C. Scott Gibson has served as a Director since June 1993 and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since October 2002. From January 1983 through February 1992, Mr. Gibson co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior VP of Operations, then Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer and finally President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sequent Computer Systems, Inc. (“Sequent”), a computer systems company. Before co-founding Sequent, Mr. Gibson served as General Manager, Memory Components Operation, at Intel Corporation. Since March 1992, Mr. Gibson has been a director to high technology companies as his full time occupation. Mr. Gibson serves on the boards of several other companies and non-profit organizations, including Qorvo, Inc., Pixelworks, Inc., NW Natural, and non-profits St. Johns Medical Center, and Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. During the past five years, Mr. Gibson was previously a director of Triquint Semiconductor, Inc. and Verigy, Pty. Each of the boards of directors of the public companies for which Mr. Gibson serves as an audit committee member has determined that he is an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined by the rules and regulations of the SEC. Mr. Gibson holds a B.S.E.E. and a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Brian Bronson joined us in 1999 and has been an officer since 2000. From July 2011 through October 2012, he served as our President and Chief Financial Officer. In October 2012, he was named our Chief Executive Officer and President. He was also appointed to serve as a director by the Board on October 2, 2012. Prior to his being named as our Chief Financial Officer in November 2006, Mr. Bronson held the positions of our Vice President of Finance and Business Development and Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer. Before joining Radisys, from 1995 to 1999, Mr. Bronson held a number of financial management roles at Tektronix, Inc. where he was responsible for investor relations, finance and accounting functions for both domestic and international operations. Prior to joining Tektronix, Inc., Mr. Bronson practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche, LLP. Mr. Bronson holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Communications from Oregon State University.
Hubert de Pesquidoux has served as Director since April 2012. Mr. de Pesquidoux is a former senior executive of Alcatel-Lucent SA, with a 19-year career until 2009. His last position was Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel-Lucent and President of its Enterprise Business Group. Mr. de Pesquidoux was also previously a member of the Alcatel Executive Committee and held various executive positions including President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel North America, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Canada (formerly Newbridge Networks) and Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel USA. Mr. de Pesquidoux has served as Chairman of the Board for Tekelec. Mr. de Pesquidoux is currently Executive Partner at Siris Capital, a private equity firm focused on making control investments in data/telecom, technology and technology-enabled business service companies in North America. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Sequans Communications S.A, and Criteo SA as well as a member of the Board of Directors of TNS. He is also a member of the UPMC Information Technology Board of Visitors, which advises UPMC on matters generally related to information technology strategy, acquisition and implementation. Mr. de Pesquidoux holds a master’s degree in Law, is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (Finance and Economics) and holds a DESS in International Affairs from Paris Dauphine University.
M. Niel Ransom has served as a Director since August 2010. Mr. Ransom is a principal of Ransomshire Associates, Inc., an advisory firm he founded in 2005. He also serves as a board member of Cyan Inc., a provider of packet-optical transport platforms; Polatis, a provider of high performance optical switch solutions in optical communications; MultiPhy, a provider of integrated circuits for high-speed optical communications; and Saguna Networks, a provider of mobile edge computing solutions. During the last five years, Mr. Ransom was previously a director of ECI Telecom, a provider of networking infrastructure equipment and Applied Micro, a processor and communication device manufacturer. Previously, as worldwide CTO of Alcatel and a member of its Executive Committee, he was responsible for research, corporate strategy, intellectual property and R&D investment. Prior to that, he directed Alcatel’s access and metro optical business in North America. Earlier in his career, he directed the Advanced Technology Systems Center at BellSouth and various development and applied research organizations in voice and data switching at Bell Laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, BSEE and MSEE degrees from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Lorene K. Steffes has served as a Director since January 2005. Ms. Steffes is an independent business advisor with executive, business management and technical experience in telecommunications, information technology and high tech industries. From July 1999 to October 2003, she was an executive at IBM Corporation where she served as Vice President and General Manager, Global Electronics Industry. She was based in Tokyo for a time as IBM Vice President, Asia Pacific responsible for marketing and sales of solutions for the Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and Energy & Utilities industries. Prior to her assignment in the Asia Pacific region, she was Vice President of software group services for IBM’s middleware products. Ms. Steffes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Transarc Corporation, Inc. in 1997. Prior to this appointment, she worked for 15 years in the telecommunications industry at Ameritech, AT&T Bell Laboratories and AT&T Network Systems. Ms. Steffes is a director on the board of PNC Financial Services Corporation and PNC Bank, NA, and a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She was formerly a member of the Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences advisory board and was formerly a trustee on the Carlow College Board in Pittsburgh. She holds a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University.
Vincent H. Tobkin has served as a Director since May 2012. Mr. Tobkin was a senior advisor, retired director and global telecom/technology practice leader of Bain & Company, serving from 1992 to 2012. He joined Bain & Company after serving as a general partner and a founder of Sierra Ventures in 1984. He was a partner and consultant with McKinsey and Company from 1976 to 1984. Mr. Tobkin was previously a Director as well as co-leader of the technology practice, and Chairman of Tellabs. Mr. Tobkin holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University and S.B. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ronald J. de Lange has served as a Director since July 2015. Mr. de Lange is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of Tekelec, a leading global networking software company. During his tenure at Tekelec, Mr. de Lange successfully led the sale of Tekelec to Siris Capital and ultimately the strategic acquisition by Oracle in March 2013. Prior to joining Tekelec, he worked at Lucent Technologies/AT&T for 24 years and served in numerous executive positions, including as Vice President of VoIP Convergence Solutions. Mr. de Lange has also served as a board member of ATIS – the Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions. Mr. de Lange also served as a member of the DePaul University School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems (CTI) Leadership Council. Mr. de Lange holds a MS in Computer Science from DePaul University and a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry Institute of Technology.