Robert V. LaPenta
Chairman, CEO & President
Mr. LaPenta has served as a member of our Board of Directors and as Chairman since September 2012, as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2013 and as our President since July 2015. Mr. LaPenta is also a founder of Aston, a private investment company specializing in investments in secure military communication companies and companies with green technologies. Mr. LaPenta has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (“Leap Wireless”) from March 2005 until its acquisition by AT&T Corporation in March 2014. From August 2006 to August 2011, Mr. LaPenta served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (“L-1”), a provider of technology solutions for protecting and securing personal identities and assets. From April 1997 to April 2005, Mr. LaPenta served as President and Chief Financial Officer and a director of L-3 Communications Holding, a company he cofounded in April 1997. Mr. LaPenta received a B.B.A. in accounting from Iona College in New York, and in 2000 he also received an honorary degree from Iona. Robert V. LaPenta is the father of Robert V. LaPenta, Jr.
Mr. LaPenta was elected to our Board based on his extensive experience managing and developing growth companies as a result of his executive roles at Lockheed Martin Corporation, L-3 Communications Holding and L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc., as well as extensive experience in investment companies. Mr. LaPenta also holds a substantial personal investment in our common stock through RVL and Aston, of which he is a member.
James A. DePalma
Chief Financial Officer, Director
Mr. DePalma has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2012 and as Chief Financial Officer since July 2015. Mr. DePalma has been the Vice Chairman and Senior Managing Partner of Aston since August 2011. Prior to joining Aston, Mr. DePalma was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of L-1. Prior to L-1, Mr. DePalma was a founding partner of L-1 Investment Partners. Prior to the formation of L-1 Investment Partners, Mr. DePalma served as a consultant to L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. and was Chief Executive Officer of Core Software Technology, a leading software provider to the intelligence community and an equity investment of L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.
Mr. DePalma has also held high level executive positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, CBS Corporation and Viacom International, including Corporate Vice President of Finance at Westinghouse Electric where he managed Mergers and Acquisitions and implemented the restructuring, reorganizing and integration of a variety of businesses ($30 billion in acquisitions/divestitures). Prior to joining CBS, Mr. DePalma was a Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in Defense and Communications and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. DePalma served as the Chairman of the Board of Broadband Enterprises. Mr. DePalma also served on a number of boards including ImageSat International and CBS MarketWatch. Mr. DePalma was elected to our Board based on his four decades of operational and finance experience in the defense and technology industries. Mr. DePalma also holds a substantial personal investment in our common stock through RVL and Aston, of which he is a member.