Chairman-CEO Structure - Vell Executive Search

Vell Executive Search, a premier retained executive search firm, specializes in finding high- level, top-flight technology executives at the board, CEO, CIO and “C” levels. Each of the firm’s professionals brings a distinctive knowledge of and experience in the technology industry. Vell Executive Search’s credentials, experience, and unrelenting focus on satisfaction and execution empower the firm to connect and support exceptional leadership teams, with proven track records, for the best companies.

Vell Executive Search’s mission is to build high-performance leadership teams around the world. Whether large or small, public or private, global or local, every company requires an effective leadership team at the top that brings about business results.

Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the CEO 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 in 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) and 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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Robert Morison

Robert Morison is a highly accomplished business researcher, writer, discussion leader, and management consultant. He has been leading breakthrough research at the intersection of business, technology, and human asset management for 25 years, working with hundreds of major organizations and writing research reports and management guides on topics ranging from workforce management and business innovation to business process reengineering, collaborative business models, and business analytics.

He is co-author of Analytics At Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results (Harvard Business Press, 2010), Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills And Talent (Harvard Business Press, 2006), and three Harvard Business Review articles, one of which received a McKinsey Award as best article of 2004. He has spoken before scores of corporate, industry, and government groups, and has been a commentator on workforce issues on Nightly Business Report on PBS.

Morison currently serves as lead faculty for The International Institute for Analytics and lends his experience and expertise to research and intellectual capital development efforts for a variety of progressive organizations. He earlier held management positions with The Concours Group, CSC Index, and General Electric Information Services Company. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. from Boston University.

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Ajanta Banerjee

Ajanta Banerjee is a research consultant for Vell Executive Search. She has over eight years’ experience in business research. She previously worked as a Senior Research Analyst in Heidrick & Struggles’ Knowledge Management Center, leading advanced research assignments for the Consumer Markets and supporting the Leadership Consulting team on research projects in talent management, coaching, succession planning, and organizational culture and design. Banerjee has a MA degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and she graduated from Presidency College (Kolkata).


Timothy Bevins

Timothy Bevins is a research consultant for Vell Executive Search. An experienced researcher and research project director, he has worked in organizations including Decision Resources and The Concours Group. His projects span industries from imaging and printing to health care, and have most recently examined the many impacts of demographic changes on the workforce and workplace. Bevins holds a degree in English from The College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in Writing and Literature from Rivier College.