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The Time is Now: Texas Instruments, EA & Twitter Appoint Women to Their Boards Featured

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Texas Instruments Elects Retired PwC Veteran to the Board of Directors

Texas Instruments elected Jean Hobby to the Board of Directors of the company. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Hobby, 55, served as strategy officer from 2013 until retirement in 2015. Earlier positions there included U.S. sector lead for the firm's multi-billion dollar Technology, Media and Telecom practice from 2008 to 2013, and CFO from 2005 to 2008. She currently serves on the board of Greatbatch.

CSC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Announce Executive Appointments for New Company       

CSC announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to merge the company with the Enterprise Services segment of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Meg Whitman, HPE’s president and CEO, will join the new company’s Board of Directors, which will be split equally between nominees of CSC and HPE.

Electronic Arts Appoints CEO of Blackhawk Network to Its Board

Electronic Arts appointed Talbott Roche, 49, to EA’s Board of Directors. Roche is the CEO and President of Blackhawk Network. Prior to her role as CEO, Roche served as the President of Blackhawk, as well as leading Marketing, Product and Business Development for the company.

Twitter Sees Multiple Board 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.

CSRA to Get New Chairman          

Nancy Killefer, who currently serves as CSRA's Lead Independent Director, has been elected to succeed Mike Lawrie as Chairman, pending her re-election to the board of directors at the annual meeting. Killefer is Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company. She previously served as Assistant Secretary for Management and CFO to the U.S. Department of Treasury. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Defense Business Board and is a member of the MyVA Advisory Committee. Killefer is a Director of the Advisory Board Company, Avon Products and Cardinal Health.

Fitbit Adds Two Women from Retail Industry to Board

Fitbit, the physical activity monitoring gadget company, announced that Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, and Glenda Flanagan, EVP and CFO of Whole Foods Market, have joined the Fitbit board of directors.

Alber has served as the president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma since 2010, leading growth strategies and strengthening brand reputation for the company’s portfolio of multi-channel brands.

Since joining Whole Foods Market as CFO in 1988, Flanagan has played a major role in the development of the company from six stores in the late 1980s and going public in 1992, to 450 stores and more than $15 billion in sales today.

Date Range: May 18th - June 27th

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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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