Committed to Building Shareholder Value
Comprised of senior executives with broad industry experience, the InterDigital leadership team is committed to delivering shareholder value. Proud of the company’s market success to date, the group continues to support strong investments in business opportunities in the wireless sector.
Board of Directors
Steven T. Clontz – Chairman of the Board, InterDigital; Senior Executive Vice President for North America and Europe, Singapore Technologies Telemedia
STEVEN T. (“TERRY”) CLONTZ joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in April 1998 and was elected Chairman of the Board in January 2010. Mr. Clontz, a veteran in the global telecommunications industry for almost 40 years, joined Singapore Technologies Telemedia, a Singapore-based investor/operator in the telecommunications and media sectors, in January 2010 as Senior Executive Vice President for North America and Europe. From January 1999 through his retirement in 2009, Mr. Clontz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of StarHub, a Singapore-based telecommunications and media company providing a full range of services over fixed, mobile, and cable TV networks. He continues to serve as a non-executive director of StarHub.Prior to joining StarHub, Mr. Clontz served as President and Chief Executive Officer and an executive Director of IPC Information Systems, a provider of financial trading communications solutions, from 1995 through 1998. Mr. Clontz began his career as an engineer with Southern Bell in 1973. He joined BellSouth International in 1987 and served as President of its Asia Pacific Region from 1992 through 1995.
Mr. Clontz has served on the Board of Directors of Level 3 Communications, an international provider of fiber-based communications services, since April 2012, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Equinix, a leading global provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services from 2005 to 2013.
Mr. Clontz earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio – Former CEO, Apple, National Semiconductor
DR. GILBERT (“GIL”) F. AMELIO joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in March 2011. Dr. Amelio was a Senior Partner at Sienna Ventures, a privately-held venture capital firm, from 2001 through December 2011, and has been a principal of GFA, LLC, a consulting firm, since 2005 and a Partner at Alteon Capital Partners, LLC, a consulting firm, since 2009. He also serves on the board of directors of Galectin Therapeutics (formerly Pro-Pharmaceuticals), and retired from the board of directors of AT&T in July 2013, after 18 years of service. Dr. Amelio’s career spans decades of executive leadership roles in leading technology companies including Apple, National Semiconductor and Rockwell International. His leadership roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Apple Computer, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of National Semiconductor, and President of Rockwell Communication Systems, a unit of Rockwell International. He was founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acquicor Technology, Inc., as the company merged to become Jazz Technologies.
Dr. Amelio is a pioneer in the U.S. technology industry, having started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Fairchild Semiconductor. A former director and chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association, Dr. Amelio has served on the board of governors of the Electronics Industries Association and been a member of the executive committee of the Business and Higher Education Forum. He previously served on the boards of Chiron, Sematech and the American Film Institute and as chairman of the advisory board of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Amelio, an IEEE Fellow, has been awarded 16 patents and is the recipient of numerous awards. He earned his BS, MS and PhD in physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeffrey K. Belk – Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, LLC
JEFFREY K. BELK joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in March 2010. Mr. Belk is Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, LLC, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) space. Formerly, Mr. Belk spent almost 14 years at Qualcomm Incorporated, where prior to his departure in early 2008, he was Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Market Development, focused on examining changes in the wireless ecosystem and formulating approaches to help accelerate mobile broadband adoption and growth.From 2000 through 2006, Mr. Belk served as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, leading a team responsible for all facets of the company’s corporate messaging, communications, and marketing worldwide. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Belk was Senior Vice President & General Manager of Qualcomm Eudora Products, Qualcomm’s award-winning email client. In 1997, Mr. Belk was named Vice President, Marketing, of Qualcomm Consumer Products and initiated the company’s global branding and communications efforts.
Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. Belk spent ten years in the PC industry’s early growth stages, primarily with Proxima Corporation. Mr. Belk joined the company in 1983, when the company had fewer than 25 employees, and was with the company through its IPO in the early 1990s in several key distribution, product management, and international roles.
