Board of Directors
R. Jeffrey Harris
Director Since: 2005
Board Committees: Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees
Business Experience, Qualifications and Affiliations: The Board has concluded that Mr. Harris is qualified to serve on the Board because he brings considerable mergers and acquisitions experience. In addition, Mr. Harris has experience as a director on public company compensation and corporate governance committees, which experience is essential in designing and maintaining our executive compensation programs and developing our succession planning strategies. Since 2002, Mr. Harris has been involved as an investor in, and a director of, early stage companies. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Sybron Dental Specialties from April 2005 until Danaher Corporation acquired it in 2006. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Playtex Products, Inc. from 2001 until Energizer Holdings acquired it in October 2007. Mr. Harris was director of Prodesse, Inc., an early stage biotechnology company, from 2002 until 2009, when Gen-Probe Incorporated acquired it. Since 2008, he has been a director of Guy & O’Neill, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Brookfield Academy, a non-profit entity, and is Chairman of the Board and a co-founder of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation. Additionally, Mr. Harris is a director of Somna Management, Inc. and Okanjo Partners, Inc., both early stage technology companies. Mr. Harris also served Apogent Technologies, Inc. in the following capacities: (1) as Of Counsel from December 2000 through 2003, (2) as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 1988 to 2000 (when the company was known as Sybron International, Inc.), and (3) as a director from 2000 until Fisher Scientific International, Inc. acquired it in 2004.