|William B. Chiasson |
William B. Chiasson has served as our Chairman since March 2011 and as a board member since March 2010. Mr. Chiasson has served as a member of the board of directors of the ERGObaby Carrier, Inc., since February 2012 and as its Chief Executive Officer since October 2012. Previously, he served as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2010 to March 2011, as President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2010 to September 2010, and as Chief Financial Officer from November 2004 to February 2010. Prior to joining LeapFrog, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Levi Strauss & Co., a marketer of apparel, from August 1998 to December 2003. From January 1988 to August 1998, Mr. Chiasson served in varying capacities with Kraft Foods, Inc., a division of Phillip Morris Companies and a manufacturer and seller of branded foods and beverages, most recently as Senior Vice President, Finance and Information Technology for Kraft Foods, Inc. From June 1979 to January 1988, Mr. Chiasson served in varying capacities with Baxter Healthcare, most recently as its Vice President and Controller for the Hospital Group. Mr. Chiasson received his B.A. from the University of Arizona and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
|Thomas J. Kalinske |
Vice Chairman and Independent Director
Thomas J. Kalinske has served as our Vice Chairman since July 2006. From February 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Kalinske served as our Chief Executive Officer and previously served in that same capacity from September 1997 to March 2002. He has served on our board of directors since September 1997 and was the Chairman of our board of directors from September 1997 to February 2004. From April 2007 to May 2008, Mr. Kalinske served as Chief Executive Officer of cFares, Inc., an online meta search company. From 1996 to February 2004, Mr. Kalinske served as the President of Knowledge Universe (now Mounte LLC), a private company focused on building leading companies in areas relating to education, technology and career management and the improvement of individual and corporate performance. From 1990 to 1996, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sega of America. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Matchbox Group from 1987 to 1990. Prior to that, he served as President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, Inc. Mr. Kalinske has served as Chair of the Toy Manufacturers Association of America and, in 1997, he was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Kalinske has served as a director on the board of directors of Blackboard Inc., a publicly held company that provides enterprise learning software applications, since April 2007, and is a member of its audit committee until its acquisition in October of 2011. He has also served on the board of directors and audit committee of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., a publicly held company that provides educational materials to schools for at risk and special need student populations, since February of 2010. Mr. Kalinske also serves as Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Moonshoot, a privately held developer of online English language learning games for non-English speaking children. Mr. Kalinske earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.
|John Barbour |
Chief Executive Officer
John Barbour has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a board member since March 2011. Prior to joining LeapFrog, Mr. Barbour served as President of the GameHouse Division of RealNetworks, Inc. from October 2008 to August 2010, where he led the business to profitability. From October 2006 to October 2008, Mr. Barbour served as the Managing Partner of Volta Capital, LLC, a strategy and investment consulting firm where he assisted clients with a wide variety of investment and strategic development engagements. From 1999 to June 2006, Mr. Barbour was employed by Toys “R” Us, Inc., a leading retailer of children’s toys and products. He served as President, Toys “R” Us U.S. from August 2004 to June 2006, where he was responsible for $5.5 billion of retail sales through approximately 600 stores across the U.S. and built the private brands business to over $1 billion of annual sales. Prior to that, he served as President, Toys “R” Us International and Chairman, Toys “R” Us Japan from February 2002 to August 2004, achieving three years of record sales and earnings growth. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Barbour served as President and Chief Executive Officer of toysrus.com, a subsidiary of Toys “R” Us, Inc., where he grew sales from $2 million in 1998 to $336 million in 2002. Mr. Barbour has also held senior level positions with Hasbro, Inc., Oddzon Products Inc., and Universal Matchbox Group, Ltd. Mr. Barbour holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, with Honors, from the University of Glasgow.
|Stanley E. Maron |
Stanley E. Maron was elected to our board of directors in September 1997. Since 1994, Mr. Maron has served as a senior partner in the law firm of Maron & Sandler, a Professional Corporation, which he co-founded. He specializes in corporate and tax law. Prior to forming Maron & Sandler, he was a senior partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, serving the firm from 1975 to 1994. Mr. Maron currently serves as a director of Heron International, a privately held European real estate development company, and also serves as an officer and director of privately held companies affiliated with Knowledge Learning Corporation, a for-profit provider of early child care learning. Mr. Maron earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Maron has served on our audit committee since July 2006, and on our compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees since May 1, 2008.
|E. Stanton McKee, Jr. |
Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
E. Stanton McKee, Jr. was appointed to our board of directors in November 2003. From 1989 until his retirement in November 2002, Mr. McKee served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Electronic Arts Inc., a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. McKee was Chief Financial Officer of Digital Research, Inc, a privately held developer of operating systems, computer languages and applications. Mr. McKee also served in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen for seven years. Mr. McKee has served on the board of directors of ArcSight, Inc., a publicly held company that provides security and compliance management software and appliances to government and commercial entities, since February 2005; he is a member of its corporate governance committee and chairs its audit committee. Mr. McKee has served on numerous private company and joint venture boards and currently serves on the board of a private company. Mr. McKee earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mr. McKee has served as the Chair of audit committee since November 2003 and as a member of our compensation committee since July 2009.
