John R. Gaulding
Chairman of the Board
Since July 1996, Mr. Gaulding has been a private investor and business consultant in the fields of strategy and organization. Mr. Gaulding is a Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of Sage Partners, an advisory firm providing counsel on strategy and corporate governance issues. He is also Chairman Emeritus of Dominican University of California where he served for 7 years as Chairman and 16 years as a Trustee. From 1996-1999 and again from 2001 to the present, Mr. Gaulding has been an independent director of Monster, Worldwide (NYSE:MWW), where he serves on the Audit Committee and chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. From 2002-2012, he served as a Director for Yellow Media, Inc. (TORONTO:YMI) where he also chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee. Mr. Gaulding's extensive corporate board experience includes ANTS Software, Inc. where he was lead director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, and ORTEL (NASDAQ:ORTL), a high-technology manufacturer of electro-optical devices used in the telecommunications industry. In addition, he served as the executive Chairman and CEO of National Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAIG). Mr. Gaulding has also served as non-executive Chairman of Novo Media, Inc., one of the first digital agencies, sold to BCOM3 and in the same capacity with GetMeIn, a secondary ticketing agency headquartered in London and sold to Ticketmaster. Finally, he was a founding director of the popular in-airport wine lounge, Vino Volo. Mr. Gaulding's industry experience includes 15 years as a corporate officer, serving as Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development for Pacific Telesis Group, President and CEO for Pacific Bell Yellow Pages, and President and CEO for ADP Claims Solutions Group. Mr. Gaulding holds a BS in Engineering from UCLA, an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Dominican University of California. Mr. Gaulding's extensive executive and managerial experience position him well to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Energous Corporation.
Stephen R. Rizzone
President & CEO, Director
Mr. Stephen R. Rizzone joined the Company in October of 2013 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Energous. Mr. Rizzone has more than 35 years of executive management, marketing, sales and entrepreneurial experience in the data communications hardware, networking hardware and software, silicon and optical components markets. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of directors of Active Storage, Inc. from June 2011 until December 2012, and as the Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of directors of Communicado, Inc. from April 2006 to September 2009. Mr. Rizzone previously served as a member of the board of directors of Katzkin Leather from June 2011 to November 2013 and the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance (LARTA) from February 2009 to November 2011. He holds a B.A. in Public Administration from California State University at Fullerton. Mr. Rizzone's extensive industry, executive and board experience position him well to serve as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors for Energous.
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Director and Founder
Mr. Leabman became the Company's Chief Technology Officer in October 2013. From September 2010 to September 2013, Mr. Leabman served as President of TruePath Wireless, a service provider and equipment provider in the broadband communications industry. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Leabman served as Chief Technology Officer for DataRunway Inc., a wireless communication company providing broadband internet to airlines. Mr. Leabman received both his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr.Leabman's extensive knowledge of the Company, its technology and the consumer and commercial electronics industry position him well for service on our board of directors.
Martin Cooper has contributed to the technology of the wireless communications industry for over 60 years as an inventor, entrepreneur and executive. He conceived and demonstrated the first portable cellular phone in 1973 and is referred to as the "Father of the Cellular Phone".
During his 29 year tenure with Motorola, Cooper was a division manager and served as Corporate Director of R&D. Subsequently, he started a number of businesses including Cellular Business Systems (with Arlene Harris and Russ Shields) and led it to dominate the cellular billing industry in the 1980s, as well as ArrayComm, which became a world leader in smart antenna technology. In 2004, Cooper's co-founded GreatCall, Inc., maker of the Jitterbug phone and service. Today, Cooper is Chairman and Co-Founder of Dyna LLC, an entrepreneurial incubator. He has served on the boards of directors of several public and private companies.
Cooper serves on advisory committees of the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has been granted eleven patents and is widely published in the communications field.
Cooper holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology on whose board of Trustees he serves. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Prince of Asturias Laureate.
Robert J. Griffin
Mr. Robert J. Griffin joined the Company's board of directors in February 2014. Mr. Griffin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin International Companies, a Minneapolis-based retail sales and marketing firm. Since founding Griffin International Companies in 1997, Mr. Griffin has led the expansion of the company's business across three continents and secured the license of brands and technologies from a number of large, well known companies. Prior to founding Griffin International Companies, Mr. Griffin spent 6 years at Best Buy Co. in various management roles. Mr. Griffin holds a BA in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College. Mr. Griffin's extensive executive leadership experience and his in-depth knowledge of the retail industry and technology licensing make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Rex S. Jackson
Mr. Jackson joined the Company's board of directors in March 2014. Mr. Jackson currently serves as CFO of Gigamon Inc. (NYSE: GIMO). Mr. Jackson previously served as CFO of Rocket Fuel Inc. (NASDAQ: FUEL), an advertising technology company, from March 2016 to October 2016. Prior to Rocket Fuel, Mr. Jackson served as CFO of JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU), a provider of network and service enablement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers, from January 2013 through September 2015, and drove the separation of JDSU into two independent public companies in August 2015. Mr. Jackson joined JDSU in January 2011 as senior vice president, Business Services, with responsibility for corporate development, legal, corporate marketing and Information Technology. Prior to JDSU, Mr. Jackson served as CFO of Symyx Technologies (NASDAQ: SMMX) from 2007 to 2010, where he led the company's acquisition of MDL Information Systems and subsequent merger of equals with another public company. Mr. Jackson also previously served as acting CFO at Synopsys and held executive positions with Avago, AdForce and Read-Rite. Mr. Jackson holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and earned his J.D. from Stanford University Law School. Mr. Jackson's accounting and financial expertise, general business acumen and significant executive leadership experience position him well to make valuable contributions to our board of directors.