People: UniPixel Inc (UNXL.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Bernard Marren

79 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Jeffrey Hawthorne

57 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Principal Executive Officer , Director

Christine Russell

65 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Jalil Shaikh

61 2015 Chief Operating Officer

Robert Petcavich

60 2008 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Bruce Berkoff

54 2007 Independent Director

Anthony LeVecchio

68 2011 Independent Director

William Patterson

70 2011 Independent Director

Malcolm Thompson

69 2014 Independent Director

Carl Yankowski

66 2014 Independent Director

Ross Young

49 2008 Independent Director

Ron Both

2014 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Bernard Marren

Mr. Bernard T. Marren is Independent Chairman of the Board of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Marren has served as a director since March 16, 2007 and has been Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 1, 2008. He was appointed interim co-Chief Executive Officer, interim co-President, and co-Principal Executive Officer from December 30, 2013 to April 14, 2014. From May 1998 to December 2013, Mr. Marren was the President and CEO of OPTi, Inc., a company that licenses intellectual property for logic chips. In a career that spans more than 40 years, He was both a founder of and the top executive with multiple companies that pioneered new semiconductor technologies. He also served as chief executive with a number of high-tech firms, and is widely regarded for his leadership in sales and marketing, engineering and operations. He has been associated in his career with Western Micro Technology, Inc., Silicon Engineering, Inc., INNO COMM Wireless, American MicroSystems, Inc., and Fairchild Semiconductor. Extending his executive leadership to the electronics industry as a whole, He was a founder and the first President of the Semiconductor Industry Association. He is also a past President and Chairman of the National Electronic Distributors Association and a past President of the Electronic Industry Show Corporation. Mr. Marren is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (BSEE).

Jeffrey Hawthorne

Mr. Jeffrey A. Hawthorne is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Uni-Pixel Inc. From January 2009 to April 2014, Mr. Hawthorne was a business advisor to various companies. From March 2012 to February 2013, Mr. Hawthorne served as senior vice president and general manager of the MOCVD business unit at Veeco, where he was responsible for revenue of $300 million and 350 employees. From November 1991 to October 2008, Mr. Hawthorne was employed by Photon Dynamics, beginning as an inspection system applications engineer, promoted to VP of development and president of its image processing division, and eventually promoted to the positions of president and CEO of the company before it was acquired by Orbotech for $290 million. The company was the leading supplier of test, repair and inspection equipment for the flat panel display industry, with 350 employees and operations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. As president and CEO, he oversaw multiple new product introductions, which drove the company’s market share to 80%, and grew annual revenues from $70 million to $180 million.Mr. Hawthorne holds a Master of Science degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Institute of Optics and a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.Mr. Hawthorne is also an inventor on seven patents in automated machine vision technology for inspection and testing of flat panel displays. Mr. Hawthorne’s extensive business experience as an executive officer and his educational background gives him the qualifications and skills to serve as a director of Uni-Pixel, Inc.

Christine Russell

Ms. Christine A. Russell is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Russell brings to the position more than 30 years of CFO and senior management experience for private and publicly traded technology companies. Over the course of her career, she has completed a number of IPOs, as well as both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions. Russell previously served as CFO of Vendavo, a provider of B2B price optimization software solutions, where she helped grow revenue 20% year-over-year and generate a record bookings quarter before helping lead the company’s sale to a private equity firm earlier this year. Prior to Vendavo, Russell served as CFO of EAG, with 700 employees and 22 labs worldwide delivering analytical and testing services to semiconductor, LED, biotech, chemical and other technology firms. She led the financial aspect of the team that executed the acquisition of seven labs to expand the business. Before EAG, Russell served as CFO and EVP of business development at Virage Logic, a provider of semiconductor IP, before it merged with Synopsys. Leading up to its acquisition by HP, Russell served as CFO of OuterBay Technologies, an enterprise software venture-backed start-up offering database archiving and information lifecycle management to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to OuterBay, she served as CFO of Ceva, a semiconductor intellectual property company offering digital signal processing cores and applications software. Russell currently serves as director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation, and previously served as director and audit committee chair of Peak International. She is currently the chairman of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX) which affiliates with the Stanford Rock Center. Other roles included president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter), and emeritus member of the business school advisory board at the University of Santa Clara, Leavey School of Business. She holds a BA and MBA in finance from the University of Santa Clara.

