Warren B. Kanders
Warren B. Kanders, our executive chairman, has served as one of our directors since June 2002 and as executive chairman of our board of directors since December 2002. Since 1990, he has served as the president of Kanders & Company, Inc., a private investment firm he principally owns and controls, that makes investments in and provides consulting services to public and private entities. From January 1996 until its sale to BAE Systems plc on July 31, 2007, Mr. Kanders served as the chairman of the board of directors, and as the CEO from April 2003, of Armor Holdings, Inc., formerly a New York Stock Exchange-listed company and a manufacturer and supplier of military vehicles, armored vehicles, and safety and survivability products and systems to the aerospace and defense, public safety, homeland security and commercial markets. Since 2012, Mr. Kanders has served as the chairman of the board of directors and as the CEO of Maui Acquisition Corp., the principal equity owner of Safariland, LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of safety and survivability products to the public safety, homeland security and commercial markets.
Mr. Kanders graduated with an A.B. degree in Economics from Brown University. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Winston Churchill Foundation and the Hospital for Special Surgery, and is a member of the Advisory Council of The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. Mr. Kanders also was a former trustee of the Choate Rosemary Hall School.
Michael A. Henning
Michael A. Henning has served as one of our directors since May 2010. Mr. Henning served as a director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Highlands Acquisition Corp. from May 2007 until September 2009. From 2000 to May 2015, Mr. Henning had served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee, and had previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee, of the Board of Directors of CTS Corporation, a NYSE-listed company that provides electronic components to auto, wireless and PC businesses. In December 2002, he joined the Board of Directors of Omnicom Group Inc., a global communications company, where he also serves on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. Mr. Henning is also a member of the Board of Directors, and serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, of Landstar System, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed transportation and logistics services company. Mr. Henning has indicated that in May 2017 he intends to retire as a member of the Board of Directors of Omnicom Group Inc. and Landstar System, Inc. Mr. Henning retired as Deputy Chairman from Ernst & Young in 2000 after forty years with the firm. Mr. Henning was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young International, serving from 1993 to 1999. From 1991 to 1993, he served as Vice Chairman of Tax Services at Ernst & Young. Mr. Henning was also the Managing Partner of the firm's New York office, from 1985 to 1991, and the Partner in charge of International Tax Services, from 1978 to 1985. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Henning served as a Co-Chairman of the Foreign Investment Advisory Board of Russia, where he co-chaired a panel of 25 chief executive officers from the G-7 countries who advised the Russian government in adopting international accounting and tax standards. Mr. Henning graduated with a B.B.A. degree from St. Francis College and received a Certificate from the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Mr. Henning is a Certified Public Accountant. Based upon Mr. Henning's role as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors, his accounting and financial expertise and extensive experience serving as a member of the boards of directors and committees of other public companies, the Company believes that Mr. Henning has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
Donald L. House
Donald L. House has served as one of our directors since January 1993. Mr. House served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from January 1994 until December 1997 and as our President from January 1993 until December 1993. Mr. House also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Carreker Corporation from May 1998 until March 2007. Mr. House is a private investor and he serves on the board of directors as well as the Chairman and Co-Chairman of several privately-held companies. Mr. House graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Based upon Mr. House's role as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Company's Board of Directors, prior experience as a chairman and an executive officer of companies in a variety of industries, financial expertise and extensive experience serving as a member of the boards of directors and committees of other public companies, the Company believes that Mr. House has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
Nicholas Sokolow has served as one of our directors since June 2002, and has been designated as the "lead independent director" of the Company's Board of Directors since June 2016. From January 1996 until its sale to BAE Systems on July 31, 2007, Mr. Sokolow served as a member of the Board of Directors of Armor Holdings. Mr. Sokolow served as a member of the Board of Directors of Stamford Industrial Group, Inc. from October 2006 7 until September 2009. From 2007 until December 31, 2014, Mr. Sokolow practiced law at the firm of Lebow & Sokolow LLP. From 1994 to 2007, Mr. Sokolow was a partner at the law firm of Sokolow, Carreras & Partners. From June 1973 until October 1994, Mr. Sokolow was an associate and partner at the law firm of Coudert Brothers. Mr. Sokolow graduated with Economics and Finance degrees from the Institut D'Etudes Politiques, a Law degree from the Faculte de Droit and a Masters of Comparative Law degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Sokolow is also an honorary member of the French Bar. Based upon Mr. Sokolow's role as the Chairman of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Company's Board of Directors, education, legal background involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance expertise and extensive experience serving as a member of the boards of directors and committees of other public companies, the Company believes that Mr. Sokolow has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
Ms. Ottmann has more than 25 years of industrial engineering experience in multiple engineering, marketing, manufacturing and leadership roles for a number of multinational companies. Since August 2018, Ms. Ottmann has served as the graduate program director for Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also teaches courses in technical leadership and technical project management for both credit and professional development programs. From October 2015 to August 2018, Ms. Ottmann was the business and program director in the College of Engineering at the University of WisconsinMadison where she managed the manufacturing systems online master’s program, led technical leadership short course programs and managed the Engineering Professional Development department’s human resource and finance staff as well as business process teams. From September 2013 to July 2015, Ms. Ottmann was the general manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s global analytical instrument business where she managed a team of 770 associates with operations in the US, UK, Germany and China as well as sales teams worldwide. From April 2006 to September 2013, Ms. Ottmann served in various roles at Danaher Corporation, including serving as President and Vice President in certain of its global business units. Ms. Ottmann received B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University as well as an M.S. degree in Management from North Carolina State University.