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Gyricon Media's Executive Team

Dr. Herv? Gallaire

Chairman of the Board, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Herv? Gallaire became Chairman of the Board for Gyricon Media, Inc. on December 7, 2002.

Dr. Gallaire is President, Xerox Innovation Group for Xerox Corporation. He was appointed to this position October, 2001. He is also a corporate senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the worldwide research and technology organizations in Xerox, to maximize the company's $1billion annual investment in research and development. He is also responsible for intellectual property management, licensing and value creation from the intellectual property and technology. Additionally, he oversees the operations of a number of companies in the Xerox portfolio.

As head of research and technology, Dr. Gallaire leads an organization that is one of the world's most prolific generators of patentable ideas, with world-renowned research and technology centers that include the PARC Incorporated, the Xerox Research Centre of Europe, in Grenoble, the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and the Wilson Center for Research and Technology in Webster, N.Y. Finally, the Digital Imaging Technology Center, the Solutions and Services Technology Center, and the Xerox Engineering Center are distributed over several locations in the USA.

From 1993 to 1998 he served as manager of the Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France, which develops document technology for multilingual and multinational uses. Most recently, Dr. Gallaire held the position of Chief Architect for the corporation and Senior Vice-President of the Research and Technology group of Xerox Corporation, based in Stamford, Conn.

Before joining Xerox in 1992, Dr. Gallaire headed the department of mathematics and computer science at l'?cole Nationale Sup?rieure de l'A?ronautique et de l'Espace in France and directed several private and public research laboratories in Europe before managing hardware and software development divisions at Bull and GSI.

Gallaire holds a master of science degree and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in electrical engineering and computer science and from ?cole Nationale Sup?rieure des Arts et M?tiers in France a master degree in mechanical engineering. He is the first recipient of the distinguished alumnus award of the EECS department from the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected founding member of Acad?mie des technologies in France December 2000. The Academy is the equivalent of the National Academy of Engineering in the United States.

Dr. Iva M. Wilson

President, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Dr. Wilson became president of Gyricon Media, Inc. in January of 2002.

Prior to joining Gyricon Media, Dr. Wilson held the position of senior vice president of technology for Philips Electronics North America, from January of 1996 until her early retirement in 1997. She also held the office of president for Philips Display Component Company since 1986. Her Philips tenure began in 1983, as vice president of engineering for Philips Display Component Company.

Dr. Wilson began her career in the Research Department of Zenith Corporation, developing special cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and electron guns. She developed a major electron gun (named TPF) that made the new standard of picture performance in TV sets possible. In 1976, she became manager of product engineering in the Rauland Division of Zenith, and was responsible for product and process development for color CRTs.

In addition to her contributions and work in the technical field, Dr. Wilson has been involved as a business leader in the work of organizational transformation. Many of her efforts are focused on better understanding of organizational dynamics and its impact on business performance. She co-authored a book on leadership, titled "The Power of Collaborative Leadership; Lessons for the Learning Organization". It was published in late 2000 by Butterworth Heinemann. She has also coached executives to recognize how they themselves create the barriers to their own progress and success.

Dr. Wilson holds a BSEE from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Robert A. Sprague

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Gyricon Media Inc.

Dr. Sprague became vice president and CTO of Gyricon Media upon inception of the company, in December 2000.

Prior to joining Gyricon Media, Dr. Sprague was Xerox's manager of the Document Hardware Laboratory -- responsible for activities in advanced ink jet printing, integrated direct marking systems research, and SmartPaper". Dr. Robert A. Sprague has been at Xerox PARC since 1976 working in a variety of technical and management positions. He has held the title of associate research center manager and played a broad role in the management of PARC over the years, including responsibility for technical interaction with the Xerox Business Divisions, research and technology assessment, and administration.

During his career at PARC, Dr. Sprague managed a wide variety of technical areas covering the fields of ink jet printing, flat panel display, document scanning, laser printing, ionography, and optical data storage. He has won numerous Xerox awards including the prestigious "President's Award" for his work in ink jet printing. Dr. Sprague holds over 50 patents and has been recognized as having the most lifetime patents in the history of PARC. Before joining PARC, Dr. Sprague worked at the Itek Corporation in the fields of optical computing and industrial inspection.

Dr. Sprague is internationally known for his work as president of SPIE, and received the SPIE "President's Award" in 1993. He has been extensively involved in organization of technical meetings in the field of optics, data storage, and electronic imaging. He also participated on the national committee investigating solutions to problems with the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Sprague is a fellow of SPIE, a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and is on the U.S. National Committee of the ICO (International Commission for Optics), and has over two dozen technical publications. He is a co-holder of the Kingslake medal of SPIE for his work in Document Scanners.

Dr. Sprague has a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester.

Nicholas K. Sheridon
Research Director, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Mr. Sheridon became research director of Gyricon Media upon inception of the company, in December 2000.

