About the Team

Livescribe's management team has significant consumer hardware and software experience and includes key executives from HP, LeapFrog, Palm, Apple and IBM. Livescribe is a privately held company with initial funding from VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Gilles Bouchard

For more than 25 years, Gilles Bouchard has succeeded in the technology industry as an engineer, manager and senior executive. As a leader, he has a proven track record of growing businesses, building consumer technology brands, solving operational challenges and forging strong strategic partnerships. He joined Livescribe as CEO in December 2011.

Previously, Gilles was the CEO of Opnext, a maker of fiber optic components, originally founded as part of Hitachi. While there he grew sales to record levels by renewing the product line and implementing major operational improvements.

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Earlier, Gilles spent 17 years at Hewlett-Packard, working his way up to executive vice president of Global Operations and CIO, reporting directly to CEOs Carly Fiorina and Mark Hurd. Gilles was instrumental in the company's dramatic turn-around in the mid-2000s, earning recognition as one of CIO Magazine’s Top 100 executives. Earlier in his career, Gilles built HP’s North American consumer PC division into a multi-billion dollar business, growing the HP Pavilion brand to an industry leader with 40 percent of the retail market.

Prior to HP, Gilles served as a researcher at the IBM Watson Laboratories, earning the prestigious “IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.”

A native of Paris, France, Gilles is an avid cyclist, equestrian, climber and skier with a certification as a backcountry ski guide. Gilles and his wife Elizabeth have been active supporters of the CMTA, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the neuro-muscular condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

He holds an MS in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.


Chief Financial Officer

Paul Machle

Paul Machle brings more than 25 years of expertise in finance, accounting, compliance, and operations working for technology companies, start-ups, and public corporations to Livescribe. Prior to joining Livescribe, Paul was CFO at Freeborders from 2006 to 2013. While there, Freeborders expanded customers, employees and global revenue. The company was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States each year from 2009 to 2012.

Paul drove expansion into new service areas including mobile, social and managed services. He also managed the merger and acquisition process for one divestiture and two acquisitions to expand Freeborders’ breadth.

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Paul brings discipline, an eye for detail, and fiscal responsibility to his role at the company. Throughout his career, he has managed international teams and third-party relationships with technology partners and vendors. He previously served as Vice President of Finance for global business process solutions company Exigen Group. Paul oversaw global finance and accounting activities and developed a plan to create a shared service center based in Eastern Europe. He has also held senior financial positions with Kanisa Inc., Sybase, and Ernst & Young.

Paul holds an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and he received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he is a CPA in the State of California. Paul enjoys being a part of the thriving technology community in Silicon Valley, and when he is not working, he likes tennis, baseball, backpacking, and traveling. He lives in San Francisco with his family.


Senior Vice President, Engineering

Brett Halle

Brett has dedicated more than 30 years pursuing his passion in the software development and hardware industries. With 21 years at Apple™ under his belt, Brett brings a diverse range of technical and managerial skills to Livescribe’s engineering department. Most recently, Brett served as Apple’s senior director of networking and kernel technologies. In this role, he was responsible for the direction, creation and implementation of the common operating system technologies shared across all Apple products and platforms, including the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod®.

Previously, Brett was the senior director for Final Cut Studio, where he oversaw the creation of a suite of applications for video and audio editing, special effects used by everyone from major movie and TV studios to independent film producers to aspiring consumers. He managed key technology and partner relationships with Sony™, Panasonic™, the BBC and CNN. Earlier in his Apple tenure, Brett served in a variety of roles focused on software development, management and technological innovation. Brett attended California State University at Long Beach and majored in electrical engineering and computer science.


Senior Vice President, Business Development

Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin has a successful track record of building businesses from start-ups to scalable and established organizations. As a seasoned executive, he brings more than a decade of experience working in the digital entertainment and mobile industries, as well as 15 plus years in the Internet and e-commerce industries. He joined Livescribe as Senior Vice President, Business Development in June 2013.

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Previously, at Huawei, one of the largest smartphone and tablet manufacturers in the world, Scott led the business development and partner management group responsible for building the North American software strategy.

Prior to Huawei, Scott spent much of his career at Namco Bandai, the largest entertainment company in Japan. He built their North American mobile and digital games division, which was later spun off to a separate company under the Namco Bandai umbrella. As the senior vice president of sales and marketing, he was responsible for the Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Legal departments, and ultimately responsible for the overall strategy and vision of the subsidiary. During his tenure at Namco Bandai, he focused on developing long-term relationships with strategic partners, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, as well as wireless carriers, handset and device manufacturers, licensors, publishers, developers, and online retailers, which ultimately resulted in year-over-year sales growth and profitability.

Scott also has a strong international business background. He lived and worked in Japan earlier in his career, and he is proficient in the Japanese language.


