Board of Directors
Daktronics Board of Directors currently consists of seven persons, divided into three classes serving staggered three-year terms. Current committees include Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance.
Reece A. Kurtenbach was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director effective on September 1, 2013 and has served as Chairman of the Board since September 2014. He served as Executive Vice President from 2012 until September 2013, Vice President for Live Events and International from 2007 to 2012, Vice President for Video Systems from 2004 until 2007, and manager for video products engineering from 1994 until 2004. Mr. Kurtenbach joined the Company in 1991 as an applications engineer focusing on large display projects. Mr. Kurtenbach also worked as a student employee with various responsibilities from 1983 to 1987. Mr. Kurtenbach holds a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in electrical engineering, with minors in mathematics and computer science. Mr. Kurtenbach is the son of Dr. Aelred Kurtenbach and brother of Matthew J. Kurtenbach and Carla S. Gatzke. The Board believes that Mr. Kurtenbach is an appropriate representative of management on the Board, given his position as a senior executive officer and his over 30 years of experience with the Company. In addition, Mr. Kurtenbach brings a wealth of industry experience to the Board.
Byron J. Anderson is currently retired. He has been a Director of the Company since 2005 and has served on the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since November 2005. Before his retirement, from 1999 to 2004, he served at Agilent Technologies, Inc. as Senior Vice President serving customers and managing business groups located in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia, which included worldwide sales and service activities. Before working with Agilent, he held various senior positions with Hewlett-Packard Company, most recently as a Vice President responsible for a business unit serving the worldwide communications industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and an electrical engineering degree from South Dakota State University. Mr. Anderson brings to the Board significant experience in high-tech industry with a unique knowledge of supply chains, international development, foreign trade and corporate strategy obtained from his years in management of large, multi-national technology companies.
Robert G. Dutcher is currently retired. He has been a Director of the Company since 2002 and chairperson of the Compensation Committee since 2005. Before his retirement, from April 2009 until March 2011, he served as Strategic Advisor Lead Member of MEDRAD, Inc. From April 2008 through March 2009, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cardiovascular Division of MEDRAD, Inc. From 1993 until April 2008, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Possis Medical, Inc., a publicly-held medical device company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which was acquired by MEDRAD, Inc. in April 2008. From December 2001 until April 2008, he served as Chairman of the Board of Possis Medical, Inc. Before joining Possis Medical in 1985, he was with Medtronic, Inc. for 12 years, most recently as Director of Research and Development. He previously worked in an engineering capacity for Control Data Corporation and Honeywell, Inc. Mr. Dutcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Dutcher brings to the Board extensive knowledge in driving profitable growth in technology-driven industries from his experience in leading research and development at Medtronic and as Chief Executive Officer of Possis Medical.
Nancy D. Frame is currently retired. She has been a Director of the Company since 1999, chairperson of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since 2004, and Lead Independent Director since 2005. She was Deputy Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency from 1986 to 1999, when she retired. As a senior executive in this federal government agency, she was responsible for managing its day-to-day operations, budget, system of financial controls, and ethics program. From 1980 to 1986, she was Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she was in charge of all legal matters affecting personnel, labor relations and ethics. Before that she held various legal positions in the areas of international trade and commercial law. She has a law degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University. Ms. Frame brings to the Board a legal and managerial background, which is particularly pertinent to corporate governance, risk oversight, and to understanding of legal issues faced by the Company, especially as they relate to our international development.
John P. Friel has been a Director since September 2015 and has served on the Audit Committee since September 2015 and on the Compensation Committee since October 2016. Mr. Friel served for 30 years in various capacities at MEDRAD, Inc., a global company that designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports medical devices. MEDRAD is an affiliate of Bayer, AG. He joined MEDRAD in the accounting area and earned a promotion to Treasurer and Vice President of Corporate Planning in 1986 and Vice President of Business Development area in 1987. He then served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1989 to 1995, Senior Vice President and General Manager from 1995 to 1998, and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2010. MEDRAD received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award twice during his tenure, once in 2004 and again in 2010. Mr. Friel is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vascor, Inc. Vascor is a pre-clinical medical device development company. He also is currently the Managing Director at Preservation Technologies L.P. and a Director of the medical device industry segment at Blue Water Growth LLC. Mr. Friel is the Principal and Founder of Five Radicals, which focuses on Baldrige Performance Excellence, strategic planning, general business consulting to entrepreneurial medical device companies, and private equity business development opportunity search efforts. Mr. Friel is a director and Chief Strategy Officer of Magvation, LLC, a medical device development company. Mr. Friel is a Senior Partner of the Mikan Group, a general management consulting company. He holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Friel brings to the Board extensive global general management knowledge and practice. He has strong experience in building and growing businesses, especially in technical product development and global expansions, which align with many of the Company's initiatives and strategies.
James B. Morgan is currently retired. He has been a Director since 1984 and has served on the Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since October 2016. He served as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 through his retirement effective on September 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Engineering. He originally joined the Company in 1969 as its first design engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota State University. Mr. Morgan brings to the Board his experience and knowledge of our business and industry derived from his previous positions as President and Chief Executive Officer and his over 44 years of experience with the Company.