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, Mr. Kanders has served as the President of Kanders & Company, Inc., a private investment firm principally owned and controlled by Mr. Kanders, which 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 from April 2003 as the Chief Executive Officer, 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.
Mr. Kanders received an A.B. degree in Economics from Brown University. Based upon Mr. Kanders’ role as Executive Chairman of the Company, service as a chairman and a director of a wide range of other public companies, financial background and education, as well as his extensive investment, capital raising, acquisition and operating expertise, the Company believes that Mr. Kanders has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board member of the Company.
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. From December 2002 to May 2017, Mr. Henning served on the Board of Directors of Omnicom Group Inc., a NYSE-listed global communications company, where he also served on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. From 2007 to May 2017, Mr. Henning served on the Board of Directors of Landstar System, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed transportation and logistics services company, and served on committees such as the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. 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 is currently a private investor, and in the past, he has served on a number of Boards of Directors of public and private companies, including a position as a member of the Board of Directors of Carreker Corporation from May 1998 until March 2007, and as Chairman of Version One, Inc. from January 2003 until August 2017.
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 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.
Susan Ottmann has served as one of our directors since June 2021 and 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 Wisconsin-Madison 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 as well as an M.S. degree in Management from North Carolina State University. Based upon Ms. Ottmann’s diverse global business, educational and leadership experience in a variety of engineering, commercial, financial, product development, marketing, and manufacturing roles, the Company believes that Ms. Ottmann has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
James Walker III
James E. Walker has served as one of our directors since February 2022 and has more than 30 years of banking and investment management experience in multiple leadership roles for a number of investment and asset management firms. Since 2021, Mr. Walker has been the Managing Partner and Founder of Vinson Ventures, LLC, a boutique investment firm focused on building and growing early-stage companies by actively working with founders and management. Since November 2017, Mr. Walker has served as a member and lead independent director of the board of directors of Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., a publicly registered REIT where he also serves on its audit committee. From June 2020 to August 2021, he was the chief executive officer and a partner at Palm Ventures, LLC, a private investment firm in Greenwich, CT, where Mr. Walker managed and oversaw investments in the health and wellness as well as education industries. From April 2008 until December 2016, Mr. Walker served as a managing partner of Fir Tree Partners (“Fir Tree”), a global alternative investment firm with over $10 billion of assets. At Fir Tree, Mr. Walker was jointly responsible for overall firm management, identified new areas of investment opportunity, co-founded Fir Tree’s real estate opportunity funds, co-led the development of Fir Tree’s real estate effort and was also a member of Fir Tree’s real estate investment committee as well as the chairman of its risk committee. Previously, Mr. Walker was a senior member of Kidder, Peabody & Co.’s structured finance group managing proprietary investment vehicle and he began his career in structured finance at Bear Stearns & Co. in its asset-backed securities group.
Mr. Walker received a B.S. in Economics from Boston College’s School of Management in 1984 and is a member of the Board of Regents of Boston College. Mr. Walker is also a board member of Team USA, the foundation for the US Olympic Committee.