David Martin is Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the Company. He has been a director of the Company or its predecessors since 1987. He served as Executive Chairman from 2007 to April 2012. Prior to 2007, he served the company in various other capacities including CEO, Co-CEO, President and Chairman of the board. Mr. Martin is the creator of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and the named inventor with respect to numerous patents. He has received many awards for his contributions to the industry, including the Alberta Centennial Medal for High-Tech Innovation and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Award for Private Sector and Leadership in Advanced Technology.
Nancy Knowlton Vice Chair, Co-Founder
Nancy Knowlton - Vice Chair, Co-Founder
Nancy Knowlton is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the Company. She has been a director of the Company or its predecessors since 1987. From 2007 to April 2012 she served as President and CEO. Prior to 2007, she served the company in various other capacities including Co-CEO, President, COO and Executive Vice President. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration and she qualified as a chartered accountant in Alberta. Ms. Knowlton has received numerous awards, including Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and honorary doctorate degrees from two Canadian universities.
Neil Gaydon President and Chief Executive Officer
Neil Gaydon - President and Chief Executive Officer
Neil Gaydon was appointed President and CEO of SMART Technologies in October 2012 and became a director of the Company in February 2013. Prior to joining SMART, Mr. Gaydon was CEO of Pace plc, a technology developer for pay TV and broadband service providers. During his tenure as CEO at Pace, he led the company through a major turnaround resulting in a ten-fold increase in revenues to become the world leader. Prior to becoming the CEO of Pace, he served in numerous executive and senior positions there, including President Pace Americas, which he established and led for five years. Before joining Pace, Mr. Gaydon worked with a number of technology companies in various key roles. Throughout his career, his hallmark has been defining and executing strategy, creating effective structure and changing business culture on a global scale.
Mr. Gaydon is a graduate of Harvard Business School in the Advanced Management Program. His awards include 2009 Institute of Directors 'Director of the Year', 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, 2008 TechMARK Personality of the Year as well as leading Pace to three consecutive Queen's Awards.
Gary Hughes Director
Gary Hughes - Director
Gary Hughes was appointed a director of the company on December 1, 2013. Mr. Hughes is a Senior Adviser within the Portfolio Support Group of Apax Partners LLP, a global private equity firm. Prior to joining Apax in October 2012, Mr. Hughes held a number of senior management positions across the consumer packaged goods, international hotels, media and gaming sectors. He currently also serves on a number of boards in the United Kingdom, including J Sainsbury plc (SBRY.L on the London Stock Exchange), the Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited and Get Me Media Limited. He is a UK citizen and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Apax Partners is a significant shareholder in the company.
Michael J. Mueller Director
Michael J. Mueller - Director
Michael J. Mueller has been a director of the Company since July 2010. He retired from the audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2007 as the Global Leader of PwC's Private Company Services/Middle Market Practice. From his appointment as Partner in 1979 through 2007, Mr. Mueller served PwC in various other capacities, including Managing Partner, National Managing Partner and a member of PwC's Global Markets Council, Global Advisory Leadership Team and Global Audit Leadership Team. He currently serves on the board of directors of Hydro One Inc., an electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Mueller is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
Robert C. Hagerty has been a director of the Company since July 2010. Mr. Hagerty is currently Chief Executive Officer and a director of iControl Networks, Inc. Since 2011, Mr. Hagerty has also served as a director of Plantronics, Inc., a personal audio communications company. Mr. Hagerty served Polycom, Inc. in various executive capacities and as an advisor from 1997 through 2011, including as Chairman, Director, CEO and President. Prior to joining Polycom, Mr. Hagerty served as President of Stylus Assets, Ltd. He has also held several key executive management positions with Logitech, Inc., Conner Peripherals Inc., Signal Corporation, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Hagerty served on the board of Palm, Inc. in various capacities from 2005 to 2010, including Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and Audit Committee member.
Ian McKinnon was appointed a Director of SMART in August 2013. Mr. McKinnon is an experienced technology director and currently serves on the Board of TSX-listed Constellation Software Inc. He is also a Director of two privately held companies. Mr. McKinnon was President and Chief Executive Officer of Certicom Corp. from 2002 to 2007. Prior to 2002 he was Chief Executive Officer for a number of public and private software companies including Promis Systems Corporation, and spent 14 years with Digital Equipment Corporation.