New CAO at Rackspace Hosting
Rackspace Hosting, a cloud computing and hosting provider, appointed Joe Saporito as Chief Accounting Officer. Before this appointment, he served as EVP & CFO at Carriage Services, a funeral home services provider. Prior to Carriage Services, Saporito was a Partner at Arthur Andersen. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors at US Dataworks.
Akamai Technologies has promoted James Benson from SVP of Finance to EVP & CFO. Before joining Akamai, Benson held a variety of roles at HP, including VP of Finance & Operations and CFO of the Americas Technology Solutions Group. Prior to HP, he held senior executive positions at Compaq and Digital Equipment. Benson replaces Donald Sherman, who is leaving Akamai to become COO at HubSpot, a marketing software company.
Former Microsoft Exec Joins Online Marketing Services Company
ReachLocal has hired Kris Barton to serve as the company’s new Chief Product Officer. He joins ReachLocal from Nero, a multimedia software company, where he was the COO. Before Nero, he served as a Product Unit Manager at Microsoft and held a number of product positions at Omniture and Novell. Currently, Barton serves as a Director at OrganikID.
Date range: February 9th - March 9th
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.