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InterDigital Inc (IDCC.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Merritt

56 2008 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Richard Brezski

42 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Jannie Lau

39 2012 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Scott McQuilkin

60 2012 Senior Executive Vice President - Innovation

James Nolan

54 2014 Executive Vice President - InterDigital Solutions

Lawrence Shay

56 2008 Executive Vice President - Intellectual Property, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

Marie MacNichol

51 2014 Chief Licensing Counsel and Chief Licensing Officer

Philip Trahanas

44 2016 Director

Jeffrey Belk

52 2010 Independent Director

S. Douglas Hutcheson

59 2014 Independent Director

John Kritzmacher

54 2009 Independent Director

Kai Oistamo

51 Independent Director

Jean Rankin

56 2010 Independent Director

Robert Roath

72 1997 Independent Director

Patrick Van de Wille

Vice President - Communications and Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

William Merritt

Mr. William J. Merritt is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of InterDigital, Inc. He has been a director of the company since May 2005. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company since May 2005 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of InterDigital Communications, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, since its formation in July 2007. Mr. Merritt served as General Patent Counsel of the company from July 2001 to May 2005 and as President of InterDigital Technology Corporation, a wholly owned patent licensing subsidiary of the company, from July 2001 to January 2008. Since 2014, Mr. Merritt is a member of the board of directors of privately owned Shared Spectrum Company, a leading innovator of dynamic spectrum access and wireless spectrum intelligence technology. The board has concluded that Mr. Merritt should serve as a director of the company because, in his current and former roles, Mr. Merritt has played a vital role in managing the company’s intellectual property assets and overseeing the growth of its patent licensing business. He also possesses tremendous knowledge about the company from short- and long-term strategic perspectives and from a day-to-day operational perspective and serves as a conduit between the board and management while overseeing management’s efforts to realize the board’s strategic goals.

Richard Brezski

Mr. Richard J. Brezski has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of InterDigital, Inc., effective May 10, 2012. Mr. Brezski responsible for overseeing the company’s finance, accounting, audit, tax, treasury, IT and facilities functions, including the company’s internal and external financial reporting and analysis. Mr. Brezski joined the company as Director and Controller in May 2003. Mr. Brezski was promoted to Senior Director in July 2006 and in January 2007 was appointed Chief Accounting Officer. In January 2009, Mr. Brezski was promoted to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, and in March 2011 he was appointed to the additional post of Treasurer. In May 2012, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining InterDigital, Mr. Brezski served as an audit manager for PwC in its technology, information, communications and entertainment practice, where he provided business advisory and auditing services to product and service companies in the electronics, software and technology industries. Mr. Brezski earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Villanova University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.

Jannie Lau

Ms. Jannie K. Lau has been appointed as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of InterDigital, Inc. Ms. Lau joined InterDigital in 2008 as Associate General Counsel and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2010. She was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in October 2012. Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms. Lau served as securities and transactional counsel at IKON Office Solutions, Inc., then a Fortune® 500 document management solutions company. Before beginning her in-house career, she was a corporate associate at leading global law firms in New York and Boston, where she represented public and pre-IPO companies as well as private equity and venture capital fund managers. Ms. Lau serves on the Southeast Region Board of the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society and on the Board of Directors of Jobs for Delaware Graduates. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of DELVACCA, the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Executive Committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania. Ms. Lau is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Scott McQuilkin

Mr. Scott A. McQuilkin has been appointed as Senior Executive Vice President - Innovation of InterDigital, Inc.As head of InterDigital’s Innovation group, Mr. McQuilkin is responsible for leading the organization’s technology sourcing efforts, overseeing both Innovation Labs, which pursues internally funded technology, and Innovation Partners, a sourcing model based around partnerships with leading innovators and research organizations as well as strategic acquisitions of technology and patent portfolios. Mr. McQuilkin joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer in July 2007, and was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy and Finance in May 2012, in which role he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategy, corporate development and finance functions. In October 2012, Mr. McQuilkin was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation. Mr. McQuilkin served as Chief Financial Officer for GHR Systems, Inc., a provider of lending technologies and related support services, from February 2000 to August 2006, when GHR Systems was acquired by Metavante Corporation, a provider of banking and payment technology solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, a diversified financial services company. GHR Systems became a subsidiary of Metavante Corporation known as Metavante Lending Solutions, a high growth technology firm providing business process automation to the financial services industry. Until joining InterDigital in 2007, Mr. McQuilkin served as Chief Financial Officer of Metavante Lending Solutions, where he was responsible for all financial activities, including accounting, budgeting/forecasting, capital planning, cash management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, tax, purchasing and payables. Mr. McQuilkin earned a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University.

