Leadership

 
 
Charles

Charles Beck

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Bob

Robert P. Chamness

Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Governance, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary

Heidi

Heidi Dethloff

Vice President, Marketing

Haggerty

Kelly Haggerty

Chief Product Officer

Cindy

Cindy Marple

Vice President, Human Resources

Riley

Riley McCormack

President & Chief Executive Officer

Joel

Joel Meyer

Executive Vice President, Innovation, Specifications & Standards

Brian

Brian O’Sullivan

Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Tim

Tim Price

Chief Revenue Officer

George

George Rieck

Vice President, Government Programs

Tony

Tony Rodriguez

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Scott

Scott Wilcox

Vice President, Client Services

Charles Beck - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Charles Beck is responsible for the financial strategy and goals of the company, including maintaining compliance with regulatory and securities reporting requirements. Charles also oversees the Finance, Facilities and IT functions and sales operations in Japan, as well as the company's relationship with the financial and shareholder communities.

He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Forty Under 40” award from the Portland Business Journal (PBJ) for outstanding Oregon executives under forty, as well as being named one of PBJ’s “CFOs of the Year” for his expertise in financial management. Before joining Digimarc, Charles was a Senior Manager at KPMG LLP, which provides audit, tax and advisory services, where he served in various management roles within in the firm’s technology practice. Charles is a CPA and holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Portland.

Robert P. Chamness - Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Governance, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary

Robert Chamness leads our recycling and sustainability initiatives. Under his leadership, the HolyGrail project selected Digimarc as the data carrier for improving plastic sorting and speeding up a transition to a circular economy. Bob is also is responsible for legal affairs of the company, leads Government Relations, and is the Corporate Secretary. He has been instrumental in educating lawmakers, industry and academics on how the Digimarc Platform can help with plastics sorting and recycling and mitigating Deepfakes. He also serves as Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for the company.

Prior to joining Digimarc, Bob was President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Concentrex, Inc., a software and services provider to the financial services industry. Bob holds an A.B. cum laude from Wabash College and a J.D. summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law.

Heidi Dethloff - Vice President, Marketing

Heidi Dethloff leads the company’s corporate communications, creative services, digital marketing and customer advocacy programs. She specializes in business-to-business (B2B) marketing and go-to-customer planning. She is an active speaker and participant in retail and consumer brand events including, GS1 Connect, National Retail Federation (NRF), RetailTech Japan and Pac to the Future II.

Prior to joining Digimarc, Heidi held several leadership roles at IBM including Global Vice President of Midmarket Marketing where she was responsible for generating revenue from midsize companies and supporting IBM’s business partners. She received several awards for her marketing leadership and people management skills and was recognized by CRN’s Women of the Channel for IBM. In addition to her corporate marketing background, Heidi worked at several public relations and digital marketing agencies.

Heidi serves on the Board for In4All focused on bringing educators and businesses together to impact historically underserved students at critical points in their K-12 education. She has a B.A. from Valparaiso University.

Kelly Haggerty - Chief Product Officer

Kelly Haggerty leads the company’s product management team, including strategy and execution of all product development, innovation and design. He has extensive product management experience leading departments focused on experience (UX) research, product design and product analytics, with a track record of success analyzing and utilizing data to accelerate product performance.

Previously he was VP of Product & Strategy at Zix from 2016 through 2020. During his tenure at Zix, his strategy helped transform the company from a single product appliance vendor with Annual Recurring Revenue of $56m, to a SaaS Security Solutions Provider with multiple products generating Annual Recurring Revenue of $215m+. Prior to his role at Zix, he served as Chief Product Officer for IID, a Software as a Service Security (SaaS) threat intelligence company. For nine years, Mr. Haggerty held several leadership roles for McAfee, including Vice President of Product Management for Security Management Business from 2010 to 2014 and Vice President of the SaaS Business Unit. In addition, he held leadership roles in product management at SurfControl (acquired by Websense), Elron Software and Actiance Inc. Mr. Haggerty earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Christopher Newport University, with a minor in international business.

Cindy Marple - Vice President, Human Resources

Cindy Marple is responsible for Human Resources at Digimarc. She is responsible for people management strategy, talent acquisition, legal compliance, employment contract negotiation and training and development. Cindy incorporates diversity and inclusion in all HR management programs, and she strives to partner with leadership teams and employees to support overall talent management and objectives.

Cindy heads the “Green Team,” Digimarc’s employee team to promote sustainability, and carries out Digimarc’s company-wide sustainability efforts with both large and small initiatives, such as instituting a paperless HR program. Prior to joining Digimarc, she was a Marketing Events Programs Manager at Merant. She is Everything DiSC and Crucial Conversation certified, and continued her professional excellence through the PSU Human Resources and the Stanford Business Executive Education programs.

