Audible Magic’s leadership, board of directors, and advisors

Board of directors

Profiles of Audible Magic’s executive team

Vance Ikezoye

President and CEO

With foresight to the burgeoning ease of accessing digital media, Vance Ikezoye co-founded Audible Magic in 1999, recognizing the growing need for digital copyright tracking, monetization and management. As president and chief executive officer for Audible Magic, Mr. Ikezoye applies a wealth of technical, sales and marketing experience and holds several key patents. Mr. Ikezoye began his career at Hewlett-Packard, where he served in various sales, marketing and technical positions within the computer systems and medical products businesses over a 13-year period. From there, Mr. Ikezoye joined Trade Reporting and Data Exchange Inc., a venture capital funded start-up, where over five years he held the titles of vice president of sales, marketing and international business development. While there, Mr. Ikezoye developed major worldwide distribution channels and focused on operations that helped increase global revenues. Mr. Ikezoye holds a BS in engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Mike Edwards

Vice President of Music Licensing and European Operations

Mike Edwards has an extensive work history in the music industry, including licensing, copyright and anti-piracy issues. Prior to joining Audible Magic, he was the Principal for Michael Edwards & Associates. He also has worked in various executive positions for the IFPI Secretariat, Timbuktu Records, and Sony Music International. He holds a B.Proc degree (Law and Economics) from Witwatersrand University, South Africa and a Masters degree in Law (LL.M), specializing in intellectual property from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Jay Friedman

Vice President of Product Management & Marketing

Jay Friedman leads product management and marketing for Audible Magic. He brings extensive product management and executive experience to the company. Previously, Jay was CEO of Distrix, a Candian-based software and services company. Jay’s career spans stints at Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Prognostics (management consulting), LiveWorld (social networking), and he co-founded his own music social networking company, SonicSwap. Jay holds a BSc in Math and Computer Science from UCLA and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Kuni Takahashi

Vice President of Account Services & Sales

Kuni Takahashi leads Accounts Services and Sales for Audible Magic. Kuni has over 20 years experience in music, digital media, telecommunications and technology. Previously, Kuni worked at Rumblefish/HFA, a subsidiary of SESAC, a global music rights organization. He focused on business and corporate development in the areas of digital rights management, music licensing, content identification and monetization. He was also an investment banker focused on technology, media, and telecommunications. Kuni has completed strategic M&A transactions with YouTube / Google, AT&T, Intuit, Target Corp., GE, FICO, and others. Prior to his banking career, Kuni worked in Operations at Intelsat, the largest satellite services firm in the world, and as a design engineer for Loral Space & Communications designing and building satellites for DIRECTV, EchoStar, SiriusXM and more. Kuni holds an MBA from Georgetown University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. During college, Kuni’s and other team members’ signatures were launched into space when he worked on the 1st NASA Mars Pathfinder mission.

Rob Williams

Vice President of Research and Development

Rob Williams has more than 28 years of product development, customer support, professional services, and major account management experience. He has built teams from the ground up and has managed hundreds of employees across geographically dispersed organizations. Mr. Williams has led product development teams at leading electronic commerce companies that powered some of the largest electronic exchanges around the world. More recently, he was vice president of product development at Neoforma/GHX, a leading provider of online applications and services to buyers and sellers of healthcare products. Previously, he was a vice president of product development at Commerce One, a pioneer in secure XMLbased electronic commerce exchanges. Mr. Williams began his career at Hewlett-Packard, following time spent focusing on the electrical engineering and computer science program at UC Berkeley.

Erling Wold

Chief Scientist

Erling has over 25 years experience in audio and video identification, audio signal processing, and network appliances. He is the principal inventor of Audible Magic’s digital fingerprinting and its search and retrieval technology. Prior to Audible Magic, Erling was Chief Engineer with Yamaha Music Technologies where he did research on the analysis and synthesis of audio, musical instruments, nanotechnology, distributed objects, and graphical user interfaces. He has been awarded many patents covering his work at the boundaries of computers and media. Erling holds a BS degree from the California Institute of Technology in EECS, as well as a Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, working on algorithms and computer architectures for sound separation, FFTs, and stochastic sampling. He has published a wide range of papers in signal processing, computer architecture and computer graphics. Erling is also a respected composer of operas and orchestral and electronic works that have been performed across the US and Europe, giving him a real world connection to the rapidly changing world of music publishing, recording and marketing.

Gary Catalano

VP of IT & Infrastructure

Gary Catalano leads Infrastructure and IT for Audible Magic. With more than 20 years experience managing high-performing teams in the technology and operations space, he has built and managed organizations across a wide range of industries, including internet service provider, healthcare information technology, massively multi-player online gaming, and electronic publishing. He has managed large teams across multiple geographies, including a managed service organization which provided follow-the-sun support to Fortune 500 companies. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Information Technology Operations for HighWire Press, a leading provider of electronic publishing technology for scholarly and academic publishers. He holds a BA degree in Business, Information Systems Management from Western Governor’s University.

