Board of Directors

Signal Hill's Board is comprised of primarily independent directors whose wisdom and vision provide us with long-term guidance and policy. Board members come from diverse backgrounds, have a deep understanding of our business and industries, and have distinguished themselves in both business and community service.

Scott Wieler, Chairman

Scott Wieler has more than 30 years of investment banking experience with buy side and sell side clients. He has created more than $70+ billion in transaction value for clients through M&A, private placements, venture and growth capital, divestitures, fairness opinions/valuations, defense advisory, and corporate restructurings. Prior to founding Signal Hill in 2002, Mr. Wieler was Head of the Global Telecommunications Group at DB Alex. Brown, where he supervised approximately 100 employees across numerous offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. While global co-head of media and communications, his group completed an excess of 180 transactions including 90 public, private equity and convertible issues raising in excess of $34 billion; 44 high yield and investment grade offerings raising more than $15.5 billion and 46 merger and acquisition assignments with value in excess of $16.5 billion.

Ira D. Cohen, Interested Director

Ira D. Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry as an investment banker, private equity investor and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Signal Hill, Mr. Cohen was the Managing Partner, President and Co-founder of Updata Advisors.

Benjamin H. Griswold, IV, Independent Director

Mr. Griswold is Chairman of Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company and joined the firm in 2005. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Mr. Griswold was Senior Chairman of DB Alex. Brown, Senior Chairman of BT Alex. Brown and Chairman of Alex. Brown & Sons. He served as an artillery officer in the U.S. 7th Army in Germany. In the non-profit sector, he is a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University, the Peabody Institute and chairs the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Endowment Board. He is also a past chairman of the board of the United Way of Central Maryland.

Education:

  • Princeton University, A.B. (1962)
  • Harvard, M.B.A. (1967)

Board Commitments:

  • Chairman, Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company
  • Former Senior Chairman, Deutsche Bank Securities
  • Former Chairman, Alex. Brown & Sons Inc.
  • Trustee: Johns Hopkins Carey Business School & Peabody Conservatory
  • Endowment Trustee, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Joseph E. Kasputys, Independent Director

Joseph E. Kasputys, PhD serves as Advisor of PCN Technology, Inc. Dr. Kasputys co-founded IHS Global Insight (formerly, Global Insight, Inc.) in March 2001 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Kasputys founded Primark Poland and served as its Chief Executive Officer from February 1993 to 1994. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Primark Corp. from June 1987 to May 1988. Dr. Kasputys served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Primark Corporation from June 1988 to September 2000 and President from June 1987 to September 2000. Dr. Kasputys also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TASC (The Analytic Sciences Corporation), primarily a government contractor for information technology and a subsidiary of Primark. In July 1994, he began serving as Managing Director of Datastream and also a subsidiary of Primark. Dr. Kasputys served as an Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill, Inc. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill since 1985, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Data Resources, Inc. (DRI) , from 1977 to 1984. He served as President of DRI. Dr. Kasputys served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1972 to 1977 and earlier served as Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration. During the Vietnam conflict, Dr. Kasputys served as Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), where he participated in developing Department of Defense budgets and management systems. He also participated in the founding of the U.S. Department of Energy. In 1996, Dr. Kasputys founded Decision Economics, Inc.

Education:

  • Brooklyn College, B.A.
  • Harvard Graduate School of Business, M.A., Ph. D. (Baker Scholar and a Warren G. Harding Aerospace Fellow)

Board Commitments:

  • Chairman, IHS Advisory Board
  • Chairman, Baseline Financial Services and IHS Global Insight

Board Member:

  • Lifeline Systems Inc.
  • New Era of Networks, Inc.
  • Hitachi Foundation
  • Primark
  • Member, Logistics Management Institute
  • Deputy Director of the White House task force formed to deal with the Arab oil embargo in 1973, and subsequently participated in the founding of the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Co-Chairman, U.S.-based Committee for Economic Development

Brooke B. Coburn, Independent Director

Brooke B. Coburn is a Managing Director and Head of Carlyle Growth Partners, the U.S. small buyout and growth capital arm of The Carlyle Group. Mr. Coburn leads Carlyle's small-cap buyout practice focusing on investments in the education, technology, telecommunications, media and business services sectors. He is based in Washington, DC.

Since joining Carlyle in 1996, Mr. Coburn has been actively involved with the firm's investments in Apollo Global, Bredbandsbolaget (acquired by Telenor), CityNet Telecom (merged with Universal Access), Command Information, Core Location (acquired by El Paso Global Networks), DigiPlex S.A., Gemcom Software, Genesis Cable (acquired by Benchmark Communications), Matrics Technologies (acquired by Symbol Technologies), Neptune Communications (acquired by Global Crossing), NorthPoint Communications, Pacific Telecom Cable (acquired by management), Prime Communications (acquired by Comcast), Sonitrol Holding Corp.(acquired by Stanley Works), WCI Cable (acquired by Alaska Communications), Wall Street English (acquired by Pearson plc) and Wall Street Institute.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Coburn was with Salomon Brothers, Inc. where he focused on M&A and capital raising assignments in the Media & Communications Group.

Education:

  • Princeton University, A.B. (with honors)

Board Commitments:

  • Apollo Global
  • Catapult Learning
  • Gemcom Software
  • RevShare
  • Wall Street Institute