Board of Directors

We've assembled a team of Internet veterans who have helped create some of the most globally successful scalable platforms, technology products, services and brands.

John Connors – Partner, Ignition Partners

As a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Mr. Connors brings to DataSphere a wealth of experience in corporate finance and operations from his 16 years at Microsoft as well as his current work at Ignition Partners where he invests principally in business software and services.

Prior to joining Ignition, John spent sixteen years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005 he was senior vice president of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

John also held a variety of positions including vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before serving as CIO, he held a number of positions within and outside finance, including Corporate Controller, General Manager of worldwide financial operations, Director of business operations of Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and Director of business operations of the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.

In addition to DataSphere, John is a member of the Board of Directors of Nike, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, INRIX, Motif Investing, Splunk, Opscode, Parse and Tier 3. He was also a Board member of Heroku which was sold to in 2010 and Xensource which was sold to Citrix in 2007.

John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana.

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Russell S. Hagen – Senior Vice President, Business Development, Plum Creek Timber Company

Russell Hagen is senior vice president, business development at Plum Creek. In this role, he oversees the company’s business development activities, including acquisitions and dispositions, while continuing to manage the Energy and Natural Resource business.

Hagen began his career in 1988 with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC where he was a certified public accountant and led the audits of public clients in the technology, banking and natural resource industries. He joined Plum Creek in 1993 as manager of internal audit and has since held positions of increasing responsibility at the company including director-level positions in accounting, financial operations, risk management and information technology.

Prior to his current role, he was vice president, real estate development. This role included oversight of the company’s real estate development activities as well as natural resources, and was responsible for the development of the company’s oil and gas, construction materials, and bioenergy businesses.

Hagen received a Bachelor of Science in business and accounting from Seattle University.

He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Seattle University business school where he has also been an adjunct lecturer.

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Colleen B. Brown – Managing Director, Newport Board Group

Colleen Brown is a Director of TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE: TBI); and Port Blakely Companies.

Prior to joining Newport Board Group, Ms. Brown served as President and CEO of Fisher Communications, Inc. from 2005 to 2013 and as a director of Fisher Communications, Inc. from 2006 to 2013. From 2000 to 2004, she served as Senior Vice President of Belo Corporation.

Earlier in Ms. Brown's career, she was President of the Television Division of Lee Enterprises from 1998 to 2000 and was President and General Manager of various companies at Gannett Co. Inc., a multinational media company, from 1980 to 1998. She also served on the board of Career Builder from 2000 to 2004 and on the board of Classified Ventures from 2000 to 2004.

Ms. Brown holds a B.S. from the University of Dubuque and M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Ms. Brown has extensive management, operations and business experience, as well as proven experience serving on the boards of public companies.

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Gerry Langeler – Partner, OVP Venture Partners

Gerry Langeler joined OVP Venture Partners in 1992 and focuses on investments in the digital energy, software, imaging and digital biology sectors. His investments include Captivate Network, Carbonflow, Elekom, EnerG2, Foundstone, Max-Viz, Now Software, Portland Software, Preview Systems, Surplus Software, TView, Unify, Vascular Solutions, Viral Logic Systems Technology (VLST), and Webridge. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CradlePoint, DataSphere, EnerG2, PrecisionDemand and Serus.

Prior to joining OVP, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) in Portland, OR in 1981. There he served as President, and over eleven years helped lead Mentor through its IPO to over $400M in worldwide sales and over $1B in market capitalization. He began his technology career at Tektronix.

Gerry received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard University.

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Howard Smith – Managing Director, First Analysis

Howard Smith is a managing director coordinating investment and research in broadband enabled businesses. He specializes in business models based on information technology.

At First Analysis, he’s built several information technology research franchises, including computer telephony, call center products, computer security, Internet infrastructure, and wide-area-wireless M2M. His work has been cited for excellence by the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He’s provided strategic advice to numerous technology companies in capital raising and buy- and sell-side M&A transactions, and as a board member.

Prior to joining First Analysis in 1994, he was a senior tax consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a certified public accountant.

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Tim O'Neil – Chief Financial Officer

Tim leads the finance, operations and administration organization at DataSphere and brings extensive experience to the role, having previously served as CFO of two public companies. Prior to joining DataSphere, Tim served as chief financial officer of Loud Technologies (NASDAQ: LTEC), a world-recognized loudspeaker and audio equipment company with over $200M in revenues.

Prior to Loud, Tim was chief financial officer of Trendwest Resorts (NASDAQ:TWRI) which sold timeshare vacation ownership interests. At Trendwest, Tim served as a member of the executive team which grew the company to $600 million in revenues and 4,000 employees. Trendwest was acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2002, creating over a billion dollars in shareholder value. He holds a BS from John Carroll University and an MBA from the University of Detroit.

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Satbir Khanuja – President and Chief Executive Officer, DataSphere

Satbir Khanuja is responsible for leading the overall growth and managing day-to-day operations of DataSphere Technologies.

He previously served as SecondSpace’s senior vice president of marketing and business development, responsible for the company’s partnership, traffic-building and revenue-generating initiatives. He also spent seven years at as a member of the executive team and was vice president of's Worldwide Traffic organization, responsible for driving billions of dollars in sales through free and paid traffic to all websites worldwide. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of’s and In-Theater businesses, where he created all business functions and built the division into one of the 50 most-trafficked websites in the world. Prior to, Satbir spent several years as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, where he led projects in several industries, including electronics and banking.

He holds a Ph.D. in Ceramics Engineering from MIT and a B.Tech. degree from IIT in Bombay, India.

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