Janis Wilson

VP of Finance and Corporate Controller

Janis Wilson has over 20 years in finance experience. Her experiences include M&A due diligence, IPO, treasury, software revenue recognition, and SEC reporting. Prior to coming to Audible Magic she has worked for such companies as SanDisk, Xilinx, Oncore Manufacturing, Dialogic (formerly Veraz Networks) and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Most recently she was the VP Corporate Controller for Oncore Manufacturing and part of the due diligence team during Oncore’s acquisition by Natel Engineering prior to its change to NeoTech. She was also a member of the IPO team for Veraz Networks. She has a BS degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as an active CPA license from the state of California.

Profiles of Audible Magic’s board of directors.

Vance Ikezoye

President & CEO, Audible Magic

With foresight to the burgeoning ease of accessing digital media, Vance Ikezoye co-founded Audible Magic in 1999, recognizing the growing need for digital copyright tracking, monetization and management. As president and chief executive officer for Audible Magic, Mr. Ikezoye applies a wealth of technical, sales and marketing experience and holds several key patents. Mr. Ikezoye began his career at Hewlett-Packard, where he served in various sales, marketing and technical positions within the computer systems and medical products businesses over a 13-year period. From there, Mr. Ikezoye joined Trade Reporting and Data Exchange Inc., a venture capital funded start-up, where over five years he held the titles of vice president of sales, marketing and international business development. While there, Mr. Ikezoye developed major worldwide distribution channels and focused on operations that helped increase global revenues. Mr. Ikezoye holds a BS in engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Michael S. Battaglia

Michael S. Battaglia served as SmartDisk Corporation’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Director from the Company’s inception in January 1998 until year-end 2014. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Battaglia was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fischer International Systems Corporation. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Battaglia was President of Mosler, Inc., a provider of electronic security systems and security equipment. For the 25-year-period prior to his Mosler tenure, Mr. Battaglia held various senior management positions in the computer and information systems industry. He spent most of his professional career at Sperry Corporation and RCA Corp. in New York City and Philadelphia. Mr. Battaglia also serves on the board of directors of Fischer Identity, LLC and Actify, Inc., which are privately held, and is the inventor of a number of technology patents.

Rick Phillips

Rick Phillips is currently President of Publishing and Licensing at FoxNext Games. He is a media and technology expert with more than 20 years of experience driving revenue growth and building asset value in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has repeatedly designed, built and reshaped both large global businesses and early-stage companies to accelerate growth and profitability. He has a strong interest in and acumen for building very early-stage companies. Phillips has been a senior executive at some of America’s leading media and technology companies including Microsoft Corporation, Gemstar/TV Guide International, Inc., MGM, Liberty Global, Liberty Media Corporation, and The Walt Disney Company. He is currently serving on the board of Huvi, a start-up that is developing secondary markets for all forms of media. Mr. Phillips holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Harvard.

David Opsahl

David Opsahl is a true veteran of the manufacturing software industry, having begun his career working for companies such as Boeing and Bechtel in their engineering software organizations. He worked for Computervision Corporation (now part of PTC) for twelve years, leaving in 1994 as Regional Director of Sales to become the General Manager of Tecnomatix Quality Engineering Inc.(now part of Siemens PLM) where he led a turnaround of the company with new products and profitability. He has worked for a number of software startups in the manufacturing software market such as Aspect Development (now part of i2), Division (now part of PTC), Cardonet (master data management) and was the CEO of Actify, Inc. from 2006 – 2011, where he led the company to record levels of sales and profitability. He remains on the Actify board and one of its significant shareholders. Dave formed a profitable consulting company, Sagemark LLC, which specializes in marketing and business development projects for manufacturing software companies, and was the founder and first Executive Director of the 3DPDF Consortium, an international trade group he founded along with several other industry leaders. Today Dave is the Vice President of Corporate Development for Tech Soft 3D Inc, the international leader in component software for engineering application developers. In his current role he has responsibility for all of Tech Soft 3D’s field operations and business development, comprised of a group of approximately thirty (30) professionals who reside in offices in the US, England, France, and Japan. In addition to his board role at Actify, Dave also serves on the boards of the 3DPDF Consortium and Smartdisk.

Jim Schrempp

Before co-founding Audible Magic, Mr. Schrempp was a 19-year veteran of Hewlett-Packard, where he managed system-software development for the company’s $1 billion mid-range computer-systems business unit. Under his purview was the R&D team responsible for HP’s proprietary relational database management system. He also oversaw the development of benchmarks that predict performance and provide tuning recommendations for new system hardware and software products. During his tenure, Mr. Schrempp also held other management-level positions within the commercial business computer systems organization. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Timothy Tomlinson

Timothy Tomlinson currently services on the on the Board of Verisign and is Chairman of Verisign’s Audit Committee. Previously, Mr. Tomlinson was an attorney with Greenberg Traurig. Mr. Tomlinson’s areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture funding, corporate transactions and corporate finance. He is the author of numerous articles on insider trading, was a member of the ABA committee that assisted in the amendment of the SEC Rules relating to Section 16 of the 1934 Act and co-authored Tomlinson Zisko’s Audit Committee Handbook. Mr. Tomlinson has served on the boards of several public companies, serving as chairman or a member of their audit committees. He presently sits on the Board of Directors for VeriSign, where he also serves on the compensation and governance committees. Mr. Tomlinson holds a degree in Economics, an MA in History, and both MBA and JD degrees, all conferred from Stanford University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Profiles of Audible Magic’s advisors.

