Unwired Planet Appoints Phil Vachon as Chairman of the Board
Greg Landis Added to the Board
Transition of Board Complete
RENO, Nev. -- July 29, 2013
Unwired Planet, (Nasdaq: UPIP), today announced that Philip A. Vachon was
appointed chairman of the company’s board of directors and chairman of the
company’s Intellectual Property Committee. Mr. Vachon replaces Peter Feld, who
will continue to serve on the board of directors.
“We would like to thank Peter for his tremendous work and dedication to
Unwired Planet over the past 2 years,” said Eric Vetter, president and chief
administrative officer of Unwired Planet. “Peter’s leadership and investor
perspective has driven the company as it has transitioned from a software
business to the premier mobile licensing company it is today. We are very
appreciative of the leadership Peter has provided during our transition and
excited that he will continue to be an active member of our Board of
Peter Feld, Unwired Planet’s past chairman, noted that “Phil Vachon has been
very involved with Unwired Planet since his appointment to the board earlier
this year. With his strong Intellectual Property experience and leadership
skills, he is a great choice to now lead our transformed board.”
Simultaneously, the company today announced that Greg Landis was appointed to
the company’s board of directors, replacing Robin Abrams who resigned from the
board of directors, effective July 26, 2013. Mr. Landis is the Senior Vice
President and General Counsel for TerraPower.
“Greg’s background in telecommunications and intellectual property law makes
him eminently qualified to join the company’s board and provide strategic
direction for the company,” said Peter Feld, former chairman of the board.
“His extensive experience in mobility will complement the strategy of the
company and his intellectual property experience will be instrumental to both
the board and the company.”
In addition to Mr. Vachon, the Intellectual Property Committee includes Bill
Marino and Greg Landis. The committee is charged with giving support and
oversight to Unwired Planet’s management team in driving shareholder value and
will serve the function of the previously announced Executive Committee. Mr.
Feld observed: “Our board has evolved over the last nine months as we have
focused on attracting individuals with deep expertise in mobile and wireless
technology and intellectual property licensing. These moves complete our board
and management transformation and we are confident in the ability of the team
to deliver on the company’s strategy.”
Robin Abrams has been a member of Unwired Planet’s board since 2008. Phil
Vachon, commenting on Ms. Abrams departure, said: “We would like to thank
Robin for her years of service on the board and her contribution to Unwired
Planet. As Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee, Robin’s executive
management expertise has been instrumental in driving the turnaround and
redefinition of Unwired Planet.”
Mr. Landis previously spent 17 years with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in
San Francisco, CA working in commercial litigation with a concentration in
antitrust, securities litigation, telecommunications and regulatory work. In
1995, Landis became General Counsel and later Executive Vice President for
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. During his time there, he supervised the
negotiations with AT&T leading to the split-off of AWS as an independent
company in July 2001 and had a leading role in the $42B sale of the company to
Cingular in 2004. From 2005-2007, Landis served as the General Counsel for
Vulcan, Inc., where he led the Legal Department in support of Paul Allen’s
investment, R&D, sports and philanthropic activities. In 2007, he became
General Counsel for Intellectual Ventures, with responsibility for legal and
government affairs, including intellectual property protection and
transactions, corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance,
government affairs, fund formation, financings, employment law and patent and
general litigation. Landis serves on the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for
Civil Rights Under Law and is co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Previously he chaired the Board of Equal Justice Works, served on the Board of
Seattle Children’s Theater and co-founded the Northwest General Counsel
Association. He is the co-author of Selecting the Next Nominee for the Federal
Circuit: Patently Obvious to Consider Diversity (2010). Landis graduated with
a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 1973 and earned a J.D., from
Harvard Law School in 1978.
About Unwired Planet
Unwired Planet, Inc. (NASDAQ: UPIP) is the inventor of the Mobile Internet and
a premier intellectual property company focused exclusively on the mobile
industry. The company’s patent portfolio of more than 2,400 issued US and
foreign patents include the technologies that allow mobile devices to connect
to the Internet and enable mobile communications. The portfolio spans 2G, 3G
and 4G technologies, as well as cloud-based mobile applications and services.
Unwired Planet's portfolio includes patents related to key mobile
technologies, including baseband mobile communications, mobile browsers,
mobile advertising, push technology, maps and location based services, mobile
application stores, social networking, mobile gaming and mobile search.
Unwired Planet is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.
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