Board of Directors
Don Joos was appointed CEO in August 2013. He has a proven track record of building and transforming businesses through innovative growth plays, and brings a wealth of strategy, operations and execution experience to ShoreTel. Joos joined ShoreTel in April 2011 as vice president of global services, and later served as senior vice president of business operations overseeing company operations through the direct management of engineering/R&D, product management, global support and services, IT, quality and operations. Prior to joining ShoreTel, Joos spent nine years as a company vice president at Avaya. Joos applied his business entrepreneurial capabilities helping to build an e-commerce start-up and has held service and operational roles at Williams Communication Solutions, Nortel Communication Solutions and Marshalls Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Mark Bregman has served as a director of ShoreTel since May 2007. Dr. Bregman has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of NeuStar, Inc., a provider of network addressing, routing and policy management, since August 2011. Dr. Bregman previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Symantec Corporation, an infrastructure software company, since it acquired VERITAS Software Corporation, a provider of software and services to enable storage and backup, from July 2005 to July 2011. Prior to the acquisition of VERITAS Software, Dr. Bregman served as that company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Acting Manager of the Application and Service Management Group from September 2004 to July 2005, and as its Executive Vice President, Product Operations from February 2002 to September 2004. From August 2000 to October 2001, Dr. Bregman served as the Chief Executive Officer of AirMedia, Inc., a wireless Internet company. Prior to joining AirMedia, Dr. Bregman served a 16-year career with International Business Machines Corporation, most recently as General Manager of IBM’s RS/6000 and pervasive computing divisions from 1995 to August 2000. Dr. Bregman holds a B.S. in physics from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University.
Gary Daichendt has served as a director of ShoreTel since April 2007 and as Chairman of the Board from July 2010 to March 2013. Mr. Daichendt has been principally occupied as a private investor since June 2005 and has been a managing member of TheoryR Properties LLC, a commercial real estate firm, since October 2002. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nortel Networks Corporation, a supplier of communication equipment, from March 2005 to June 2005. Prior to joining Nortel Networks, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2000, Mr. Daichendt served in a number of positions at Cisco Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of communications and information technology networking products, including most recently as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations from August 1998 to December 2000, and as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations from September 1996 to August 1998. Mr. Daichendt is a member of the Board of Directors of Emulex Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc. and NCR Corporation. Mr. Daichendt holds a B.A. in mathematics from Youngstown State University and M.S. in mathematics from The Ohio State University.
Kenneth Denman has served as a director of ShoreTel since May 2007. In October 2012, Mr. Denman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Emotient, Inc., a facial expression analysis company. Mr. Denman has also served as Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Visiting Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business since September 2012. Mr. Denman served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Openwave Systems, Inc. from November 2008 to September 2011. Prior to Openwave, Mr. Denman served as Chairman of iPass, Inc. a platform-based enterprise mobility services company since January 2003, as director since December 2001 and as President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2001. From January 2000 to March 2001, Mr. Denman served as Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AuraServ Communications Inc., a managed service provider of broadband voice and data applications. From August 1998 to May 2000, Mr. Denman served as Senior Vice President, National Markets Group of MediaOne, Inc., a broadband cable and communications company. From June 1996 to August 1998, Mr. Denman served as Chief Operating Officer, Wireless, at MediaOne International, a broadband and wireless company. Mr. Denman holds a B.S. in accounting from Central Washington University and an M.B.A. in finance and international business from the University of Washington. Mr. Denman is a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business.
Chuck Kissner has served as a director of ShoreTel since April 2006, served as ShoreTel’s lead independent director from April 2007 to July 2010, and has served as Chairman of the Board since April 2013. Mr. Kissner is Executive Chairman of Aviat Networks, Inc., a provider of wireless transmission systems. Mr. Kissner was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aviat Networks from June 2010 until July 2011. Mr. Kissner previously served as Chairman of Stratex Networks from July 1995 to January 2007, and as its President and Chief Executive Officer from July 1995 to May 2000, as well as from October 2001 to May 2006. Prior to joining Stratex Networks, Mr. Kissner served as Vice President and General Manager of M/A-Com, Inc., a manufacturer of radio and microwave communications products, as Executive Vice President of Fujitsu Network Switching of America, Inc., a telecommunications switching manufacturer, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aristacom International, Inc., a provider of computer/telephony integration solutions. Mr. Kissner also previously held several executive positions at AT&T (now Alcatel-Lucent) for over thirteen years. Mr. Kissner currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Meru Networks, a technology leader in the enterprise wireless systems market, and Rambus Inc., a technology development and licensing company. He is also on the Board of Directors of non-profit KQED Public Media, the largest public broadcaster in the U.S. Mr. Kissner holds a B.S. from California State Polytechnic University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Connie Skidmore has served as a director of ShoreTel since January 2014. Ms. Skidmore retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2009, after serving for more than two decades as a partner, including a term on its governing board. Ms. Skidmore serves on the board, audit committee and governance committee of Comfort Systems USA. Ms. Skidmore also serves on the audit committee of BayCare Health System and on the boards of several other privately-held and non-profit companies: Ivis Technologies, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Viz Kinect, and Mahoot, Inc. Ms. Skidmore holds a B.S. in psychology from Florida State University, and a M.S. in taxation from Golden Gate University.
Edward Thompson has served as a director of ShoreTel since January 2006. Mr. Thompson has served as a senior advisor to Fujitsu Limited and as a director of several Fujitsu subsidiaries or portfolio companies from 1995 to 2011. From 1976 to 1994, Mr. Thompson held a series of management positions with Amdahl Corporation including Chief Financial Officer and Secretary from August 1983 to June 1994, and Chief Executive Officer of Amdahl Capital Corporation from October 1985 to June 1994. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Board of Directors of InnoPath Software Inc. and ReachLocal, Inc. and also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committees of those companies. Mr. Thompson also serves on the Board of Directors of XBridge Systems, Inc. and Glovia International. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in operations research from Santa Clara University.