Jalil Shaikh

Mr. Jalil Shaikh is Chief Operating Officer of Uni-Pixel, Inc. He was the Vice President and General Manager of the Touch Materials Business Unit with Atmel Corporation. During his tenure with Atmel Corporation, Mr. Shaikh was instrumental in establishing the Touch Materials Business Unit, including assembling the team responsible for developing, designing, manufacturing and marketing the XSense touch sensor. Mr. Shaikh was also responsible for establishing the fabrication facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to his employment with Atmel Corporation, Mr. Shaikh was the CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ranch Energy Systems, a privately held alternative energy company where he was responsible for strategy, sales and marketing, and establishing supply chain and sales channels. Earlier in his career, he served as CEO and a member of the board of directors of Validity Sensors (sold to Synaptics), where he was responsible for the commercialization of the company's finger print reader technology. Prior to Validity Sensors, he served as a Vice President and General Manager at Broadcom. Leading up to its acquisition by Broadcom, he also served as CEO of Zeevo, a provider of semiconductor and software solutions for Bluetooth® wireless headset products. Mr. Shaikh holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Robert Petcavich

Dr. Robert J. Petcavich, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Uni-Pixel since he joined us in January 2008. Dr. Petcavich was also the co-founder of Health Beacons Inc. in Kirkland, Washington, a company that develops leading edge implantable RFID technology for the medical surgical cancer field. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Lumera Corporation (NASDAQ:LMRA) in Bothell, Washington, a publicly traded nanotechnology polymer platform bioscience and molecular photonics technology company. Dr. Petcavich has been the Chairman, CEO and CTO of several advanced materials and medical informatics technology companies. He was Vice President of Deposition Technologies Inc. from 1982 to 1988, an advanced materials company involved in electro optic and aerospace thin film materials development and manufacturing which was subsequently acquired by Brunswick Defense (NYSE:BC) and Material Sciences Corporation (NYSE:MSC) in 1986. From August 1988 until September 1995, Dr. Petcavich was President and CEO of Alphascribe Express Inc., an electronic medical records service enterprise, which was subsequently sold to Rodeer Systems. He was also founder, Chairman and CTO of Planet Polymer Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:POLY now PLNT) from 1992 until 2002, an advanced materials intellectual property development company which merged with Allergy Free Inc. of Houston, Texas. Dr Petcavich has a Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science, a Master of Science degree in solid state science, and a B.S. degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

Bruce Berkoff

Mr. Bruce I. Berkoff is Independent Director of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Berkoff is the Chairman of the LCD TV Association which is a global not-for-profit marketing trade association to help “inform, promote, improve, and connect” the entire supply chain involved with the large and growing multibillion dollar LCD TV industry. Since March 2011, Mr. Berkoff has been the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of CBRITE, a Santa Barbara based leader in metal oxide back plane technology for flat panel displays. He was also a Director of LG Display from 2007 until 2009. He was the Chief Marketing Officer of Energy and Display Systems, working at Applied Materials, Inc. from October 2009 through January 2011. Mr. Berkoff was the CMO of Ascent Solar from September 2008 to September 2009. He was also the CEO and later Chairman of Enuclia Semiconductor, a fab-less semiconductor startup in the HDTV video processor market, and prior to that, he was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of LG. Philips LCD, one of the world’s leading TFT-LCD manufacturers. Before that, Mr. Berkoff served as general manager of Philips Flat Display Systems’ software and electronics business unit in Silicon Valley. Mr. Berkoff holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and biophysics from Princeton and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively, and also has display-related patents both granted and pending in the U.S. and China

Anthony LeVecchio

Mr. Anthony J. LeVecchio is Independent Director of Uni-Pixel, Inc. Mr. LeVecchio has been the president and owner of The James Group, a general business consulting firm that has advised clients across a range of industries, since 1988. Prior to forming The James Group, Mr. LeVecchio was the senior vice president and chief financial officer for VHA Southwest, Inc., a regional healthcare system. He currently serves as director, advisor and executive of private and public companies in a variety of industries. Mr. LeVecchio also currently serves on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, a community bank based in Plano, Texas that is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market and as chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. LeVecchio holds a Bachelor of Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Rollins College.

William Patterson

Mr. William Wayne Patterson is Independent Director of Uni Pixel, Inc. Since August 2012, Mr. Patterson has been a co-founder and a partner in Dos Rios Partners, a private equity fund, and is an experienced entrepreneurial manager who has demonstrated success in building businesses through innovative growth and cost containment strategies. From March 1970 to September 1991, Mr. Patterson was employed by Keystone International, Inc., where he served as CFO and then as COO. During his time with Keystone, it grew from $15 million in revenues to more than $1 billion. Keystone was sold in 1996 to Tyco International for $1.7 billion. He was also a co-founder and CEO of Texas Micro Inc. (a NASDAQ-traded company) and of Briskheat Corporation. Since the sale of Keystone in 1991, Mr. Patterson has been doing private consulting and financing work. He has participated in more than 20 private equity transactions and has served as interim CEO of Integrated Graphics/Earthcolor and of Vector Global Services. From January 2005 until their sale in 2012 and 2011, respectively, He served as the non-executive chairman of Ashbrook Simon-Hartley and of Controlled Recover. Mr. Patterson graduated with honors from the University of Texas in Austin and has a Law Degree from the University of Texas Law School. Mr. Patterson is also a CPA.

