Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

S. Douglas (Doug) Hutcheson
S. Douglas (Doug) Hutcheson
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, INTERDIGITAL; SENIOR ADVISOR OF TMT, SEARCHLIGHT CAPITAL
S. Douglas (Doug) Hutcheson S. DOUGLAS (DOUG) HUTCHESON, has been a director of the company since July 2014, and he assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in June 2015. Since 2015, Mr. Hutcheson has served as a senior advisor of Technology, Media and Telecom for Searchlight Capital, a global private investment firm. From March 2014 through May 2017, Mr. Hutcheson served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Laser, Inc., a corporation created in connection with the acquisition of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (“Leap Wireless”), a wireless communications carrier, by AT&T in March 2014. Prior to March 2014, Mr. Hutcheson served as Chief Executive Officer of Leap Wireless and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, for nine years, where he was responsible for developing and implementing strategy, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships. Before serving as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hutcheson held other executive positions at Leap Wireless, including President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Leap Wireless, he was Vice President of Marketing in the wireless infrastructure division at Qualcomm for three years, where he led multiple teams. Since 2012, Mr. Hutcheson has also served on the board of directors of Pitney Bowes Inc., and currently serves on the audit and finance committees of such board. He previously served on the board of directors of Leap Wireless from 2005 to 2014. The Board has concluded that Mr. Hutcheson should serve as a director of the company because, with his significant operational and financial expertise as an experienced former chief executive officer of a wireless communications company and his broad business background, which includes strategic planning and product and business development and marketing, he brings valuable insight that is needed to evolve and execute the company’s strategy. He also qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.
Joan Hogan Gillman
Joan Hogan Gillman
FORMER EVP, TIME WARNER CABLE, INC., AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, TIME WARNER CABLE MEDIA
Joan Hogan Gillman JOAN H. GILLMAN, has been a director of the company since April 2017. From 2006 to 2016, Ms. Gillman served as Executive Vice President of Time Warner Cable, Inc. (“Time Warner Cable”), as well as Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable Media and President of Time Warner Cable Media, LLC. Ms. Gillman joined Time Warner Cable as Vice President of Interactive TV and Advanced Advertising in 2005. Prior to Time Warner Cable, among other roles, she served as the President of Static2358, the interactive TV, games and production subsidiary of OpenTV, and as Director, Business Development, of British Interactive Broadcasting, the digital and interactive TV joint venture between BSkyB, BT, HSBC and Matsushita. Ms. Gillman began her career working in public affairs, serving in various roles for a U.S. Senator, including as Legislative Director and State Director. Since October 2016, Ms. Gillman has also been a member of the board of directors of Centrica plc, an international energy and services company based in the United Kingdom where she serves on the safety, health, environment, security, remunerations and ethics and nominating committees. In addition, since November 2016, she has served on the board of directors of Airgain, Inc., a leading provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable high performance wireless networking, and she is currently a member of such board’s audit committee, and chairs the nominating and corporate governance committee, as well as the board of directors of Cumulus Media, which she joined in June 2018 and where she is a member of the compensation and nominating committees of such board. Since May 2018, she has also chaired the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and is the Foundation Manager and Trustee of the David T. Langrock Foundation. The Board has concluded that Ms. Gillman should serve as a director of the company because her more than 20 years of executive experience in the media and communications industries and her knowledge of content development and distribution as well as key areas like partnership, mergers and acquisitions and marketing make her a valuable resource and strengthen the company’s knowledge of the companies and industries shaping its existing and future markets.
John A. Kritzmacher
John A. Kritzmacher
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.
John A. Kritzmacher JOHN A. KRITZMACHER, has been a director of the company since June 2009. Since 2013, Mr. Kritzmacher has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of research communications and education services. From October 2012 through February 2013, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Senior Vice President Business Operations and Organizational Planning at WebMD Health Corp., a leading provider of health information services, where Mr. Kritzmacher was responsible for leading a major restructuring initiative. Previously, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Crossing Limited (“Global Crossing”), a global provider of IP-based telecommunications solutions, from October 2008 to October 2011, when Global Crossing was acquired by Level 3 Communications, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Kritzmacher rose through a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, during his 10 years at Lucent Technologies Inc. (“Lucent”), a provider of telecommunications systems and services, to become Chief Financial Officer in 2006. After playing a leading role in the planning and execution of Lucent’s merger with Alcatel in 2006, Mr. Kritzmacher became Chief Operating Officer of the Services Business Group at Alcatel-Lucent until joining Global Crossing in 2008. The Board has concluded that Mr. Kritzmacher should serve as a director of the company because he is a veteran of the telecommunications and high technology industries with extensive operational and leadership experience and financial expertise. As such, Mr. Kritzmacher contributes valuable advice and guidance, especially with respect to complex financial and accounting issues, and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.
John D. (Jay) Markley, Jr.
John D. (Jay) Markley, Jr.
MANAGING PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER, NEW AMSTERDAM GROWTH CAPITAL
John D. (Jay) Markley, Jr. JAY D. MARKLEY, Jr., has been a director of the company since November 2016. Since 2009, Mr. Markley has served as Managing Partner of Bear Capital Management, an investment firm focused on the cloud computing, mobile and communications infrastructure sectors. In addition, since 2014, he has been a Managing Partner of New Amsterdam Growth Capital, an investor in communications, media and technology companies. From 1996 to 2009, he was a partner with Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, where he served in a number of capacities including partner, venture partner and portfolio company executive. Prior to Columbia Capital, Mr. Markley served as a policy advisor at the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 1996, where he and his team were instrumental in developing and launching the commercial spectrum auction process. Mr. Markley has also been a director of Charter Communications, Inc., since 2009, currently serving as chair of its nominating and corporate governance committee and as a member of its audit committee. He previously served on the boards of directors of Millennial Media, Inc., from 2006 to 2014, and of BroadSoft, Inc., from 2002 until its acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. in February 2018. The Board has concluded that Mr. Markley should serve as a director of the company based on his private equity and operating experience and his extensive experience with communications, media and technology companies, which allow him to contribute guidance and advice relating to the development and execution of the company’s strategy and analysis of potential business opportunities. He also qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.
William J. Merritt
William J. Merritt
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
William J. Merritt WILLIAM J. MERRITT has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of InterDigital since May 2005. Mr. Merritt has played a key role in managing InterDigital’s intellectual property assets and overseeing the growth of its patent licensing business. Mr. Merritt served as General Patent Counsel of InterDigital from July 2001 to May 2005 and also served as President of InterDigital Technology Corporation, a patent licensing subsidiary, from July 2001 to January 2008. Previously, Mr. Merritt served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of InterDigital.Before joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Merritt served as Assistant General Counsel with the Long Island Lighting Company. Earlier on, Mr. Merritt concentrated his engineering efforts with Public Service Electric and Gas Company and Stone & Webster. Since 2014, Mr. Merritt is a member of the board of directors of a privately owned Shared Spectrum Company, a leading innovator of dynamic spectrum access and wireless spectrum intelligence technology.

