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Dora Vell

Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

CEO, Vell Executive Search. Previously Partner, Heidrick & Struggles. University of Toronto grad. University of Waterloo grad.

CEO, Vell Executive Search. Previously Partner, Heidrick & Struggles. University of Toronto grad. University of Waterloo grad.

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Involved In


CEO Vell Executive Search April 2005 - present
Partner Heidrick & Struggles January 1998 - April 2005
Sales Executive, Software IBM January 1993 - December 1997
Executive Assistant to the CEO, IBM Canada IBM January 1995 - December 1995
Software Development Manager IBM 1987 - 1993


University of Toronto Marketing 1989 - 1993
University of Waterloo Computer Science 1985 - 1987
Carleton University Computer Science 1981 - 1985

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • Software development
  • • Big data
  • • Product devopment
  • • Web data collection
Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • HCM Software
  • • Analytics

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Vell Executive Search is a retained executive search firm that specializes in recruiting board directors, CEOs and C-Level executives in the software industry. Vell has built a reputation for recruiting talented high-performing leadership teams globally.
Our services are designed to help you build strong leadership at the top. We offer retained executive and board level search, reference checking, candidate bench marking, and access to a pool of interim candidates.

We are a boutique firm with Fortune 500 experience. Veteran senior consultants with backgrounds at the world’s largest executive search firms handle all of our board and C-level assignments. Because our executive recruiters are technology industry specialists, we can focus more time and attention on fewer searches and projects – and drive strong results.

With our unique operational and technical background, Vell becomes deeply versed with your company faster, helping not only find the right candidates, but also excite them about your opportunity and perform assessments to ensure the right skills and cultural match.

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Avedis Menechian
CEO, Storm Internet and Founder, President, Clear Imagination Inc.. University of Ottawa grad.
Fox Michael
Sr. Director, Safer Cities, Smart Public Safety, Motorola Solutions and General Manager, iDEN Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions.
Sam Medalie
President and Founder, Successful Second Acts and President and Founder, The Longfellow Group. Harvard grad.
Excellent search person

Axel Tillmann
We worked together  •  Board of Advisors, Tinkers & Thinkers Inc. and Member Board of Directors, Soft Machines.
Axel is many of the descriptors above: resourceful, extremely bright, trustworthy, tenacious (is there a stronger word for that?) and aggre ... ssive. He sees the big picture and can also operate. He is strategic, innovative and has strong operational skills. He can also see around corners and can foresee how things will evolve. He can then go after that.