People: Spherix Inc (SPEX.OQ)

SPEX.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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22 Oct 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Vander Zanden

67 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Anthony Hayes

45 2013 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Richard Cohen

62 2014 Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Ballabon

51 2014 Director

Douglas Brown

60 2004 Independent Director

Edward Karr

43 2012 Independent Director

Alexander Poltorak

56 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Vander Zanden

Dr. Robert J. Vander Zanden, Ph.D., is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Spherix Inc. He is a Board member since 2004, having served as a Vice President of R&D with Kraft Foods International, brings a long and distinguished career in applied technology, product commercialization, and business knowledge of the food science industry to us. Dr. Vander Zanden holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2002. In his 30-year career, he has been with ITT Continental Baking Company as a Product Development Scientist; with Ralston Purina’s Protein Technology Division as Manager Dietary Foods R&D; with Keebler as Group Director, Product and Process Development (with responsibility for all corporate R&D and quality); with Group Gamesa, a Frito-Lay Company, as Vice President, Technology; and with Nabisco as Vice President of R&D for their International Division. With the acquisition of Nabisco by Kraft Foods, he became the Vice President of R&D for Kraft’s Latin American Division. Dr. Vander Zanden retired from Kraft Foods in 2004. He currently holds the title of Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University, where he also is a member of their Industry Advisory Board.

Anthony Hayes

Mr. Anthony Hayes serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Spherix Inc, effective September 10, 2013. Mr. Hayes has served as the Chief Executive Officer of North South since March 2013 and, since June 2013, has served as a consultant to the Company. Mr. Hayes was the fund manager of JaNSOME IP Management LLC and JaNSOME Patent Fund LP from August 2012 to August 2013, both of which he co-founded. Mr. Hayes was the founder and Managing Member of Atwater Partners of Texas LLC from March 2010 to August 2012 and a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP from May 1999 to March 2010. Mr. Hayes received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from Mary Washington College.

Richard Cohen

Dr. Richard M. Cohen, Ph.D., is Chief Financial Officer of Spherix Inc. Mr. Cohen has been the President of Richard M. Cohen Consultants since 1996 and the Chairman of Chord Advisors LLC since 2012. Mr. Cohen was the President of CorMedix Inc. from 2011-2013 and a member of its board of directors from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Cohen was a member of the board of directors of Dune Energy Inc. from 2008-2012. Mr. Cohen served as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Rodman and Renshaw from 2008 to 2012. In connection with its prior role as the Company's investment banker, Rodman and Renshaw currently holds warrants to purchase up to 759 shares of the Company's common stock and received approximately $187,000 in placement agent fees in 2011.

Jeffrey Ballabon

Mr. Jeffrey Ballabon is Director of the Company. Mr. Ballabon has been a principal in B2 Strategic LLC, a business consultancy, since February 2013. Previously, Mr. Ballabon was Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Communications Technologies, Inc., a patent monetization firm, from May 2011 to October 2012. From February 2009 to February 2011, Mr. Ballabon was Senior Vice President of News Communications for CBS. From July 2004 to February 2009, Mr. Ballabon worked in public policy, government relations and communications as a consultant, both at Ballabon Group LLC and as an affiliate of The Livingston Group, LLC, a Washington, DC government relations firm. From January 1995 to June 2004, he was a public affairs, public policy and communications senior executive for media and communications firms, including Primedia Inc. and Court TV. From 1992-1995, Mr. Ballabon served as counsel to United States Senator John Danforth and as counsel to the Consumer Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Prior to his work in the Senate, Mr. Ballabon was in private legal practice. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and is a member of the Board of Directors of American Innovators for Patent Reform. Mr. Ballabon received a B.T.L. from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, a B.A. from Yeshiva University and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Mr. Ballabon was appointed to the Board due to his experience in patent monetization and extensive understanding of and influence in public policy.

Douglas Brown

Mr. Douglas T. Brown is an Independent Director of Spherix Inc., since May 20, 2004. HeMr. Douglas T. Brown, a Board Member since 2004, brings to the Board a broad understanding of financial statements, financial markets, and other business aspects. He is currently Senior Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Banking Government Contracting Group for PNC Bank N.A., Washington, DC. Mr. Brown has been with PNC and its predecessor bank, Riggs Bank, since 2001 and previously worked for Bank of America, N.A. and its predecessor banks for 16 years as a Loan Officer, as well as a manager of Loan Officers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Subsequent to 1990, the majority of Mr. Brown’s customers are companies that provided services to the Federal Government and State governments. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from American University and a graduate degree from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.

Edward Karr

Mr. Edward M. Karr is an Independent Director of Spherix Inc. since November 2012. He is the founder of RAMPartners SA, an investment management and investment banking firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2005, RAMPartners has helped raise more than $200 million for small capitalization companies in fields such as natural resources, high technology, health care, and clean energy. RAMPartners is a member of Global Alliance Partners (GAP), a network organization of internationally minded financial partners focusing on the capital midmarket. Prior to founding RAMPartners, Mr. Karr managed a private Swiss asset management, investment banking, and trading firm based in Geneva for six years. At the firm, he was responsible for all of the capital market transactions, investment, and marketing activities. In 2004, Futures Magazine named Mr. Karr as one of the world’s Top Traders.

Alexander Poltorak

Mr. Alexander I. Poltorak is an Independent Director of Spherix Inc. He has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Patent Corp., an intellectual property management firm focusing on IP strategy and valuation, patent licensing, enforcement and brokerage since 1989 and the Managing Director of IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corp, since 2000. Prior to founding General Patent Corp., Mr. Poltorak served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rapitech Systems, Inc., a publicly-traded computer technology company, was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Touro College and Assistant Professor of Biomathematics at Cornell University Medical College. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Globe Institute for Technology and was a guest-lecturer on Intellectual Property Law and Economics at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Columbia Business School. Mr. Poltorak served on the advisory board of Patent Strategy & Management. He is the Founder and President of non-for-profit American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR). He was US Co-chair of the subcommittee on Information Exchange of the US-USSR Trade and Economic Counsel. Mr. Poltorak was chosen to be a director of the Company based on his expansive knowledge of, and experience in, the management of intellectual property, particularly patents.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Robert Vander Zanden

--

Anthony Hayes

5,178,440

Richard Cohen

--

Jeffrey Ballabon

--

Douglas Brown

--

Edward Karr

--

Alexander Poltorak

--
As Of 30 Dec 2013

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