Technology Advisory Board
Wen H. Chen, Ph.D. - Chief Technology Advisor
Dr. Chen is a retired Cisco Fellow, IEEE Fellow, Honorary Professor at the Communication University of China, Tianjin University and Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications, and Distinguished Lecture Chair at National Chung Hsing University. Prior to Cisco, he was Board Director and CTO of Komodo Technology, Inc., responsible for packet telephony developments. As Founder, Chairman of the Board and President of V-Bits, Inc., he pioneered development of the RateMux digital grooming and splicing system. Both Komodo and V-Bits were acquired by Cisco. Previously, Dr. Chen was Founder and Executive VP of CLI (Compression Labs), leading development of CLI's video conferencing and broadcast TV products, while also serving as Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University.
His pioneering work in digital imaging and inventions are cornerstones for digital image products from camera, videophone, video conferencing and digital broadcast TV to digital HDTV systems. His research results directly impacted camera and video industries and standards organizations. Dr. Chen received a BS from National Taiwan University, MS from Kansas State University and Ph.D. from University of Southern California, all in Electrical Engineering.
He is an Advisory Board member of San Jose State University and AVS Standard of China, an honorary board member of the Chinese Information & Networking Association, lifetime member of the North American Taiwanese Engineers' Association, member of the ITRI Technical Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Boards of Cradle Technologies and VisualOn.
Strategic Advisory Board
Michael Bowling - Strategic Advisor
Michael Bowling, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, is responsible for driving AT&T’s overall long-term planning and strategic initiatives. He was appointed to this role in September 2013.
Prior to his current role, Michael served as Chief Marketing Officer, Business Solutions. In that role, Michael was responsible for driving the growth of a $37B wireline business as well as the Business Mobility service portfolio.
Previously, Michael was President, AT&T Mexico, managing AT&T’s relationship with Telmex, Telmex International, and America Movil. During his time in Mexico, Michael served on the Boards of Telmex and Telmex International.
Michael entered AT&T from BellSouth and led the formulation of the entertainment and advertising strategy for AT&T across wireless, broadband and television platforms, later driving the delivery of “One AT&T”: a seamless customer experience across AT&T products.
Prior to the merger, Michael served as Vice President of Converged Services and Platform Development as well as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Broadband from 2003 to 2005.
Michael also worked in BellSouth’s International division, initially in business development then as Chief Marketing Officer in Peru for BellSouth’s wireless unit. He also served in a wide range of marketing and sales capacities within BellSouth’s domestic enterprise and consumer operations since joining BellSouth in 1990.
Michael is an avid supporter of the Salvation Army and is on the Board of Governors for the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School. In addition, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University.
He is married with three children and enjoys training for and competing in triathlons and staying proficient with his Spanish.
Jim Chiddix - Strategic Advisor
Jim Chiddix serves on the boards of directors at Virgin Media, ARRIS, Dycom Industries, and Symmetricom. He served as Chairman and CEO at OpenTV Corp. from 2004 to 2007.
Prior to joining OpenTV, Jim was President at Mystro TV, a division of Time Warner Inc. Mystro developed an early server-based personal video recording and time-shifting service. Before starting Mystro, Jim was Chief Engineer and Chief Technical Officer at Time Warner Cable for 15 years, where he was responsible for technology strategy, engineering and R&D.
Before joining Time Warner's corporate office, Jim held a variety of engineering and operating positions with two cable companies in Hawaii, Oceanic Cable and Waianae Cablevision. He also established a start-up in Honolulu, CRC Electronics, Inc., which manufactured automated commercial insertion systems.
Jim was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 1991 and the Cable Hall of Fame in 2007.
Viet D. Dinh - Strategic Advisor
Viet D. Dinh is the founding partner of Bancroft PLLC. He is also Professorial Lecturer in Law and Distinguished Lecturer in Government at Georgetown University, where he specializes in corporations and constitutional law. A leading expert on corporate governance and regulatory compliance, he has counseled corporations and their leaders on a range of transactional and governance issues. He serves on the Board of Directors of 21st Century Fox, Inc. (formerly the News Corporation), where he is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Revlon, Inc., where he serves on the Audit Committee, and of LPL Financial Holdings, Inc., where he is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He previously served on the Board of Directors of MFW Inc., and of The Orchard Enterprises, Inc., where he chaired the Compensation Committee.
He has represented numerous boards, committees, and independent directors of public companies-including the board of a public finance company with respect to a $10 billion dispute resolution, the corporate governance chair of a leading computer technology company, and the audit committee chair of a major health care service provider. Mr. Dinh also advises individuals and organizations on high-stakes conflicts and through existential risk. For example, Mr. Dinh secured, for a major law firm, an unprecedented post-indictment nonprosecution agreement and recently negotiated the termination of a 25-year-old racketeering consent decree against a major labor union. He successfully presented arguments for the United States before the Supreme Court in Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 (2003).
Mr. Dinh served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003, where he played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism, including the USA Patriot Act. Mr. Dinh also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.
Mr. Dinh clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Jennifer Ashworth Dinh, and their three sons.
Jarl Mohn - Strategic Advisor
Jarl Mohn is President and CEO of NPR, one of the country's most iconic news and cultural content organizations. In this capacity, Mohn oversees NPR's global operations and partnerships with more than a thousand public radio stations, serving over 30 million people who listen to NPR programming each week.
