Dan is the CEO of RPX Corporation, the leading provider of patent risk solutions, offering defensive buying, acquisition syndication, patent intelligence, insurance services, and advisory services.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of RPX, Dan served as the CEO of Provenance and as a member of Provenance Asset Group’s Board of Directors. He also served as a senior vice president of RPX Corporation (July 2014 through December 2016), CEO of Allied Security Trust, and Chairman and CEO of PatentFreedom from 2008 to June 2014 (when it was acquired by RPX).
Dan was founding CEO of ThinkFire; President of Intellectual Property of Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories; a Vice President of IBM responsible for the creation of its Life Sciences business unit; a Vice President of Ciena Corporation where he directed merger, acquisition and corporate development; Director of Business Development for IBM Research; and Manager of Technology and Intellectual Property Policy for IBM worldwide. Dan remains a Principal of Quatela Lynch McCurdy which he joined on January 1, 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR).
Dan graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina. He served on the Intellectual Property Policy committee of the United States National Academies, in 2011 was named CEO of the Year by Intellectual Property Magazine, and in 2014 was named one of the 40 most influential “movers and shakers” in IP transactions and acquisitions by Intellectual Asset Magazine. He has been named in “IAM Strategy 300 – the World’s Leading IP Strategists” every year since the annual list has been published.