Mr. Belk is a member of the Boards of Directors of Peregrine Semiconductor and the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, and is also on the Advisory Boards of CommNexus, Roundbox, and Exicon.
Mr. Belk earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He is known globally as a commentator and writer on wireless, mobile broadband, and technology evolution.
Edward B. Kamins – Principal Member, UpFront Advisors
EDWARD B. KAMINS joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in December 2003. Mr. Kamins is the principal member of UpFront Advisors, a business consulting services firm he founded in March 2009.From July 1999 until his retirement in February 2009, Mr. Kamins served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Avnet, one of the world’s largest global distributors of electronic components, enterprise computing, and embedded subsystems. He joined Avnet in 1996 as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Avnet Computer Marketing. A long-time operational executive, Mr. Kamins was the founder and Group President of Avnet Applied Computing, which customized computer solutions for markets such as medical, telecommunications, gaming, and others. That business grew to $1.6B globally. Mr. Kamins served as Chief Information Officer beginning in July of 2004 and accepted the newly created post of Chief Operational Excellence Officer in July of 2006.
Mr. Kamins has held several high technology marketing and sales positions with a range of manufacturers and was involved in various startup ventures. His 16-year career with Digital Equipment culminated with the position of Vice President of Channels, with responsibility for a $1.5 billion North American channels business.
In April 2006, Mr. Kamins joined the Board of Directors of Calence, a leader in building, managing and optimizing customized, client-centric networks. Calence was acquired by Insight Enterprises in April 2008.
Mr. Kamins holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA in marketing from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University. His affiliations include a 12-year membership on the Board of Directors of the Lupus Foundation of America, where he was honored in May 2002 as the recipient of its annual Altruism Award.
John A. Kritzmacher – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
JOHN A. KRITZMACHER joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in June 2009. Mr. Kritzmacher is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-based services in the areas of research, professional development, and education. From October 2012 through February 2013, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Senior Vice President Business Operations and Organizational Planning at WedMD Health Corp., a leading provider of health information services. In this role, Mr. Kritzmacher was responsible for leading a major restructuring initiative at WedMD. Previously, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Crossing Limited, a global provider of IP-based telecommunications solutions, from October 2008 to October 2011, when Global Crossing was acquired by Level 3 Communications, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Chief Financial Officer at Lucent Technologies, where he managed functions including finance, accounting, treasury, tax, internal audit, investor relations and global real estate. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kritzmacher rose through a variety of positions with increasing responsibility during his 10 years at Lucent, including Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. After playing a leading role in the planning and execution of Lucent’s merger with Alcatel in 2006, Mr. Kritzmacher became Chief Operating Officer of the Services Business Group at Alcatel-Lucent. While there, he transformed a diverse suite of existing Alcatel and Lucent service functions into a unified global services organization. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kritzmacher advanced rapidly through a series of finance and operational roles at Lucent’s predecessor, AT&T Network Systems.
Mr. Kritzmacher served on the Board of Directors of Duff & Phelps Corporation, a leading independent provider of financial advisory and investment banking services, from September 2011 until the company’s acquisition by a private equity consortium in April 2013.
Mr. Kritzmacher earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics at Dartmouth College and his MBA in accounting at the New York University Stern School of Business.
William J. Merritt – President and Chief Executive Officer
WILLIAM J. MERRITT has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of InterDigital since May 2005. Mr. Merritt has played a key role in managing InterDigital’s intellectual property assets and overseeing the growth of its patent licensing business. Mr. Merritt served as General Patent Counsel of InterDigital from July 2001 to May 2005 and also served as President of InterDigital Technology Corporation, a patent licensing subsidiary, from July 2001 to January 2008. Previously, Mr. Merritt served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of InterDigital.Before joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Merritt served as Assistant General Counsel with the Long Island Lighting Company. Earlier on, Mr. Merritt concentrated his engineering efforts with Public Service Electric and Gas Company and Stone & Webster.
