Susan D. Bowick—Independent Lead Director
Ms. Bowick has served on our Board of Directors since May 2008. Currently, Ms. Bowick also serves on the Board of Directors of Comverse Network Systems, Inc. and is chairperson of that company's Compensation and Leadership Committee. Previously, Ms. Bowick was a member of the Boards of Directors of Comverse Technology, Inc. and Verint Systems Inc. She served as the chairperson of the Leadership and Compensation Committee of both of these companies. Ms. Bowick has served as a consultant to several global technology companies, including IBM, SAP, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks. From 1977 to 2004, Ms. Bowick served in various executive positions with Hewlett Packard Company, most recently as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Workforce Development and as a member of the management executive committee.
Ms. Bowick's previous senior leadership positions at Hewlett Packard have given her experience and global expertise which are valuable to our Board of Directors. Her service there and on the Comverse Technology, Inc. and Verint Systems Inc. Boards of Directors has given her significant experience with corporate governance and other matters important to public companies, which are important to her position as our Independent Lead Director. Her extensive background in executive compensation and human resources issues is essential for our Leadership and Compensation Committee. In addition, given our recent, and possible future, acquisition activity, her business development experience at Hewlett Packard, which included evaluating potential mergers and acquisitions and leading integration activities, and global operations experience, are of importance to our Board of Directors.