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.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Michael McConnell has served as our Chief Financial Officer and treasurer since June 2004. Prior to joining Digimarc, from January 2001 until June 2004, Mike was senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at WatchGuard Technologies, a public internet security company. He also held other various senior management positions during his tenure at WatchGuard, including chief financial officer and treasurer from October 2000 to June 2004 and vice president of finance from May 1999 to October 2000. From 1979 to May 1999, he served as chief financial officer of several technology companies, both public and private. Mike served at Deloitte & Touche, an international auditing and accounting firm from 1973 to 1979. He is a CPA and holds a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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.
Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing
Before joining Digimarc, Ed Knudson most recently was President and CEO of DigiForge, LLC, a professional engineering firm providing design, development, integration, and testing services to the digital television industry. He joined DigiForge in February 2009 and grew the company to 45 employees. DigiForge’s assets were acquired by Rovi Corporation in June 2011.
Prior to DigiForge, Ed was vice president of sales and marketing for WildBlue Communications, a broadband satellite service provider in Denver, Colorado. During his tenure, he helped grow the company's customer base by 60% to over 380,000 subscribers.
Ed spent three years at OpenTV where he was SVP and general manager of the company's Advanced Advertising business. In that position, Ed oversaw product strategy, product development, customer support and market development for the company's advanced advertising offerings.
Prior to OpenTV, Ed was EVP and co-founder of Intellocity, a professional services firm focused on the design, development, and integration of digital television platforms, infrastructure, and content. He and his partners successfully sold the company to ACTV, Inc. who was later acquired by OpenTV.
Before forming Intellocity, Ed was with TV Guide, where, as vice president and general manager of TV Guide Interactive, he led the design, development and launch of the first interactive program guide for digital cable television. He is a named inventor in 31 U.S. patents in the field of interactive television. Prior to joining TV Guide, Ed was the vice president and co-founder of MindWorks Corporation, a developer of document management software.
Ed spent the first 10 years of his career with Hewlett-Packard in various product management and marketing positions in HP's desktop scanner division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado and a MBA from the University of Denver.
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.