Dora Vell

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, garage.ca, 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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December 8th, 2019

Welcome to the 65th Edition of the Open Tech Roles newsletter. This newsletter covers open technology roles as of December 6th, 2019 and technology appointments for past 71 days ending December 6th, 2019.

Titles are evolving and are specializing:

  • The head of technology (IT) role has different titles, historically a CIO, is now either CIO, CTO or Engineering (including CIO role) and a Chief Digital Officer titles (or combinations thereof). Note: sometimes the head of IT is the EVP Tech & Ops with CIO type roots.
  • The CTO role has multiple contexts and meanings: (1) CTOs that manage IT (where the CIO reports in); (2) CTOs that manage the tech infrastructure (a more traditional definition); (3) CTOs - Products/ Tech Strategy. They are essentially tech vendor CTOs and typically manage IT as well, but it is not their primary role or orientation.

November 4, 2019

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter for September-October 2019.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of 10/29) and also the latest appointments for August 31st – October 29th. We use Capital IQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 49 Open Tech CEO Roles and 63 Appointments.

Here is their geographic distribution:

September 27th, 2019

Welcome to the 64th Edition of the Open Tech Roles newsletter. This newsletter covers open technology roles as of September 26th, 2019 and technology appointments for past 69 days ending September 26th, 2019.

Titles are evolving and are specializing:

  • The head of technology (IT) role has different titles, historically a CIO, is now either CIO, CTO or Engineering (including CIO role) and a Chief Digital Officer titles (or combinations thereof). Note: sometimes the head of IT is the EVP Tech & Ops with CIO type roots.
  • The CTO role has multiple contexts and meanings: (1) CTOs that manage IT (where the CIO reports in); (2) CTOs that manage the tech infrastructure (a more traditional definition); (3) CTOs - Products/ Tech Strategy. They are essentially tech vendor CTOs and typically manage IT as well, but it is not their primary role or orientation.

September 6, 2019

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter for July-August 2019.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of 8/30) and also the latest appointments for July 26th - August 30th. We use Capital IQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 24 Open Tech CEO Roles and 37 Appointments.

Here is their geographic distribution:

August 1st, 2019

Welcome to the 63rd Edition of the Open Tech Roles newsletter. This newsletter covers open technology roles as of July 22nd, 2019 and technology appointments for past 62 days ending July 22nd, 2019.

Titles are evolving and are specializing:

  • The head of technology (IT) role has different titles, historically a CIO, is now either CIO, CTO or Engineering (including CIO role) and a Chief Digital Officer titles (or combinations thereof). Note: sometimes the head of IT is the EVP Tech & Ops with CIO type roots.
  • The CTO role has multiple contexts and meanings: (1) CTOs that manage IT (where the CIO reports in); (2) CTOs that manage the tech infrastructure (a more traditional definition); (3) CTOs - Products/ Tech Strategy. They are essentially tech vendor CTOs and typically manage IT as well, but it is not their primary role or orientation.
  • At Charter Communications the Chief Product Officer is adding Technology Officer to his title to oversee Engineering and IT along with Product Team. We have seen some of this trend recently in our Vell practice as well.

July 26, 2019

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter for June-July 2019.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of 7/25) and also the latest appointments for the period starting on June 11th and ending July 25th. We use Capital IQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 24 Open Tech CEO Roles and 31 Appointments.

Here is their geographic distribution:

June 13, 2019

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter for May-June 2019.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of 6/10) and also the latest appointments for May 3rd to June 10th. We use Capital IQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 25 Open Tech CEO Roles and 27 Appointments. The activity seems to have slowed down significantly, also noticed in trends from April/May.

Here is their geographic distribution:

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May 22nd, 2019

Welcome to the 62nd Edition of the Open Tech Roles newsletter. This newsletter covers open technology roles as of May 20th, 2019 and technology appointments for past 38 days ending May 20th, 2019.

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May 8, 2019

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter for April/May 2019.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of 5/2) and also the latest appointments for March 18th to May 2nd. We use Capital IQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 27 Open Tech CEO Roles and 29 Appointments. The activity seems to have slowed down significantly, also noticed in trends from March.

Here is their geographic distribution: