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Women Appointed to Boards over $5b Market Cap May 1 to June 3 2011 Featured

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Technology Industry

Mercedes Johnson, 56, has joined as Director on the Board of Juniper Networks. Johnson served as SVP & CFO at Avago Technologies and as SVP & CFO at Lam Research. She also previously held executive leadership and management roles at Applied Materials, Nanometrics, NCR, and HP.

Imation announced that Linda Hart, 69, has retired as Non-executive Chairman of its Board of Directors. Ms. Hart was a director of Imation since its inception in 1996 and was elected Non-Executive Chairman in 2007. She has been Vice Chairman and CEO of Hart Group since 1990 and Vice Chairman, President, & CEO since 2008. Hart also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Strategic & International Studies, the Women's Leadership Board, Harvard University and the Kennedy School of Government.

Bitstream announced the resignation of CEO & President Anna Chagnon, 43. She has also resigned as a director of the Company. Chagnon has been with Bitstream since 1997 and has served as VP, Finance, CFO, and COO.

Wage systems provider Dot Hill announced the appointment of Debbie Tibey, 51, as a member of the Board of Directors. Tibey has over 25 years of experience in executive management; she has served as Principle of Zoey, an educational publishing company, and as SVP of Sales for Ingram Micro.

Chemical Industry

Susan Carter, 52, has been elected to Air Products’ Board of Directors. Carter previously served as CFO, EVP, & CFO of KBR, a $10 billion global engineering and construction company, and has held senior financial roles at Cummins, Lennox, and Honeywell.

Huntsman announced the joining of Mary Beckerle, 56, to its Independent Director of its Board in order to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Marsha Evans. Dr. Beckerle currently serves as CEO & Director of Hunstman Cancer Institute. Beckerle has served on the Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Health and as President of the American Society for Cell Biology. 


Judy McGrath, 58, Chairman & CEO of MTV since 2004, has announced she is leaving the company. A successor has yet to be named. 

World Wrestling Entertainment announced that Patricia Gottesman has joined as Director on its Board. Gottesman is currently President and CEO of Crimson Hexagon, a social media monitoring and analysis company. She has previously served for Omnibus PG and Cablevision.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced that Martha Stewart, 69, is rejoining the company’s Board in the third quarter of this year. Stewart is the Founder & Chief Editorial, Media, & Content Officer of the company.

Financial Services

PrivateBancorp announced that Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, 55, has joined its board. She is Founder, President, and CEO of research and marketing firm, Nia Enterprises. Prior to Nia, she served as SVP & GM of Open Port Technology.

Infinity Property & Casualty has re-elected Teresa Canida, 57, for a one year term. She currently serves as President of Taplin, Canida, & Habacht, an investment advisory firm.


Kathey Nedorostek, 57, has been appointed to the board of Select Comfort. Ms. Nedorostek currently serves as President of the NA Wholesale and Global Licensing divisions of Coach. Prior to this, she held the title of President of Calvin Klein Handbags and Footwear.

Christopher & Banks announced that Lisa Pickrum, 41, has joined its Board of Directors. Pickrum has served as EVP & COO of the RLJ Companies, as a senior consultant for Accenture, and as a Principal at Katalyst Venture Partners.


Anne Beaufour, 47, has extended her term as Director on the Board of Ipsen for the next three years as per the new agreement. She has been on Ispen’s board since 1998. Ms Beaufour has been Legal Manager of Beech Tree SARL (Luxembourg) since 2001 and Legal Manager of FinHestia SARL (Luxembourg) since 2003. She has also been a Director of Mayroy Luxembourg since 1998.

Healthcare supplier PDI announced that Jan Martens Vecsi, 66, is retiring from the Board. The company will not be filling her seat on the Board. Vecsi was a Senior HR Officer at Citibank before joining the PDI board.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, selected Laura A. Brege, 53, to serve on its board of directors. Ms. Brege serves as EVP, Corporate Affairs for Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Ms. Brege held the roles of COO, EVP, & Chief Business Officer for Onyx.

Business Services

Media and marketing research firm Arbitron has re-elected Shellye Archambeau, 47, and Erica Farber, 57, to each serve one more term as Directors on the company’s Board. Archambeau serves as CEO of MetricStream and Farber is Founder and CEO of The Farber Connection.

Cardtronics announced the election of a new board member, Juli Spottiswood. She currently serves as President and CEO of Parago, a leading provider of innovative reward programs.

DexCom has appointed Barbara Kahn to be a Director on its Board. Kahn currently serves as a Professor and Director at the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at The Wharton School.

Health Services 

Kindered Healthcare has re-elected Ann Berzin, 59, to its Board of Directors for another term. She has been a director of the company since 2008 and served as Chairman & CEO of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company from 1992 to 2001. 

AmSurg announced the selection of Cynthia Miller, 53, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Miller is SVP, Innovation & Pricing at Univita, a provider of extended care and home care services.


Ganger Rolf announced that Anna-Synnove Bye & Pauline Walsh were both re-elected as Directors on its Board. Anna Synnove Bye has been Member of the Board of Ganger Rolf since 2003. Pauline Walsh currently serves as CEO of Fred. Olsen.


CompX, a machine Tools & Accessories company, announced that it re-elected Ann Manix, 58, as a Director on its Board. She has been on CompX’s board since 1998. Manix is principal of Summus, a strategic consulting firm.

CryoPort, a machinery manufacturing company, announced that Karen Muller, 56, has joined as a Director on its Board. Ms. Muller is a private practice attorney who currently manages clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries.

Date range: May 1st - June 3rd

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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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