Director Profiles

Successful boards are focused on culture and relationships.

Directors today are asked to bring a lot more to the board table then the ability to read balance sheet.

Culture is the keystone of a successful company and it’s clear, “tone at the top” includes board leadership.


Dr. Oz Joins Biotechnology Firm PanTheryx' Board

By Barbara Wenger

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the host of The Dr. Oz Show, has been appointed to the board of biotechnology company, PanTheryx.

Oz is vice-chair and professor of Surgery at Columbia University where he directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and has authored over 400 original publications, including seven New York Times Best Sellers. He has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

Former Speaker Paul Ryan Named to SHINE Medical Technologies Board

By Barbara Wenger

SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC appoints the former Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan to its board of directors. Founded in 2010, SHINE is a development-stage company working to become a manufacturer of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine.

Philip M. Pfeffer joins ScholarshipAuditions.com Board of Directors

ScholarshipAuditions.com, an online collegiate recruiting platform used by colleges and universities to find high school and middle school performing fine arts students, announced the addition of Pfeffer to the board. Pfeffer served as president of Random House Inc. when it was sold in 1998 to Bertelsmann AG. Previously, he was EVP and a board member of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc., a Fortune 400 family business conglomerate with large interests in publishing and content distribution.

By April Hall

The Westphal family is deeply involved in the governance of their tax software company but stays out of management.

On a snow day in 2012, when kids had the day off from school and people were encouraged to stay off the roads, Jeff Westphal, second-generation CEO of Vertex Inc., called his sisters and asked for a meeting that day.

AKHAN Semiconductor Appoints a Retired Navy Vice Admiral to Its Board

By Barbara Wenger

AKHAN Semiconductor appoints retired Vice Admiral Charles Moore Jr. to its board.

AKHAN, a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of electronics-grade diamonds as functional semiconductors headquartered in Gurnee, Lake County, IL, also recently added former CIA operations director Don Hepburn to its board.

Simulations Plus Appoints Former FDA Official Lisa LaVange to its Board

Simulations Plus, a provider of simulation and modeling software and consulting services for all stages of pharmaceutical discovery and development, announced the appointment of Lisa LaVange to its board.

Craig Jimenez Joins Air Tractor Board

Air Tractor, the leading manufacturer of single-engine agriculture, firefighting and utility aircraft, announced the appointment of Craig Jimenez.

Quanergy Systems appoints Dr. Kevin J. Kennedy to its Board

Quanergy, a leader in 3D sensing solutions and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors, announced the addition of Kevin J. Kennedy to its board of directors.

“As the LiDAR technology reaches new thresholds, Quanergy is committed to continually adding established industry professionals to our team to guide the company through these critical stages,” said Dr. Louay Eidada, CEO and co-founder of Quanergy. “Kevin’s expertise on our board will not only give Quanergy an advantage when it comes to strategy execution but also sharpen our overall business development methodologies.”

David Fisher Joins FRISS Board

FRISS, the global provider of fraud and risk solutions for the P&C insurance industry, appointed David Fisher to the company’s board as a non-executive member.

David Fisher is a very experienced CEO who has headed several successful tech companies and currently runs Enova International, a leading technology and analytics company focused on online lending, which provides reliable, real-time financial options for every day, hard-working people.