Other Members of the Management Team
Ioan Allen, Senior Vice President
Ioan Allen joined Dolby Laboratories in 1969 and was in large part responsible for the origination and development of all the major audio advancements emanating from the Dolby® film program. During his tenure at the company, Ioan has spearheaded the introduction of many of Dolby’s breakthrough audio formats—from Dolby Stereo in 1974 to Dolby SR in 1986 and Dolby Digital in 1992—each representing another step forward leading to the company’s successful transition from analog audio pioneer to digital entertainment leader.
Ioan holds several patents and has authored many papers in technical journals. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), and a past president of the International Theatre Equipment Association (ITEA). Active in world standards organizations, he has served multiple terms as Engineering Director, Motion Pictures, for SMPTE. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and he was awarded a prestigious honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Nottingham in the UK.
Ioan helped establish and was the chairman of the Dye Track Committee, which was honored in 2007 by the AMPAS Scientific and Technical Committee for its contributions to the environmentally responsible industry conversion from silver-based to cyan dye analog soundtracks. He also currently serves as technical chairman of the Trailer Audio Standards Association (TASA).
Ioan has received much recognition for his work over the years; he is a recipient of SMPTE’s Samuel L. Warner Award and the AES Silver Medal Award for his contributions to motion picture sound. He has also received several Academy Awards® for scientific and engineering achievement. In 1989, Ioan and Ray Dolby were awarded Oscars® for continuous contributions to motion picture sound through the research and development programs at Dolby Laboratories.
Ioan is often invited to give presentations during industry conferences and film festivals; his Egg Show is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts curriculum.
Eric Cohen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
As Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Eric Cohen oversees corporate development, mergers and acquisitions activities, and corporate strategy for Dolby.
Eric brought to Dolby, after 30 years in investment banking, diverse experience advising clients in strategic transactions and financings across a broad range of industries. For the past 10 years, Eric was a Managing Director and senior member of the technology investment banking team at Cowen and Company, where he headed the firm’s digital media, Internet, and new media business. Eric founded Cowen and Company’s digital media practice in 2001 when the sector was first emerging in the financial markets. Prior to that, Eric held the position of Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, where he helped to establish its West Coast investment banking practice. Eric also worked for 13 years at Credit Suisse First Boston, helping to drive that firm’s growth throughout the 1980s.
Eric holds a BS degree from Brown University and an MBA degree from Stanford University.
Steve E. Forshay, Senior Vice President, Research
Since joining Dolby Laboratories in 1982, Steve Forshay has helped facilitate research and development of the breakthrough audio and surround sound technologies for which the company is widely recognized. As head of Dolby's Research Division, he helps ensure that research at Dolby, which includes sound technology as well as image signal processing and related entertainment technologies, can be successfully applied to the creation of new opportunities that align with the company's strategic direction, values, and business interests. Steve helps keep technology research and development focused on the end user—finding solutions that extend the entertainment experience with technology that is easy for the user to embrace.
In addition to overseeing research activities, Steve participates in the formulation of corporate business, technology, and standards strategies. Prior to joining Dolby, he held engineering positions in audio entertainment system design at the David Hafler Company and in automotive entertainment and communications systems development at the Automotive and Industrial Products Division of Motorola, Inc.
Steve holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA degree from St. Mary's College of California. He is a member of the AES, the SMPTE, and the IEEE. He is also active in several other industry standards and business forums.
Craig Todd, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Craig Todd's involvement with multichannel sound spans more than 25 years, beginning with his initial work on Dolby Surround sound in 1977. Since 1992 he has focused his efforts on bringing multichannel digital audio to the consumer. He was instrumental in establishing Dolby Digital in DTV, CATV, and DVD formats, and has most recently made major technical contributions to the technology strategy and systems architecture of Dolby's Digital Cinema system.
A holder of more than 20 patents, Craig has participated in standards-setting activities for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-R), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He is a Fellow of both the AES and SMPTE, and in 2002 was awarded the SMPTE Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal for contributions to motion picture sound. Craig holds a BS degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology.