Our board of directors, based on the recommendation of the nominating and governance committee, has nominated each of George N. Benjamin, III
, David P. Storey, Donald F.U. Goebert, Randolph K. Piechocki, Timothy W. O’Neil, Warren N. Romine and John Wellhausen to stand for re-election at the annual meeting.
In particular, the board selected Mr. Benjamin to serve as a director because it believes he possesses valuable manufacturing and product development expertise in the communications industry that enables him to provide knowledge, exp ertise and management leadership regarding the issues affecting our business.
has senior executive and consulting experience for over 20 years with public and private companies serving the industrial, military and utility constituents of the communications industry, which is especially relevant to our business.
George N. Benjamin, III (1996)
George N. Benjamin, III has been our Chairman of the Board since May 2003 and a director since January 1996.
He currently serves as a director of each of Stonebridge Financial Corporation and Stonebridge Bank, a Pennsylvania state chartered bank.
He has served in these capacities since January 2000.
Mr. Benjamin served as a director of Aubeta Network Corporation, a facility-based secure wide area network company, from December 2002 to March 2009.
From August 1999 to October 2001, he was the president and chief executive officer of Keystone Networks, Inc., an optical network developer.
He was president of BICC Brand Rex from May 1997 to August 1998, and was president and chief executive officer of BICC Cables Corp., N.A., a manufacturer of electrical wires and optical cables, cable systems and assemblies for the utilities, industrial, military and communications industries, from A ugust 1998 through June 1999.
He was a group vice-president of the Marmon Group, Incorporated, a worldwide organization of more than 100 companies with over $6 billion in annual sales, from August 1988 until October 1995.
He was president of Tie Communications, Incorporated, a provider of business communications and information distribution products from April 1992 to October 1995.
He has been a consultant and partner in Trig Systems, LLC, a management and consulting company, since July 1987.
These six directors are: George N. Benjamin, III
, Donald F.U. Goebert, Randolph K. Piechocki, Timothy W. O’Neil, Warren N. Romine and John Wellhausen.
The board of directors has designated Mr. Benjamin
as the presiding director for these meetings.