Virgil Elings, Ph.D. is the founder of Digital Instruments (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Veeco Corporation [Nasdaq: VECO]). He served as the company's president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1999. Digital Instruments remains the global leader in the design and manufacture of scanning probe microscopes, including scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopes. Dr. Elings is currently Chairman of the Board at NanoDevices and is actively involved in several philanthropic organizations. Dr. Elings earned his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, was a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds 42 patents.
Jeffrey O. Henley is Chairman of Oracle Corporation. Mr. Henley held the position of Oracle's Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President for 13 years from 1991 to 2004, and has been a member of their Board of Directors since 1995. He also serves on their Executive Management Committee.
Prior to joining Oracle in 1991, Mr. Henley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Holding Company, a privately-held company with diversified interests in manufacturing and real estate, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Saga Corp., a multi-billion dollar food service company. He also served as Director of Finance at Memorex Corp. in its large storage division, and as Controller of International Operations at Fairchild Camera and Instruments. Mr. Henley holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a MBA in finance from UCLA. He is also a National Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Gene Wang is currently Chairman and CEO of People Power Co., a green tech startup focusing on Energy Efficiency. People Power is helping consumers save money on their electric bills while helping to save the planet by reducing carbon emissions.
At HP, Gene was VP of Marketing and led the marketing, business development and industrial design organizations for the Handheld business unit, responsible for taking mobile innovation across the world. Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, which he sold to HP in 2007. Bitfone was the industry leader in Over-The-Air device management solutions for mobile phones. Mobile phone manufacturers such as Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LGE, Sony Ericsson, and carriers such as China Mobile and T-Mobile used Bitfone's products. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, where he sold its hardware business unit to Agilent Technologies in 2000. Gene was the CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Rene White is Managing Director at The Chasm Group LLC (www.chasmgroup.com), having joined in 2003 after a decade in executive management for enterprise software companies and a long career in high-tech industry marketing consulting. He advises companies that range from startups to multi-billion dollar public companies.
Before joining The Chasm Group, Mr. White was senior VP of worldwide marketing for Interwoven Software. Prior to Interwoven, he led global marketing for TIBCO Software. He began his corporate career at Oracle Corporation where he served as VP, solutions marketing and training. Before Oracle, Mr. White was CEO of his own consulting firm best known for creating and launching the Federal Express shipping and tracking software used today.
Previous to his own firm, he was executive VP at Regis McKenna, Inc. where Mr. White consulted to many well-known technology companies and helped launch several high-profile categories including personal computers, spreadsheet software, UNIX workstations and genetic engineering. He also managed their premier account, Apple Computer, working directly with Steve Jobs for more than five years.
Mr. White holds a bachelor's degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.
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