Diana Tremblay (age 62) retired from General Motors Company, the motor vehicle manufacturer and distributor multinational corporation (NYSE: "GM") in September 2017. She had been with that company since 1977, and during her tenure at GM, she held a variety of positions in engineering, manufacturing and labor relations, including direct operational responsibility for over 50,000 employees. From July 2013 until her retirement, Ms. Tremblay served as Vice President of Global Business Services, where she was charged with streamlining administrative processes around the world to improve service quality, reduce complexity, and achieve cost efficiencies in such areas as finance, human resources, real estate, purchasing, asset management, and master data. From December 2009 to July 2013, Ms. Tremblay held the position of Vice President of Manufacturing at GM.
Ms. Tremblay brings to the Board her broad business experience that includes her previous roles at GM as an engineer, plant manager, head of manufacturing, and lead labor relations negotiator, which together with her knowledge of business services and global manufacturing processes, provide additional international, administrative and manufacturing perspectives to the Board.
Tom Deitrich (age 55) is our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Deitrich was appointed to his current position and to the Board of Directors in August 2019. Mr. Deitrich joined Itron in October 2015, serving as Itron's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until August 2019. From 2012 to September 2015, Mr. Deitrich was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Digital Networking at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (Freescale), and he served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Freescale's RF, Analog, Sensor, and Cellular Products Group from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Deitrich held other roles of increasing responsibility at Freescale from 2006 to 2009. Prior to Freescale, Mr. Deitrich worked for Flextronics, Sony- Ericsson/Ericsson, and GE.
Mr. Deitrich brings to the Board more than 20 years of executive experience in technology businesses, having held roles in research and development, product management, manufacturing, business development, and general management. As Itron's prior Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Deitrich has extensive knowledge of Itron's global operations, including finance, product development, manufacturing, procurement, product management, go-to-market and sales, and strategy. Additionally, Mr. Deitrich has been involved with a number of mergers and acquisitions at Itron. During his tenure at Itron, he has had extensive exposure to global systems and utilities throughout the world. As the only employee director, Mr. Deitrich provides the Board with valuable insight into management's views and perspectives, as well as the day-to-day operations of Itron.
Mary C. Hemmingsen (age 58) is an energy and infrastructure industry executive with deep utility industry expertise. Since 2017, she has served in a variety of executive advisory roles for energy industry organizations as well as board roles. From 2013 to 2017, Hemmingsen was a global partner and gas, power and utilities industry lead at KPMG. Previously, she held senior executive positions in business and project development within the power and utilities group at Brookfield, a global asset management company, and several executive and corporate finance positions at BC Hydro Power Authority. Ms. Hemmingsen has extensive board experience, including positions with InstarInvest Asset Management, The Crossing Group, EverGen Infrastructure, Graham Construction Income Trust, Spoke Resources Ltd. and Recircle Ltd.
Ms. Hemmingsen brings to the board more than 30 years of expertise in finance, asset management, business development and governance. She has broad experience in investment/asset management and business/project development gained in leadership roles in the capital market, energy, infrastructure, clean technology and related service industries where she gained insights as an executive to contribute to boards and executive teams.
From 1995 until his retirement in 2013, Frank Jaehnert (age 64) held several roles with Brady Corporation (NYSE: "BRC"), a publicly traded manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. These roles included President and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2013, Senior Vice President and President of a business line from 2002 to 2003, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 2001. Prior to joining Brady Corporation, Mr. Jaehnert held various financial and management positions for Robert Bosch GmbH, a German multinational engineering and electronics company. Mr. Jaehnert serves on the board of directors of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: "NDSN"), which he joined in 2012, and Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: "BGG"), which he joined in 2014. NDSN and BGG are both publicly traded large manufacturing companies. Mr. Jaehnert also serves on the NDSN executive committee and as the chair of the NDSN audit committee and on the BGG audit and nominating and governance committees.
Mr. Jaehnert has extensive, broad-based international business and executive management and leadership experience. Mr. Jaehnert is National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship CertifiedTM, which is a recognition earned by NACD members and reflects their commitment to continuing education on emerging board issues and to helping to elevate the profession of directorship. Mr. Jaehnert's diverse background, his experience with geographic expansion and acquisitions, as well as his experience serving on other public company boards bring valuable perspectives to the Board.