James Nolan

Mr. James J. Nolan is Executive Vice President - InterDigital Solutions of InterDigital, Inc. Since joining the company in 1996, Mr. Nolan has held a variety of engineering and management positions, including serving as the company’s senior engineering officer since May 2006. In February 2007, Mr. Nolan’s title was revised to Executive Vice President, Engineering, without a change in responsibilities. Prior to the company’s engineering organization, he led technology and product development of modems, protocol software and radio designs for multiple wireless standards. Mr. Nolan was named Executive Vice President, Research and Development, in April 2009, in connection with the company’s decision to expand its technology development and licensing business and realign its SlimChip business. Mr. Nolan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.

Lawrence Shay

Mr. Lawrence F. Shay is Executive Vice President - Intellectual Property, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of InterDigital, Inc. He is President of InterDigital’s patent holding subsidiaries. Mr. Shay is responsible for overseeing all activities pertaining to InterDigital’s patent business, including management of the company’s intellectual property assets, negotiation and administration of license agreements, litigation relating to intellectual property rights and strategic patent sales and joint ventures. He joined InterDigital in November 2001 as Chief Legal Officer and served as Corporate Secretary from November 2001 to September 2004. In February 2007, Mr. Shay’s title was revised to Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer, without a change in responsibilities. Mr. Shay was appointed to his current position in January 2008. He previously served as General Counsel of U.S. Interactive, Inc., a multinational, publicly held Internet professional services corporation. From 1985 until 1999, Mr. Shay practiced corporate law with Dilworth Paxson LLP, a major Philadelphia law firm. Mr. Shay earned his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the Temple University School of Law and is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Marie MacNichol

Ms. Marie H. MacNichol is Chief Licensing Counsel and Chief Licensing Officer of InterDigital, Inc., responsible for managing day-to-day operations for InterDigital’s Licensing, Patent, and Litigation groups. Ms. MacNichol joined the company in July 2014. From 2008 to 2014, Ms. MacNichol served as Vice President of IP law for LSI (formerly Agere, currently a subsidiary of Avago), a technology company that designs, develops and markets high-performance storage and networking semiconductors. In that role, Ms. MacNichol oversaw a team of attorneys and paralegals in all intellectual property matters. Before joining Agere, Ms. MacNichol was at Lucent where she served as corporate counsel, responsible for IP licensing matters. Ms. MacNichol started her legal career as an attorney at Fish & Neave. Ms. MacNichol earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law.

Philip Trahanas

Mr. Philip Trahanas is Director of the Company. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2000, Mr. Trahanas worked in the mergers & acquisitions team at Morgan Stanley, and he began his career as an electrical engineer with General Electric. He holds both a Master of Science in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania (completed concurrently) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art in New York. He has also served on the board of directors of QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:QTS) since 2009. Mr. Trahanas brings two decades of broad investment and board leadership experience with an emphasis in the technology field supported by his background in engineering. Most recently, until the end of 2014, Mr. Trahanas was a Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC, a leading global private equity firm with over $17 billion in assets under management and a significant focus in technology and related industry investments. At General Atlantic, he served as a senior investment leader during a significant growth phase of the firm's history, and sat on the boards of directors of a range of public and private portfolio companies.

Jeffrey Belk

Mr. Jeffrey K. Belk is Independent Director of InterDigital, Inc., since March 30, 2010. Since 2008, he has served as Managing Director of ICT Capital, LLC, focused on developing and investing in select global growth opportunities in the information and communications technologies space. In 2014, he founded Velocity Growth, a purpose-built crowdfunding services company where he serves as Executive Chairman, and Bright Light Management, which was formed to identify, evaluate and stimulate funding for early-stage, entrepreneurial projects and where Mr. Belk serves as Managing Partner. Formerly, Mr. Belk spent almost 14 years at Qualcomm Incorporated, a developer and provider of digital wireless communications products and services, where, from 2006 until his departure in early 2008, he was Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Market Development, focused on examining changes in the wireless ecosystem and formulating approaches to help accelerate mobile broadband adoption and growth. From 2000 through 2006, Mr. Belk served as Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, leading a team responsible for all facets of the company’s corporate messaging, communications and marketing worldwide. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (since 2008), the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance and the U.C. San Diego Alumni Association.

S. Douglas Hutcheson

Mr. S. Douglas Hutcheson is appointed as an Independent Director of InterDigital Inc., since July 2014. Mr. Hutcheson is CEO and a director of Laser, Inc., a corporation created in connection with the acquisition of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (“Leap Wireless”), a wireless communications carrier, by AT&T in March 2014. Since January 2015, Mr. Hutcheson has also served as a senior advisor of Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) for Searchlight Capital, a global private investment firm. Prior to March 2014, Mr. Hutcheson served as CEO of Leap Wireless and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, for nine years, where he was responsible for developing and implementing strategy, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships. Before serving as CEO, Mr. Hutcheson held other executive positions at Leap Wireless, including President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Leap Wireless, he was Vice President of Marketing in the wireless infrastructure division at Qualcomm for three years, where he led multiple teams. Since 2012, Mr. Hutcheson has also served on the board of directors of Pitney Bowes Inc., and currently serves on the audit and finance committees of such board. He previously served on the board of directors of Leap Wireless from 2005 to 2014. The Board has concluded that Mr. Hutcheson should serve as a director of the company because, with his significant operational and financial expertise as an experienced former chief executive officer of a wireless communications company and his broad business background, which includes strategic planning and product and business development and marketing, he brings valuable insight that is needed to evolve and execute the company’s strategy.