Malcolm Thompson

Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Thompson was appointed CEO of the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, which is funded by the Air Force to develop real time next generation human performance monitoring using flexible electronics to monitor stress, fatigue and cognitive ability. Since January 2002, He has been President of MJT Associates, which provides high-tech business and technology consulting. He has over 25 years of experience in the display industry and is a recognized worldwide authority. Dr. Thompson was Chairman and CEO of RPO from December 2006 to March 2011. RPO was a multinational company that developed a revolutionary new touch technology for LCD displays. He was board member and eventually succeeded Floyd Kvamme as Chairman of the board of Photon Dynamics from 1993 to 2008. He was also a board member of Cambridge Display Technology from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Thompson was interim and part time CEO of Vitex from April 2003 to December 2005 and President and CEO of Novalux from March 2009 to December 2010. Dr. Thompson held various positions, rising to be Chief Technologist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) from 1982-1995, where he was responsible for the advanced development and commercialization of revolutionary new imaging systems. His group produced the first desktop high resolution TFT LCD. Dr. Thompson has a BSc and PhD from Brighton University in the UK.

Carl Yankowski

Mr. Carl J. Yankowski is an Independent Director of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Yankowski was appointed interim co-Chief Executive Officer, interim co-President, and co-Principal Executive Officer from December 30, 2013 to April 14, 2014. Mr. Yankowski has served as the CEO of Westerham Group since 2001. He also served as the CEO of Ambient Devices, Inc. and helped capitalize Ambient. He was named CEO of Palm, Inc. in December 1999, three months before its initial public offering that raised in excess of $1 billion. Immediately prior to joining Palm, Mr. Yankowski was CEO of the Reebok Brand, where he led the worldwide Reebok-brand business, a multibillion dollar enterprise that eventually merged with Adidas. During his tenure at Reebok, He successfully reorganized the Company for growth, significantly streamlined operations, and improved profitability. He spent over four years at Sony Electronics, Inc. as President and COO where he was responsible for the development and launch of numerous successful products in growing markets and new business categories for Sony, including DVD, CDMA, digital imaging, and VAIO personal computers. He also oversaw the initial U.S. launch of PlayStation. Mr. Yankowski led Sony to profitable U.S. revenue growth from $6+ billion to over $10 billion, and oversaw a dramatic expansion of U.S. manufacturing. In an earlier position as Chairman of Polaroid’s Asia Pacific Region, He led growth in the business imaging market globally and established the Company’s Asia Pacific headquarters. Mr. Yankowski has held marketing and strategic leadership positions in several other prestigious technology and consumer-products companies, including General Electric Co., Pepsi, Memorex and Procter & Gamble.

Ross Young

Mr. Ross A. Young is Independent Director of Uni-Pixel Inc., since May 20, 2008. Mr. Young founded DisplaySearch, the leading provider of market intelligence on displays and related technology, in 1996, sold it to The NPD Group in 2005 and is credited with building the firm to what it is today. After leaving DisplaySearch in 2008, he served as VP at Samsung LCD before joining IMS Research in late 2009 as SVP of displays, LEDs and lighting. He left this position in January 2012 and currently provides his services as an independent consultant. He has made multiple appearances on television, including NBC’s The Today Show, as a display industry expert, and has been an invited speaker at over 30 different conferences worldwide. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of semiconductor start-up Akhan Technologies in 2010 and the Advisory Board of Illumitex, an LED start-up, in 2009. Mr. Young received The NPD Group’s prestigious John Byington Award for outstanding creativity and innovation in November 2006, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Westar Display Technologies in February 2005 and was named to the VLSI Research Executive All-Star Team in 1994. Prior to founding DisplaySearch in 1996, he served in senior marketing positions at OWL Displays, Brooks Automation, Fusion Semiconductor and GCA in the driver IC, flat panel automation, etch and strip and lithography markets. He is also a published author, having written a book on U.S. - Japanese competition titled Silicon Sumo: U.S.-Japan Competition and Industrial Policy in the Semiconductor Equipment Industry. Mr. Young holds a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Ron Both

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