Board of Directors
Mr. Larsen has been our President since July 5, 2007 and has been our Chief Executive Officer and a Director since June 10, 2007. Mr. Larsen has held the same positions with VirnetX since its inception in August 2005. From April 2003 to July 2005, Mr. Larsen focused on pre-incorporation activities related to VirnetX. From April 2002 to April 2003, Mr. Larsen was a Limited Partner at Osprey Ventures, L.P., a venture fund that makes investments primarily in business and consumer technology companies. From October 2000 to April 2002, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security Products Division of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a software and firmware developer. Prior to March 2003, and for a period of over 20 years, Mr. Larsen has held senior executive positions at various leading technology companies, including RSA Security, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Rolm/International Business Machines Corporation, Novell, Inc., General Magic, Inc., and Ramp Networks. Mr. Larsen holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah.
Dr. Robert Dunham Short III
Dr. Short has been the Chief Scientist for VirnetX since May 2007 and in June 2010 became VirnetX’s Chief Technical Officer as well. From February 2000 to April 2007, Dr. Short was Assistant Vice President and Division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC. From 1994 to February 2000, he also held various other positions at SAIC. Prior to SAIC, he worked at ARCO Power Technologies, Inc. (Atlantic Richfield Petroleum), Sperry Corporate Technology Center and Sperry Research Center. Dr. Short is named as a co-inventor on substantially all of the patents in the VirnetX patent portfolio. He has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University along with a M.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Mr. Feiner is President of Feiner Financial, an accounting and financial planning services company founded in 1977. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Feiner was Managing Member of Live Oak Fund, an innovative developer of urban housing, implementing energy-efficient, environmentally-sustainable technologies. Mr. Feiner has a wide breadth of business leadership knowledge covering tax law, audit, corporate planning, securities regulation, and finance. He advises on structuring comprehensive and creative strategies for achieving profitable growth and establishing effective relationships between companies and investment bankers. He is a recognized industry expert with a reputation for a “hands on” client-focused approach. He has provided personalized services in the fields of finance, medicine, law, real estate, education, technology, and trusts to companies and high net worth individuals.
Michael F. Angelo, CRISC, CISSP
Mr. Angelo has been a Director since July 2007, chairs our Nominating & Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Compensation committees. He is a Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Security Architect at NetIQ Corporation (since August 2005). From October 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Angelo was a Security Architect and Manager, Government Engagements SBU with Microsoft Corporation. From July 1989 to October 2003, Mr. Angelo was a Staff Fellow at both Hewlett Packard Company and Compaq Computer Corp. Mr. Angelo also served as Senior Systems Programmer at the John von Neumann National Supercomputer Center from September 1985 to July 1989. He was a Sub-Chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Board of Assessment for Programs/National Research Council responsible for the CISD review, for fiscal years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, and a technology contributor and participant on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Information Systems Technical Advisory Council, or ISTAC, from 1999 to the present. Mr. Angelo was added to the ISSA Hall of Fame in 2013 and was named the 2011 ISSA professional of the year. Mr. Angelo is also a former distinguished lecturer for Sigma XI (2004-2005) and was named Inventor of the Year for the City of Houston (2003) by the Houston Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. He currently holds 52 patents in the US and 77 worldwide, most in the area of security and authentication.
Thomas M. O’Brien
Mr. O’Brien has been a Director since July 2007, and chairs our Audit Committee and is a member of our Compensation and Nominating & Governance committees. He has been Senior Vice President of Reit Management & Research LLC, an institutional manager of real estate, public real estate investment trusts, or REITs, and other public companies, since April 2006 and served as a Vice President from May 1996 to April 2006. During the last five years, Mr. O’Brien has held various positions with public entities managed by Reit Management or its affiliates, including serving as: (1) Chief Executive Officer and President of TravelCenters of America LLC (AMEX: TA), since February 2007 and a Managing Director since October 2006; (2) Chief Executive Officer and President of RMR Funds, a group of publicly traded closed-end investment management companies which invest in equity and fixed income securities in the United States and international real estate, hospitality and finance sectors, from 2003 to May 2007; and (3) Executive Vice President of Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE: HPT), a REIT that invests in hotels and travel centers, from 2002 to 2003 and Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 2002. From 1988 to 1996, Mr. O’Brien was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen LLP where he served a number of public company clients. Mr. O’Brien graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, with a B.S. in Economics
Advisory Board Members
The VirnetX advisory board will collaborate with and provide advice and assistance to the Company, with a focus on facilitating the development and commercialization of the Company’s licensing program.
Mr. Cronin has been a member of our advisory board since October 2008. He is Managing Director and Chairman of ipCapital Group. John spent over 17 years at IBM Corporation and became its top inventor with over 100 patents and 150 patent publications. He created and ran “The IBM Patent Factory” which was essential to helping IBM become number one in US patents and the team contributed to the start of and success of IBM’s successful licensing program. Mr. Cronin holds a BSEE, an MSEE, and a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont.
Mr. Henderson has been a member of our advisory board since October 2008. He is Managing Director of Clarify LLC, a business advisory firm specializing in intellectual property strategy for both early stage and established companies. Prior to this, Mr. Henderson was Director of IP acquisition at Hewlett Packard, or HP. Mr. Henderson also managed HP’s Product Generation Consulting Group, providing internal advisory and consulting services to senior leaders of HP businesses. Mr. Henderson holds MBAs from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia Graduate School of Business and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington.
John F. Slitz
Mr. Slitz has been a member of our advisory board since October 2008. He is the founder of World Series of Golf, Inc. and has been its Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2003. Mr. Slitz was also Vice President of IBM from 2005 to 2007. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Slitz served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Systems Research and Development (acquired by IBM in 2005). From 2000 to 2002, he was a venture partner at Osprey Ventures, focusing on investments in middleware software companies. Mr. Slitz was also a principal at Slitz & Company, a consulting firm to software and Internet companies. From 1997 to 1999, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing with Novell, Inc. Mr. Slitz holds a B.A. in Economics from SUNY at Cortland, MALS in Psychology/Sociology from the Graduate Faculty New School for Social Research, and an MBA in Management from Farleigh-Dickinson University.