Joanna Rees has been appointed to our board of directors effective April 1, 2014. Ms. Rees is currently a Managing Director at Soda Rock Partners LLC, supporting entrepreneurs to build leading high-growth companies and organizations. In 1996, Ms. Rees founded VSP Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, where she served as Managing Partner until 2011. During her tenure with VSP Capital, Ms. Rees served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed companies across a broad range of industries. Ms. Rees has significant experience in finance and investment banking including positions at Banc of America Securities from 1993 to 1995 and a boutique merchant bank, Vrolyk & Company from 1995 to 1996. She worked in private placements and mergers & acquisitions focused on retail, restaurant and branded consumer companies. Ms. Rees spent her early career in advertising and brand management. She oversaw multiple brands at Groupe Danone from 1984 to 1989 and also was head of new product development in the US. She started her career at Benton & Bowels in 1983 (now DMB&B) working on multiple consumer brands. Ms. Rees was the co-creator of the Build Brand Value CEO forum which she ran from 1997 to 2003. She has also served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, the Coppola Companies, and as Chairman of the USA for Madrid-based FON. In 2000, Ms. Rees was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by The World Economic Forum. In 2002 the Aspen Institute selected Ms. Rees for its 2002 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. She is currently a senior mentor and a seminar moderator at the Aspen Institute and has been an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University since 2007 where she teaches Leadership in the Leavey School of Business. Ms. Rees earned her M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. from Duke University.
|Randy O. Rissman |
Randy O. Rissman was appointed to our board of directors in August 2011. From 1978 to 1998, Mr. Rissman served as Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Electronics, Inc., an early pioneer of children’s electronic gaming he co-founded and helped grow to $400 million in sales. The company was sold to Hasbro, Inc. in 1998. Mr. Rissman is currently managing director of Leo Capital Holdings, LLC, a venture capital fund he founded in 2000, which makes early stage investments in technology and media-based companies focused on consumer internet and mobile applications. Mr. Rissman currently serves on the board of several private companies in which Leo Capital Holdings has made an investment. Mr. Rissman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
|Caden Wang |
Caden Wang was appointed to our board of directors in April 2005. From June 1999 until his retirement in December 2001, Mr. Wang served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LVMH Selective Retailing Group, which included various international retail holdings such as DFS, Sephora and Miami Cruiseline Services. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for DFS, Gump’s and Cost Plus. Since October 2003, Mr. Wang has served on the board of directors of bebe stores, inc., a publicly held company that designs, develops and produces women’s apparel and accessories, and chairs its audit committee, is a member of its nominating and corporate governance committee and chairs a special committee advising on executive equity matters. He earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Wang has served as a member of our audit committee since April 2005, as a member of our nominating and corporate governance committee since November 2006, and as a member of our strategy committee from April 2006 until it was dissolved in July 2007.
Stephen Youngwood was appointed to our board of directors in July 2014. Mr. Youngwood is a senior global media industry executive who most recently served with Viacom as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon’s Digital Media and Entertainment Products, where he led all Nickelodeon Digital efforts, including websites, mobile, connected TVs, TV Everywhere and other emerging platforms. Stephen also led Nickelodeon’s video, gaming, and book publishing businesses across all digital and traditional retail channels and oversaw the acquisition and integration of various digital companies. Mr. Youngwood joined Viacom in 1997 and previously held various senior management positions in Consumer Products, ran the Nick and NickJr Magazines, and worked in the Strategy and Business Development Group. He also worked in Viacom International and was part of launch efforts in Germany and India. Prior to Viacom, Stephen worked for McKinsey & Company in the US and Germany and also at Disney Educational Publishing. Stephen previously served on the advisory board of Learning Resources/ETA Hand2Mind, a private educational products company, and on the board of directors of the Online Publishing Association, an industry trade association, and Common Cents, a service-learning not-for-profit organization. He earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale College.