John Kritzmacher

Mr. John A. Kritzmacher is an Independent Director of InterDigital, Inc., since June 17, 2009.Since 2013, Mr. Kritzmacher has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-based services in the areas of research, professional development and education. From October 2012 through February 2013, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Senior Vice President Business Operations and Organizational Planning at WebMD Health Corp., a leading provider of health information services, where Mr. Kritzmacher was responsible for leading a major restructuring initiative. Previously, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Crossing Limited, a global provider of IP-based telecommunications solutions, from October 2008 to October 2011, when Global Crossing was acquired by Level 3 Communications, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Kritzmacher rose through a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, during his 10 years at Lucent Technologies, a provider of telecommunications systems and services, to become Chief Financial Officer in 2006. After playing a leading role in the planning and execution of Lucent’s merger with Alcatel in 2006, Mr. Kritzmacher became Chief Operating Officer of the Services Business Group at Alcatel-Lucent until joining Global Crossing in 2008. Mr. Kritzmacher also served on the board of directors of Duff & Phelps Corporation from 2011 until the company’s acquisition by a private equity consortium in 2013.

Kai Oistamo

Mr. Kai Olavi Oistamo is an Independent Director of the Company., since November 2014. Mr. Öistämö led corporate strategy and business development at Nokia Corporation (“Nokia”), a leader in the fields of network infrastructure, location-based technologies and advanced technologies and a former wireless handset manufacturer, as Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer from 2010 until his departure in 2014, with responsibility for strategic partnerships and alliances. Previous roles during his 23-year tenure at Nokia included the position of Executive Vice President, Devices, from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Öistämö was also a member of the Nokia leadership team from 2005 to 2014. Mr. Öistämö serves on the board of directors of two Finnish public companies: Sanoma Corporation since 2011 and Digia Plc since March 2015. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation in Finland (Tekes) and of Tampere University in Finland. The Board has concluded that Mr. Öistämö should serve as a director of the company because his extensive global experience in the wireless communications industry and executive leadership and corporate strategy background serve as a great asset to the company and the Board and enable him to contribute guidance and advice relating to the development and execution of the company’s strategy and the assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the company.

Jean Rankin

Ms. Jean F. Rankin is an Independent Director of InterDigital, Inc., since June 28, 2010. Ms. Rankin has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at LSI Corporation, a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies for the global storage and networking markets, since 2007. In this role, she serves LSI and its board of directors as Corporate Secretary, in addition to managing the company’s legal, intellectual property licensing and stock administration organizations. Ms. Rankin joined LSI in 2007 as part of the merger with Agere Systems, where she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Agere in 2000, Ms. Rankin was responsible for corporate governance and corporate center legal support at Lucent Technologies, including mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, labor and employment, public relations, ERISA, investor relations and treasury. She also supervised legal support for Lucent’s microelectronics business. The board has concluded that Ms. Rankin should serve as a director of the company because she has extensive experience and expertise in matters involving intellectual property licensing, the company’s core business, and her current and former roles as chief legal officer and corporate secretary at other publicly traded companies enable her to contribute legal expertise and advice as to best practices in corporate governance.

Robert Roath

Mr. Robert S. Roath, CPA, is an Independent Director of InterDigital, Inc., since May 1997. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. before his retirement in 1997. Mr. Roath is a long-time senior strategic and financial executive with diversified corporate and operating experience with various global companies, including Colgate-Palmolive, General Foods, GAF Corporation and Price Waterhouse. He has been a director of Standard Parking Corporation since its initial public offering in May 2004 and became its chairman of the board in October 2009. Mr. Roath also serves as chairman of Standard Parking’s compensation committee. The board has concluded that Mr. Roath should serve as a director of the company because his achievements as an executive in operations, finance, strategy formulation, business development and mergers and acquisitions allow him to provide valuable guidance, especially with respect to the major financial policies and decisions of the company and the analysis of the business challenges and opportunities facing the company.

Patrick Van de Wille

Mr. Patrick Van de Wille has been appointed as Vice President - Communications and Investor Relations of InterDigital, Inc., effective October 31, 2012. Mr. Van de Wille joined InterDigital in February 2012 as Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations. Prior to joining InterDigital, he was Senior Vice President in the corporate communications and investor relations practice of FTI Consulting, where he helped lead the technology practice and managed client engagements for companies in the technology, financial services and resource industries. Mr. Van de Wille contributes more than two decades of experience in communications, including executive roles at global communications firms Ketchum and Text 100 and a decade of media and broadcast experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University.