Senior Vice President, Sales

Stephen Dix

Stephen has spent more than 25 years in sales management, helping domestic and international technology companies manage consumer channels and expand distribution and operations. Prior to joining Livescribe, Stephen spent nine years with Malliet Consulting, most recently as a partner.

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There, he evaluated and analyzed new market opportunities, developing strategies and execution plans to help his clients capitalize on them. His clients included Proxim, Asante Technologies, Infrant and Buffalo Technology – a company he helped grow into the Top NAS vendor in the United States. In the fifteen years prior to Malliet, Stephen successfully oversaw sales and marketing operations at a variety of companies both large and small, such as Borland International, Farallon Computing, and SysKonnect and NETGEAR. During his seven years at NETGEAR, Stephen was directly responsible for profitably growing the business from $0 in 1996 to $300 million in 2003.


Vice President, Marketing

Bryan Rodrigues

Bryan Rodrigues brings 20 years of consumer and technology marketing expertise to Livescribe. Prior to joining Livescribe, Bryan was principal and co-founder of Sundae Media, a Product & Marketing Consultancy in the games and education space, where he worked with clients including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, EdAlive and TERC.

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efore Sundae, Bryan was Director of Consumer Brands at Riverdeep/The Learning Company, where he was responsible for developing and executing brand and product marketing strategies for the company’s stable of award-winning franchises including The Oregon Trail, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, The Print Shop, Kid Pix and Carmen Sandiego. Bryan’s experience also includes time in Strategic Consulting with the McKenna Group and Landor Associates, where he worked with a variety of domestic and international clients to identify strategies for connecting with their customers and growing their businesses. He also has a background in International product and brand management with such leading firms as Nike and Reebok in Asia.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, graduating with Honors in Marketing and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.


Vice President of Finance

Frank Lucero

Frank Lucero is a seasoned finance executive with twenty years of experience managing and scaling finance and accounting organizations for technology and consumer products companies. Frank is responsible for Livescribe’s financial strategies and worldwide finance organization.

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He manages strategic planning and analysis, financial reporting, accounting, treasury and tax compliance.

Prior to joining Livescribe, Frank served as the vice president of finance for NeoPath Networks, the industry leader in network attached storage virtualization. NeoPath Networks was acquired by Cisco for $100 million in 2007. In addition to his work with Neopath, Frank has also developed broad expertise serving in senior strategic finance roles for various technology companies, including Intel, LightLogic (a leader in optical/electrical components for fiber optic networks; acquired by Intel for $400 million in 2001), Nortel Networks, Clarify Software (a leader in CRM software; acquired by Nortel for $4 billion in 2000), Ernst & Young, Asyst Technologies and Koala Beverages (pioneer in the “new age” beverage industry; acquired by Nestle Beverages in 1996).

Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in International Business from California State University, Hayward.


Vice President, Human Resources

Wendy Brauchler

Wendy is an experienced human resources executive, having led the HR functions at several innovative Silicon Valley companies. Her expertise encompasses staffing and recruitment, compensation, process improvement, performance management, employee relations, and training and development. Her experience includes international HR, acquisitions, restructuring, and startup environments.

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Prior to Livescribe, Wendy served as vice president of Human Resources for SupportSoft, Inc., a global provider of support automation software, which ensures technology critical to real-time businesses functions properly. While there, she led staffing of a first-class virtual call center, which scaled to more than 300 agents, reorganized the existing workforce to optimize efficiency in the enterprise business, and developed an overall compensation plan to support the company’s evolving objectives.

Wendy also led Human Resources at several other start-ups, including AppStream, a software company providing application streaming technology, which was later acquired by Symantec, and Trace Analytical, a manufacturer of semiconductor test equipment, which was later acquired by SAES Getters.

For several years, Wendy has also applied her organizational development and team-building skills as a volunteer mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service in the Bay Area, helping young technology entrepreneurs accelerate their paths to success.

Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin. She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and is an active member of Society for Human Resource Management.


Senior Science Advisor

Andy Van Schaack, Ph.D.

Andy Van Schaack’s professional experience bridges the worlds of high technology and academia. Early in his professional career, Andy served as technical support engineer and higher education sales manager for Apple Computer in Cupertino, California and Tokyo, Japan.

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While in graduate school Andy worked as a licensing associate in the Office of Technology Commercialization where he was responsible for the protection, development, and commercialization of faculty inventions and creative works.

Andy has founded several education-related companies including Smart.fm (formerly Cerego) of Tokyo, Japan and Livescribe of Oakland, California. As Chief Scientist and Senior Science Advisor, he has earned a number of patents on technologies focused on increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of teaching and learning. He is presently an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Vanderbilt University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in research methods, instructional design, and technology forecasting. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in instructional psychology and doctorate in instructional technology from Utah State University.