John A. Amster is the CEO and co-founder of RPX Corp. Prior to co-founding RPX, Mr. Amster was the General Manager of Strategic Acquisitions and Vice President of Licensing at Intellectual Ventures, responsible for strategic acquisitions of patent portfolios as well as developing the software and e-commerce licensing programs.
Prior to joining IV, Mr. Amster was Managing Director and founded the M&A Advisory practice for Ocean Tomo, completing several important transactions in the early patent market, including the sale of Commerce One. Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr. Amster was Vice President and Secretary at InterTrust Technologies, where he worked on intellectual property transactions, merger and acquisition activities, and late-stage financing activities, including the sale of InterTrust to a Philips-Sony joint venture for $453 million.
Mr. Amster started his career as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges, where his practice included mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, venture capital financings, intellectual property licensing, and patent litigation.
Mr. Amster received his JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his BA from Middlebury College.
Mr. Amster frequently speaks on patent litigation matters at various industry conferences and in the media. He has been recognized in The American Lawyer's 2010 review of "The 25 Most Influential People in IP" and in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's "The 50 Most Influential People in IP."
Mr. Amster is active in non-profit volunteer work as President of the Board for Lone Mountain Children's Center, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Town School for Boys.
RPX appointed Andrew D. Africk to its Board of Directors effective July 14, 2016. Mr. Africk has over 20 years of corporate management and director experience. Africk founded Searay Capital LLC, a private investment company, in 2013. He previously spent 21 years at Apollo Global Management LLC, an alternative asset management firm, including as a senior partner responsible for Apollo's investments in technology and communications such as Apollo's purchases of Intelsat Ltd. (a global provider of commercial satellite services) and Hughes Communications, Inc. (a leading provider of satellite technology). Africk is currently a director of SunCoke Energy, Inc. Africk has a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Africk holds a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Shelby Bonnie is a managing director of Allen & Company, an investment firm. Previously, Mr. Bonnie was a co-founder of CNET Networks, Inc. and was at CNET as both an executive and member of the board of directors from 1993 to 2006. Prior to joining CNET, Mr. Bonnie held positions at Tiger Management Corporation, a New York-based investment management firm, Lynx Capital, a private equity fund, and at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Bonnie received a BS from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
RPX appointed Frank E. Dangeard to its Board of Directors effective April 24, 2014. Mr. Dangeard brings more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in the technology and business services industries. He serves on the Board of Directors of Symantec, Atari, and Telenor, and is currently the Managing Partner of Harcourt. From September 2004 to February 2008, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson S.A. From 2002 to September 2004, he was Senior Executive Vice President of France Telecom. Mr. Dangeard joined Thomson multimedia in 1997 as Senior Executive Vice President, and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2000. Prior to joining Thomson multimedia, he was managing director of SG Warburg & Co. Ltd and Chairman of SG Warburg France. Before joining SG Warburg, Mr. Dangeard was a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London.
Mr. Dangeard graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Fingerhood brings more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor and senior executive in the technology and business services industries. In his current role as Managing Partner of Technology Opportunity Partners, L.P., Mr. Fingerhood leads a private investment partnership that makes concentrated investments in software and technology-enabled service companies. Before co-founding Technology Opportunity Partners, Mr. Fingerhood founded Zero Gravity Technologies Corporation, which developed document security solutions, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until its sale to InterTrust Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Fingerhood founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Direct Language Communications, Inc., a provider of localization services to the technology industry. Mr. Fingerhood holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Harvard University.
RPX appointed Gilbert S. Palter to its Board of Directors effective May 26, 2016. He is also a member of the Board's Compensation Committee. Mr. Palter has a 20-year track record of value creation in private equity as the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of EdgeStone Capital Partners, one of Canada's leading private equity firms. Mr. Palter is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, as a Baker Scholar. He has served as a director and as Chair of numerous public and private company boards, and currently serves on the boards of Atlantic Power Corporation, EdgeStone Capital Partners Inc., Aurigen Reinsurance Limited, Specialty Commerce Corp., Eurospec Manufacturing Inc., Stephenson's Equipment Rental, and Tunnel Hill Partners, LP.
Sanford Robertson pioneered the creation of West Coast technology banking as an industry in the late 1960s and has remained one of the industry's most renowned participants. He served as vice president and director at Smith Barney before founding a firm that later became Montgomery Securities. In 1978, he founded Robertson, Stephens & Co, one of the most significant underwriters of IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. After selling the company in 1998, he founded Francisco Partners, the world's largest technology-focused private equity fund. Robertson has had significant financing involvement in over 500 growth technology companies, including 3Com (NASDAQ: COMS), America Online (NYSE: AOL), Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT), Ascend, Dell Computer (NASDAQ: DELL), E*Trade (NYSE: ET), Siebel, and Sun (NASDAQ: SUNW). He serves on the boards of Dolby Laboratories, Pain Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PTIE), and the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, as well as on the President's Board at the University of Michigan.
Thomas Ryder is a private investor who was a former Chairman and CEO of the Reader's Digest Association and President of American Express Travel Related Services International. He also serves on the boards of directors of Amazon.com, Quad Graphics, Inc., and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
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