Riley McCormack - President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. McCormack is the founder of TCM|Strategic, a fund that recently invested $53.5 million in the Company. Previously Mr. McCormack was the founder, CEO and PM of Tracer Capital Management, a $1.5 billion New York-based global Technology, Media and Telecommunication Hedge Fund.  Prior to Tracer, he was a partner at Coatue Capital and a high-yield research analyst at Morgan Stanley, covering media and telecom companies.

Joel Meyer - Executive Vice President, Innovation, Specifications & Standards

Joel Meyer leads Digimarc’s specifications and industry guidelines, working to define and outline the capabilities of the Digimarc Platform in the Automatic Identification & Data Capture (AIDC). Joel manages Digimarc’s participation in AIDC-related work groups of standard setting organizations ISO, AIM and GS1. He oversees the Digimarc Quality Management System and manages the company’s intellectual property portfolio, which consistently ranks among leaders in the computer software category of IEEE Spectrum’s Patent Power scorecard. In 2020 Joel was elected to AIM North America’s Board of Directors for a two-year term.

Prior to joining Digimarc, Joel was a partner at the law firm of Klarquist Sparkman, where his practice focused on advising high-tech companies on the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. Joel received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin with highest distinction, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Brian O’Sullivan - Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Brian O’Sullivan manages Digimarc’s sales, business, development, solution architecture, program management, and partner management teams. He has extensive experience managing large, complex enterprise relationships and selling transformative platforms. Brian leads the commercial strategy for Retail and Consumer Brands, and is responsible for overall customer success.

Brian spent over 20 years at IBM, most recently as Client Director, Electronics Sector West, where he sold platforms such as blockchain and robotic process automation. He was a member of the sales team that helped sell “IBM Watson,” the artificial intelligence platform that was first commercialized in 2013. He has a B.A. from Colby College and a M.S. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Tim Price - Chief Revenue Officer

Tim Price is responsible for the global commercialization strategy and revenue growth for the Digimarc Platform. He serves as a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for creating detailed account plans, sales strategies and managing solution selling of the Platform. Tim has extensive experience building and operating high-performance teams and expertise in scaling high-growth technology and SaaS companies.

Tim has more than 30 years of sales experience and founded two successful startups. Prior to joining Digimarc, he was the CRO with Smarsh, a Portland, Ore.,-based company focused on electronic communications archiving for regulatory and compliance requirements in the financial services sector. During his five years at Smarsh, the company grew revenues from $45 million to over $150 million. Tim has also been part of several other successful technology companies, including Springbrook Software (acquired by Accela), where he reinvented the company brand and go-to-market strategy as head of sales and marketing, and helped the 165-person company achieve $25 million in annual revenue. Tim attended the University of Oregon.

George Rieck - Vice President, Government Programs

George Rieck manages Digimarc’s business with a consortium of central banks to deter unauthorized reproduction of banknotes. George has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility over the years at Digimarc, including Program Leader for the former Digimarc ID Systems, supplier of issuance systems for most American states prior to divestiture in 2008.

Prior to joining Digimarc, George was an engineer at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on integrated circuits and ink jet cartridges. He has a B.S. from the University of Vermont and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

Tony Rodriguez - Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Tony Rodriguez oversees engineering, research and development and product management. His background is in image processing, human perception and color theory with an application focus on the creation and addition of Digital Identities to all forms of media. He is a recognized industry thought leader, who has been quoted in such publications as Forbes and Oregon Business. Tony played an integral role in the early development of Digimarc Platform solutions for identifying and tracking digital images and later in the development of a system to deter counterfeiting of banknotes.

Prior to joining Digimarc, Tony worked at the Intel Architecture Lab as a Senior Software Engineer and held a variety of software development and engineering positions at Raytheon, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and IBM. Tony is the inventor on 67 issued U.S. patents and 109 pending patents. He holds a B.S. from the University of Washington and completed the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute program from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Scott Wilcox - Vice President, Client Services

Scott Wilcox leads a diverse group of premedia and print quality professionals responsible for supporting research and development and our growing network of enhancement suppliers, packaging companies and printers.

Prior to joining Digimarc, Scott was a Vice President at SGS International, specializing in business development and strategy. Scott has significant global experience working with consumer brands, retailers, print suppliers and technology companies, holding multiple senior executive roles in his career, with a proven track record in operations, management and sales and client services. Scott has a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Sandeep Dadlani

Sandeep Dadlani

Richard

Richard King

Riley

Riley McCormack

James

James Richardson

Board-Alicia-Syrett

Alicia Syrett

Chairwoman

Andrew

Andrew Walter

Bern

Bern Whitney

Board-Sheela-Zemlin

Sheela Zemlin

Sandeep Dadlani

Sandeep Dadlani was elected to the Board of Directors in March 2021. Mr. Dadlani is the Global Chief Digital Officer at Mars, Incorporated, a global conglomerate in the petcare, food and confectionary businesses. He is responsible for working across the company’s global business segments enabling digital growth and delivering efficiencies to existing business and technology platforms. Mr. Dadlani has more than 23 years of experience in operations, consulting, business development and product management. He has been regularly featured in prominent coverage on digital transformation in Forbes and CGT among other publications. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry forums. He co-authored a UN Global report on supply chain sustainability, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Consumption. Prior to joining Mars, Mr. Dadlani had a long career at Infosys from 2001 to 2017. From January 2016 until his departure in September of 2017, he was President, Head of Americas and Global Head of Infosys' Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistic Practices.

