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Advisory Board

To stay on the leading edge of agile management of software products, Enthiosys networks with leaders in our field. Our five advisory board members give us access to deep expertise that is critical to managing software products successfully. They also give us valuable guidance on running the business of Enthiosys, helping us achieve our mission of transforming the way that software and software-enabled companies manage their products.

Jim Spohrer

Director, Services Research, IBM Almaden Research Center

Based in San Jose, Calif., Jim focuses on innovations for IBM Global Services (IGS), a people- and information-intensive business of over 170,000 professionals worldwide that accounts for half of IBM’s revenues. Human sciences, On-Demand Innovation Services (ODIS), deep industry knowledge of future trends, and operations technology are areas of active exploration. From 2000-2003 he was chief technology officer of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group, where he identified technology trends and helped establish strong relationships between IBM and venture capital-backed portfolio companies. Previously, Dr. Spohrer directed the IBM Almaden Research Center’s (ARC) Computer Science Foundation Department. Before that he was senior manager and co-strategist for IBM’s User Experience/Human Computer Interaction Research effort.

From 1989-1998, he worked at Apple Computer Inc. Jim was a DEST (Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist) and program manager of learning technology projects in Apple’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG). He led the effort to create Apple’s first on-line learning community and vision for anytime, anywhere e-learning. From 1978-1982, he developed speech recognition algorithms and products at Verbex, an Exxon Enterprises company.

Jim received a B.S. in physics from MIT in 1978 and a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University in 1988. In 1989, Jim lived in Rome, Italy where he was a visiting scholar at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and lecturer at major universities across Europe.

He has published broadly in the areas of speech recognition, empirical studies of programmers, artificial intelligence, authoring tools, online learning communities, open source software, intelligent tutoring systems and student modeling, new paradigms in using computers, implications of rapid technical change, as well as the coevolution of social, business, and technical systems. Jim has also helped to establish two education research non-profit web sites: The Educational Object Economy and WorldBoard: Associating Information with Places. Jim is a frequent advisor to the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, MERLOT, and New Media Centers on the implications of rapid technological change to the future of education.

Paul Germeraad

President, Intellectual Assets, Inc.

Paul runs this professional advisory services firm, which specializes in integrated business, R&D, and intellectual property processes. The firm uses cutting-edge IP assessment tools and proprietary software, and provides insight based on the depth and breadth of executive level management experience and industry coverage the firm’s members represent.

Dr. Germeraad was previously chief operating officer for Aurigin Systems, Inc., a software startup company, where he focused on developing intellectual asset management products for the competitive intelligence, licensing and R&D communities. Prior to joining Aurigin in 1998, Paul worked for three Fortune 500 companies: Avery Dennison (vice president, corporate research, where he was responsible for the Corporate Research Center); James River Corp. (director of the Flexible Packaging Technical Center); and Raychem Corp. (held a variety of R&D and management positions).

Paul is past chairman of the Industrial Research Institute, an organization of chief technology officers whose organizations account for over 70% of all U.S. R&D spending. Paul joined the Licensing Executives Society (LES USA-Canada) Board of Trustees in 2002 and served as vice president, education for the 2004-2005 year. He is an instructor for the LES Professional Development Series and Chair of the LESI Education Committee 2005-2006. Paul is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a B.A. in chemistry. In addition, Paul holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and an LL.B degree from La Salle University.

Warren Thornthwaite

The Kimball Group

Warren has been building decision support and data warehousing systems since 1980. He worked at Metaphor for eight years, where he managed the consulting organization and implemented many major data warehouse systems. After Metaphor, Warren managed the enterprise-wide data warehouse development at Stanford University. He then co-founded InfoDynamics LLC, a data warehouse consulting firm. Warren joined up with WebTV to help build a world class, multi-terabyte, customer-focused data warehouse before returning to consulting.

In addition to designing data warehouses for a range of industries, Warren has extensive experience helping clients develop scalable, practical information access architectures. Warren holds an MBA in decision sciences from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a BA in communications studies from the University of Michigan.

Glynn Spangenberg

Glynn was an 11-year executive leader with QUALCOMM Incorporated, preceded by an executive managerial role at a newly acquired division of EDS Corporation, and Comdata Corporation. He brings experiential insight in sales, strategic account management, marketing, product introduction, service and support structures, with large-scale business deployment and operational readiness experience.

Glynn first joined QUALCOMM in August 1995 as director of sales and marketing in the QWBS division. In recognition of his organizational skill, and ultimately his results, he was given increasingly senior positions in business operations and strategic account management and received promotions to vice president of strategic accounts, vice president business operations, and eventually vice president and general manager.

In August 2004, Glynn became vice president of business operations at QUALCOMM’s MediaFLO USA (MediaFLO) division, which was chartered with the first commercial business implementation of MediaFLO technology. Glynn was responsible for the implementation strategy and plan and ultimately for delivering an efficient broadcast service operation within eight quarters.

Stephanie Fohn

CEO, WhiteHat Security

Stephanie has a broad base of management and entrepreneurial experience, with particular expertise in information security. Currently, she is chief executive officer of WhiteHat Security, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of website vulnerability management solutions. Previously, she was president and chief operating officer of SecurityFocus, a provider of enterprise security threat management systems. She led the company to a dominant industry position, resulting in its acquisition by Symantec in August 2002.

Prior to SecurityFocus, she served as vice president of marketing and business development for Tripwire, Inc. and director of distribution partnerships for Infoseek/Go Network. She also co-founded and led two start-ups – Lucidian Technologies, a developer of network-based intrusion detection software, and The WWWorks, a web development firm focused on e-commerce and database integration.

Ms. Fohn began her career in the security industry as director of business development for Pilot Network Services, Inc., one of the industry’s first managed security service providers. Prior to joining Pilot, she spent six years in venture capital and investment banking in the technology arena. Ms. Fohn holds an M.S. degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in business and psychology from University of Washington.