Jerome J. Lande (age 47) joined Scopia Capital Management LP (Scopia), an asset management firm and one of Itron's principal minority shareholders, in April 2016 and is currently Deputy CIO and Managing Partner. He was previously the Managing Partner of Coppersmith Capital Management LLC (Coppersmith), an asset management firm focused on equity investing in small to mid-cap markets and in long-term value creation, which he co-founded in April 2012. Prior to co-founding Coppersmith, Mr. Lande was a partner of MCM Capital Management, LLC, the general partner of MMI Investments, LP, a small-cap investment fund founded in 1996 to employ private equity investing methodologies in public equities, and where Mr. Lande oversaw research, trading and activism from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that time, he was associated with other equity investment firms where he was directly involved with corporate development as well as equity growth. Until the completion of a merger on December 7, 2018, Mr. Lande served as a member of the board of directors and the nomination and governance committee of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: "FCEA"), a national real estate company. Mr. Lande is a member of the board of directors of CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ: "CNMD"), a public global medical technology company, where he also serves on the compensation and strategy committees.
Mr. Lande brings to the Board financial and investing acumen gained through his many years of experience at several equity investment firms, including his current employer Scopia (and affiliates), which is a principal minority shareholder of the Company.
Tim Leyden (age 70) retired in 2015 after eight years with Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: "WDC"), a company that manufactures hard-disk drives used to record, store, and recall volumes of data. He served as WDC's Chief Financial Officer from 2013 until January 2015, President of Western Digital, one of WDC's two operating subsidiaries, from 2012 to 2013, its Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2012, and its Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining WDC, Mr. Leyden was Vice President and then Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Sage Software PLC, a customized software solutions business, from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Leyden serves on the board of directors for Oakgate Technology, Inc., a private company that provides test, validation and benchmarking products and services to the storage industry. He also serves on the board of Oracle Elevator Company, a private company providing maintenance, repair, and modifications to commercial elevators, and on the board of advisors of BlytheCo, a private company that brokers a variety of 3rd party software solutions to all sizes of businesses. These solutions include ERP, CRM and HCM software installations. Mr. Leyden also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of California Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business.
Mr. Leyden brings to the Board a mix of financial and operational experience (in both hardware and software industries), in addition to a background that includes mergers and acquisitions and integration experience related to the assimilation of acquired companies into both WDC and Sage Software. His prior experience with overseeing global manufacturing, engineering, marketing, and sales operations, when combined with his financial and accounting background, adds a depth of international insight to the Board.
As a customer-driven CEO, Sanjay Mirchandani is dedicated to delivering solutions for customers’ hardest data protection problems.
Since joining four years ago, Sanjay has dramatically innovated Commvault’s industry-recognized portfolio; strengthened its robust partner ecosystem; transitioned the company from a perpetual to subscription business model; and accelerated its revenue growth. This includes launching Metallic, an award-winning SaaS offering that surpassed 4,000 customers and $100 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR) in just three years.
As CEO of software maker Puppet, Sanjay grew the company’s user base to more than 40,000 companies, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100. Sanjay, who earned his bachelor’s from Drew University and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, previously spent two decades as a senior leader at Microsoft, EMC Corp., and VMware.
Santiago Perez (age 58) is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Hiller Companies. Mr. Perez previously served as CEO at Keter Environmental Services. Prior to this, Mr. Perez served as Chief Commercial Digital Officer & Senior Vice President U.S. Services & Solutions at Schneider Electric from 2017 to 2020. He also held several leadership roles at Johnson Controls between 1999 and 2016. These included Vice President & General Manager Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, where he led the company’s sales, distribution, contracting and service operations, as well as Vice President Global Business Lines & Operations, leading the company’s global supply chain, product management, development and engineering. Prior to this Mr. Perez held a variety of positions in Thermo Fisher Scientific from 1997 to 1999, in United Technologies between 1991 and 1997, and with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company from 1985 to 1989.
Mr. Perez brings to the board nearly 35 years of sales, product management and service operations experience in high-tech industries, including the energy, building automation and industrial automation sectors.
Lynda Ziegler (age 69) was elected Vice Chair of the Board in April 2015, and then Chair of the Board in September 2016. She was elected to a second term as Chair of the Board at the 2019 annual meeting. In September 2012, Ms. Ziegler retired from Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. (and a customer of Itron), whose parent is Edison International. During her tenure at SCE, she held various management positions related to customer program offerings, customer service, development, communication and implementation of energy efficiency programs, marketing and communication of smart meters, and generally led all aspects of delivering power to almost 5 million customers. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Ziegler was Senior Vice President of Customer Service, and from January 1, 2011 until her retirement in September of 2012, she served as Executive Vice President of Power Delivery Services, where she was responsible for transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, customer service, information technology (IT), and support services including procurement and real estate management. In the past, she has served on the advisory committee for power delivery and utilization at the Electric Power Research Institute and was a founding member of the Board of the Association for Women in Water and Energy.
Ms. Ziegler brings to the Board her extensive background with public utilities, especially with her recent responsibilities in the industry related to smart meters and customer relations from the utility perspective. Her breadth of knowledge of software services, transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, IT, and business development adds to the diverse business backgrounds of our other members of the Board.