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Facebook Appoints Couple of Geographic Leaders

Facebook has appointed Umang Bedi as MD, India. Bedi will lead in building and maintaining strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies in the country. He will take over from Kirthiga Reddy, who will be returning to United States to take on a new role at the company's headquarters at Menlo Park. Prior to joining Facebook, Bedi was the MD of the South Asia region at Adobe. 

Facebook has appointed Shant Oknayan as head of e-commerce, retail and online services at Facebook in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. He formerly led Google's market development for small and medium-sized businesses in the Middle East and North Africa.

Twitter Sees Multiple Board and Leadership Shuffles           

Twitter announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Debra L.  Lee, 60, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, he parent company for Black Entertainment Television, to serve as a Board member. She served as the COO and President of Black Entertainment Television LLC since 1996.

Additionally, the Board has appointed Marjorie Scardino, 69, as lead independent director, effective following Twitter's 2016 Annual Meeting. She succeeds Peter Currie in the role, whose term will end following the Annual Meeting. Scardino is the former CEO of Pearson PLC.

Twitter appointed Mark Little as the new MD of Twitter in Ireland. The former RT broadcaster, who left Storyful in June 2015, has taken up the role with current chief Stephen McIntyre leaving the company. He has previously worked as RTÃ 's Washington correspondent and left the State broadcaster in 2009.

Twitter announced that its two executives are leaving. The two executives, Jana Messerschmidt and Nathan Hubbard, led business development and media and commerce, respectively. Messerschmidt had been at the company for six years, and Hubbard had worked since August 2013 on the company's media and commerce strategies. In their place, Twitter will appoint Ali Jafari, who leads the company's video advertising product, to take over both roles.

TripAdvisor Appoints VP, Global Partnerships          

TripAdvisor appointed Stephanie Kauffman to the position of VP, global partnerships. Kauffman most recently was the chief communications and engagement officer for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the private funder of breast cancer research. Earlier, she was SVP, Global Alliances, Universal Partnerships & Licensing, Universal Studios at Universal Pictures. Announces Board Changes announced that Dong Yang has tendered his resignation as a director on the board of directors. Yang has served as's Director since August 2006. Yang is a general partner at SAIF Partners, a private equity firm.

Yandex Approves Interim Chair to Permanent Chair Role    

Yandex N.V., the Russia based search engine provider, elected John Boynton, previously interim chairman, as chairman of the Board. Boynton is the president of Firehouse Capital, a privately held investment company with investments in a variety of early stage companies. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Ingenico ePayments Appoints Netherlands Based Exec as GM, Asia Pacific

Ingenico ePayments appointed Nick Tubb as GM, Asia Pacific. Tubb was most recently VP of Professional Services with Ingenico ePayments, part of the Ingenico Group, in the Netherlands. Prior to that, he spent 12 years within the commercial forex industry, leading business acquisition and growth teams in the UK, US and Australia.

Match Group Hires Senior Political and Media Strategist as VP, Public Affairs; Appoints CEO for Dating Site Subsidiary       

Match Group hired senior political and media strategist Matt David as VP, Public Affairs. David comes to Match Group from Outside Eyes where he was managing partner focused on public affairs and corporate positioning. He has also been a part of the last four presidential elections serving in various campaign roles for President Bush, Senator McCain, Governor Huntsman, and Governor Kasich.

Elie Seidman has joined as CEO of OkCupid. Most recently, he served as Chief Revenue Officer at BorrowersFirst. Michael Maxim, current CEO of OkCupid, will move to the role of ongoing advisor.

Criteo Opens a New Office in New Delhi; Appoints MD of India    

Digital marketing firm Criteo has announced the opening of a new office in New Delhi and the appointment of Ajeet Kandachar as MD of India, to lead the business in one of its large strategic growth markets globally. Kandachar joins Criteo from Vizury, where he was responsible for growing the business throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Kandachar's experience also includes various sales and business development positions in India.

Amaya Announces Board Changes

Web editor Amaya’s board member Paul McFeeters, 60, has resigned. The board intends to appoint David Lazzarato, 59, as a director to replace McFeeters. Lazzarato served as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Yellow Pages since December 2012 and was SVP, Finance at Bell Canada in 2010 and 2011.

CEO David Baazov and CFO Daniel Sebag have announced the company's board they won't stand for re-election as directors. Both have been long-standing members of Amaya’s board. Baazov has been with the company since 2006 and Sebag since 2007. The board is actively engaged in identifying suitable director candidates with competencies that complement those of Amaya's existing directors.

Zynga Names EA Exec as President of Publishing   

Zynga has appointed Bernard Kim as President of Publishing. Kim, 40, is a mobile gaming and interactive entertainment veteran with more than 15 years of experience. He spent nearly 10 years at Electronic Arts, most recently as the company's SVP of Mobile Publishing.

