People: Spherix Inc (SPEX.OQ)

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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

Harvey Kesner

56 2013 Director

Alexander Poltorak

56 2013 Director

Douglas Brown

59 2004 Independent Director

Edward Karr

43 2012 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, was elected Chairman of the Board in 2009. Having served as a Vice President of R&D with Kraft Foods International, he brings a long and distinguished career in applied technology, product commercialization, and business knowledge of the food science industry to Spherix. 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 Grupo 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 Science at Clemson University, where he also is a member of their Industry Advisory Board. His focus on achieving product and process innovation through training, team building and creating positive working environments has resulted in his being recognized with many awards for product and packaging innovation.

Anthony Hayes

Mr. Anthony Hayes has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Spherix Incorporated, effective September 10, 2013. Mr. Hayes has served as the Chief Executive Officer of North South Holdings, Inc. (“North South”) since March 2013. He 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 (University of Mary Washington).

Richard Cohen

Dr. Richard M. Cohen, Ph.D., is Chief Financial Officer of Spherix Incorporated. 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.

Harvey Kesner

Mr. Harvey J. Kesner is Director of Spherix Inc. He served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Kesner is a practicing corporate and securities attorney who has been engaged in assisting start-up and emerging businesses.

Alexander Poltorak

Mr. Alexander I. Poltorak is a Director of Spherix Incorporated. Poltorak is the Founder, Chairman and the CEO of General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading intellectual property firm focusing on IP strategy and valuation, IP licensing and enforcement -- the oldest such organization in the world. He also serves as the Managing Director of IP Holdings LLC, an IP-centric merchant banking boutique providing IP-focused financial, brokerage and advisory services, and operating an idea incubator. Alexander Poltorak was listed among world IP strategists by IAM Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Dr. Poltorak has co-authored two books, Essentials of Intellectual Property (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2d ed. 2011), and Essentials of Licensing Intellectual Property (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2004), and contributed a chapter to Making Innovation Pay - Turning IP into Shareholder Value (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2006). He also authored numerous articles on patent law, licensing and economics. He served on the editorial board of Patent Strategy & Management. Prior to establishing GPC in 1987, Alex Poltorak was President and CEO of Rapitech Systems, Inc., a computer technology company that he had founded in 1983 and took public in 1986. Before that, he served as Assistant Professor of Biomathematics at the Neurology Department of Cornell University Medical College. He also served as Assistant Professor of Physics at Touro College. Dr. Poltorak has published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Alexander Poltorak taught business law as Adjunct Professor at the Globe Institute of Technology. He was a regular guest-lecturer on intellectual property law and economics at the Columbia University School of Business and School of Engineering. Dr. Poltorak is the Founder and Chairman of an industry association, 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.

Douglas Brown

Mr. Douglas T. Brown is an Independent Director of Spherix Inc., since May 20, 2004. 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 a 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. He is a past contributor to CNBC and has been quoted in numerous financial publications.

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