Board of Directors
Bob Davis is a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, a firm that was founded with the mission of helping great people build great companies. Since its inception in 1988, the firm has taken a sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and information technology companies. With over $3 billion of committed capital and offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Geneva, Highland has invested in and worked to create such firms as Ask Jeeves, Avid Technology, CheckFree, Conor Medsystems, Continental Cable, Helicos BioSciences, lululemon athletica, Lycos, MapQuest, Navic Networks, Ocular Networks, Odyssey Healthcare, P.A. Semi, Quigo, Starent Networks, Sybase, Telica and VistaPrint.
Prior to joining Highland, Bob served as the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Lycos (TRLY) formed in October 2000 with the $5.5 billion acquisition of Lycos by Terra Networks of Spain. Previously, Bob was the Founder of Lycos, Inc (LCOS) and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 1995 where he led Lycos from a start-up with $2 million in venture capital funding to become the most visited online destination in the world with over 100 million unique visitors. Under his leadership, Lycos jumped from the fastest IPO in Nasdaq history, a mere nine months from inception to offering, to a global media entity and an esteemed member of the Nasdaq 100. Bob has served on the boards of several public and private sector companies including John Hancock (JHFS), Ticketmaster (TCMS), Terra Lycos (TRLY), Lycos (LCOS) and Lycos Europe (LCY). He also serves as a Trustee for Children’s Hospital Trust Board, The Rivers School and also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Boston College Carroll School of Management and the Northeastern University School of Technological Entrepreneurship. Bob is the best-selling author of “Speed is Life: Street Smart Lessons from the Front Lines of Business (Currency).” He holds a B.S. from Northeastern University, an M.B.A. from Babson College, and Honorary Doctorates from both Bentley College and Northeastern University. Bob has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and received the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Martin J. Mannion
Marty Mannion is a Managing Director of Summit Partners, a growth equity firm he joined in 1985, when it had fewer than ten employees operating out of one office. Since then, the firm has expanded to more than 160 people across three offices – Boston, Palo Alto and London – and has raised more than $11 billion in capital. Summit has invested in more than 300 businesses, which have completed nearly 125 public offerings and more than 115 strategic sales or mergers.
Marty has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies, with a particular focus on healthcare, financial services and technology companies. His board directorships and investments include: American Dental Partners, Bartlett Holdings, Benesight, Bennington Marine, Champion Windows, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Educational Services Institute, EMED Co., Help/Systems, Lincare Holdings, Liquidnet Holdings, Litchfield Financial Corporation, LogistiCare, MEDITECH, NameMedia, Prompt Associates, Sparta Systems, and Suburban Ostomy Supply Company.
Marty graduated from Princeton University in 1981 with a degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he worked as a Systems Engineer at IBM Corporation. Following two years at IBM, Marty earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and then joined Summit Partners’ Boston office in 1985.
Marty serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. He also sits on the board of Harvard Business School Dean’s Board of Advisors and is a trustee of the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Additionally, he is on the Board of Advisors of Year Up, an intensive training program that provides urban young adults with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship. His past directorships include Children’s Hospital Trust of Boston and Regis High School in New York City.