Director Profiles

Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anders Gustafsson became chief executive officer and a director of Zebra on September 4, 2007. Prior to joining Zebra Technologies, Mr. Gustafsson served as CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a publicly traded telecommunications company.

At Spirent, Mr. Gustafsson redirected that company’s growth strategy, divested non-core operations, integrated historic acquisitions and streamlined the organization to realize significant cost savings. Prior to Spirent, he was senior executive vice president, global business operations, of Tellabs, Inc. While at Tellabs, Mr. Gustafsson also served as president, Tellabs International, as well as president, global sales, and vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions with Motorola and Network Equipment Technologies. Mr. Gustafsson has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was a Fulbright Scholar and received numerous fellowships and scholarships for academic excellence.

Michael A. Smith, Chairman of the Board

Michael A. Smith has served as a director of Zebra since 1991 and was elected Chairman on September 4, 2007. He is chairman, chief executive officer and founder of FireVision LLC, a private investment company, which was formed in December 1999. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Smith was senior managing director and head of the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities and its successor entity, Banc of America Securities, LLC. Previously he was senior managing director and co-head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of BancAmerica Robertson Stephens, co-founder and head of the investment banking group, BA Partners, and its predecessor entity, Continental Partners Group, managing director, Corporate Finance, Bear, Stearns & Co., and vice president and manager of the Eastern States and Chicago Group Investment Banking Division of Continental Bank. Mr. Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and received an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Smith is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee.

Richard L. Keyser, Director

Richard L. Keyser was appointed to Zebra’s Board of Directors in June 2008. Since 1997, Mr. Keyser has served as chairman of W. W. Grainger, Inc., a leading international distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies. He retired as chief executive officer of the company in June 2008, a position he held since 1995. Mr. Keyser joined Grainger in 1986 and became a director in 1992. In his career, he also held positions at NL Industries and Cummins Engine Company. Mr. Keyser received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science from the United States Naval Academy in 1964 and served in the Navy’s submarine service. He was awarded an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School in 1971. In addition to Grainger, Mr. Keyser is a director of the Principal Financial Group and the Rohm & Haas Company.

Andrew K. Ludwick, Director

Andrew K. Ludwick was elected to Zebra’s Board of Directors in May 2008. He has been a private investor since 1997. Mr. Ludwick served as chief executive officer of Bay Networks, Inc., a communications networking company, from 1994 to 1996. From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Ludwick was founder, president and chief executive officer of SynOptics Communications, Inc., a communications networking company. Mr. Ludwick holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Macrovision Corporation, a provider of technologies for the protection, enhancement and distribution of businesses’ digital goods.

Ross W. Manire, Director

Ross W. Manire has been a director of Zebra since 2003. He is chairman and chief executive officer of ExteNet Systems, Inc. (formerly known as Clearlinx Network Corporation), a wireless networking company, a position held since September 2002. Previously, Mr. Manire was president of the Enclosure Systems Division of Flextronics International, Ltd., an electronics contract manufacturer, from 2000 to 2002. He was president and chief executive officer of Chatham Technologies, Inc., an electronic packaging systems manufacturer that merged with Flextronics in September 2000. Prior to joining Chatham, he was senior vice president of the Carrier Systems Business Unit of 3Com Corporation, a provider of networking equipment and solutions. He served in various executive positions with U.S. Robotics, including chief financial officer, senior vice president of operations, and senior vice president of the Network Systems Division prior to its merger with 3Com. Mr. Manire was also a partner at Ernst & Young. He holds a B.A. degree from Davidson College and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Eagle Test Systems, Inc. (a manufacturer of high-performance automated test equipment) and the Board of Trustees of Davidson College. Mr. Manire is a member of the Audit Committee.

Frank Modruson, Director

Frank Modruson has been a director since February 2014. From January 2003 to February 2014, Mr. Modruson was the Chief Information Officer from Accenture Ltd., a world-wide leader in management consulting, information technology and systems integration, and business process outsourcing services company. As CIO, he was responsible for the information technology strategy, applications and infrastructure supporting a global business of 281,000 employees. He also chaired Accenture’s Information Technology Steering Committee and was a member of the Accenture Operating Committee and Global Leadership Council. In 2010, Mr. Modruson was elected to the CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame. In addition, InfoWorld named him to its list of Top 25 CTOs and ComputerWorld named him one of its Premier 100 CTOs. Prior to becoming CIO at Accenture, Mr. Modruson worked there as a Partner and Associate Partner for 15 years. Mr. Modruson currently serves on the board of Taleris, a private company and joint venture of GE Aviation and Accenture, that provides intelligent operations services for airlines and cargo carriers. He is also a volunteer firefighter and serves on the Board of the Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Modruson has a B.A. in Computer Science from Dickinson College and a Masters in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Modruson is a member of our Audit Committee.

Janice Roberts, Director

Janice Roberts has been a director since 2013. Ms. Roberts is currently a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund, a global venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. For more than 10 years she was a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, where she invested in mobile, wireless, communications and consumer technology companies. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Ms. Roberts held various executive positions at 3Com Corporation (acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Corporation), including leading its global marketing and business development operations, as well as a number of the company’s new business initiatives, including its Palm Computing subsidiary and 3Com Ventures. Ms. Roberts currently serves on the Boards of ARM Holdings plc, and RealNetworks, Inc., where she is a member of both of their compensation committees. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, which is located in Palo Alto, CA, and as an advisor for Illuminate Ventures, a group dedicated to investing in companies that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs. Ms. Roberts has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Ms. Roberts’ experience with technology companies, venture deals and her board work will prove important as Zebra expands its business into additional technological spheres, including the Internet of Things. Additionally, her experience with compensation committee work will aid the Board in its oversight of the compensation practices of Zebra.

Chirantan "CJ" Desai, Director

Chirantan “CJ” Desai has been a director since 2015. Mr. Desai currently serves as President of the Emerging Technologies Division at EMC since 2013. In this role, Mr. Desai oversees research and development, launching new products, and growing new businesses as the company transitions from a hardware-centric to a more software-oriented solutions company that helps customers accelerate their journey to cloud computing. Prior to working at EMC, Desai was Executive Vice President at Symantec, where he led the firm’s Information Management Group. In this role, Mr. Desai was responsible for a $3 billion business and a team of approximately 4,000 people. Previously, Mr. Desai also was responsible for Endpoint Security and Mobility group at Symantec where he became the go-to security expert for top enterprises. Prior to Symantec, Mr. Desai built and ran offshore businesses in Bangalore, India for Oracle and Pivotal through which he developed best practices in product development and go-to-market strategy. Mr. Desai has a master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois. Mr. Desai began his career with Oracle and was a key member of the team that launched Oracle’s first cloud services.