Charles Beck - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Charles Beck is responsible for the financial strategy and goals of the company, including maintaining compliance with regulatory and securities reporting requirements. Charles also oversees the Finance, Facilities and IT functions and sales operations in Japan, as well as the company's relationship with the financial and shareholder communities.
He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Forty Under 40” award from the Portland Business Journal (PBJ) for outstanding Oregon executives under forty, as well as being named one of PBJ’s “CFOs of the Year” for his expertise in financial management. Before joining Digimarc, Charles was a Senior Manager at KPMG LLP, which provides audit, tax and advisory services, where he served in various management roles within in the firm’s technology practice. Charles is a CPA and holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Portland.
Robert P. Chamness - Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Governance, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary
Robert Chamness leads our recycling and sustainability initiatives. Under his leadership, the HolyGrail project selected Digimarc as the data carrier for improving plastic sorting and speeding up a transition to a circular economy. Bob is also is responsible for legal affairs of the company, leads Government Relations, and is the Corporate Secretary. He has been instrumental in educating lawmakers, industry and academics on how the Digimarc Platform can help with plastics sorting and recycling and mitigating Deepfakes. He also serves as Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for the company.
Prior to joining Digimarc, Bob was President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Concentrex, Inc., a software and services provider to the financial services industry. Bob holds an A.B. cum laude from Wabash College and a J.D. summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law.
Bruce Davis - Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bruce Davis has nearly 40 years of experience establishing, managing and growing businesses with an emphasis on emerging marketplaces. He has pioneered new markets for several transformative digital technologies, including video games, computer entertainment, electronic TV program guides, secure identity management systems, and digital identities for media objects. He is a thought leader and visionary, known for his keen understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls associated with furthering the diffusion of innovative technologies into new markets. This reputation is built on a track record of leadership and work as an inventor.
Davis served as Chairman and CEO of Activision, one of the largest video game companies in the world, from 1985-1991. He then founded TV Guide On Screen (now part of Rovi), a joint venture of TCI, the leading cable television operator at the time and News Corporation. Under his leadership, the company developed the leading electronic program guide for cable television.
He has a law degree from Columbia Law School, and a B.S. and M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Heidi Dethloff - Vice President, Marketing
Heidi Dethloff leads the company’s corporate communications, creative services, digital marketing and customer advocacy programs. She specializes in business-to-business (B2B) marketing and go-to-customer planning. She is an active speaker and participant in retail and consumer brand events including, GS1 Connect, National Retail Federation (NRF), RetailTech Japan and Pac to the Future II.
Prior to joining Digimarc, Heidi held several leadership roles at IBM including Global Vice President of Midmarket Marketing where she was responsible for generating revenue from midsize companies and supporting IBM’s business partners. She received several awards for her marketing leadership and people management skills and was recognized by CRN’s Women of the Channel for IBM. In addition to her corporate marketing background, Heidi worked at several public relations and digital marketing agencies.
Heidi serves on the Board for In4All focused on bringing educators and businesses together to impact historically underserved students at critical points in their K-12 education. She has a B.A. from Valparaiso University.
Cindy Marple - Vice President, Human Resources
Cindy Marple is responsible for Human Resources at Digimarc. She is responsible for people management strategy, talent acquisition, legal compliance, employment contract negotiation and training and development. Cindy incorporates diversity and inclusion in all HR management programs, and she strives to partner with leadership teams and employees to support overall talent management and objectives.
Cindy heads the “Green Team,” Digimarc’s employee team to promote sustainability, and carries out Digimarc’s company-wide sustainability efforts with both large and small initiatives, such as instituting a paperless HR program. Prior to joining Digimarc, she was a Marketing Events Programs Manager at Merant. She is Everything DiSC and Crucial Conversation certified, and continued her professional excellence through the PSU Human Resources and the Stanford Business Executive Education programs.
Joel Meyer - Executive Vice President, Innovation, Specifications & Standards
Joel Meyer leads Digimarc’s specifications and industry guidelines, working to define and outline the capabilities of the Digimarc Platform in the Automatic Identification & Data Capture (AIDC). Joel manages Digimarc’s participation in AIDC-related work groups of standard setting organizations ISO, AIM and GS1. He oversees the Digimarc Quality Management System and manages the company’s intellectual property portfolio, which consistently ranks among leaders in the computer software category of IEEE Spectrum’s Patent Power scorecard. In 2020 Joel was elected to AIM North America’s Board of Directors for a two-year term.
Prior to joining Digimarc, Joel was a partner at the law firm of Klarquist Sparkman, where his practice focused on advising high-tech companies on the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. Joel received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin with highest distinction, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Brian O’Sullivan - Vice President, Sales and Business Development
Brian O’Sullivan manages Digimarc’s sales, business, development, solution architecture, program management, and partner management teams. He has extensive experience managing large, complex enterprise relationships and selling transformative platforms. Brian leads the commercial strategy for Retail and Consumer Brands, and is responsible for overall customer success.
Brian spent over 20 years at IBM, most recently as Client Director, Electronics Sector West, where he sold platforms such as blockchain and robotic process automation. He was a member of the sales team that helped sell “IBM Watson,” the artificial intelligence platform that was first commercialized in 2013. He has a B.A. from Colby College and a M.S. from The University of Texas at Austin.
George Rieck - Vice President, Government Programs
George Rieck manages Digimarc’s business with a consortium of central banks to deter unauthorized reproduction of banknotes. George has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility over the years at Digimarc, including Program Leader for the former Digimarc ID Systems, supplier of issuance systems for most American states prior to divestiture in 2008.
Prior to joining Digimarc, George was an engineer at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on integrated circuits and ink jet cartridges. He has a B.S. from the University of Vermont and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin.
Tony Rodriguez - Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Tony Rodriguez oversees engineering, research and development and product management. His background is in image processing, human perception and color theory with an application focus on the creation and addition of Digital Identities to all forms of media. He is a recognized industry thought leader, who has been quoted in such publications as Forbes and Oregon Business. Tony played an integral role in the early development of Digimarc Platform solutions for identifying and tracking digital images and later in the development of a system to deter counterfeiting of banknotes.
Prior to joining Digimarc, Tony worked at the Intel Architecture Lab as a Senior Software Engineer and held a variety of software development and engineering positions at Raytheon, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and IBM. Tony is the inventor on 67 issued U.S. patents and 109 pending patents. He holds a B.S. from the University of Washington and completed the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute program from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scott Wilcox - Vice President, Client Services
Scott Wilcox leads a diverse group of premedia and print quality professionals responsible for supporting research and development and our growing network of enhancement suppliers, packaging companies and printers.
Prior to joining Digimarc, Scott was a Vice President at SGS International, specializing in business development and strategy. Scott has significant global experience working with consumer brands, retailers, print suppliers and technology companies, holding multiple senior executive roles in his career, with a proven track record in operations, management and sales and client services. Scott has a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.