The Board of Directors of Research Solutions, Inc. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.
The following members make up the Board of Directors of Research Solutions, Inc.
Barbara J. Cooperman
Barbara J. Cooperman is an accomplished executive with general management background, P&L responsibility, and world-class marketing specialty in both B2B and B2C sectors. Ms. Cooperman has more than 20 years’ experience on corporate and non-profit boards. She currently sits on the boards of multiple technology-centered companies as well as the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. She has extensive governance experience on boards including early stage companies, nonprofits, industry associations, and executive leadership teams. She is known for being strategic and is a highly regarded leader skilled at developing vision and guiding organizations through growth stages and periods of reinvention. With 20+ years in the C-suite, Barbara has significant experience advising the board on a wide range of issues such as unlocking brand value, strategic plans, M&A, and corporate social responsibility.
Most recently, Barbara was the global CMO at Kroll, a leader in cyber security and risk consulting, and Kroll Ontrack, a leader in ediscovery and data recovery. Joining as the firm came out of bankruptcy, she restored worldwide gold standard brand reputations, created go-to-market strategy for the high-growth cyber security practice, and managed corporate and crisis communications through the successful sale of both companies and several high-stakes matters. Kroll Ontrack was sold in 2016 and Kroll in 2018, both at highly attractive valuations.
Prior to her role as Chief Marketing Officer at Kroll, Inc., Ms. Cooperman worked for 12 years at Reed Elsevier, where she served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for LexisNexis and Elsevier.
Kenneth L. Gayron
Mr. Gayron serves as the Chief Financial Officer and EVP of Avid Technology. Mr. Gayron previously served as the Interim CEO and CFO at Numerex Corp., where he successfully managed a public turnaround of Numerex’s business model. This culminated in a successful merger with Sierra Wireless which was approved by over 99% of public shareholders. As a result, Mr. Gayron delivered a 15% shareholder return over the two-year period. Mr. Gayron was also responsible for Numerex’s Global Financial Organization, including accounting, SEC reporting, financial planning, tax, treasury, capital markets and investor relations. Prior to Numerex, Mr. Gayron served as the Chief Financial Officer at Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. During his three-year tenure, he drove 300% improvement in profitability and created $300 million in enterprise value. Mr. Gayron also lead a strategic M&A exit with the CEO which resulted in a $650 million valuation. Mr. Gayron began his career as the VP Finance and Treasurer at Sensus. Mr. Gayron then became the Treasurer at Nuance Communications. Mr. Gayron received his MBA in finance from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in finance from Boston College.
Mr. Murphy is the current COO & President at ClickTripz, the leading contextual ad network for the travel industry, which each month delivers tens of millions of travel-intenders to the world’s largest travel websites. At ClickTripz, Mr. Murphy has orchestrated pioneering new b2b software from ideation to roll-out, including the first AI-powered conversational advertisement trained to be an expert on each advertiser’s product offering by leveraging state-of-the-art document indexing and language models. Previously, he co-founded TheSuitest, a hotel data-analytics platform featured in the NYTimes, The Today Show and elsewhere for using natural language processing to compare and quantify hotel accommodations. TheSuitest was successfully acquired by ClickTripz in 2015. Prior to his current role, Mr. Murphy had significant experience in various crucial positions at prominent financial institutions. Mr. Murphy was an analyst in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs & Co. as part of a team responsible for nearly $10 billion in assets. Mr. Murphy later worked as a risk manager and analyst for the investment arm of the Gulf Bank of Kuwait and its controlling shareholder.
Roy W. Olivier
Roy was named Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Research Solutions/Reprints Desk in April 2021 and appointed full time in the role in October 2021. Prior to being tapped for his current role, he was a member of the Company's Board of Directors for three years. Before joining Research Solutions/Reprints Desk, Roy served as CEO of ARI Network Services, a leading provider of SaaS tools and marketing services, growing the business from less than 80 employees to over 1,200—and increasing revenues from under $15 million to over $100 million—through accelerated organic growth and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he served as VP of Sales and Marketing for ProQuest Media Solutions (now Snap-on Inc.) and held executive and senior management positions at multiple companies across the telecommunications and computer industries—including Multicom Publishing, Tandy Corporation, BusinessLand and PacTel.
Mr. Regazzi was appointed to Research Solutions' board of directors in June 2015 and was Chairman of the Board from August 2015 through March 2021. Mr. Regazzi is an information services and IT industry innovator, with more than four decades of experience. He is currently managing director of Akoya Capital Partners, a sector focused private investment firm, where for the last few years has served as its professional information services sector leader. He has also been a professor at the Long Island University’s College of Education, Information and Technology since 2005, and has served as dean of LIU’s College of Information and Computer Science.
Before joining Akoya Capital Partners, Mr. Regazzi served for several years as CEO of Elsevier Inc. and managing director of the NYSE-listed Reed Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher and information services company for journal and related scientific, technical and medical content. At Reed Elsevier, he oversaw its expansive electronic publishing portfolio, with a program staff of 3,000 and revenues exceeding $1 billion. He was previously CEO of Engineering Information, which he helped turn around before being acquired by Reed Elsevier. As a recognized industry thought leader, Mr. Regazzi has designed, launched, and managed some of the most innovative and well-known information services in the professional communities, including the Engineering Village, Science Direct, Scirus and Scopus, as well as numerous other electronic information services dating back to the early days of the online and CD-ROM industries.
Mr. Regazzi has served on a variety of corporate and industry boards, including the British Standards Institute Group and the American Institute of Physics, and he recently was appointed and serves as chairman of the board of National Technical Information Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He currently serves as chairman of DiSTI and Inflexxion, both Akoya portfolio companies, and as a member of the board of managers and Treasurer of AIP Publishing. Mr. Regazzi earned his BS from St. Johns University, MA from University of Iowa, MS from Columbia University, and PhD. in Information Science from Rutgers University.
General Merrill McPeak
Gen. 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 over 850,000 people serving at 1,300 locations in the United States and abroad. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs were military advisors to the Secretary of Defense and the President. Gen. McPeak has served on the board of directors of several publicly traded companies, including long service with Trans World Airlines, Inc. and with the test and measurement company, Tektronix, Inc. He was for many years Chairman of the Board of ECC International Corp., until that company was acquired by Cubic Corporation. Currently, Gen. McPeak is a director of Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD), Lilis Energy (NASDAQ:LLEX) and Lion Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIO). He is a director of Valence Surface Technologies, the country’s largest privately held provider of metal processing and finishing services. General McPeak was a founding investor, director and chairman of Ethicspoint, Inc., a software-as-a-service provider of secure, confidential employee reporting systems, that was acquired by private equity at a return making it one of Oregon’s most successful business startups in decades.. Our board of directors concluded that Gen. McPeak should serve as a director in light of his demonstrated leadership abilities and years of experience serving on the boards of directors of numerous publicly traded corporations.