Mr. Falk was promoted and appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company by the Board of Directors in January 2009 when he was also appointed as a Director. He also served as President and a member of the Board from January 1997 (and from July 1998 as Chief Executive Officer) to July 2004. From July 2004 to January 2009 he was the Company’s Vice President of Corporate Development and from March 1995 to January 1997, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Vice President of OEM and International Sales. Prior to joining the Company, Falk worked for Resources Internationale as director of U.S. sales from 1993 to 1995. From 1988 to 1993, he was the manager of OEM sales and technology licensing for Personal Computer Products, Inc. From 1978 to 1988, he held several management positions at DH Technology.
Ms. Haring-Layton was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company by the Board of Directors on December 5, 2011. Ms. Haring-Layton had been with the Company, on a part-time consulting basis, since July 2010. Previously, she was employed as a consultant with Resources Global Professionals, a multinational professional services firm, from 2007 to 2011. From 2005 to 2006, she was the Corporate Audit Manager at Royale Energy, Inc. Prior to Royale Energy, Ms. Haring-Layton was employed by Charlotte Russe, Inc. as Systems Control and Reporting Manager and Deloitte LLP as an audit professional. Ms. Haring-Layton holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Mr. Cocumelli was appointed Chairman of the Board in October 2008. He also previously served as Chairman of the Board from April 2000 to November 2002. Mr. Cocumelli served as owner and General Counsel of SimpleNet, Inc. from 2004 until the company was sold in 2009. He also has had a solely owned law practice. Prior thereto, he was a Director of Website Services at Yahoo! Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Prior to joining Yahoo! Inc., Mr. Cocumelli was General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Simplenet Network Communications Inc. which became part of broadcast.com. He previously served as a manager in the Components Manufacturing Group and as Director of Corporate Training and Development at Intel. Mr. Cocumelli obtained a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mr. Cocumelli is a member of the California Bar Association. The Board believes that Mr. Cocumelli’s technology experience and legal background will continue to be valuable as the Company pursues its patent enforcement and licensing strategy.
Ms. Warden serves as the SEC Reporting Manager for Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc., Clearwater, Florida. From 2011 to 2014 Ms. Warden provided professional financial advisory consulting services to MetLife, Inc., Avantair and Chord Advisor LLC. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Controller for VeriFone. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Warden was Director of Accounting for Revolution Money, Inc. Prior to its acquisition by Crown Castles in 2007, Ms. Warden was Manager Special Projects/SOX for Global Signal, Inc. From 2005 to 2006, Ms. Warden was Vice President and Controller for Kintera, Inc. Previously, Ms. Warden was an executive officer of e.Digital Corporation. Ms. Warden joined e.Digital Corporation in 1991 as Accounting Manager, was appointed Controller and Corporate Secretary in 1997 and served as Chief Accounting Officer and Secretary from 2003 through 2005. Ms. Warden obtained a B.S. degree in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix in 1999. Ms. Warden’s broad financial and accounting experience positions her well to serve as a director and to fill the important role of Audit Committee “financial expert.”
Russell H. Packer has been a director of eDigital since August 2016. Mr. Packer has been the Chief Financial Officer of GeoOptics, Inc., a company engaged in the collection and sale of Environmental Earth Observation data for use in operational monitoring and forecasting applications, since 2011. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of Geometric Results Incorporated (“GRI”), a Ford Motor Company business and technology services subsidiary. During his eight-year tenure at GRI, revenue increased from $3 million per month to over $800 million per year. Prior to GRI he spent five years as a financial executive with Coca-Cola, including work on the IPO of Coca-Cola Enterprises. He also has ten years experience in investment banking with Shoreline Partners and The Delphos Group. Mr. Packer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from USC.
Mr. Springer has been a director of eDigital since October 2016. Mr. Springer has been the co-founder and Chairman of The Colton Group, a board directorship and executive advisory firm providing actionable growth strategies to ignite and accelerate growth of emerging businesses, global companies, and social enterprises, since its inception in 2004. Mr. Springer has extensive growth experience from building an $800M global enterprise, to multiple venture-backed start-ups. He has Fortune 200 experience as President of a Ford Motor Co. technology subsidiary, CEO of a Microsoft VAR, EVP of an EDS venture, and an early career at Texas Instruments. Mr. Springer has served on the boards of domestic and international technology and service companies, as well as international boards while living in Europe. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of North Texas.