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Union Pacific Corporation Elects Director with Expertise in Cyber Security and Public Policy Matters

Union Pacific Corporation elected Jane H. Lute, 59, to serve on the Board. Lute most recently served as the CEO of the Center for Internet Security, an international non-profit organization focused on enhancing cyber security readiness and response for the public and private sectors. Lute served as the President and CEO of the Council on Cybersecurity from 2013 to 2015. Prior to this position, she served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2009 until 2013.

Colgate-Palmolive’s New Board Member Joins with Expert Healthcare and IT Knowhow 

Colgate-Palmolive announced that C. Martin Harris, 59, CIO and Chairman of the IT Division of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation since 1996, has been elected to Colgate's Board. Dr. Harris is also a Staff Physician for The Cleveland Clinic Hospital and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of General Internal Medicine. Since 2000, he has also served as Executive Director of e-Cleveland Clinic, a series of e-health clinical programs offered over the Internet.

Drew Industries Appoints Tracy Graham to Board of Directors

Drew Industries named Tracy Graham, 42, to the Company's Board of Directors. Graham is CEO and Managing Principal of Graham-Allen Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in technology and technology-enabled companies. Prior to forming Graham-Allen Partners in 2009, he served as VP of SMB Technology Services for Cincinnati Bell. Graham also successfully built and sold three technology companies over a 12-year period, including GramTel USA, a provider of managed data center and related services to mid-sized businesses, which was sold to Cincinnati Bell. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins Board of RFK Human Rights Organization

Apple CEO Tim Cook, 55, has joined the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, an international organization that advocates for social change. In December 2015, Cook already received the Ripple of Hope Award from the nonprofit organization. But Cook is taking its public involvement for human rights one step further with this new announcement.

Redwood Trust Appoints Former Washington Mutual and GE Insurance CIO to its Board 

Redwood Trust announced that Debora D. Horvath, 61, has joined its Board of Directors. Horvath is Principal of Horvath Consulting, which she founded in 2010. Prior to that, she served as an EVP for JP Morgan Chase and an EVP and CIO for Washington Mutual. In addition, she is a 25 year veteran of General Electric (GE), having served 12 years as a SVP and CIO of the GE insurance businesses. Horvath has also been a Director of StanCorp Financial Group since 2013 and was a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle from 2012 to January 2014.

Vitamin Shoppe Adds Former Walgreens Boots CIO to Board

Vitamin Shoppe added a former Walgreens Boots Alliance CIO to its board of directors in a newly created seat as the specialty vitamin retailer expands its digital efforts. Tim Theriault, who stepped down from Walgreens Boots in June 2015 after six years as the pharmacy retailer’s technology chief, joined Vitamin Shoppe’s board. He still serves as an adviser to Walgreens Boots CEO Stefano Pessina on cybersecurity and other IT issues.

He’s the second tech-focused executive to join Vitamin Shoppe’s board this year. The company in February appointed Guillermo Marmol, who since 2007 has led a consulting firm that provides advisory services and investment capital to early-stage technology companies.

Date Range: March 9th - April 10th

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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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