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 joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in 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 (TMT) for Searchlight Capital, a global private investment firm. From March 2014 through May 2017, Mr. Hutcheson served as CEO and a director of Laser, Inc., a corporation created in connection with the acquisition of Leap Wireless by AT&T. Prior to March 2014, Mr. Hutcheson served as CEO of Leap Wireless and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, for nine years. Before serving as CEO, Mr. Hutcheson held other executive positions at Leap Wireless, including President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Leap Wireless, he was Vice President of Marketing in the wireless infrastructure division at Qualcomm for three years, where he was responsible for global CDMA accounts.

Mr. Hutcheson serves on the Board of Directors of Pitney Bowes Inc. and is the holder of fourteen patents.  He is also on the Boards of Directors of the privately owned company AgilePQ.

Mr. Hutcheson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from California State University in San Louis Obispo and a master's degree in business administration from the University of California in Irvine.
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 joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in 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 U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd, including Legislative Director and State Director.

Ms. Gillman serves on the boards of directors of Centrica plc, an international energy and services company based in the United Kingdom, and Airgain, Inc., a leading provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable high performance wireless networking. She has in the past served on the boards of National Cable Communications LLC, SeaWell Networks (acquired by Arris International) and BlackArrow, Inc. (acquired by Cross MediaWorks and currently Cadent Technology). Ms. Gillman holds a bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross and a master of arts in legislative affairs from George Washington University.

Ms. Gillman holds a bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross and a master of arts in legislative affairs from George Washington University.
John A. Kritzmacher
John A. Kritzmacher
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.
John A. Kritzmacher JOHN A. KRITZMACHER joined InterDigital's Board of Directors in June 2009. Mr. Kritzmacher is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-based services in the areas of research, professional development, and education. 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. In this role, Mr. Kritzmacher was responsible for leading a major restructuring initiative at WebMD. Previously, Mr. Kritzmacher served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Crossing Limited, 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 served as Chief Financial Officer at Lucent Technologies, where he managed functions including finance, accounting, treasury, tax, internal audit, investor relations and global real estate.

Mr. Kritzmacher earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics at Dartmouth College and a master's degree in business administration at the New York University Stern School of Business.
John D. (Jay) Markley, Jr.
John D. (Jay) Markley, Jr.
MANAGING PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER, NEW AMSTERDAM GROWTH CAPITAL
John D. (Jay) Markley, Jr. JAY MARKLEY joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in November 2016. Mr. Markley is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of New Amsterdam Growth Capital, a growth equity firm focused on the cloud computing, mobile and communications infrastructure sectors. From 1996 to 2009, he was a partner with Columbia Capital 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 been a director of Charter Communications, Inc. since 2009, and 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. He also serves as a director of privately owned companies Varsity Wireless and The Switch.

Mr. Markley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington and Lee University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
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 joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in June 2010. Ms. Rankin served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at LSI Corporation, 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. 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, where she was also Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Agere in 2000, Ms. Rankin was responsible for corporate governance and corporate center legal support at Lucent Technologies, 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.

Ms. Rankin has served on the board of directors of Resonant Inc. since July 2017.

Ms. Rankin received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia.
Philip P. Trahanas
Philip P. Trahanas
FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR, GENERAL ATLANTIC LLC
Philip P. Trahanas PHILIP P. TRAHANAS joined InterDigital’s Board of Directors in February 2016. Mr. Trahanas brings two decades of broad investment and board leadership experience with an emphasis in the technology field supported by his background in engineering. 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 & acquisitions team at Morgan Stanley, and 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. (NYSE: QTS) since 2009, and currently serves as its lead director.

Mr. Trahanas holds both a master’s degree in engineering and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania (completed concurrently) and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art in New York.

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.
Jannie K. Lau
Jannie K. Lau
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jannie K. Lau JANNIE K. LAU is InterDigital’s Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, responsible for managing the company’s legal and government affairs functions.

Ms. Lau joined InterDigital in 2008 as Associate General Counsel, and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2010. She was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in October 2012 and assumed responsibility for oversight of the company’s intellectual property litigation and management of its intellectual property assets at the end of 2015. Ms. Lau’s title was changed to Chief Legal Officer at the beginning of 2018. Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms. Lau served as securities and transactional counsel at IKON Office Solutions, Inc., then a Fortune® 500 document management solutions company. Before beginning her in-house career, she was an associate at leading global law firms in New York and Boston, where she represented public and pre-IPO companies as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Ms. Lau serves on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and on the Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council.

Ms. Lau earned a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a bachelor's degree in English and comparative literature from Columbia 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.