Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Joseph F. Berardino has served as a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm, since October 2008. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Berardino was chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Profectus BioSciences, a biotechnology company, from October 2005 to January 2008. From February 2008 to September 2008 Mr. Berardino continued his service as a member of the board of directors of Porfectur BioSciences but was not an employee during that period. He previously served as vice- chairman of Sciens Capital Management, a New York-based alternative asset management firm, from mid-2004 to September 2005. Before Sciens, Mr. Berardino was chief executive officer of Andersen Worldwide, a global accounting and consulting firm. Mr. Berardino currently is the chairman of the finance committee for the board of trustees of Fairfield University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1975.
Executive Vice President & Director of Sales and Marketing, Specific Media/MySpace
Jill Botway currently serves as executive vice president and director of sales and marketing for Specific Media/MySpace, a multi-platform media company in New York. In addition, from 2009 to 2010 Ms. Botway was Chief Executive Officer of WMI, Inc., a multi-platform media services company, and since 2010, she has been a Managing Member at private equity firm Cavu Holdings LLC. From 2005-2009, Ms. Botway was President of Omnicom Media Group’s U.S. Strategic Business Units and a member of its North American Board. Before joining Omnicom, Ms. Botway held various executive positions with media companies and as an attorney has prior law firm experience.
John D. Buck currently serves as non-executive chairman of the board of Medica, Minnesota’s second largest health insurer. From August 23, 2008 to January 26, 2009, Mr. Buck served as our chief executive officer, and from October 25, 2007 to March 3, 2008, he served as our interim chief executive officer. His previous experience includes serving as chief executive officer of Medica from February 2002 to May 2003. Previously, Mr. Buck worked for Fingerhut Companies from 1996 to October, 2000, where he held executive positions of increasing responsibility, concluding with service as president and chief operating officer. Presently he serves on the boards of directors of Patterson Companies, Inc. and Halo Innovations. Mr. Buck also previously has held senior executive management positions at Graco Inc., Honeywell Inc., and Alliant Techsystems Inc.
Retired; Former Executive Vice President & CFO, Witness Systems
William F. Evans most recently served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Witness Systems, Inc., a public, global provider of workforce optimization software and services from May 2002 until he retired in June 2007. Previously, Mr. Evans had served in a number of operational and financial management roles for a variety of companies, including Superior Essex, ProSource, Inc., H&R Block, Inc., Management Sciences of America and Electromagnetic Sciences, Inc. He began his professional career at Peat Marwick, Mitchell, and Co. (now KPMG), where he was elected a partner in 1980 and was named partner-in-charge of the Atlanta audit practice in 1985.
Certified Public Accountant
Sean F. Orr is a Certified Public Account and most recently served as the president and chief financial officer of Dale and Thomas Popcorn, LLC, a snack food business from February 2007 until March 2009. Prior to that, he was a partner in Tatum Partners, LLC, an executive services firm, in 2006, and the executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Interpublic Group of Companies, a parent of global advertising and public relations firms, from 1999 to 2003. He also worked at PepsiCo Inc. from 1994 -1999 in the roles of senior vice president and controller and executive vice president and chief financial officer of its Frito- Lay division. Previous to that he held roles at Reader’s Digest as Vice President and Controller from 1990 to 1994; and Peat Marwick, Mitchell, and Co. (now KPMG), from 1976 to 1990 (serving as a partner from 1986 to 1990).
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Comcast Corporation
Robert Pick currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”), a global media and technology company, and has been with Comcast since October 1989. As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, he is responsible for all corporate development and merger and acquisition activities of Comcast. Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Pick held various financial positions with Bell Atlantic and worked for KPMG Peat Marwick for ten years as a certified public accountant. Mr. Pick has served on the boards of several charitable organizations and subsidiaries of Comcast. Mr. Pick’s vast experience in corporate development working on major transactions with a global media and technology, including joint ventures, start-ups, acquisitions and dispositions, will allow him to contribute a unique set of skills to the board to advance our strategic focus.
Chairman of the Board
Randy S. Ronning currently serves as chairman of our Board of Directors. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of QVC, where he oversaw all merchandising, brand management, and merchandise analysis efforts of QVC and QVC.com, from June 2005 until his retirement in January 2007. He also was responsible for QVC.com operations during this period. Previously, Mr. Ronning was executive vice president over affiliate sales and marketing, information services, marketing, research and sales analysis, direct marketing, corporate marketing, public relations, and charitable giving at QVC, from 2001 to May 2005. Prior to joining QVC, Mr. Ronning spent 30 years with J.C. Penney Co., where he held executive positions including president of its catalog and internet divisions.
Chief Executive Officer
Keith Stewart joined ShopNBC in 2008 after having served the majority of his retail career at QVC, where he most recently was general manager of QVC's large and profitable German business unit, vice president – merchandising home of QVC (USA), and vice president – international sourcing of QVC (USA). During his tenure at QVC, he developed expertise in all areas of TV shopping, including merchandising, programming, cable distribution, strategic planning, organizational development, and international sourcing. Mr. Stewart is also experienced in leading a large employee base and vendor community with a focus to drive sales, profits, and new customers. He began his career as merchandise manager of Commtron Corp., responsible for wholesale merchandising of entertainment and communication electronics nationwide.