His work with NPR is a return to his broadcast radio roots. Mohn has held almost every job in radio, having spent almost two decades early in his career as a disc jockey on WNBC-AM in New York, programmer, general manager, and owner of a group of radio stations. He's served on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) for more than a decade, including two years as chairman.
The creator of E! Entertainment Television, Mohn served as its president and CEO for almost a decade. He is the former executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1 where he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today and diversified the networks' audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats, including leading the team that developed the show Yo! MTV Raps. He is also founding president and CEO of Liberty Digital, a public company that invested in cable networks and Internet and online businesses.
Most recently, he's served as a corporate director and advisor to a number of media companies, making direct early stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures. He and his wife Pamela created The Mohn Family Foundation in 2000.
He attended Temple University, where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy.
Sachio Semmoto, Ph.D. - Strategic Advisor
Dr. Semmoto founded eAccess Ltd in 1999. eAccess is Japan's first true entrepreneurial and global IP/telecom company that provides high-speed broadband telecommunication services using xDSL technology. eAccess has grown to a leading broadband IP operator in Japan, and completed its Initial Public Offering at the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in October 2003 and moved to the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section (TSE1) in November 2004. This is considered to be the fastest listing in the TSE1 whose market capitalization was approximately US $1.5 billion.
Additionally he founded EMOBILE Ltd. which was awarded 3G spectrum license in 2005 and entered into the mobile broadband market in 2007. EMOBILE completed its financing, total US $3.5 billion, which includes $1.2 billion for equity and $2.3 billion for debt financing, to roll out the nationwide mobile network. EMOBILE launched its data service in March 2007 and then the voice service in March 2008. Bundled with UMPC, EMOBILE's high speed, flat rate and reasonable pricing mobile data communications service dramatically changed the existing mobile scene, creating a "broadband revolution" in the mobile industry.
Prior to eAccess, Dr. Semmoto spent 30 years in senior management positions including Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (NTT), Kyocera, and DDI Corporation (currently "KDDI") which he co-founded as an Executive Vice President in 1984. At NTT, he developed the first optical fiber system in Japan and led the development of the Information Network System, the world's first digital service which embodied the ISDN concept. He was Japan's official representative to the ITU on optical fiber and ISDN (1974-1980). He played a major role in bringing DDI up to $5 billion in sales and $630 million in profit after 7 years of operation. In 1990, he founded DDI cellular group (currently "au") as an intrapreneur. Subsequently in 1995, he founded DDI Pocket, a PHS company (currently "WILLCOM"), and became the first president.
In 1996, Dr. Semmoto became a full professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University to teach in the areas of entrepreneurial management and information technology, prior to the establishment of eAccess Ltd.
Although he spent most of his career in the telecommunication industry, he has also had a background of academic involvement through extensive lecturing engagements at the world's leading universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, Cambridge in the U.S. and the UK. He was a visiting professor at the Carnegie Mellon University and at the Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley during 1992-1993 and 2000-2001, respectively, and a visiting research fellow at Stanford University in 1997. At present, he is a visiting professor at University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
He is a director and the board of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company (London, UK), Telecom New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), International Christian University (ICU) (Tokyo), and a member of the Network of Global Agenda Councils, World Economic Forum and the Trilateral Commission. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Fulbright Association in Japan. He published numerous academic papers and books on both telecommunication technologies and high technology corporate management.
He graduated from Kyoto University, Japan and received his MS and Ph.D. of Electrical Engineering in University of Florida.
Robert S. Silberman - Strategic Advisor
Mr. Robert S. Silberman was named Executive Chairman of Strayer Education in 2013. He served as the company’s Chairman from 2003 to 2013, and its Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2013. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Silberman served in a variety of senior management positions at CalEnergy Company, Inc., including as President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Silberman was Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Paper Company.
From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Silberman served in several senior positions in the United States Government. He served as Deputy Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration in the United States Department of Transportation. In 1990, he was appointed United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. On June 15, 1992, President of the United States George H. W. Bush nominated Silberman to be United States Assistant Secretary of the Army. After Senate confirmation, Silberman held this office from 1992 to 1993.
In 2007, during his tenure at Strayer Education, Silberman was awarded Morningstar's CEO of the Year award. Other recipients of the award include Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, Charles Schwab and Herb Kelleher.
Mr. Silberman serves on the Board of Directors of Strayer Education, Covanta Holding Company, 21st Century Fox, and Par Petroleum. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Silberman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in international policy from The Johns Hopkins University, and served as a United States Naval Officer.
Amir Yazdani - Strategic Advisor
Amir Yazdani always keeps innovation in mind as he formulates the strategic objectives that position Rentrak at the forefront of the media measurement industry.
In his role as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Amir works closely with Rentrak’s CEO to create, execute, and sustain the critical initiatives that allow Rentrak to anticipate the rapidly changing consumption of media across all screens.
“Rentrak is quickly becoming the industry standard for TV Everywhere audience measurement and Advanced Demographics through the use of our massive and passive viewing information,” Amir says. “We’ve had a focus on quality since inception. Our mission is to continue on that path and stay years ahead of the competition.”
Amir holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree from the University of Portland. For more than 25 years, he tirelessly led Rentrak’s engineering team—creating the products and services that make Rentrak the leader in groundbreaking technology measuring every movie and television platform.