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.
Warren Barkley Chief Technology Officer
Warren Barkley - Chief Technology Officer
Warren Barkley joined SMART in November of 2012 as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Barkley has over 17 years of technology experience and most recently served as General Manager in the Unified Communications division at Microsoft. He has held several key positions in Microsoft over his tenure and was instrumental in the development of Microsoft Lync as the communication and collaboration software of choice for Fortune 500 companies. At Microsoft, he played a central role in establishing WiFi as a worldwide standard and building world class real time communications technologies used by hundreds of millions of users every day. He holds over 35 worldwide patents in networking, wireless and communications. Prior to his career in the technology sector, Mr. Barkley was a school teacher. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.
Kelly Schmitt Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Schmitt - Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Schmitt was named Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Company in November 2012. Ms. Schmitt joined SMART in January 2008, and has served in a number of senior roles within the finance organization including Treasurer, Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Controller. Prior to SMART, she served in various treasury and corporate finance roles for both small and large cap energy companies. Ms. Schmitt is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Jeffrey A. Losch Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
Jeffrey A. Losch - Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
Jeffrey A. Losch was appointed Vice President, Legal and General Counsel in September 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Losch provided consulting services to businesses and individuals from September 2005 to August 2008. Mr. Losch was Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of InterTAN, Inc., a consumer electronics specialty retailer, from September 2001 to May 2005 and was its Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel from March 1999 to September 2001. From December 1993 to March 1999, Mr. Losch was Corporate Counsel of Whirlpool Canada Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances.
Greg Estell President, Education
Greg Estell - President, Education
Greg Estell joined SMART in March 2013 as President, Education. Greg has nearly 30 years of global technology experience including executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and Motorola. Over the course of his career, Greg has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and throughout North America inspiring change and driving focused strategies and operational excellence leading to record growth and profitability in fiercely competitive technology businesses. His cross-functional expertise spans sales, marketing, product development, operations, finance, distribution and strategy. Mr. Estell holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Scott Brown President, Enterprise
Scott Brown - President, Enterprise
Mr. Brown brings over 25 years of global experience and leadership in enterprise to SMART. Mr. Brown was name President, Enterprise in May, 2013. Prior to SMART, he held numerous executive roles with Microsoft® Corporation and was responsible for several functions including Enterprise Sales, Technical and Solution Sales, Consulting and most recently oversaw the Microsoft Lync® Global Sales and Partner strategy. Over the course of his career, Brown has been directly responsible for driving business results for U.S., North America and Global organizations with accountability for Enterprise, State and Local Government as well as Education sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Brown is a veteran of the US Army and Nebraska Army National Guard.
Leslie Dance Vice President, Marketing
Leslie Dance - Vice President, Marketing
Leslie Dance was appointed Vice President, Marketing in April 2014.
Ms. Dance brings an exceptional marketing leadership background to SMART, having spent the last 20 years in a variety of senior leadership positions at Motorola, Burberry and Kodak. Prior to joining SMART, she was a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Motorola’s Mobile Device Business, based in Chicago, then became the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Burberry, based in London, and most recently was Vice President for Brand Strategy, Management, Marketing and Communications for Kodak, based in Rochester, NY.
Pam Ramotowski Vice President, People Services
Pam Ramotowski - Vice President, People Services
Pamela Ramotowski is responsible for all people strategies and practices at SMART, including recruitment and retention, learning and development, compensation and benefits, organizational effectiveness, and employee relations.
Ms. Ramotowski joined SMART in 2008 as Director, Total Compensation & Employee Relations and was appointed Vice President, People Services in 2012. She brings over 14 years' experience in human resources management to SMART. Ms. Ramotowski held a number of senior positions at prominent energy, geophysical and agricultural companies. Prior to joining SMART she led the human resources function for a global drilling organization where she designed and implemented people strategies, supporting policies and programs for more than 8,000 staff. She holds a bachelor of management degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree in the management of organizations and human resources. She also holds a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Nicholas Svensson Vice President, Operations
Nicholas Svensson - Vice President, Operations
Mr. Svensson was named Vice President, Operations of SMART Technologies in November 2013. Since he joined SMART in 2009, he has been leading cross-functional teams consisting of engineers, technologists and scientists to develop and launch numerous SMART products. Prior to his current role, he held various positions at SMART including Vice President, Hardware and Vice President, Education Solutions. With a career spanning over 20 years, Mr. Svensson has garnered valuable experience during his tenure at various technology companies including leading telecom and space hardware providers.
Mr. Svensson holds an undergraduate degree in applied physics from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.