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Tech Directors Joining Non-Tech Boards: Kingfisher, State Street & Others Featured

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Amazon Exec Joins as Director of Kingfisher

British multinational retailing company Kingfisher plc announced the appointment of Rakhi Parekh, 41, as a non-executive director of the Company. Parekh having spent 11 years at in various roles from 2002-14, most recently was Director, UK Media at Amazon, responsible for ranges such as books, music and DVDs. Prior to joining Amazon, Parekh held roles at TomTom (wireless products) and in management consultancy in the United States. 

State Street Appoints Former Raytheon Information Solutions Leader to Board

State Street Corporation announced the appointment of Lynn Dugle, 55, to its board of directors. Dugle, most recently served as president of intelligence, information and services (IIS) at Raytheon. In this role, she was responsible for the company’s cyber security services, advanced cyber solutions and information-based solutions. She also served as VP of engineering, technology and quality for the former Network Centric Systems (NCS) business at Raytheon and was responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and operations of the engineering, technology and quality functions. Dugle currently serves on the board of directors of Engility Holdings.

Scotiabank Appoints Veteran Technology Investor to Board

Scotiabank announced that Scott Bonham, 53, has been appointed a new member of the Bank's Board of Directors. Bonham is the Co-Founder and Partner of The Fueling Station. Prior to this role, he helped build a leading venture capital firm, GGV Capital, that raised more than $2 billion and has invested in more than 100 companies through a span of industries including consumer internet, mobile computing and enterprise software, in the U.S. and China. Prior to co-founding GGV in 2000, he served as VP of The Capital Group Companies where he managed technology investments across several mutual funds. Bonham also served in various marketing roles at Silicon Graphics.

Former Royal Dutch Shell CIO Joins Board of American Equity Life

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company elected Alan D. Matula, 55, to serve as a director. Matula currently serves as the CIO for Weber-Stephen Products. Matula served as CIO of Royal Dutch Shell from January 2006 to 2015.

Former IBM Exec Joins Board of Furniture Chain Ethan Allen Interiors

Ethan Allen Interiors announced the election of Mary Garrett, 57, as an independent director of the company. Garrett most recently served as VP, Marketing and Communications for IBM Global Sales and Distribution, and in addition was secretary for the IBM Board of Advisors. Previously, Garrett led worldwide marketing for IBM Global Technology Services.

Date Range: December 14th 2015 - January 25th 2016

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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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