Mr. Merritt earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Temple University. Mr. Merritt is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Jean F. Rankin – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LSI Corporation
JEAN F. RANKIN joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in June 2010. Ms. Rankin is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at LSI Corporation, a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies for the global storage and networking markets. In this role, she serves LSI and its Board of Directors as Corporate Secretary, in addition to managing the company’s legal, intellectual property licensing and stock administration organizations.Ms. Rankin joined LSI in 2007 as part of the merger with Agere Systems, where she was also Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Agere in 2000, Ms. Rankin was responsible for corporate governance and corporate center legal support at Lucent Technologies, including mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, labor and employment, public relations, ERISA, investor relations and treasury. She also supervised legal support for Lucent’s microelectronics business.
Ms. Rankin received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia.
Robert S. Roath – Chief Financial Officer (Retired), RJR Nabisco, Inc.
ROBERT S. ROATH joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in May 1997. Mr. Roath served as Chief Financial Officer of RJR Nabisco before his retirement in 1997.A long-time senior strategic and financial executive with diversified corporate and operating experience with various global companies, including Colgate-Palmolive, General Foods, GAF Corporation and Price Waterhouse, Mr. Roath has amassed achievements in operations, strategy formulation, business development and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Roath has been a director of Standard Parking, a provider of parking management services, since its IPO in May 2004 and became Chairman of its Board of Directors in October 2009. He also serves as Chairman of Standard Parking’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Roath also served as Chairman of the Advisory Board to L.E.K. Consulting, a strategy and shareholder-value consulting firm, from 1997 to 2013.
Mr. Roath is a member of the Advisory Board to the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics in 1966. He is a registered CPA in the State of New York and has completed the Amos Tuck Executive Development program. Mr. Roath has been a speaker at various director seminars and was the keynote speaker at the first annual Business Ethics Conference at the University of Maryland.
William J. Merritt – President and Chief Executive Officer
WILLIAM J. MERRITT is InterDigital’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors.
Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005, Mr. Merritt played a key role in building a program of licensing InterDigital’s intellectual property and overseeing the growth in its patent licensing business, serving as General Patent Counsel from 2001 to 2005. Prior to joining InterDigital in 1996, he served as Assistant General Counsel with the Long Island Lighting Company in Hicksville, NY. Earlier on, Mr. Merritt had concentrated his engineering efforts with Public Service Electric and Gas Company and Stone & Webster.
Mr. Merritt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University.
Richard J. Brezski – Chief Financial Officer
RICHARD J. BREZSKI is InterDigital’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overseeing the organization’s finance, accounting, audit, tax, treasury, IT and facilities functions, including the company’s internal and external financial reporting and analysis.
Mr. Brezski joined InterDigital as Director and Controller in 2003. In 2006, Mr. Brezski was promoted to Sr. Director and in 2007 was appointed Chief Accounting Officer. In 2009, Mr. Brezski was promoted to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, and in 2011 he was appointed to the additional post of Treasurer. In May 2012, Mr. Brezski was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining InterDigital, Mr. Brezski served as an audit manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in PwC’s technology, information, communication and entertainment practice where he provided business advisory and auditing services to product and service companies in the electronics, software and technology industries.
Mr. Brezski earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Villanova University and an Executive MBA from Hofstra University.
Donald P. Dinella – Chief Licensing Officer and Chief Licensing Counsel
Mr. Dinella joined InterDigital in March 2013. Prior to joining InterDigital, Mr. Dinella was at Alcatel Lucent, a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services, from 2006 to 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Alcatel Lucent’s Chief IP Counsel and Vice President, IP Global Operations, Intellectual Property and Standards, with overall responsibility for Alcatel Lucents’s worldwide intellectual property business and legal activities, comprising legal, business, technical and administrative groups focused on patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, patent, technology and software licensing, patent assertion, IP law transactional services, IP business development, IP competitive intelligence and IP strategy. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Dinella served as Alcatel Lucent’s Vice President, Business Development and Licensing, Intellectual Property and Standards, responsible for the company’s worldwide IP licensing and business development activities. Before Alcatel Lucent, Mr. Dinella held various positions at its predecessor companies Lucent Technologies and AT&T, where he started his career as an engineer.