Mr. Merritt earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Temple University. Mr. Merritt is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Jean F. Rankin
Jean F. Rankin
FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL AND SECRETARY, LSI CORPORATION
Jean F. Rankin JEAN F. RANKIN, has been a director of the company since June 2010. Ms. Rankin served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at LSI Corporation (“LSI”), a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies for the global storage and networking markets, from 2007 to May 2014, when LSI was acquired by Avago Technologies Limited. In this role, she served LSI and its board of directors as Corporate Secretary, in addition to managing the company’s legal, intellectual property licensing and stock administration organizations. Ms. Rankin joined LSI in 2007 as part of the merger with Agere Systems Inc. (“Agere”), where she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Agere in 2000, Ms. Rankin was responsible for corporate governance and corporate center legal support at Lucent, including mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, labor and employment, public relations, ERISA, investor relations and treasury. She also supervised legal support for Lucent’s microelectronics business. Since 2017, Ms. Rankin has served on the board of directors of Resonant, Inc. The Board has concluded that Ms. Rankin should serve as a director of the company because she has extensive experience and expertise in matters involving intellectual property licensing, the company’s core business, and her current and former roles as chief legal officer and corporate secretary at other publicly traded companies enable her to contribute legal expertise and advice as to best practices in corporate governance.
Philip Peter Trahanas
Philip Peter Trahanas
FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR, GENERAL ATLANTIC LLC
Philip Peter Trahanas PHILIP P. TRAHANAS, has been a director of the company since February 2016. He is Partner of Lampros Capital Partners, a private investment company. Until the end of 2014, Mr. Trahanas was a Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC, a leading global private equity firm with significant focus in technology and related industry investments. At General Atlantic, he served as a senior investment leader, and sat on the boards of directors of a range of public and private portfolio companies. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2000, Mr. Trahanas worked in the mergers and acquisitions team at Morgan Stanley for four years. He began his career as an electrical engineer with General Electric, where he specialized in communications equipment and semiconductor design. Mr. Trahanas has been a member of the board of directors of QTS Realty Trust, Inc. since 2009, and currently serves as its lead director and as a member of its compensation committee. The Board has concluded that Mr. Trahanas should serve as a director of the company because his extensive operating, investment banking and private equity experience allow him to contribute guidance and advice relating to the development and execution of the company’s strategy and analysis of potential business opportunities. He also qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.

