Board of Directors

William “Bill” D. Watkins, Chair of the Board of Directors

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Mr. Watkins joined our Board and became Chair of the Board on December 15, 2017. Mr. Watkins was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imergy Power Systems, a privately-held energy storage solutions company, from January 2015 and September 2013, respectively, until August 2016. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board at Bridgelux, Inc., from February 2013 to December 2013 and as its Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to February 2013. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a board member at Seagate Technology, a publicly-traded provider of electronic data storage technologies and systems, from 2004 until 2009, and before that he was Seagate’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined Seagate in 1996 with the company’s acquisition of Conner Peripherals. Mr. Watkins currently sits on two public company boards: FLEX LTD., an electronics design manufacturer, since April 2009; and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., a manufacturer of linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits, since August 2008. Mr. Watkins previously served as a board member at Seagate Technology from 2000 until 2009 and Bright Machines, Inc., a privately-held software manufacturing company, from 2019 until 2020. He was a Non-Executive Director at MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. from 2002 until 2004.

Alan Masarek, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Masarek has been our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since August 1, 2022. Prior to joining Avaya, Mr. Masarek served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Vonage Holdings Corp., a business cloud communications provider, from November 2014 to June 2020. Prior to Vonage, Mr. Masarek was Director, Chrome & Apps at Google Inc. from June 2012 through October 2014. This followed Google’s acquisition of Quickoffice Inc., which was a provider of productivity software for mobile devices. Mr. Masarek was Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quickoffice from June 2007 to June 2012. In addition, Mr. Masarek currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Markforged, Inc.(MKFG); Board Director of Wejo Holdings Limited; (WEJO) and Chairman of the Board of SalesIntel, Inc. (private).

Stephan Scholl, Director

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Mr. Scholl joined our Board on December 15, 2017. Mr. Scholl is currently Chief Executive Officer of Alight Solutions, a leading provider of integrated benefits, payroll and cloud solutions, a position he has held since April 13, 2020. Prior to that, he served as President of Infor, Inc., a privately-held provider of enterprise software products and services, from April 2012 to July 2018 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawson Software, Inc. from 2011 until 2012. He helped merge Lawson into Infor in 2012. Earlier, Mr. Scholl held various leadership roles at Oracle Corporation, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Tax and Utilities Business and before that as Senior Vice President of the North America Consulting business. He joined Oracle in 2005 with the company’s acquisition of PeopleSoft. Mr. Scholl currently sits on the boards of Alight, Inc., EG Software and 1010 Data and in the past, he has served as an advisor to several private equity firms.

Susan L. Spradley, Director

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Ms. Spradley joined our Board on December 15, 2017. Ms. Spradley is Chief Executive Officer of Motion Intelligence, Inc., a SaaS company specializing in preventing mobile device distraction while driving in addition to location and identification services, a position she has held since December 2017. Previously, she was a partner in the Tap Growth Group, a senior executive consulting firm focused on helping new ventures and Fortune 500 companies drive growth from August 2017 until June 2019. In addition, she served in senior executive roles at Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU), a publicly-traded provider of strategic network solutions. She was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Product Line Management and Design from 2015 to January 2017, and before that she was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Test & Measurement Business Unit from 2013 to 2015. From April 2011 to December 2012, Ms. Spradley was the CEO/Executive Director of US Ignite, a White House and National Science Foundation initiative focused on applications for smart city implementation. Prior to serving at US Ignite, Ms. Spradley was President of the North America region at Nokia Siemens Networks and an Executive Board Member. She served in a variety of roles at Nortel before her work at Nokia Siemens Networks, most recently as President of Global Services. Ms. Spradley currently sits on two public company boards: Qorvo, a global provider of RF systems and semiconductor technologies, a position she has held since January 2017, and NetScout Systems, Inc., a leading provider of service assurance, security and business analytics, a position she has held since April 2018. Additionally, from 2012 through January 2020, Ms. Spradley served as Chairman of the board of directors of US Ignite, a non-profit organization, and from October 2011 until November 2012, she served on the board of directors of EXFO Inc.

