Neil E. Cox
Chairman of the Board
Neil E. Cox has been a director of Qumu since December 19, 2017. Since July 2010, Mr. Cox has been the President and CEO of Repio, Inc., which provides a software platform that enables users to take control of their online information and image. He also serves as a Senior Technology & Telecom Advisor to XMS Capital Partners, an independent financial services firm providing M&A and corporate advisory services. From May 2006 to March 2010, Mr. Cox held roles with Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q until its acquisition in 2010 by CenturyLink, Inc.). From September 2008 to March 2010, he served as the Executive Vice President of Qwest Communications International, with responsibility for business development, product development and IT. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Cox was a Venture Partner at MK Capital, which invests in emerging technologies and application software. From March 2001 to September 2004, Mr. Cox served as Executive Vice President for the telecommunications sector at Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC), a science, engineering and technology applications company. In August 2015, Mr. Cox was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to be on the board of directors of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov), which designed and oversaw the world's first wireless network for first responders. Mr. Cox also chairs the technology committee of the FirstNet board.
Mr. Cox contributes to the Board through his strong background in executive-level management and deep level of operational experience, particularly with the development and growth of new communications technologies.
President and Chief Executive Officer
TJ Kennedy was appointed as our President and Chief Executive Officer and was elected as a director on July 20, 2020. Prior to joining Qumu, Mr. Kennedy had served since January 2019 as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Allerio, Inc., a telemedicine platform as a service (PaaS) company that provides lifesaving technology to public safety agencies. He was also one of the founders and principals of The Public Safety Network, a company focused on communications technology solutions to meet the mission critical needs of public safety, where he had served since January 2018. In addition, Mr. Kennedy served as the President of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov), which designed and oversaw the world's first nationwide 4G LTE wireless network dedicated to first responders, from July 2013 to January 2018. Prior to FirstNet.gov, he served as the President of JPS Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), from November 2011 to July 2013. Mr. Kennedy also serves as a board member of multiple technology startup companies involved in public safety technology and mission critical communications. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah.
Mr. Kennedy's role as our Chief Executive Officer helps ensure a strong alignment between the board's directives and management's execution of these directives. Mr. Kennedy has demonstrated expertise in developing and leading strategic initiatives in emerging technologies that he will also contribute to the Board.
Mary E. Chowning
Mary E. Chowning was appointed as a director of Qumu on October 31, 2019. In 2002, Ms. Chowning founded and is currently the managing partner at Colonnade Consulting LLC, a provider of board advisory, strategy, operational, and consulting services to mid-sized companies across a variety of industries. She served in various positions with Metagenics, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of nutrition and lifestyle medicines, from January 2012 to January 2016, including Interim Chief Executive Officer from December 2014 to December 2015 and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from February 2013 to January 2016. Ms. Chowning also served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2011 and as Interim Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2010 of McCue Corporation, a manufacturer of asset protection systems. Ms. Chowning served as Chief Financial Officer of X-Rite Inc., a leading manufacturer of color management products and solutions, from 2003 to 2008. Ms. Chowning holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California and is a Certified Public Accountant (California, inactive). Ms. Chowning currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gunnar Optiks LLC, a producer of treated protective eyewear and Chicago Scenic Studio, Inc., a design/build studio of immersive exhibit experiences.
Ms. Chowning contributes to the Board with the range and depth of her director and executive-level management experience, having served in multiple chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief operating officer roles. Ms. Chowning is also an audit committee financial expert as that term is defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Daniel R. Fishback
Daniel R. Fishback was appointed as a director of Qumu in December 2013. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Fishback was the President and Chief Executive Officer of DemandTec, Inc., a provider of a cloud-based collaborative optimization network for retailers and consumer products companies. DemandTec was acquired in 2012 by International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM). From January 2000 to March 2001, Mr. Fishback served as Vice President of Channels for Ariba, Inc., a provider of solutions to help companies manage their corporate spending. Since January 2017, Mr. Fishback has served on the board of directors of Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC). He also currently serves on the board of directors for private companies Conversica Inc., User Zoom Inc., Prevedère, Inc., Sight Machine and Moogsoft, Inc., as well as the non-profit foundation Fishback Family Foundation. Mr. Fishback previously served on the board of directors of SPS Commerce, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSC), a software company providing cloud-based on-demand supply chain management solutions, from March 2011 to May 2012.
Mr. Fishback brings to the Board strong leadership skills developed as an executive of several companies in the software industry and in-depth knowledge of the software industry. Mr. Fishback is also an audit committee financial expert as that term is defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Edward D. Horowitz
Edward D. Horowitz was appointed as a director of Qumu on October 31, 2019. He is currently chairman of EdsLink LLC, a New York City based venture capital firm, which he founded in 2000. He served as co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, a global operator of satellite teleports and digital content management from January 2013 to June 2014 and on its board from January 2010 to March 2015. Mr. Horowitz also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SES AMERICOM, a market-leading satellite operator. He also served as Executive VP of Advanced Development at Citigroup, focused on delivering financial services via the internet and was the founder and chairman of e-Citi. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Horowitz was SVP of Viacom Inc., a producer of entertainment media, and a member of its operating committee. Currently, Mr. Horowitz serves as chairman of the board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov), which designed and oversaw the world's first wireless network for first responders, and was initially appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in August 2015. He also currently serves on the boards of PT Link Net, a provider of cable television and high speed broadband internet services in Indonesia, and the non-profit New York Hall of Science. Mr. Horowitz served as the chair of the board of directors of FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP), a public communication services company, from January 2011 to its sale in July 2017.
Mr. Horowitz's qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors include his breadth of leadership experience in the communications industry, as well as his current and past service on the boards of other companies.
Kenan Lucas was appointed as a director of Qumu on December 19, 2017. Mr. Lucas joined Harbert Discovery Fund in August 2014 and currently serves as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the Harbert Discovery Fund. The Discovery Fund seeks to generate long-term capital growth primarily through investments in small and microcap stocks in the U.S. and Canada. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Lucas earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. From to August 2010 to August 2012, Mr. Lucas was an associate at Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, and focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions and consulted with portfolio companies on strategy, growth initiatives, and corporate financing options. From 2007 to June 2010, Mr. Lucas was an analyst at Cowen and Company, a middle-market investment bank, where he advised companies on sell-side transactions and strategic alternatives. Since January 2018, Mr. Lucas has served on the board of directors of Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: STRM), a provider of integrated solutions, technology-enabled services and analytics supporting revenue cycle optimization for healthcare enterprises.
Mr. Lucas brings to the Board and the Company significant experience in equity capital markets, evaluating financing options, assessing corporate strategy, and considering other strategic alternatives. He also contributes to the Board through his perspective as our largest shareholder.
Robert F. Olson
Robert F. Olson has been a director of Qumu since January 7, 2012. Since February 2010, Mr. Olson has owned and operated a winery in California. From December 2008 until its sale in July 2012, Mr. Olson was the Chairman and primary investor in Swift Knowledge, LLC, a business analytics software company focused on the banking and finance markets. In 1991, Mr. Olson founded Stellent, Inc., an enterprise content management software company that was publicly-traded until it was sold to Oracle Corporation in 2006. Mr. Olson served as Stellent's Chief Executive Officer from October 2000 to July 2001 and as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to October 2000 and from April 2003 until it was sold.
Mr. Olson's previous work experience, particularly as the Chief Executive Officer of Stellent, Inc., contributes to the Board's understanding of the development and management of growing technology companies, particularly as we continue to expand into growing areas of technology.