Executive Officers

William J. Merritt
William J. Merritt
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
William J. Merritt WILLIAM J. MERRITT has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of InterDigital since May 2005. Mr. Merritt has played a key role in managing InterDigital’s intellectual property assets and overseeing the growth of its patent licensing business. Mr. Merritt served as General Patent Counsel of InterDigital from July 2001 to May 2005 and also served as President of InterDigital Technology Corporation, a patent licensing subsidiary, from July 2001 to January 2008. Previously, Mr. Merritt served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of InterDigital.Before joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Merritt served as Assistant General Counsel with the Long Island Lighting Company. Earlier on, Mr. Merritt concentrated his engineering efforts with Public Service Electric and Gas Company and Stone & Webster. Since 2014, Mr. Merritt is a member of the board of directors of a privately owned Shared Spectrum Company, a leading innovator of dynamic spectrum access and wireless spectrum intelligence technology.

Mr. Merritt earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Temple University. Mr. Merritt is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Richard J. Brezski
Richard J. Brezski
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Richard J. Brezski RICHARD J. BREZSKI is InterDigital’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overseeing the organization’s finance, accounting, audit, tax, treasury, IT and facilities functions, including the company’s internal and external financial reporting and analysis.

Mr. Brezski joined InterDigital as Director and Controller in 2003. In 2006, Mr. Brezski was promoted to Sr. Director and in 2007 was appointed Chief Accounting Officer. In 2009, Mr. Brezski was promoted to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, and in 2011 he was appointed to the additional post of Treasurer. In May 2012, Mr. Brezski was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining InterDigital, Mr. Brezski served as an audit manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in PwC’s technology, information, communication and entertainment practice where he provided business advisory and auditing services to product and service companies in the electronics, software and technology industries.

Mr. Brezski earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Villanova University and an executive master's degree in business administration from Hofstra University.
Kai Olavi Öistämö
Kai Olavi Öistämö
Chief Operating Officer
Kai Olavi Öistämö KAI O. ÖISTÄMÖ is InterDigital’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the company’s operational efforts and overseeing all company activities that intersect with customers, including licensing, business development, products, and partnerships, as well as the company’s research and development activities.

Mr. Öistämö assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in October 2018, after serving on the company’s Board of Directors for four years (from November 2014). Prior to his transition to the company’s executive team, Mr. Öistämö was an Executive Partner at Siris Capital, a private equity firm, which he initially joined in October 2015. Mr. Öistämö gained recognition globally as one of the leading mobile industry executives worldwide over the course of more than two decades at Nokia, including nine years on the Nokia leadership team. At Nokia, he led corporate strategy and business development as Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, from 2010 until his departure in 2014, with responsibility for strategic partnerships and alliances. Previous roles during his 23-year tenure at Nokia included Executive Vice President leading both the Devices and Mobile Phones businesses.

Mr. Öistämö serves on the Board of Finnish public company Sanoma Corporation, and is Chairman of the Board of privately owned companies Fastems Oy and Helvar Oy.

Mr. Öistämö holds a doctorate degree in technology and a master’s degree in engineering from Tampere University of Technology in Finland.
Richard Gulino
Richard Gulino
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
Richard Gulino RICHARD L. GULINO is InterDigital’s Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, responsible for managing the company’s legal functions.

Mr. Gulino joined InterDigital in September 2019 as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel with responsibility for the company’s corporate, commercial and licensing functions. Prior to joining InterDigital, Mr. Gulino served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Washington, D.C., from September 2015 until May 2018. Prior to joining Vanda, Mr. Gulino was Vice President and General Counsel of Ameritox, Ltd., a clinical drug testing laboratory, from June 2012 to August 2014. From November 2006 to February 2012, Mr. Gulino was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cephalon, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company, where he led the corporate commercial legal function. Mr. Gulino joined Cephalon as Corporate Counsel in 1999. From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Gulino served as a commercial attorney at Zeneca, Inc. Mr. Gulino began his career in private practice in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Gulino received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Colgate University and his Juris Doctor degree with high honors from Duke University School of Law.