Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bruce Davis has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 1997. He also has been our chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2002 and a director since December 1997. He also was our President from December 1997 through May 2001. Prior to joining us, Mr. Davis served as president of Titan Broadband Communications, a provider of information technology and satellite communications systems and services, from April 1997 to December 1997, and he served as president of Prevue Networks, Inc., a supplier of electronic program guides and program promotion services for the cable and satellite television markets, from July 1996 to February 1997. Mr. Davis also founded and served as president of TV Guide On Screen (which later merged with Prevue Networks, Inc. and is now part of Gemstar TV Guide International), a joint venture of News Corporation and TCI (now part of Comcast) which supplied electronic program guides and navigational software for the cable television market, from January 1993 to July 1996. Mr. Davis received a B.S. in accounting and psychology and an M.A. in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany, and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Bill Miller was elected to our Board of Directors in June 2005. Mr. Miller is a retired corporate executive with 35 years' experience in the high technology and legal sectors, and has since 1999 served as an independent director and consultant. From April 1996 to November 1999, Mr. Miller was the former chairman and CEO of Avid Technology, a leader in digital media creation tools for film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast professionals. He served as the former chairman (1993-1995) and CEO (1992-1995) of Quantum Corporation, a developer of storage technology. From 1981 to 1992, Mr. Miller also held senior management positions at Control Data Corporation, now known as Control Data Systems with respect to the consumer systems business and Ceridian Corporation with respect to the services businesses. He began his career in the law, from 1970 to 1980.
Mr. Miller currently serves as a director for NVIDIA Corp (Nasdaq:NVDA) (audit committee chair), a provider of graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), wireless media processors (WMPs), and related software for personal computers, handheld devices and consumer electronics platforms; Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) (compensation committee chair, audit committee member), a manufacturer of analytical instruments; and ViewSonic Corporation (nominating and governance committee chair, audit committee member), a provider of visual display products. He also has directorships of two private companies, Trymedia Systems, Inc. and Avue Technologies. Miller received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota.
James T. Richardson
James T. Richardson was elected to our Board of Directors in March 2003. Mr. Richardson is a director of and consultant to companies in the high-technology sector and has served as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for five global technology companies ranging in size from $20 million to $300 million in annual revenue. Functional responsibilities have included controllership, treasury, corporate communications, operations, business development (mergers & acquisitions), information systems, human resources and legal affairs. His most recent executive post was as senior vice president and chief financial officer at WebTrends Corp., now a division of NetIQ (Nasdaq: NTIQ), from July 1998 to April 2001. Prior to that, he was senior vice president - corporate operations and chief financial officer at Network General Corporation (which has since merged with McAfee to form Network Associates) from April 1994 to January 1998; vice president finance and administration and chief financial officer at Logic Modeling Corp. (which has since been acquired by Synopsys) from July 1992 to March 1994; vice president finance and administration and chief financial officer at Advanced Logic Research, Inc. (which has since been acquired by Gateway) from November 1989 to July 1992; and similar posts in finance.
Mr. Richardson currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors for three other companies, including FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) (audit committee chair), Plumtree Software (Nasdaq: PLUM) (compensation committee chair, audit committee member), and Tripwire, a Portland, Oregon-based network security company (audit committee chair). Mr. Richardson received a B.A. in finance and accounting from Lewis and Clark College, an M.B.A. from the University of Portland, and a J.D. from the Lewis and Clark Law School. He graduated from Stanford Directors' College in 2001 and is both a C.P.A. and attorney in Oregon.
Peter W. Smith
Peter W. Smith was elected to our Board of Directors in April 2000. Mr. Smith is currently retired. Most recently, Mr. Smith served as president of News Technology for News America from January 1998 to February 2000. In that capacity, he coordinated technology throughout News Corporation and served as a technology advisor to its Board of Directors. From January 1996 to January 1998, Mr. Smith served as its executive vice president, television. Prior to that, Mr. Smith held the position of director, technology, for News International (UK). Both News Technology and News International (UK) are News Corporation companies. Mr. Smith received a B.E. and B.Sc. from the University of Sydney, with first class honors.
Bern Whitney was elected to our Board of Directors in June 2005. Mr. Whitney is a retired corporate executive with 27 years' experience in the high technology and finance sectors, and since 2002 has served as an independent director and consultant. From June 1999 to July 2002, Mr. Whitney was the vice president and CFO of Handspring, Inc., a handheld computer and wireless communications manufacturer. From August 1997 to June 1999, Mr. Whitney was the executive vice president and CFO of Sanmina Corporation, a high-end data communications and telecommunications manufacturer. He served as the former vice president of finance and manufacturing operations (1996-1997) and corporate controller (1995-1996) of Network General Corporation, a developer of network management software. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Whitney held a number of senior financial management positions at Conner Peripherals, Inc., a disk and tape drive manufacturer. He began his career in financial analysis and accounting at Friden Alcatel, an electronic office equipment supplier, from 1983 to 1987, and Randtron Systems, and electronic antenna systems manufacturer, from 1981 to 1983.
Mr. Whitney serves on and has served as a director on a number of public and private boards including Plumtree Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUM) (audit committee chair, corporate governance committee member) and the California State University Business School. Mr. Whitney received a B.S. in business administration, majoring in finance, from California State University Chico and a masters of business administration from San Jose State University.