Nicholas K. Sheridon is the inventor of SmartPaper". He has more than 25 years experience in display and electronic printer research and did pioneering work in the fields of acoustical holography, coherent optical processing and blazed holographic diffraction gratings. Sheridon, a physicist, was previously at Xerox Research Labs in Webster, New York in 1967 and then at the PARC campus in Palo Alto, California from 1972 until 2001.

While at PARC, he was a senior research fellow, who held more than 75 U.S. patents and specialized in displays and electronic printing. Sheridon published many papers, including the first paper in the field of acoustical holography and the first paper in the field of blazed holographic diffraction gratings.
His inventions include the Ruticon, one of the first image buffers suitable for work in the field of coherent optical processing, and the Corjet, an ionographic charge image bar, which enabled one of the earliest multifunction product programs at Xerox.

Sheridon has several degrees in the field of Physics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Chris Skeadas
Vice President, Chief Information Officer, General Manager of Software Development, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Mr. Skeadas became vice president, chief information officer and general manager of software development for Gyricon Media in July, 2001.

Prior to joining Gyricon Media, Mr. Skeadas had more than thirty years of experience in all aspects of the information technology field, from hands-on execution through senior and executive management experience in the financial services and computerized reservations business industries. His expertise spans a broad range of specific technologies and configurations in the very complex, high-volume and high-availability environments of transaction processing, networks, databases and web-based systems.

In his most recent assignment, he was president and COO of Ocwen Technology Xchange (OTX), the wholly-owned technology subsidiary of Ocwen Financial Corporation. He was responsible for three separate software development divisions, one of which was entirely web-based; a consulting services division, and all of the internal technology services functions for the corporation.

Prior to OTX, Mr Skeadas was COO and CTO of FiNet.com, an online, web-based residential mortgage services provider. He was responsible for business operations and all technology services functions for the company. Prior to FiNet.com, he was CIO of GMAC Mortgage (GMACM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of GMAC, providing residential mortgages across the nation. He was responsible for all technology services functions, as well as mortgage servicing operations and facilities management.

Prior to GMACM, he was CIO of Galileo International (GI), a computerized reservations company operating in more than 60 countries around the world, where he was responsible for all technology services functions. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Galileo Hellas National Distribution Company (NDC). Prior to GI, he was with Bank of America and United Technologies Corporation, where he held a number of increasingly responsible positions.

Mr. Skeadas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York, NY and his Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Ed Egert
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Mr. Egert became vice president of sales and marketing of Gyricon Media, Inc. in January of 2002.

Prior to joining Gyricon Media, Mr. Egert held the position of vice president of sales and marketing with Philips Display Component Company, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had responsibility for all sales, marketing and related commercial activates for Philips display products throughout North America.

While at Philips, Mr. Egert significantly expanded sales while opening markets for US-made display products in China, South East Asia and Latin America. Prior to that, Mr. Egert served as Senior Counsel to a number of subsidiaries of North American Philips Corporation and its predecessor, GTE Corporation.

Mr. Egert holds a B. A. from Saint Michael's College, a J. D. from Fordham University School of Law and is a graduate of The Executive Program of The University of Michigan School of Business.

John Ratay
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Mr. Ratay became vice president and COO of Gyricon Media, Inc. in January of 2002.

Prior to joining Gyricon Media, Mr. Ratay had spent thirty years in the display business with both Philips Electronics North America and RCA. He was senior vice president of operations and business manager in Philips Display Components Company, a division of Philips Electronics North America, from 1988-1997. Mr. Ratay was vice president of operations with RCA. His responsibilities included factories in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil.

Ratay has a BSME from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. He also attended the Columbia University Executive Management Program.


William Rauwerdink
Chief Financial Officer, Gyricon Media, Inc.

Mr. Rauwerdink became Chief Financial Ofiicer of Gyricon Media, Inc. in April 2002. He has previously served as CFO for several companies, most recently for Hotwire.com, a San Francisco-based internet services provider. He was a partner in the Detroit office of Deloitte & Touche where he worked exclusively with capital formation issues.

Mr. Rauwerdink serves as a director of Trinity Health Services, a Michigan based non-profit hospital and related services company. He is a CPA, with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BBA) and the Harvard Business School (MBA).

Geert de Haas

Geert de Haas is on the Board of Directors of Gyricon Media Inc. Previously, he was an angel investor in the company.

Prior to joining Gyricon Media, De Haas was an entrepreneur with a successful record of positioning and stabilizing fledgling companies. He started and became the owner of New Ventures B. V. in 1998 and was the prior owner of De Haas Holding B.V., a company that held controlling equity positions in existing production and service companies. Felicitas, a subsidiary of the Gillette Company, was one of the companies that he restructured, which grew from 300 employees to 1,100 under his leadership. He then sold the company to VNU.

Prior to joining the Gillette Company, De Haas worked in finance as a financial manager at the foreign office of FGH Bank and he started out at a group of accounting/consulting companies that included PricewaterhouseCoopers in Amsterdam.

De Haas is a graduate of the University of Tilburg in Holland, where he received a degree in economics and he also studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

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