Mr. Dinella earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, a Master of Science in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University School of Law.
Jannie K. Lau – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
JANNIE K. LAU is InterDigital’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, responsible for managing the company’s legal and human resources functions.
Ms. Lau joined InterDigital in 2008 as Associate General Counsel, and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2010. She was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in October 2012. Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms. Lau served as securities and transactional counsel at IKON Office Solutions, Inc., then a Fortune® 500 document management solutions company. Before beginning her in-house career, she was a corporate associate at leading global law firms in New York and Boston, where she represented public and pre-IPO companies as well as private equity and venture capital fund managers. Ms. Lau serves on the executive committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and on the Southeast Region Board of the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society. She is also a past member of the board of directors of DELVACCA, the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Ms. Lau is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
Scott A. McQuilkin – Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation
SCOTT A. MCQUILKIN is InterDigital’s Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation. As head of InterDigital’s Innovation group, Mr. McQuilkin is responsible for leading the organization’s technology sourcing efforts, overseeing both Innovation Labs, which pursues internally funded technology, and Innovation Partners, a sourcing model based around partnerships with leading innovators and research organizations as well as strategic acquisitions of technology and patent portfolios.
Mr. McQuilkin joined InterDigital as its Chief Financial Officer in 2007 with over 25 years of senior-level experience in financial management with public and privately-held companies in the high-tech and financial services sectors. He was appointed InterDigital’s Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy and Finance in May 2012, in which role he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategy, corporate development and finance functions. In October 2012, Mr. McQuilkin was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation. Prior to InterDigital, Mr. McQuilkin served as Chief Financial Officer for Metavante Lending Solutions, a high growth technology firm providing business process automation to the financial services industry. Mr. McQuilkin joined GHR Systems (which subsequently was acquired by Metavante Corporation), in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for finance, funding, acquisitions, accounting, strategy, human resources, facilities, and risk management. During his tenure, he led the company through a period of explosive growth and structured and negotiated several acquisitions. Prior to joining GHR Systems, Mr. McQuilkin served as Chief Financial Officer at De Lage Landen Financial Services and held senior finance positions at First Union Corporation.
Mr. McQuilkin earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.
James J. Nolan – Executive Vice President, Research and Development
JAMES J. NOLAN is InterDigital’s Executive Vice President, Research and Development. As head of Innovation Labs, Mr. Nolan is responsible for directing the development of advanced wireless and network technologies, including the incubation of advanced wireless communication solutions and the evolution of standards based technologies, and the company’s participation in wireless standards bodies.
Since joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Nolan has held a variety of engineering and management positions, including serving as the company’s senior engineering officer since 2006. Since 2009, Mr. Nolan has led InterDigital’s Research and Development team’s next generation technology initiatives, including advanced air interface, machine-to-machine, bandwidth management technologies for WiFi®/cellular integration and dynamic spectrum management solutions. Prior to leading the Engineering and R&D organizations, he led technology and product development of modems, protocol software and radio designs for multiple wireless standards. He also played a key role in business development activities around the world. Mr. Nolan came to InterDigital from the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held technical and leadership roles on various engineering development programs.
Mr. Nolan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.
Allen A. Proithis – Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Solutions
ALLEN A. PROITHIS is InterDigital’s Executive Vice President, Solutions Group. As head of InterDigital Solutions, Mr. Proithis is responsible for commercializing market-ready technologies that emerge from the company’s Innovation group, as well as establishing and developing strategic business relationships and identifying potential new business opportunities.
