People: Spherix Inc (SPEX.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Vander Zanden

69 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Anthony Hayes

47 2013 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Richard Cohen

2014 Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Ballabon

51 2014 Director

Douglas Brown

60 2004 Independent Director

Alexander Poltorak

57 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 is 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 joins Spherix after spending three years with CorMedix Inc., where he served as President, and a member of its board. Mr. Cohen has extensive experience from serving as a member of the board of directors, including chairman of the audit committee, for publically listed companies (Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc., DirectMarkets Holdsings Corp., Dune Energy, HelixBioMedix and Green Asia Resources). During 2014, Mr. Cohen served as a member of the board of directors of Helix BioMedix and PredictiveLenz. In addition, Mr. Cohen has significant experience as an executive officer of publically listed companies and has held positions of CFO, president and CEO with General Media, National Auto Credit, CorMedix and Dune Energy. Mr. Cohen has a background as an investment banker and has successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars, both as a company executive and banker. He received his MBA from Stanford University.

Jeffrey Ballabon

Mr. Jeffrey Ballabon is Director of Spherix Inc. Mr. Jeffrey Ballabon, a Board member since 2014, is a consultant specializing in government relations and strategic communications with experience and expertise in litigation support and management as well as the practice and policy of patent monetization. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Ballabon was CEO of patent monetization company Innovative Communications Technologies, Inc., where he managed litigation and licensing efforts that ultimately led to the company’s spin-off as a successful public company (NYSE: STRP). He is well known in New York and Washington for expertise in both public policy and media strategy. He previously headed communications, government relations and public policy departments of major media corporations including CBS News (SVP Communications, 2009-2011), Primedia and Court TV. A graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Ballabon twice has been a Presidential Appointee and served as Legislative Counsel to US Senator John Danforth (R-MO) and as Republican Counsel to the Consumer Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Douglas Brown

Mr. Douglas T. Brown is an Independent Director of Spherix Inc., since May 20, 2004. Mr. 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.

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.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Robert Vander Zanden

--

Anthony Hayes

1,412,050

Richard Cohen

240,000

Jeffrey Ballabon

--

Douglas Brown

--

Alexander Poltorak

--
As Of  30 Dec 2014

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