Cardtronic Replaces General Counsel

Cardtronics announced that Roger Craig has been named as General Counsel and Secretary. Craig replaces Michael Keller, who has announced his retirement. Keller, having served as general counsel since 2001, will assist in a smooth transition and will continue on as an advisor for Cardtronics. Craig joins Cardtronics from Axcess Financial Services where he served as SVP, chief legal officer, and chief compliance officer and secretary.

Shutterfly Chair to Step Down; Appoints Interim Chair        

Shutterfly announced that Philip Marineau will resign as chairman and from Shutterfly’s Board of Directors following the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Brian Swette, governance committee chair, will serve as interim chairman. Announces Executive Changes     

China based online media, search and game service company’s President and CFO Carol Yu will retire. The Company will retain Ms. Yu as a consultant for a transition period from August through the end of 2016. The Company has appointed Joanna Lv to assume the position of acting CFO. Lv joined Sohu in August 2000. She is currently the Senior Finance Director, in charge of day-to-day finance operations.

Shutterstock Appoints David Giambruno as CIO, Effective No Later Than June 20, 2016   

Stock photography, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools provider Shutterstock hired David Giambruno as its CIO. He is former SVP & CIO of Tribune Media.

Box Announces Resignation of EVP, Worldwide Field Operations

Graham Younger, 46, EVP, worldwide field operations of Box since February 2014, resigned from his position. From August 2011 to February 2014, Younger was employed by SuccessFactors, where he served as SVP and GM, Global Sales.

Neustar Taps DocuSign Security Exec         

Neustar, the neutral provider of real-time cloud-based information & analysis, reported that Tom Pageler, has been appointed Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Prior to Neustar, Pageler served as CRO and CISO at DocuSign. Prior to that, he served as Deputy CISO, JPMorgan Chase; and Head of Risk Assessments and Director of Emerging Risk and Fraud Control, Visa.

Yirendai Appoints COO and CTO     

Yirendai, a leading online consumer finance marketplace in China, appointed Yang Cao to the positions of COO and CTO of the company. Prior to joining Yirendai, Cao was the GM of Asia-Pacific operations at xAd. Cao also served as CTO of WhitePages and held technology executive positions at TokBox and StarCite.

Web.Com Group Witnesses Series of Executive Appointments  Group appointed Steve Power as EVP of Brand Networks. Steve Power was most recently President of Yodle Brand Networks. Power joined Yodle in 2015, and prior to that he held roles like President of Bigcommerce and Chief Sales Officer of ReachLocal.

Vikas Rijsinghani, has appointed as EVP of Premium Services. Rijsinghani joined in 2007 through the merger with Website Pros. Rijsinghani has served in a variety of roles at including CTO and SVP of Online Marketing.

Faisal Chughtai has appointed as EVP of Retail, Domains and International. Chughtai joined in 2014 as SVP of International. Prior to that, Chughtai was an Internet and Digital Media investment banker with J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets.

Dafna Sarnoff has appointed as SVP of Corporate Marketing. Sarnoff was most recently SVP of Consumer & Product Marketing at Yodle.

Angela Dunham has appointed as SVP of Program Management & Sales and Service Operations. Dunham was most recently SVP of Program and Performance Management at Yodle.

Jason Teichman, the COO of, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

MakeMyTrip Appoints VP of Investor Relations       

Indian online travel company MakeMyTrip has appointed Jonathan Huang to VP - Investor Relations. Huang has 10 years of extensive corporate investor relations & treasury experience with companies in the travel and digital media industry, including Hertz Global Holdings, MakeMyTrip and Avid Technology.

TrueCar Names SVP of Dealer Marketing and Operations   

TrueCar has added automotive retail veteran Paul Edmonds as SVP of dealer marketing and operations to help dealers across the TrueCar Certified Dealer network gain maximum value from the service. Edmonds comes to TrueCar from RiskIQ, where he built and led customer success teams. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in various roles at and Trader Publishing Company.

WebMD Health Services Appoints Sanofi Exec as Chief Medical Officer     

WebMD Health Services appointed Michael Sokol, MD, M.S. as chief medical officer. A seasoned physician leader, Dr. Sokol will oversee an advisory panel of leading researchers and clinicians focused on driving continued innovation and wellness solutions for customers' employees and health plan participants. Prior to joining WebMD Health Services, Dr. Sokol was VP, employee wellness and chief wellness officer at Sanofi.

Angie’s List’s New SVP of Partnerships if Former Catalina Veteran 

Angie’s List appointed Marla Thompson as SVP of Partnerships. Thompson comes to Angie’s List after 14 years with Catalina, where she had most recently served as SVP, U.S. Strategy. In this role, she drove strategic alignment among Sales, Marketing, Product, Technology and Operations.

Date Range: May 14th - June 20th

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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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