Mr. Proithis joined the company as Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Solutions in March 2012, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Solutions Group in January 2013. Mr. Proithis was previously at TE Connectivity Ltd., a global designer and manufacturer of products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside products, from January 2011 to October 2011 where he served as Senior Director – Strategy & Business Development, Consumer Devices division, covering the mobile, consumer electronics and PC industries. While at TE, he led a global team dedicated to strategy, M&A and strategic marketing, and was responsible for identifying new markets, channels and growth opportunities from product idea creation to execution.
Before joining TE, Mr. Proithis spent almost seven years at Hewlett-Packard Company, most recently as Head of Strategy & Business Development for the Handheld business unit. In this function, he drove all strategic initiatives for devices, software and services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store. Mr. Proithis had previously been the Director of Business Development in HP’s Personal Systems Group, where he built a partnership program with major telecommunications companies. His career also includes executive roles at HB Associates, an executive search and management consulting firm, Computer Sciences Corporation, Convergys and Electronic Data Systems.
Mr. Proithis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from the Pennsylvania State University.
Lawrence F. Shay – President InterDigital’s Patent Holding Subsidiaries, EVP of Intellectual Property and Chief IP Counsel for InterDigital, Inc.
LAWRENCE F. SHAY is President of InterDigital’s Patent Holding Subsidiaries and is Executive Vice President of Intellectual Property and Chief IP Counsel for InterDigital, responsible for overseeing all activities pertaining to InterDigital’s patent business, including management of the company’s intellectual property assets, negotiation and administration of license agreements, IPR-related litigation and strategic patent sales and joint ventures.
Mr. Shay joined InterDigital in 2001 as Chief Legal Officer, bringing more than 18 years of legal and management experience. He previously served as the General Counsel of a multi-national publicly-held professional services firm and from 1985 until 1999 Mr. Shay practiced corporate law with Dilworth Paxson LLP, a major Philadelphia law firm. Mr. Shay began his career in 1983 as an attorney working with U.S. District Court Judge Louis Bechtle in Philadelphia. Mr. Shay has lectured on commercial transactions at the Temple University School of Law and he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Delaware County Memorial Hospital Foundation and various Boards of the Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Mr. Shay earned his law degree, with honors, from the Temple University School of Law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Todd G. Simpson – Executive Vice President, Innovation Partners
TODD G. SIMPSON is InterDigital’s Executive Vice President of Innovation Partners, responsible for leading the expansion of the company’s technology development capabilities through acquisitions, investments and partnerships with leading technology firms, inventors, universities and research organizations worldwide. Dr. Simpson joined InterDigital in May 2013.
Prior to joining InterDigital, Dr. Simpson was the Chief of Innovation at Mozilla Inc., a creator and promoter of open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all, where he led the Labs, Identity, Apps, Web Development, Services, and IT groups, from 2011 to 2013. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Simpson was President and CEO of Ditech Networks, a telecommunications platform company. He has also founded, built, and run numerous companies: Call Genie, a mobile search and advertising solutions company; Worldplay Networks, a video compression and streaming technology company; E-Zone Networks, an exercise entertainment company; and Jasomi, a vendor of session border controllers for the VoIP marketplace that was sold to Ditech Networks. Dr. Simpson also led research and development efforts at QSound Labs and Zi Corporation, and is on the Board of Directors of Kudos Inc., the developer of a peer-to-peer recognition and communication system.
Dr. Simpson holds a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.
Patrick Van de Wille – Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations
PATRICK VAN DE WILLE is InterDigital’s Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, responsible for overseeing all activities pertaining to communications, investor relations, marketing and market intelligence.
Mr. Van de Wille joined InterDigital in February 2012 as Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations. Prior to joining InterDigital, he was Senior Vice President in the corporate communications and investor relations practice of FTI Consulting, where he helped lead the technology practice and managed client engagements for companies in the technology, financial services and resource industries. Mr. Van de Wille contributes more than two decades of experience in communications, including executive roles at global communications firms Ketchum and Text 100 and a decade of media and broadcast experience.
Mr. Van de Wille holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University.