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Board of Directors
Dr Mike Lynch, OBE, FREng, Non-Executive Director
Mike is a celebrated technologist and has a proven track record of identifying fundamental technologies and tuning them into profitable enterprises. Mike founded Autonomy in 1996 based on technology invented at Cambridge University, where he studied Information Sciences, received a Ph.D. and held a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition. He served as CEO of Autonomy for over fifteen years, during which time it became one of the UK's most successful technology companies on the FTSE100. Autonomy was acquired by HP for $11 billion in 2011.
Mike is regarded as Britain's most successful technology entrepreneur and has won numerous awards, including Computer Weekly's 'Most Influential Person of the Year' and the Chartered Institute for IT's award for Outstanding Contribution to IT in 2011. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Enterprise in 2006. Mike is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Christ's College Cambridge and a non-executive director of the British Library and of Cambridge Enterprise. Previous roles include the BBC and Nesta. He is a council member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Foundation for Science and Technology, of which he is also a trustee. He is a member of the advisory board of Tech City’s Investment Committee and of the “Create the Change” board at the Francis Crick Institute. He is an advisor to the Prince’s Trust technology group and a founding investor of Bridges Venturing, which is a social investment firm. He is also a scientific advisor to the UK Prime Minister.
Anthony Bettencourt, Non-executive Chairman
Anthony Bettencourt is currently the non-executive chairman of Blinkx, Inc., the world's largest video search engine on the Internet. Previously, Anthony served as Chief Executive Officer of Autonomy Interwoven and Autonomy ZANTAZ. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Verity, Inc, where he was responsible for growing the business from $15m in annual revenues to more than $140m from 1995 to 2006, resulting in Verity's agreeing to be acquired for more than $500m at the end of 2005. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for software and technology in the Silicon Valley. Anthony serves on the advisory board for Santa Clara University 's Center for Science, Technology and Society, as well as serving as a judge for the Tech Awards and a mentor for Santa Clara University 's Global Social Benefit Incubator program. He serves on the board of directors of NetBase, Next Page, Alameda County Community Food Bank and is an independent advisor to the board of Autonomy, Inc. Anthony earned a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University in 2006.
Mark Opzoomer, Non-executive Director
Mark Opzoomer has extensive knowledge of Internet, communications and media markets in many different countries and 24 years of corporate operating and deal-making experience. He is currently co-founder Zattikka Limited, a social, browser and mobile games publisher. Mark was previously non-executive director, then CEO of Rambler Media Limited, Moscow, 2005 through 2009. He was the Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Yahoo! Europe from July 2001 to December 2003, where he successfully restored growth and profitability. Prior to joining Yahoo! Europe, Mark was Deputy Chief Executive of Hodder Headline plc, an LSE -listed book publishing company, and previously Commercial and Finance Director of Sega Europe Ltd and Commercial Director of Virgin Communications Ltd. Since 2003, Mark has been a private consultant, non-executive director on the Boards of several companies which currently include Newbay Software Limited, Entertainment One Limited, and Forward Internet Group and is a founding partner of Bond Capital Partners. Mark was a director of Autonomy from June 2003 to October 2004. Mark is a chartered accountant, has an MBA (IMD Lausanne), and has also completed the London and Wharton business school programme for public company directors.
S. Brian Mukherjee, Chief Executive Officer
Brian brings over 12 years of executive management experience at Public and Private companies in the Internet, Mobile and Enterprise Software sectors. Brian joined blinkx in 2011 through the acquisition of Prime Visibility Media Group, Inc. (PVMG), where he was the President & CEO and was instrumental in its rapid growth and eventual sale to blinkx. Prior to PVMG, Brian was the SVP & Group MD at Miva, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIVA), responsible for its Media Division, with operations in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and India, which he helped turn around and sell. Earlier, as VP & GM, he acquired and ran the Contract Management Solutions business of Selectica, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLTC) where he helped transform the Enterprise Software offering to one of the earliest SaaS models in the sector, accelerating revenue growth and profitability. Before Selectica, Brian held executive, staff and line management positions at two venture backed Internet marketing and advertising startups where he played pivotal roles in raising capital, acquiring companies and building high performance teams. Brian started his career as an Engineer and worked as a Strategy Consultant at CapGemini Ernst & Young. Brian holds BE (Honors) and MS (Honors) degrees in Engineering, and an MBA (Honors) from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Suranga Chandratillake, President and Chief Strategy Officer
A technology entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in next-generation search, Suranga Chandratillake founded blinkx in 2004 and launched the company in 2005. After early success, Suranga took blinkx public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007. Prior to founding blinkx, Suranga was U.S. CTO of Autonomy Corporation, responsible for growing Autonomy’s research and development division in the United States. Before joining Autonomy, Suranga held a variety of roles in technology, sales and marketing at Morgan Stanley, netdecisions and anondesign. Suranga received his MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.