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Software Exec & Board Appointments in April May 2011 Featured

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Oracle Veteran Assumes CFO Title

Oracle announced that Oracle President Safra Catz, 49, will assume the additional responsibility of CFO. Catz's appointment follows the resignation of the company's current CFO, Jeff Epstein, 53. The company announced  that Catz's appointment is permanent. Catz joined Oracle Corporation in April 1999 and has been President since January 2004. She has been a member of Oracle's Board of Directors since October 2001. She previously served as the company's CFO from November 2005 to September 2008. Catz also serves as a non-executive Director of HSBC Group, a position she has held since May 2008. Prior to Oracle, Katz worked for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as a Managing Director.

CA Names CIO from BMC

CA Technologies announced Greg Valdez as CIO. Valdez replaces Stephen Savage, who has accepted a new position leading the company's Global Government Relations program as Chief Government Relations Officer. Valdez has served as CIO at BMC Software and Veritas Software. Valdez has also served as Divisional Information Officer and CTO at Associates First Capital Corporation. Prior to Associates First Capital, Valdez spent time at U. S. West and Arthur Andersen.

COO & EVP Promotions at Cerner

Mike Valentine, 42, Cerner's COO, has resigned. Valentine joined Cerner in 1998 and became Cerner's COO in 2008. In that role, he was primarily responsible for Cerner's client organization. He has held various titles during his time at Cerner, including SVP, Pres of Cerner Mid America, and GM of US Client Organization. Valentine has departed in order to accept a new position as CEO of healthcare software company, Netsmart Technologies.

Mike Nill, 45, Cerner's EVP and Chief Engineering Officer, has been promoted to COO. Nill joined Cerner in 1996.

SVP Zane Burke has been promoted to EVP and will assume responsibility for client organization in the Americas and Pacific Rim. Burke joined Cerner in 1996 and has held a variety of financial and client-facing leadership roles since that time.

LivePerson Names Microsoft Technologist to Board

LivePerson announced that David Vaskevitch, 57, has joined its Board. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and has held various senior executive positions during his 23-year tenure, most recently serving as CTO from 2001 to 2009. While at Microsoft, Vaskevitch served as SVP, Business Applications Division, SVP, Developer, VP, Distributed Applications Platform and General Manager of Enterprise Computing. He championed the company's successful acquisition of Great Plains in 2000, and founded the Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) division to assist enterprises in transitioning to client/server computing.

LivePerson announced that Steven Berns, 46, will step down from its Board of Directors after 9 years of dedicated service. He has stated he is leaving for personal reasons. Berns has been the CFO of Revlon Consumer Products.

New Tech Leaders at QAD & Commtouch

Enterprise software solutions provider QAD has promoted Tony J. Winter to the position of CTO, where he will drive the company's long-term technology, architecture, and product release strategies. Prior to his appointment, Winter held several key internal roles at QAD, starting in 1999 with QAD Global Services. Winter then moved into QAD Research and Development in Ireland and later in Santa Barbara. During this time, he was recognized as a QAD Distinguished Engineer by QAD Chairman & President Pamela Lopker. In 2008, Winter was promoted to Senior Director of R&D, responsible for deployment, conversions, performance, database and product center for QAD.

Internet security provider Commtouch announced that it has appointed Amos Arev to the position of VP of R&D. Arev has more than 20 years of software development management experience and has spent over half of his career specializing in IT security. Prior to joining Commtouch, Arev was VP of R&D of Skybox Security, a provider of automated security risk management solutions. Before that, Arev held several R&D management positions at Check Point Software and at Comverse Network Systems.

Mobile & Embedded Systems Provider Names Prof. Services VP

Mark Whiteside joins as BSQUARE’s VP of Professional Services. Whiteside was previously COO at Vallent, a performance management software provider (now IBM). Prior to that, Whiteside was EMEA VP, Wireless Services at Marconi and Global VP of Services at MSI, General Manager of International Business at Holocentric and Director of Customer Services in Asia Pacific at Sequent Computers.

eFront gets new COO

eFront announced the appointment of Eric Bernstein as COO of North America. He joins eFront from Sophis, where he spent four years as COO, NA. Prior to joining Sophis, Eric spent six years at Linedata Services in various roles including SVP and head of sales in NA. Prior to that he held positions at PaineWebber as head equity trader and at Melvin Specialists as a market maker and equity trader.

Payment Solutions Provider Names Microsoft Alumni to Board

Reed Overfelt, CEO & venture capitalist, was named to U. S. Dataworks’ Board of Directors. Prior to this crucial role, Overfelt built and led two highly successful start-ups at Microsoft: a hosting provider channel business, currently generating $1 Billion in global revenue, and $235M sales organization focused on small and medium enterprise customers. 


Date range: April 16th - May 16th

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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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