Stanley J. Sutula III, Director

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Mr. Sutula joined our Board on December 15, 2017. Mr. Sutula is currently Chief Financial Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company, a consumer products company, and has served in this capacity since November 2020. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing and data, from February 2017 to November 2020. From January 2015 to January 2017, he was Vice President and Controller of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a global company that creates value for clients through integrated solutions and products that leverage data, information technology, deep expertise in industries and business processes, and a broad ecosystem of partners and alliances. From January 2014 to January 2015, he served as Vice President and Treasurer of IBM and from May 2008 to January 2014 he served as Vice President – Finance and Planning (Chief Financial Officer) of IBM’s Global Technology Services business. From 1988 to 2008, he held a number of positions at IBM including several leadership positions in the United States and Europe.

Robert Theis, Director

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Mr. Theis joined our Board on November 6, 2020. Mr. Theis has served as a General Partner of World Innovation Lab, a venture capital firm, since September 2016. Mr. Theis served as a managing director at Scale Venture Partners (“Scale Ventures”), a venture capital firm, from May 2008 to October 2014. Prior to joining Scale Ventures, from July 2000 to April 2008, Mr. Theis served as a general partner with Doll Capital Management, a venture capital firm. From July 1996 to June 2000, Mr. Theis served as executive vice president and served on the board of directors of New Era of Networks, Inc., a supplier of Internet infrastructure software and services. From April 1986 to June 1996, Mr. Theis served as a Managing Director at Sun Microsystems, Inc., a provider of computers and computer components acquired by Oracle Corporation, and from January 1984 to March 1986, as Marketing Manager at Silicon Graphics, Inc., a provider of high-performance computing solutions. Currently, Mr. Theis serves on the board of directors of RingCentral Inc., a provider of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions for businesses, a position he has held since August 2011. He also serves on the board of the Computer History Museum, a museum that provides stories and artifacts of the information age and computing revolution.

Scott D. Vogel, Director

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Mr. Vogel joined our Board on December 15, 2017. Mr. Vogel is currently a Managing Member of Vogel Partners LLC, a private investment and advisory firm and has served in that capacity since July 2016. From 2002 through July 2016, he was a Managing Director at Davidson Kempner Capital Management, L.L.C., investing in distressed debt securities. From 1999 to 2001, he worked at MFP Investors, L.L.C. investing in special situations and turnaround opportunities. Prior to MFP Investors, he was an investment banker at Chase Securities. Mr. Vogel has served on numerous boards during his career and currently he is also on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. since July 2021, and Alpha Metallurgical Resources, Inc. since December 2019. Mr. Vogel is a member of the Olin Alumni Advisory Board of Washington University and a member of the Advisory Board of Grameen America.

Jacqueline “Jackie” E. Yeaney, Director

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Ms. Yeaney joined our Board on March 18, 2019. From August 2019 to May 2022, Ms. Yeaney was Executive Vice President, Marketing of Tableau Software, a self-service analytics platform owned by Salesforce. Prior to that Ms. Yeaney was the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Ellucian, a privately-held provider of software and services for higher education management, from January 2017 until April 1, 2019. She served as the Executive Vice President, Strategy and Marketing of Red Hat, provider of open source software solutions, now owned by IBM, from 2011 to 2016 after serving as a consultant to Red Hat from 2010 to 2011. Prior to that she served as the chief marketing officer at Premiere Global Services, Inc., EarthLink, Inc. and HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation. Ms. Yeaney was also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force where she held the highest level security clearance. Currently, Ms. Yeaney also serves on the board of directors of Talkspace, Inc., a leading virtual behavioral healthcare company, a position she has held since June 2021. In addition, Ms. Yeaney previously served as a Non-Executive Director at Promethean World Limited from 2014 to 2015.

Committees

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