Board of Directors
Mark Benjamin joined as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and as a Director in April 2018. With extensive experience serving technology markets, Mark has a proven track record advancing growth initiatives related to cloud, SaaS, mobile, big data, and IoT solutions. Prior to joining Nuance, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of NCR Corporation, where he oversaw sales, solutions management, business and product development, services and supply chain operations. Before that, he spent more than 20 years holding various leadership appointments at ADP, including President of Global Enterprise Solutions, where he led a team of 20,000 employees, and managed a multi-billion-dollar portfolio across more than 100 countries. Mr. Benjamin holds a Bachelor degree in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami.
Daniel Brennan was appointed to Nuance’s Board of Directors on September 12, 2018. Mr. Brennan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Boston Scientific, a manufacturer of medical devices, where he has worked since 1996. Prior to his current position, Dan served the firm in roles of increasing importance including corporate controller, vice president of finance for worldwide financial and strategic planning, investor relations, international finance and controller of several businesses. He is a certified public account and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Investments and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. Mr. Brennan serves as a member of Nuance’s Audit Committee.
Lloyd Carney joined Nuance’s Board of Directors and was appointed Chairman on September 12, 2018. Mr. Carney is the former Chief Executive Officer of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., a global supplier of networking hardware and software, from January 2013 until 2017 when it was acquired by Broadcom. Prior to Brocade, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Xsigo Systems, a cloud-based infrastructure solutions provider, until its acquisition by Oracle. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Micromuse Inc., a software solutions provider for business and service assurance, until its acquisition by IBM. Earlier in his career he had held senior leadership roles at Juniper Networks, Inc., Nortel Networks Inc., and Bay Networks, Inc. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at Visa Inc. as an independent director. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute, a Master of Science degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College, and honorary doctorate degree in engineering from Wentworth Institute.
Thomas Ebling was appointed to Nuance’s Board of Directors on September 12, 2018. Mr. Ebling was the former Chief Executive Officer of Demandware, from December 2009 until its sale to Salesforce in July 2016. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Demandware from July 2014 to 2016. Prior to his service at Demandware, Mr. Ebling served as Chief Executive Officer of Lattice Engines, a provider of sales and software solutions. He also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of ProfitLogic, Inc., an optimization solutions company, until it was acquired by Oracle Corporation. Earlier in his career he served as Chief Executive Officer of Torrent Systems, Inc., a data warehousing and analytics software provider, and he held various leadership positions at Macram Solutions, Inc., a software applications company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Williams College. Mr. Ebling serves as a member of Nuance’s Compensation Committee.
Robert J. Finocchio, 66, was appointed by the Board of Directors on April 29, 2015. Mr. Finocchio has been a Dean’s Executive Professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business since September 2000 and was a former chairman of its Board of Trustees. From July 1997 to September 2000, he served as Chairman of Informix Corporation and from July 1997 to July 1999, he served as its Chief Executive Officer and President where he led the reconstruction and return to growth and profitability of the enterprise database software company. From December 1988 to May 1997, Mr. Finocchio held several positions at 3Com Corporation, including President of 3Com Systems, Executive Vice President of Network Systems Operations and Executive Vice President of Field Operations. He also served in numerous executive and management roles at IBM, Rolm Corporation and Bank of America. Mr. Finocchio also serves on the boards of Broadcom Corporation (until February 2016), Echelon Corporation, JustAnswer.com, Silver Peak, Inc. and Vistage International. Mr. Finocchio serves as Chair of Nuance's Audit Committee.Director Since
Michal Katz was appointed to Nuance’s Board of Directors on September 12, 2018. Ms. Katz is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Technology Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets. Ms. Katz also sits on the firm’s Regional Operating Committee and the U.S. Investment Banking Management Committee. Prior to her roles at RBC, she served as Managing Director and Head of the Global Software practice within the Global Technology Investment Banking Group at Barclays Plc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York at Binghamton and a Juris Doctor in Law from New York University School of Law. Ms. Katz serves as a member of Nuance’s Governance and Nominating Committee.
Mark R. Laret, 63, has served as a director since June 3, 2010. Since April 2000, Mr. Laret has served as CEO of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Mr. Laret serves as a director of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Mr. Laret earned a B.A. from UCLA and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California. Mr. Laret serves as chair of Nuance's Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of its Audit Committee.Director Since
Laura S. Kaiser, 57, has served as a director since December 19, 2017. Ms. Kaiser has served as Chief Executive Officer of SSM Health since May 2017. Prior to SSM Health, Ms. Kaiser previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Intermountain Healthcare from March 2012 to April 2017. Prior to Intermountain Healthcare, Ms. Kaiser served in numerous leadership roles at Ascension Health. Ms. Kaiser holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Business Administration and a Master in Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University. Ms. Kaiser serves as a member of Nuance's Compensation Committee.Director Since
Sanjay Vaswani, 58, joined the Board in February 2018 and was elected at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Mr. Vaswani has been a managing partner of the Center for Corporate Innovation, Inc., a professional services firm focused on the technology and healthcare industries, since 1990. From 1987 to 1990 he was with McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, Mr. Vaswani was employed by Intel Corporation. Mr. Vaswani previously served as a director of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. from April 2004 until the sale of Brocade to Broadcom Ltd. in November 2017 and as a director at Blue Star Infotech Ltd. and Persistence Software, Inc. Mr. Vaswani received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Vaswani serves as chair of Nuance’s Compensation Committee and as a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee.