Board Experience


William Keiper has served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of numerous public and private companies. He has deep Board experience encompassing six publicly-listed companies, domestic and global, and numerous private companies. He has IPO as well as go-private experience, and extensive M&A transaction experience as CEO, Board member and professional advisor. He is experienced in shareholder engagement from both investor and company points of view. Following is a summary of current and prior Board and executive experience.

Smith Micro Software, Inc. (SMSI) May 2002 – present. Smith Micro is a developer and marketer of mobile software products and services to carriers including Verizon, Cingular and T-Mobile, and an extensive line of PC software products for business and home markets. He has served as a company director for over 8 years.

Zones Inc. June 2002 – December 2008. Zones is a single-source, multi-vendor direct marketing reseller (DMR) of name-brand information technology products. Zones went private at the end of December 2008.

Radyne Corporation September 2006 – August 2008. Radyne designs, manufactures, sells and integrates products, systems and software used for the transmission and reception of voice, data and video over satellite, troposcatter, microwave and cable communication networks. The company was sold to Comtech Telecommunications in 2008.

Hypercom Corporation April 2000 – August 2007. Hypercom is a global company developing and marketing highly secure electronic card payment terminals and software, network access devices, server and transaction networking solutions.

JDA Software Group, Inc. April 1998 – August 2006. JDA Software is a developer of enterprise software solutions that deliver the world’s most comprehensive and innovative supply chain management and pricing solutions for the world’s leading retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and wholesaler-distributors.

Artisoft, Inc. March 1991 – August 1997. Artisoft was a developer of LAN and application software, as well as a developer and manufacturer of network interface cards. Through an acquisition, it became a leader in IP-based voice and data communications systems for business.

He has also served on the Boards of a number of private companies, both domestic and international, and as Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Arizona Technology Association.

“I served on the Board of Directors of a publicly-held U.S. company with William Keiper. I have seen him in action as a Board member and as the leader of an independent team tasked with completing a unique M&A transaction. He exhibited great skill in navigating the complexities of corporate finance, legal, regulatory and accounting issues, as well as the myriad ‘personality’ challenges that came into play. I have seen him exhibit only the highest ethical and moral standards, and he shows no hesitation is being direct and candid in his assessments.”

- Ken Kirkpatrick, President, US Bank, State of Washington

Contact:
William Keiper, Managing Partner
www.firstglobalpartners.com