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Yahoo! Announces Board Changes After Agreement with Starboard Value

Sue James, 69, has opted not to stand for re-election at 2016 annual shareholder meeting. James served as a Consultant of Ernst & Young from June 2006 to December 2009. She joined Ernst & Young in 1975 and was its Partner from 1987 to 2006.

Ericsson Witnesses Board Changes

Ericsson elected Kristin S. Rinne, 61, and Helena Stjernholm, 45, as new Board members. Rinne serves as SVP of Architecture and Planning for AT&T. Prior, she served as VP of Technology and Product Realization at Cingular.

Stjernholm is President and CEO of Aktiebolaget Industrivärden. She has 17 years of experience in private equity at IK.

Twitter Witnesses Board Shuffle

Twitter appointed Martha Lane Fox to serve as a member of the Board. Lane Fox has served as the founder and chair of, an organization advancing the understanding and use of Internet enabled technologies, and in September 2014 was appointed Chancellor of Open University.

Twitter appointed Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, to serve as a Board member.

Additionally, the Board has appointed Marjorie Scardino as lead independent director. She succeeds Peter Currie in the role, whose term will end following the Annual Meeting.

Micro Focus Appoints Long-Time HR Leader as Non-Executive Director

Micro Focus International plc appointed Amanda Brown as a board member. She is currently Group HR Director at Hiscox Ltd. Prior, she held a number of HR roles at Whitbread, most recently as Director of Organization & Learning, spent five years at PepsiCo, after starting her HR career at Mars.

Autohome Announces Chairman Changes     

Autohome, the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China, appointed Cynthia Whelan as the Chairman replacing Timothy Y. Chen. Chen will continue to serve as a director. Whelan was appointed Group Executive for Telstra International and New Businesses in September 2015.

TangramCare Co-Founder and CEO to Step Down From Allscripts’ Board 

Anita V. Pramoda, 40, a member of the Board of Directors of Allscripts will not stand for re-election to board. Pramoda is a Co-Founder of TangramCare and serves as its CEO.

Pegasystems Appoints ReachLocal CEO as Newest Director

Pegasystems appointed Sharon Rowlands, 57, as a board member. Rowlands is an accomplished CEO with expertise in digital marketing and more than 20 years' experience growing complex business services and software companies. She joined ReachLocal in 2014 as its CEO and a member of its Board.

Betsy Atkins Resigns from Polycom Board   

Betsy Atkins, 62, has resigned from the Polycom Board of Directors in order to pursue other opportunities including her recent election to the Volvo board. Atkins is an American business executive and entrepreneur. She is known for her early stage investments in Yahoo and eBay in association with the venture capital firm, Baja LLC. Appoints Entrepreneur and Businesswomen as Non-Executive Director     

eCommerce brand plc named Sara Murray as non-executive director. Sara is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully started, grown and sold three technology companies - Ninah Consulting (sold to ZenithOptimedia, a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe in 2003); Inspop (owner of, the online insurance marketplace which was sold to Admiral Group in 2002); and Buddi, the leading remote health and location monitoring technology business in 2005.

Date Range: April 1st - May 17th

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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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