Richard King

Richard King is the former President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Albertsons Inc., with 45 years of retail, consumer products and food industry experience. Mr. King began his career with the national grocery company Albertsons in 1963. He held senior level management positions, including President and COO, from February 1996 to June 1999. Mr. King was instrumental in building Albertsons to a $16 billion operation, which included nearly 1,000 stores and more than 100,000 employees. Later Mr. King served as Vice President at Associated Food Stores, an independent supplier of wholesale goods to more than 550 stores, and President of two of its subsidiaries, Fresh Market and Associated Retail Stores. Mr. King also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Encore Associates, Inc., provider of business solutions for retailers, manufacturers and CPG companies.

Riley McCormack

Mr. McCormack is the founder of TCM|Strategic, a fund that recently invested $53.5 million in the Company. Previously Mr. McCormack was the founder, CEO and PM of Tracer Capital Management, a $1.5 billion New York-based global Technology, Media and Telecommunication Hedge Fund.  Prior to Tracer, he was a partner at Coatue Capital and a high-yield research analyst at Morgan Stanley, covering media and telecom companies.

James 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.

Alicia Syrett - Chairwoman

Ms. Syrett brings more than 20 years of investment management experience to the Digimarc Board. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pantegrion Capital, an investment management firm she founded in 2011. She is an accomplished author, speaker, and regular media personality on major cable and network news and financial programs. Before Pantegrion, Ms. Syrett was the Chief Administrative Officer and Managing Director of Mount Kellett, a multi-billion dollar investment firm acquired by Fortress Investment Group. Between 2002 and 2008, she served as a Director at HBK investments and as Chief Administrative Officer at Farallon Capital, one of the largest hedge funds. She began her career at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette in Investment Banking. Ms. Syrett currently serves on the boards of NewAge Beverages Corp. (NASDAQ: NBEV), the New York Tech Alliance, and EnerKnol, an innovative energy policy and data analytics company.

Andrew Walter

Andrew J. Walter was elected to our Board of Directors in October 2016. Mr. Walter has more than 25 years of operations, information technology and shared services experience, including his long tenure at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), where he most recently led their Global Business Services and IT Global Commercial Services and Delivery organization, with responsibility for more than 1,500 IT and multifunctional professionals and more than 5,000 partner resources. During his career at P&G he took on a variety of assignments, including roles in global R&D, product supply and manufacturing, marketing, and international sales and operations. He has deep expertise in the integration of emerging and core commercial technologies, supply chain management, sales and marketing, and consumer and business analytics. Under his leadership, P&G received the first-ever Excellence in Analytics Award by The International Institute of Analytics. In 2013, Harvard Business School added a P&G-based case study to their analytics’ curriculum. His teams have also been recognized with CIO 100 Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Mr. Walter has served on a number of boards, including the GS1 US Board of Governors as Chair for their technology committee, as well as serving as Trustee and Treasurer for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. He received his bachelor of computer science from the University of Cincinnati.

Bern Whitney

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.

Sheela Zemlin

Sheela Zemlin was elected to our Board of Directors in February 2021. Ms. Zemlin brings more than 20 years of executive management, sales, software and customer success experience to the Digimarc Board. Sheela is the EVP and Chief Revenue Officer for Bakkt, a consumer digital assets and institutional cryptocurrency custody platform company. From 2018 to 2021, she served as the Chief Revenue Officer and Partner for PwC New Ventures in San Francisco, CA, where she managed sales, marketing, customer success and GTM operations across the portfolio of software companies. She also served as the lead, client-facing Partner for the emerging Fintech segment. From 2017 to 2018, she consulted with PwC as an Executive in Residence for PwC New Ventures prior to joining the PwC Partnership. Sheela held a number of increasingly responsible leadership roles in the software technology industry over the 15 years prior to PwC. Ms. Zemlin was the General Manager and Senior Vice President for TIBCO Software in Palo Alto, CA, where she managed a global team across sales and customer success for the SaaS business. Prior to that, she was the Senior Vice President of Sales, Customer Success and Partners at Bill.com (NYSE: BILL) in Palo Alto, CA; the Vice President of Business Development for Taleo, (which was acquired by Oracle); and as Global Vice President, Global Strategy, Senior Director of Enterprise Segment Management, and General Manager and Director of Small Business Market Planning at LexisNexis/Reed Elsevier in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Zemlin earned a degree in operations management from Michigan State University with magna cum laude honors and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Sheela also serves as an Executive Fellow with Harvard Business School where she contributes to the course on Entrepreneurial Sales.

 

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