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. He 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 and secure identity management systems.
Mr. Davis is a thought leader and visionary, renowned for his insights into the possibilities and pitfalls associated with furthering the diffusion of innovative technologies into new markets. His has an unequaled track record of leadership and invention: he has been awarded more than 80 patents on television user interface improvements, innovations in media management and security, and intuitive computing.
Shortly after graduation from law school, Mr. Davis established the intellectual property practice at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe, a major international law firm. He left the practice of law to become Chairman and CEO of Activision, one of the largest video game companies in the world. He then founded and served as president of TV Guide On Screen (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. Under his leadership, the company developed the leading electronic program guide for cable television.
In addition, Mr. Davis served as president of Prevue Networks, Inc., a supplier of electronic program guides and program promotion services for the cable and satellite television markets, and president of Titan Broadband Communications, a provider of information technology and satellite communications systems and services.
Mr. Davis 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, Bob 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 manage the company's finance and accounting functions. In 2013, Charles was named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and assumed executive responsibility for the finance, accounting and information technology functions. Before joining Digimarc, Charles was a Senior Manager in the audit practice at KPMG LLP in Portland, Oregon where he worked with several small to mid-size public technology companies. He 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. Charles 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.