Jon E. Kirchner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jon E. Kirchner has served as our Chairman and CEO since February 2010. Since joining us in 1993, Mr. Kirchner served in a number of capacities including President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Finance and Business Development. Mr. Kirchner also served as our Director of International Operations and Controller. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kirchner worked for the Dispute Analysis and Corporate Recovery and Audit Groups of Price Waterhouse LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), an international accounting firm. During his tenure at Price Waterhouse LLP, he advised clients on financial and operational restructuring, business turnaround, market positioning, and valuation issues. Mr. Kirchner has experience in a variety of industries including entertainment, high technology, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude, from Claremont McKenna College.
Joerg D. Agin Lead Independent Director
Joerg Agin is a current member of the Board of Directors. Since September 2001, he has been the President of Agin Consulting, a consulting business engaged in specific project work associated with hybrid and digital motion imaging systems. Mr. Agin retired in September 2001 from the Eastman Kodak Company, an international manufacture and marketer of film and digital imaging products, after more than 31 years with the company. He first joined Kodak in 1997 as an electrical engineer, but, most recently, from 1995 through August 2001, he served as a Senior Vice President of the Corporation and President of the Company's Entertainment Imaging Division providing film and digital motion imaging products and services to the Entertainment Industry. Mr. Agin also worked at MCA/Universal Studios, a motion picture studio, as Senior Vice President, New Technology and Business Development from 1992 through 1995. Mr. Agin holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Mr. Agin also attended the Sloan School of Management for Senior Executives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the SMPTE and the recipient of the Technicolor Herbert T. Kalmus Gold Medal Award for outstanding achievement in color motion pictures.
Craig S. Andrews is Senior Counsel to the law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US), where he was a partner from 2008 to January 2010, and where he is Co-Chairman of the firm's Emerging Company Practice Group. He was previously a shareholder of Heller Ehrman, LLP from March 2003 through June 2008, and a partner in the firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP from March 1987 to February 2003, except during the period from May 2000 to January 2002 when Mr. Andrews had resigned as partner to, among other things, serve as the vice president of business development at Air Fiber, Inc., a private telecommunications company and as a partner with the law firm of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Andrews has been advising Boards of Directors of public and private companies for over 25 years and specializes in representing emerging –growth companies, as well as in general business and corporate law. Mr. Andrews has played an important role in the formation and development of numerous companies. He has been a director of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ) since 1999, where he is the chairman of that company's Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Special Committee. He has previously served as director for numerous public and private companies, including Encad, Inc., (NASDAQ). Mr. Andrews received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Los Angeles and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
L. Gregory Ballard, Over his distinguished career in the gaming, entertainment and multimedia industries, Greg Ballard has served as CEO at SONICblue, makers of ReplayTV and Rio digital music players; MyFamily.com, a successful subscription-based Internet service; and 3Dfx where, over a three-year period, he grew the company from $4 million to an annualized rate of more than $400 million. He previously served as CEO and COO for Warner Custom Music, a division of Time Warner, Inc. Ballard was also president of Capcom Software, the U.S. subsidiary known for hits such as Street Fighter, Mega-Man and Resident Evil, as well as COO and CFO of Digital Pictures, a leading video game developer for Sega CD. In recent years Ballard has served on the board of directors for xFire, an online gaming platform and community purchased by Viacom in April 2006, and on the public boards of THQ (NASDAQ: THQI), Pinnacle Systems and IGN. He holds a B.A. from the University of Redlands and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Bradford D. Duea holds a B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the University of Southern California, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego. From January 2004 until February 2010, Mr. Duea was the President of Napster, Inc. Mr. Duea was responsible for all international activities, including acting as a Board member to Napster Japan (a joint venture with Tower Records Japan), overseeing the business development activities of the company on a worldwide basis, including Napster Mobile, and helping define the strategic direction of the Napster service. From May 2003 to January 2004, Mr. Duea served as Vice President, Worldwide Business Development for Roxio, Inc. (which later became Napster, Inc.), where he was responsible for all business development efforts for the company, including those for Napster. Mr. Duea focused on Napster's international expansion effort and the formulation of strategic partnerships, including those with Samsung Electronics, Intel, and Gateway. He was an integral member of the transaction team for the acquisition and integration of pressplay (a music subscription joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group) and certain assets from VUNet Tech.
V. Sue Molina, Became a member of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee in January 2008. From November 1997 until her retirement in May 2004, she was a tax partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm, serving from 2000 until May 2004 as the national partner in charge of Deloitte's Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women. Prior to that, she spent twenty years with Ernst & Young LLP, an international accounting firm, the last ten years as a partner. Ms. Molina serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, and is Chair of the Compensation Committee of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of Royal Neighbors of America, a fraternal insurance company. She holds a B.S.B.A. and a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Arizona.
Ronald Stone retired from Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. in May, 2003 and is currently an advisor to the company. He most recently held the position of president of the Customer Support Division (CSD), Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. The Customer Support Division is responsible for product services, accessories, and after-sales operations for several Pioneer entities. Prior to his position as president of CSD, Stone was appointed executive vice president and C.F.O. of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. in 1989, and also served on the board of directors of that company and several of its North American subsidiaries. Stone began his career with Pioneer Electronics in 1975.
Stone was the recipient of the worldwide 1992 President's Award presented by Pioneer Electronics Corporation (a NYSE company) for guiding the company through difficult economic times in the consumer electronics industry and for increasing the revenues of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. from $30 million to $1 billion.
Formerly chairman of the executive committee, Stone now serves on the executive board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), owner of the International Consumer Electronics Show®. He also serves on the UCLA Medical Center board of advisors and on the respective Information Technology and Finance committees.
Stone received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Pioneer, he served as vice president of finance for Norton-Triumph Corp. and held positions with Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., and Arthur Anderson Co.
Tom Yuen was Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of SRS Labs, Inc. and served the company in that capacity since 1994. From March 1998 until its sale to a third party in September 2006, Mr. Yuen served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of ValenceTech Limited, a subsidiary of SRS Labs, Inc. Prior to SRS Labs, Mr. Yuen co-founded AST Research, a multi-billion dollar, multi-national personal computer manufacturer in 1980 where he served as AST’s Co-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, AST became a Fortune 500 company in 1991 and its stock was named the Best Performing NASDAQ Stock for that year. Mr. Yuen left AST in 1992 to focus his expertise and know-how on new projects.
From 1974 to 1980, Mr. Yuen held various engineering and project management positions with Hughes Aircraft Company,Sperry Univac and Computer Automation. Mr. Yuen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 1974. He is also an Honorary Professor of China Nationality University in Beijing.
Mr. Yuen was the recipient of the 2012 TechAmerica Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition he was recently ranked #2 amongst the Top 10 Orange County CEOs (2011) and has received many honors including: Director of the Year, Orange County Forum for Corporate Directors (1997), Top 25 Executives, Consumer Industry, Computer Reseller News Magazine (1991 & 1988), The UCI Medal (1990), The UCI Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award (1987), and The UCI Distinguished Alumnus Award (1986). Mr. Yuen also serves as a Trustee of the University of California, Irvine Foundation.