Nov 15, 2010
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Derycz Scientific, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DYSC), a company pioneering a fresh way of facilitating information flow from content publishers to enterprise customers and their constituents, announced the appointment of former U.S. Air Force chief of staff General Merrill McPeak to its board of directors, and the creation of a majority independent board. The company also expanded board membership from three to five and appointed Scott Ogilvie and Gregory Suess to the newly created board positions.
"We are excited about the exceptional caliber of board members we are attracting at Derycz," said Peter Derycz, Chairman and CEO. "General McPeak brings outstanding leadership experience and first-hand knowledge of corporate best practices as a seasoned board member of several world-class corporations. We will tap into Scott Ogilvie's significant financial and legal expertise to support our continued growth. Gregory Suess has extensive knowledge of digital media tools and media law – an important aspect of Derycz's business.
"We welcome our new board members at a time when Derycz is poised for future growth and we look forward to their guidance as we continue to execute our business strategies, including eventually moving to an exchange such as Nasdaq," he added. "We thank Scott Ahlberg for his board service and will continue to rely on his significant experience in strategic planning, operational innovation, copyright and content licensing and quality management as he steps down from the previous insider-only board."
Gnl. McPeak is President of McPeak and Associates, a company he founded in 1995. From 1990 until his retirement from active military service in late-1994, he was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. During this period, he was the senior officer responsible for organization, training and equipage of a combined active duty, National Guard, Reserve and civilian work force of more than 850,000 people serving at 1,300 locations in the U.S. and abroad. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs were military advisors to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the President of the United States.
Gnl. McPeak has sat on the boards of a dozen publicly traded companies, including long service with the airline TWA, and with the test and measurement company Tektronix. He was for many years Chairman of the Board of ECC, International, until that company was acquired. Currently, Gnl. McPeak is a director of Del Global Technologies, a producer of medical imaging devices, Miller Energy Resources, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, and Sensis Corp., a privately held manufacturer of air defense radars and air traffic control equipment. He also is Chairman of Ethicspoint, Inc., a relatively recent startup that has become the leading provider of software-as-a-service based governance, risk and compliance solutions.
Mr. Ogilvie is Founder and President of AFIN International, Inc. and formerly CEO of Gulf Enterprises International, Ltd., both of which companies have U.S. and Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf ("GCC") operating partners and strategic shareholders through which they bring GCC regional as well as U.S. and international expertise, investment capital and operating platforms to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets in areas such as Infrastructure, Industrial, IT, Energy, Entertainment, Healthcare and Real Estate. AFIN is also a member of Wirthlin Worldwide Itochu, an entity that functions as the international strategic advisory and M&A arm of ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese global trading company. Prior to forming AFIN and GEI, Mr. Ogilvie was the Chief Operating Officer for CIC Group of companies. Mr. Ogilvie received a BSBA-Finance degree from the University of Denver, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Mr. Suess is a founding partner of Beverly Hills-based ROAR, an entertainment and media focused management and consulting company formed in 2005. Since 1997, Mr. Suess has practiced with the law firm of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP (www.glaserweil.com), where he is currently Of Counsel and focuses on general corporate law, media and entertainment. Mr. Suess holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California (Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies), and holds a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University. Mr. Suess serves on the Board of Directors of TicTock Studios in Saugatuck, Mich. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
About Derycz Scientific®
Derycz Scientific, Inc. develops companies, products, services and systems that facilitate the re-use of published content in a manner that helps organizations achieve their marketing, communication and research goals effectively and in compliance with copyright law and regulatory rules. Its subsidiary companies include Reprints Desk and Pools Press. Reprints Desk offers a one-stop solution for reprints, ePrints and single articles, and has delivered millions of articles worldwide. Reprints Desk is an innovator in content retrieval and ePrint delivery, and its services are designed to help make effective use of published articles in a copyright-compliant manner. Pools Press has excelled in the reprint market for more than 30 years. It provides professionally printed articles from medical and technical journals; prints booklets, catalogs, pamphlets, direct mail pieces and newsletters; and works with publishers who wish to outsource a portion of or all of their reprints business. For more information, please visit www.deryczscientific.com.
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