CIO Succession - Dora Vell

Dora Vell is CEO, 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, where she ran software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She 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, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSN, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, Globe and Mail, CIO, 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 and has served on the boards of Framingham State University, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, and Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, and RBC Capital Partners.

Vell has completed executive education programs, including the MIT Entrepreneurial Master's program (EMP) and the Harvard Negotiation class. 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 College.

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