Stratton J. Nicolaides, a co-founder of Numerex, has a long history of entrepreneurial and operating experience in data communications and security. In addition, he has extensive financial experience and has been involved in several M&A and capital markets transactions. Mr. Nicolaides served as Chief Operating Officer from April 1999 until March 2000, as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from April 2000 until August 2015, and as Chairman of the Board from December 1999 until December 2015. In January, 2016, Mr. Nicolaides was named non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Tony Holcombe joined as a Director of the Company on October, 1, 2011. Mr. Holcombe held the position of President and CEO of Syniverse from 2006 to 2011. Previously he served as president of Emdeon Corp., formerly WebMD, and as president of Emdeon Business Services. He has more than 20 years of executive-level experience in the transaction processing and technology services industry. Mr. Holcombe is currently the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Sherrie G. McAvoy has been a Director of the Company since May 2013. She spent her career at Deloitte & Touche LLP, a global accounting, auditing and professional services firm. Ms. McAvoy brings to our Board diversified business experience as well as deep expertise on accounting, auditing, internal controls, risk management, corporate compliance and ethics, and corporate governance. Ms. McAvoy received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. McAvoy served as an advisor to The Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at The University of Texas at Dallas from its inception in 2002 through 2011. Ms. McAvoy is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee.
Jerry A. Rose is an experienced senior executive with a track record of success leading turnarounds and driving growth in key businesses within General Electric (GE) and United Technologies (UTC) Mr. Rose began his career in sales and marketing with Chytraus Distributing before joining GE in 1984. Mr. Rose held several global leadership positions during his 26 years at GE including General Manager and CEO roles in GE's Appliances, Lighting and Security businesses. In 2007 he became an officer of GE and led global product development strategies. Mr. Rose was instrumental in the sale of GE Security to UTC in 2010 and joined UTC as Vice President of Global Product Management where he drove business integration and built a global team to develop and execute critical strategies for growth of the Fire & Security business. Mr. Rose is currently a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Governance Committee.
Andrew Ryan has served as a director of the Company since May 1996. Mr. Ryan currently practices law with The Ryan Law Group (TRLG), a law firm he founded in May 2014. Prior to TRLG, he practiced law with the firm of Salisbury & Ryan since August 1994. Mr. Ryan serves as the Board designee of Gwynedd Resources, Ltd. in accordance with its contractual right to designate a member of the Board. Mr. Ryan's wide-ranging legal practice and breadth of experience gained with his more than 20 years of experience with the Company has been of particular value in assisting the Board with evaluating business and strategic issues. Mr. Ryan provides the Board with significant operational insights regarding strategies and corporate governance issues.
Eric Singer was appointed as Director of the Audit and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee in March, 2016. Mr. Singer has served as the managing member of each of VIEX GP, LLC, the general partner of VIEX Opportunities Fund, LP and various VIEX Opportunities Funds, as well as certain other investment funds since May 2014. Mr. Singer served as co-managing member of Potomac Capital Management III, L.L.C., from March 2012 until September 2014, and General Partner of several of its related entities from May 2009 until September 2014. From July 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Singer was a senior investment analyst at Riley Investment Management. He has served on the board of directors of TigerLogic Corporation since January 2015 and IEC Electronics Corp., since February 2015. Singer previously served as a director at Meru Networks, Inc. from January 2014 until January 2015, PLX Technology, Inc. from December 2013 until its sale in August 2014, Sigma Designs, Inc. from August 2012 until December 2013, including as its Chairman of the Board from January 2013 until December 2013, and Zilog Corporation from August 2008 until its sale in February 2010. Mr. Singer holds a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Brian R. Igoe has been the CIO of the Rainin Group, Inc., a family office responsible for the investments of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, since July 2008. Previously, Mr. Igoe was a Managing Director of Pequot Capital Management and served as the Chief Investment Officer for the firm’s emerging managers strategy from 2006 to 2008. Before this role, Mr. Igoe was a managing member of Igoe Capital Partners, LLC, where he founded a hybrid public/private equity investment firm with a primary focus on the small and micro-cap sectors. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Igoe was a Managing Director at Cambridge Associates, Inc. where he served as the Director of the Marketable Securities Manager Research Group. Early in his career, Mr. Igoe held several other positions in the investment management industry. Mr. Igoe currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Electro Dunas SA, a Peruvian electric utility distribution company. Mr. Igoe graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and received his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.