Board of Directors
Juergen Stark, CEO and Chairman
Juergen Stark joined Turtle Beach in 2012 as CEO, president, and a board director, and was named chairman of the board in 2020. Mr. Stark brings over 20 years of experience in both hardware and software technology. As CEO, Mr. Stark has led the Company’s share and brand leadership in console gaming headsets, while expanding the brand into new categories including controllers and gaming simulation accessories and retiring all long-term debt. Under his leadership, Turtle Beach has completed two significant acquisitions, including ROCCAT Gmbh in 2019, which drove the Company’s expansion into PC accessories, and Neat Microphones in 2021, which advanced the Company’s expansion into the digital microphone market. Before joining Turtle Beach, Mr. Stark was the COO for Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.’s multi-billion-dollar mobile devices business. Prior to that role, he ran multiple hardware and software businesses in the consumer, enterprise, and government sectors for Motorola. Earlier in his career, he was CEO of Centerpost Corporation, a technology company he co-founded in 2000. Mr. Stark provides the Board with critical perspective and business experience in consumer and enterprise hardware and software businesses, as well as extensive operating and senior management experience.
William Keitel, Lead Independent Director
Bill Keitel joined the Turtle Beach board of directors in 2014 and serves as the Company’s lead independent director as well as chairman of the Audit Committee. He brings nearly 40 years of senior executive technology company experience, including serving as CFO of Qualcomm for 11 years, among other senior financial roles. During Mr. Keitel’s 17 years at Qualcomm, the company grew revenues from approximately $800 million to approximately $25 billion, and he was named to Institutional Investor Magazine’s “Best CFOs in America” list for nine consecutive years. Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. Keitel held senior financial roles at Nortel and PepsiCo. Mr. Keitel provides the Turtle Beach board with meaningful financial, accounting, and public company management expertise.
Dr. Andrew Wolfe, Director
Andrew Wolfe joined Turtle Beach’s board of directors in 2014 and is chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He has over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 corporations and technology startups with expertise in developing new products and technologies as well as in product and intellectual property strategy. Dr. Wolfe founded Wolfe Consulting in 2002, and currently serves as a technology and intellectual property consultant in the consumer electronics, computer, and semiconductor industries. He also testifies and serves as a consulting expert for intellectual property and other technology-related litigation matters. In addition, he serves as a lecturer at Santa Clara University where he teaches about Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, and Mechatronics and he is currently a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Previously, Dr. Wolfe was CTO for SONICblue, Inc. (formerly S3, Inc.). He brings notable technology, intellectual property, and licensing experience to the Turtle Beach board.
Greg Ballard, Director
Greg Ballard joined Turtle Beach’s board of directors in 2017 and is chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Ballard brings nearly 40 years of experience as an executive, investor, and entrepreneur with various technology companies, currently serving as general partner of Eleven Ventures, an operationally focused seed venture investment fund. Prior to joining Eleven Ventures, Mr. Ballard served as SVP of Mobile, Social and Emerging Platforms and SVP of Digital Games. for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. He also served as president & CEO of Glu Mobile Inc., a publisher of mobile video games, and has been President or CEO at Virgin USA, SonicBlue Inc, Ancestry.com, 3DFX Interactive and Capcom and held a senior management position at Warner Bros. Mr. Ballard has previously served on the boards of DTS Inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Pinnacle Systems, Inc., Imagine Games Network, and THQ Inc. Mr. Ballard provides the board with significant expertise across gaming, mobile, and content, in addition to extensive management and board experience.
Kelly Thompson, Director
Kelly Thompson joined Turtle Beach’s board of directors in 2019 and is a member of the Company’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Thompson has over 20 years of consumer retail experience across physical, digital and omni-channels. Ms. Thompson previously served as COO of samsclub.com, a subsidiary of Walmart, overseeing a multi-billion-dollar omni-channel P&L as well as transformation efforts within the “Digital” strategic workstream. Prior to samsclub.com, Ms. Thompson was SVP, Global Category Development for Walmart eCommerce and SVP Merchandising, Planning and Marketplace for Walmart.com where she focused on portfolio expansion, delivering growth at an accelerated rate. Additionally, she spent 10 years in key merchandising leadership roles at Gap, Inc. She currently serves on the board of directors for First Hawaiian Inc, a.k.a. Brands, and Bolt Threads. Kelly brings a wealth of retail, merchandising, and eCommerce expertise to the board.
Katherine L. Scherping
Katherine L. Scherping, CPA, CGMA joined the Board in May 2022 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Scherping has served as Chief Executive Officer of KLS Advisors, Inc., a financial and executive leadership advisory firm, since October 2011. Ms. Scherping previously served as Chief Financial Officer of National CineMedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: NCMI), the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S., from August 2016 to March 2020. She also served in various positions at QCE, LLC (d/b/a Quiznos Subs), a privately held quick-serve sub sandwich restaurant franchisor, including as Interim Chief Executive Officer in 2016 and Chief Financial Officer from December 2013 to July 2016. Previously, Ms. Scherping also served in senior financial leadership roles at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Nasdaq: RRGB) and Tanning Technology Corporation (formerly Nasdaq: TANN), which operated as an information technology services provider Ms. Scherping served as a member of the Board of Directors of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: FRSH), from February 2017 until its acquisition by MTY Food Group Inc. (OTC: MTYFF) in May 2019. Ms. Scherping received her B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.
Michelle D. Wilson
Michelle D. Wilson joined the Board in May 2022. Ms. Wilson has served as Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Isos Capital Management, an independent investment firm focused on investment opportunities in the media, entertainment and sports industries, since January 2021. Ms. Wilson previously served as the Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of Isos Acquisition Corporation (n/k/a Bowlero Corp. (Nasdaq: BOWL)), from January 2021 until its merger with Bowlero Corp. (“Bowlero”) in December 2021. From February 2020 to December 2020, Ms. Wilson was a private investor. Prior to that, Ms. Wilson served in various roles for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) (“WWE”), including as Co-President and member of the Board of Directors from February 2018 to January 2020, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer from 2013 to February 2018 and Chief Marketing Officer from 2009 to 2013. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wilson served in various positions with the United States Tennis Association, the XFL, the National Basketball Association, RJR Nabisco, Inc. (n/k/a Nabisco), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). Ms. Wilson currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Bowlero and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, since 2015. Ms. Wilson received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Stech joined the Board in May 2022 and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Stech has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Vinci Brands LLC, a global leader in consumer tech protection, carry and power solutions, since August 2021. Previously, Mr. Stech served as Chief Executive Officer of Incipio Group, from September 2019 until it was sold in August 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Stech served in various senior level roles at ZAGG, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: ZAGG), including as President from March 2018 to July 2019, Chief Commercial Officer from July 2017 to March 2018, President of the ZAGG Business Unit from 2016 to July 2017 and Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing from 2014 to 2016. Previously, Mr. Stech also served as President of SteelSeries ApS from 2008 to 2014, Global Director, Marketing & Channel Development for Motorola, Inc. (formerly NYSE: MOT), from 2006 to 2008, General Manager & Director of Mobility Electronics, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: MOBE) (n/k/a iGo, Inc.), from 2000 to 2006; and Sales & Category Management for Ralston Purina Company (n/k/a Nestlé Purina PetCare Company), from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Stech has served on the Board of Directors of GUNNAR Optiks, LLC, a gaming and computer eyewear company, since January 2017. Mr. Stech received his B.S. in Business from Indiana University.