Management Team

Benjamin G. Wolff - Chief Executive Officer and President since December 2009. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Pendrell Corporation from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Wolff was a Co-Founder of Clearwire Corporation, where he served in a variety of capacities including as a member of the Board of Directors, as Executive Vice President, company President, Co-CEO, CEO and finally Co-Chairman, a position he held until March 2010. At Clearwire, Mr. Wolff completed transactions in excess of $10 billion in value, including significant strategic transactions with AT&T, Bell Canada, Comcast, Google, Intel, Motorola, Sprint Nextel and Time Warner Cable. A former partner at a national law firm, Mr. Wolff’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, corporate finance and strategic partnerships. While with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he co-chaired the firm’s Business Transactions Department and served on the firm’s Executive Committee. In 2003, Mr. Wolff was identified as one of the top 45 lawyers in the country under the age of 45 by the American Lawyer magazine. In 2008, Mr. Wolff was awarded the Innovation Achievement Award by the Wireless Communications Association International. Mr. Wolff holds a juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law and a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in Agribusiness Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

R. Gerard Salemme - Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in 2011. Director since June 2010. Mr. Salemme has over 27 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. From 2004 - 2010, he was Executive Vice President-Strategy, Policy and External Affairs of Clearwire Corporation, a broadband wireless service provider deploying operations throughout the United States and in other countries throughout the world. He is also a Principal of Eagle River Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Eagle River Investments, LLC. From May 1997 to June 2003, Mr. Salemme was Senior Vice President, External Affairs of XO, and, before joining XO, he was AT&T Corporation's Vice President of Government Affairs, directing AT&T's federal regulatory public policy organization, and overseeing AT&T's participation in the FCC's narrowband and broadband PCS auctions. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Salemme was Senior Vice President, External Affairs for McCaw Cellular Communications Inc. He also held the position of Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. He also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Mr. Salemme serves on the Board of Directors of Earthlink. Mr. Salemme earned a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and an M.A. in Economics, from Boston College.

David H. Rinn - Mr. Rinn was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pendrell in March, 2013.  He has more than 23 years of experience in various finance, corporate development and operations roles.  Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rinn worked at Ancestry.com Inc., where he served as senior vice president for strategy and corporate development from 2009 to 2011 and as chief financial officer from 2004 to 2008.  While at Ancestry, he helped drive a restructuring and turn-around process that resulted in top line growth, increased profitability, and geographic expansion, and led to a successful initial public offering in November 2009.   From 1992 to 2004, Mr. Rinn held senior finance and corporate development roles with Microsoft Corporation, including serving as chief financial officer for that company’s Mobile and Embedded Devices division.  He began his career in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.  Mr. Rinn holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. cum laude from Vassar College.  He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the HHT Foundation International.

Mario Obeidat - Appointed Vice President, Licensing for Pendrell Technologies in 2012. Mr. Obeidat brings nearly twenty years of experience as a business leader in the advanced technology sector, where he has successfully led the creation of several billion dollars in new business in intellectual property transactions. His experience includes negotiating significant intellectual property licenses with leading companies across the telecommunications, software and consumer electronics industries. He joined Intellectual Ventures in 2007 and served as Head of Licensing for Telecommunications at Intellectual Ventures, overseeing IV’s licensing strategy for the communications and mobility sector. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Mario was at InterDigital Communications for nearly a decade where he held several positions including the Chief Licensing Strategist position. Mario holds a bachelors degree from Temple University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University.

Timothy M. Dozois - Vice President and Corporate Counsel. Mr. Dozois joined the company in May, 2010. He has 21 years of experience supporting leading corporations in securities law compliance, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and technology licensing matters. Most recently, Mr. Dozois has been a partner with Zupancic Rathbone Law Group, Inc., a firm that specializes in structured financing with a particular emphasis on the acquisition, financing and management of troubled real property assets. For 15 years, Mr. Dozois served as an equity partner of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a Seattle-based law firm of approximately 500 lawyers.

Mr. Dozois is a member of the American Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar Association - Securities Section, and the American Health Lawyers Association. He received his B.S. in Financial Management from Oregon State University and his J.D from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif.

Robert G. Mechaley, Jr - Appointed Vice President and Chief Scientist in June, 2011. Mr. Mechaley is a 35 year veteran telecommunications/ wireless technologist, inventor and entrepreneur. His earliest involvement in wireless began when he earned his first amateur radio license at age 11. At McCaw Cellular Mr. Mechaley led the development and standardization of the automatic roaming protocol, IS-41, and engineered and built the first roaming network covering the U.S., the North American Cellular Network (NACN). He was a co-inventor of the first native TCP/IP data network technology for cellular networks, Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD), and led a consortium of U.S. cellular carriers in deploying CDPD networks. While heading McCaw's wireless data operations, Mr. Mechaley landed the first multi-year, billion dollar wireless data contract with United Parcel Service. Additionally, he pioneered the use of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing in wireless networks as leader of the "Angel" networking project at McCaw, and subsequent to McCaw's acquisition, at AT&T Wireless Services. As CEO of Wildfire Communications Mr. Mechaley brought to market the first commercial-scale complex voice interface and advanced speech recognition for wireless networks. As founder of RadioFrame Networks, he introduced the first commercial Software Defined Radio (SDR) products for use in cellular networks. A Co-Founder and former Vice Chairman of Clearwire Corporation, Mr. Mechaley continued the evolution of OFDM systems into mobility networks. He holds numerous U.S. and international patents in wireless networking, OFDM systems, distributed radio network processing and spectrum sharing. Prior to McCaw Cellular, he held technology development positions with GTE, GE and Westinghouse. Being an active inventor, Mr. Mechaley has more than 60 patents or patents pending. Mr. Mechaley is Founder and CEO of MobileSphere Holdings LLC, a former partner in the private investment firm, Eagle River, serves on private company boards and the board of the Wireless History Foundation. He is a member of the Grameen Foundation Technology Center's Board of Advisors, an American Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, and a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Christopher Doherty - Appointed Vice President for Investor Relations and Public Relations in August, 2007. Prior to joining Pendrell, he was vice president for marketing public relations at Sprint Nextel Corporation. From 2002 until 2007, he served in a variety of internal and external communications leadership roles for Sprint Nextel and its predecessor Nextel from 2002 to 2007. Prior to joining Nextel, he has served in external relations leadership roles for Cambridge Research Associates, Advertising.com (now AOL Advertising), AT&T Wireless Services and New York Life. He is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.