• Outside Directors

  • Peter GotcherPeter Gotcher, Chairman

    Peter Gotcher is the Chairman of the board of directors and has been a member of the board since 2003. In addition to providing leadership for the board, Peter brings extensive experience in Dolby's traditional markets and emerging media, providing valuable perspective for the board and the Chief Executive Officer.

    Peter is an independent investor focusing on investments in digital media technology companies. From 1999 through 2003, he was a Venture Partner with Redpoint Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital partnership. From 1997 to 1999, he held the same position with Institutional Venture Partners. He has served on the board of directors of several public and private companies. In addition to his position at Dolby, Peter currently serves as a director of GoPro, Jaunt, and Pandora. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Berklee College of Music.

    Peter founded Digidesign, Inc., in 1984 and served as its President, CEO, and Chairman through the company's initial public offering in December 1993, and subsequent merger with Avid Technology in January 1995. Peter served as the General Manager of Digidesign and Executive Vice President of Avid until May 1996. Previously, he worked for Dolby Laboratories and holds a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Micheline ChauMicheline Chau

    Micheline Chau joined the Dolby board of directors in 2013. Formerly the President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Lucasfilm Ltd., she brings significant experience in the entertainment industry to Dolby.

    Micheline currently sits on the boards of directors of several private and nonprofit entities, including the California HealthCare Foundation, where she serves as Vice Chairman. She was a member of the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open-source software solutions, from November 2008 to August 2012, and also served as a member of Red Hat's Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.

    Micheline holds an undergraduate degree in English and Asian studies from Wellesley College and an MBA degree from Stanford University.

    David DolbyDavid Dolby

    David Dolby has been a member of the Dolby board of directors since 2011. Prior to joining the board, David served as Manager, Strategic Partnerships, at Dolby. In this role, David was responsible for managing Dolby strategic partnerships and technology standards for Internet media encoding, delivery, and playback. He also represented Dolby in technical and business working groups at a variety of international standards groups, including Universal Serial Bus, Digital Living Network Alliance, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, and Blu-ray Disc Association.

    David's experience includes roles at Kaleidescape, Inc., a company focused on high-performance music and movie server systems, and NetVMG, which developed route control software (and was acquired by Internap, a provider of IT infrastructure services). At Perseus Group (now GCA Savvian), David was an investment banking analyst focused on technology. He also worked for engineering firms Bechtel and Poe & Associates. David has undertaken his own ventures as well, including owning and operating a private aircraft-leasing business, and currently holds investments in several private companies.

    David received a BSE degree in civil engineering from Duke University and an MBA degree from Stanford University.

    Bill JasperNicholas Donatiello Jr.

    Nicholas Donatiello has been a member of the Dolby board of directors since 2009. Nick has been the President and CEO of Odyssey Ventures, Inc., since September 1993. Prior to founding Odyssey, he was Press Secretary and Campaign Manager for US Senator Bill Bradley and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

    Nick is a director of three of the American Funds managed by Capital Research and Management, as well as the Schwab Charitable Fund. He is also a director of a number of other private companies. In addition, Nick served as chairman of the board of KQED, California’s largest public radio and television station, from 2006 through 2008. Nick holds a BSE degree in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA degree from Stanford University.

    Bill JasperN.W. (Bill) Jasper Jr.

    Bill Jasper has been a member of the Dolby board of directors since 2003. Bill was the CEO and President of Dolby Laboratories until his retirement in March 2009. He joined Dolby in 1979 as Vice President, Finance and Administration, and was named company President in 1983. He led the company through its evolution from a small technology innovator to an international entertainment technology leader. Over the years, he has led the company through many of its technology transformations, including analog to digital, music to film, cassettes to DVDs, and audio-only to audio and video.

    Bill is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and is an at-large member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

    Bill received a BS degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Sanford RobertsonSanford R. Robertson

    Sanford R. Robertson has been a member of the Dolby board of directors since 2003. Sanford is a principal of Francisco Partners, the world's largest technology buyout fund. With a focus on structured investments in technology and technology-related businesses, Francisco Partners is a pioneer in the private equity category of technology buyouts.

    Prior to founding Francisco Partners, Sanford was the Founder and Chairman of Robertson, Stephens & Co., a leading technology investment bank formed in 1978 and sold to BankBoston in 1998. Since the sale, he has been an active technology investor and advisor to several technology companies. Sanford was also the founder of Robertson, Colman, Siebel & Weisel, later renamed Montgomery Securities, another prominent technology investment bank. Sanford was one of the pioneers in the creation of West Coast technology banking as an industry in the late 1960s, and has remained one of the industry's most renowned participants to this date.

    He has had significant financing involvement in more than 500 growth technology companies throughout his career, including 3Com Corporation; America Online, Inc.; Applied Materials, Inc.; Ascend Communications Inc.; Dell Computer Corporation; E*Trade Securities, Inc.; Siebel Systems, Inc.; and Sun Microsystems, Inc. Sanford currently serves on the boards of directors of Pain Therapeutics, RPX Corporation, salesforce.com, and the Schwab Charitable Fund.

    Sanford received both a BA degree and an MBA degree with distinction from the University of Michigan.

    Robert SiboniRoger S. Siboni

    Roger S. Siboni has been a member of the Dolby board of directors since 2004. Roger was the Chairman and former CEO of Epiphany, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent customer interaction software.

    Before joining Epiphany, Roger was Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of KPMG Peat Marwick—a $9 billion, 85,000-person worldwide accounting and consulting organization. As COO, Roger led the firm to consecutive years of record revenue and profitability. Prior to becoming Deputy Chairman, as head of KPMG's Technology Practice, he grew that business by over 250 percent in his four years of leadership.

    Roger currently serves on the boards of Cadence Design Systems and a number of private companies. He previously served on the boards of Active Software, ArcSight, Corio Systems, FileNet, infoGROUP, Macromedia, and Pivotal Software. He has also served on the boards of the Central Park Conservancy, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Exploratorium. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Roger is past Chairman of the advisory board for the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Avis TavanianAvadis Tevanian Jr.

    Avadis Tevanian has been a member of the Dolby board of directors since 2009. Avie is a Managing Director of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm. Previously, he was Software Chief Technology Officer of Apple Computer. As Software CTO, Avie focused on setting company-wide software technology direction for Apple. Prior to his tenure as Software CTO, Avie was Senior Vice President of Software at Apple, a role he took on when Apple acquired NeXT in 1997.

    As SVP of Software, Avie led the software engineering team responsible for the creation of Mac OS X and worked as part of the Apple executive team that engineered the turnaround and current success of Apple. Before joining Apple, he was Vice President of Engineering at NeXT and was responsible for managing NeXT's industry-renowned engineering department. Avie started his professional career at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a principal designer and engineer of the Mach operating system, upon which Nextstep, and now OS X, is based.

    He holds a BA degree in mathematics from the University of Rochester and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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