Board

Biopharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation elected Julia A. Haller, M.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Haller is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where she holds the William Tasman, M.D. Endowed Chair. She serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and is Co-Director of the Wills Vision Research Center at Jefferson. 

U.S. Bancorp Appoints Aetna President as New Board Member

U.S. Bancorp announced that its Board of Directors elected Karen S. Lynch, 52, as director of the company. Lynch is the current President of Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company, and has served in various leadership capacities in health care management and insurance companies during her career.

Citibank CEO Joins Board of DaVita HealthCare Partners

DaVita HealthCare Partners, one of the largest kidney care companies in the U.S., appointed Barbara J. Desoer to the company's Board of Directors. Desoer is CEO of Citibank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup. Prior to joining Citibank in October 2013 as COO, she spent 35 years at Bank of America. 

EMC Adds BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Laura Sen to Board; Greylock’s Partner Stepped Down as Director

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. 

Medical Equipment Company Appoints Retired President & CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics as Director

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation announced that Martha H. Marsh has been appointed to its board of directors. Marsh served as the president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics for eight years, until her retirement in 2010. Prior to joining Stanford, Marsh served in hospital leadership positions at University of California Davis Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 

Former BP Exec Joins Agilent Technologies’ Board

Agilent Technologies elected Sue H. Rataj to the company’s board of directors. Rataj was CEO of BP’s global petrochemicals business before retiring in April 2011. She was also a group VP of BP and had held a series of senior management positions. Rataj, then based in Hong Kong, retired from BP in April 2011. 

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). 

Gap Elects its Former Employee and Multi-channel Brand Advisor to Board

Gap elected Tracy Gardner to serve on its Board of Directors. Gardner held a number of leadership roles at J.Crew Group and advised numerous startups and well-known brands as an independent consultant, and served as CEO of dELiA’s. During 2015, Gardner has served as an advisor to the company’s namesake brand, and held a similar role in 2012, working alongside Gap CEO Art Peck, who was then leading a business resurgence as president of Gap North America. Gardner began her Gap career in 1991, serving in several creative roles across Gap and Banana Republic.

SCANA Re-Elects Former Board Member after Public Service Stint

SCANA Corporation announced the election of Sharon A. Decker as director. Decker previously served on SCANA's Board of Directors from December 2005 until December 2012 when she resigned in order to accept an appointment to serve as the Secretary of Commerce for North Carolina. She currently serves as a SVP of Strategic Initiatives for Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. 

Booz Allen Hamilton’s Newest Board Member is Former Assistant to the President Barack Obama

Booz Allen Hamilton appointed Melody Barnes, 51, to its Board of Directors. Barnes, who is currently a domestic policy strategist and a Vice Provost and Senior Fellow at New York University, formerly served President Barack Obama as an Assistant to the President and as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before serving in the White House, she was the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama’s campaign. 

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. 

Dun & Bradstreet Director Retires After Almost Thirteen Years on Board

Dun & Bradstreet announced that Sandra E. Peterson, Group World Chairman and Executive Committee Member, Johnson & Johnson, has retired from the company’s Board of Directors. Peterson was appointed to Dun & Bradstreet’s Board in September 2002.

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!, where she founded Yahoo!'s buzz marketing team before the term “viral marketing” existed, and served as VP of Marketing at Joe Boxer Apparel.

Ascena Retail Group Elects Coca-Cola SVP as Board Member

Ascena Retail Group announced that Katie Bayne was appointed to its Board of Directors. Bayne currently serves as SVP, Global Sparkling Brands at The Coca-Cola Company. Bayne joined Coca-Cola in 1989 in brand management, and has since held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to her current position, Bayne served as President, North America Brands for The Coca-Cola Company. 

Papa John’s International Appoints Government and Public Affairs Strategist as Director

Papa John’s International appointed Sonya E. Medina to the Company’s Board of Directors. Medina, a government and public affairs strategist, previously served as VP, Community and External Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. She is active in community and civic affairs and currently serves on the board of directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

Maggie Wilderotter Joins as Director of DreamWorks Animation While Stepping down from P&G’s Board

DreamWorks Animation announced that Maggie Wilderotter joined its Board of Directors. Wilderotter is Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications, a post she has held since April 2015, having previously served as that company's Chairman and CEO from 2006 to 2015. Wilderotter also served on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). 

Wilderotter notified The Procter & Gamble Company of her decision not to stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors. This decision was made in connection with Wilderotter's transition to Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications earlier this year and her desire to pursue other interests.

Boston Private Appoints Intel CIO as Board Member

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company announced the appointment of Kimberly S. Stevenson 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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