Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bruce Davis has been Chief Executive Officer of Digimarc since 1997 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2002. Bruce has more than 30 years of experience establishing, managing and growing businesses with an emphasis on emerging marketplaces. This includes introducing new digital technologies such as video games, computer entertainment, electronic TV program guides, secure identity management systems and more. He is a thought leader and visionary, known for his keen understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls associated with furthering the diffusion of innovative technologies into new markets. This reputation is built on a track record of leadership and work as an inventor.
He established the intellectual property practice at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe, a major international law firm, shortly after graduation from law school. He left the practice of law to become Chairman and CEO of Activision, one of the largest video game companies in the world. He founded TV Guide On Screen (now part of Rovi), a joint venture of TCI, the leading cable television operator at the time and News Corporation. Under his leadership, the company developed the leading electronic program guide for cable television.
Bruce has been awarded more than 80 patents on television user interface improvements, innovations in media management and security, and intuitive computing. He has a law degree from Columbia Law School, a B.S. in accounting and psychology, and an M.A. in criminal justice, from the State University of New York at Albany.
Robert P. Chamness
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Robert P. Chamness has served as our Vice President and General Counsel since January 2002, was elected Secretary in February 2002, was elected Vice President of Human Resources in October 2002, and was elected Chief Legal Officer in May 2003. Prior to joining Digimarc, from 1995 to 2000, Bob was president, chief operating officer and a director of Concentrex Incorporated (previously CFI ProServices, Inc.), a publicly-traded Portland, Oregon based software and services company, where he also served as executive vice president, general counsel, and a director from 1993 to 1995. While at Concentrex, Bob was responsible for managing and integrating the operations at 12 locations nationwide, leading the acquisition and integration of more than a dozen companies, and building the executive team. Concentrex was acquired by the John Harland Company in August 2000, and after completing transition responsibilities in December 2000, he retired. Prior to that, Mr. Chamness practiced law in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis from 1978 to 1993.
A nationally recognized expert in financial services, Bob chaired the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, served as president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, and received the American Bankers Association Distinguished Service Award. He holds an A.B. cum laude from Wabash College and a J.D. summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Charles Beck joined Digimarc as our Controller in 2012 to oversee the company's finance and accounting functions. Before joining Digimarc, Mr. Beck was a Senior Manager in the audit practice at KPMG LLP in Portland, Oregon where he worked with several mid-size public technology companies. Mr. Beck is an active CPA in Oregon and holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) and M.B.A. both in Business Administration from the University of Portland. Mr. Beck recently completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Growing Companies.
Executive Vice President IP, IP Legal
Joel Meyer joined Digimarc in November of 1999 and has served as the Company’s Vice President of Intellectual Property since September 2004. Prior to joining Digimarc, Joel was a partner at the law firm of Klarquist Sparkman, where his practice particularly focused on advising high tech companies on the protection and enforcement of their IP rights.
Joel received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.