Dr. Taher Elgamal

Dr. Taher Elgamal is an industry veteran in Internet security. He is the inventor of the Elgamal Digital Signature scheme, which is the basis for Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA). While serving as Chief Scientist of Netscape Communications, he was the driving force behind SSL. Dr. Elgamal was the recipient of the 2009 RSA conference Lifetime achievement award. Network World chose him as one of 20 people who changed the industry. Dr. Elgamal serves as the CTO, Security for Salesforce. He was the founder and CEO of Securify, and was the director of engineering at RSA Security Inc. prior to Joining Netscape in 1995 and founding Securify in 1998. Dr. Elgamal has served on many public and private boards. He also served and is serving on advisory boards of many security and software companies. Dr. Elgamal has a MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and BS in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University.

Hunter Williams

Hunter Williams is celebrating 25 years of distinguished experience in management and executive positions at leading music organizations. He spent 20 years at performing rights organization, SESAC, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development/Distribution and Research Operations. During this time, Williams ran all royalty distribution operations and was responsible for the development of the company’s royalty distribution and survey methodologies, performance tracking across all media, and the oversight of the organization’s song repertory and cue sheet databases. He also directed the company’s research and analysis division, which helped drive strategic development by identifying new business opportunities. Under Williams’ leadership, SESAC pioneered the use of digital audio-recognition technologies to track and pay royalties for performances on radio, television, and new media. After leaving SESAC, he served as Executive Director of the Production Music Association, the non-profit trade organization representing approximately 700 production music libraries. Currently, he is Executive Vice President, IP and Business Development at SourceAudio, the leading music hosting and delivery platform for the B2B music licensing space. Williams is an experienced speaker, panelist, and presenter at various industry events, trade conferences, and higher-learning institutions, while also remaining active as a professional musician and composer. His latest venture is 21st music licensing and administration company, Move Music LLC, with his partner and composer extraordinaire, Timothy Andrew Edwards.

Dr. Daniel J. Julius

Dr. Daniel Julius is the Executive Director of the Levin Institute in New York City which is affiliated with the State University of New York. He is also an affiliated faculty member at Cornell University and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. His areas of expertise are higher education administration, marketing, strategic planning and innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to moving to the Levin Institute, he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research for the University of Alaska System of Higher Education, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Benedictine University in Illinois, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Staff Relations at the California State University System, Director of Personnel Services for the Vermont State College System, and served as Director of the Institute for Higher Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Julius has been a lecturer in the business and management schools of the University of California, Stanford University, the University of New Hampshire, Columbia University and SUNY Albany, a visiting faculty member in Canada, Spain, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Israel, and the People’s Republic of China, and a member of numerous accreditation teams throughout the US and in the Middle East. He continues to serve as a management consultant to a variety of companies engaged in business partnerships with colleges and universities. Dr. Julius received an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, attended Cornell University for graduate coursework, holds two degrees from Columbia University and engaged in advanced studies as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Justin W. Lilley

In 2003, Justin W. Lilley founded the TeleMedia Policy Corp., which specializes in policy consulting for domestic and international companies in the telecom, media, and e-commerce sectors, including cable operators, wireless carriers, record companies, video game companies, and more. Before he launched the TeleMedia Policy Corp., Mr. Lilley served as senior vice president for government affairs at Bertelsmann, as well as vice president for government relations for News Corporation. Mr. Lilley also served as Republican counsel and staff member to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In his decade-long service, Mr. Lilley advised committee members and their staff on a wide range of telecommunications, media, copyright, and e-commerce issues. He also sits on the boards of directors for Singapore Technologies Telemedia and iMapData. Mr. Lilley has a BA degree in Economics and Religion from Trinity College, a graduate degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Catholic University.

Robert D. Williams

Robert Williams began his entrepreneurial career as the co-founder and associate publisher of The Real Paper, a weekly newspaper published in Boston in the 1970’s. He then went on to found National Cable Advertising (NCA) in 1981, which he later merged with Katz Media to create National Cable Communications in 1995. He oversaw National Cable’s growth from inception to 14 offices with 225 employees and over $200 Million in annual sales. Mr. Williams co-founded National Public Broadcasting, now National Public Media, in 1997 where he served as President and CEO. In 2007, he co-founded eMediaRep, which provides digital advertising solutions to national marketers and Invitation TV, which develops and implements interactive television applications.