XRS CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.
XRS Corporation was founded as Xata in 1985 on the principle of conducting our business in a responsible, honest and ethical manner. For us, good corporate governance means going beyond compliance. It means taking a leadership role in instituting and maintaining practices that represent strong business ethics — and ensuring we communicate consistently with our shareholders and customers.
We are committed to continually evolving and adopting appropriate corporate governance best practices.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
John J. Coughlan
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President
Director since October 2006
Mr. Coughlan has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since joining XRS in October 2006. Prior to joining XRS, he was involved in a business consulting practice. Through June 2005, he served as president and CEO of Lawson Software, Minnesota’s largest software company. Mr. Coughlan joined Lawson Software in 1987 and became CEO in February 2001 prior to the Lawson’s initial public offering in December 2001. In addition to his responsibilities at XRS, Mr. Coughlan is an active regional business advocate and serves on the board of directors for several local organizations, including Securian Financial Group, Inc.
Mark E. Claeys
Director of Finance, Deere & Company
Director since May 2012
Director since May 2012. Mr. Claeys is the Director of Finance for Deere and Company’s Intelligent Solutions Group and Enterprise Information Technology function. Mr. Claeys joined Deere & Company in 1988 as an Internal Auditor and completed a number of assignments at various Deere facilities in the finance arena, including three years as a Manager in Corporate Business Development. Prior to joining Deere & Company, Mr. Claeys worked as an auditor at the public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Claeys holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from St. Ambrose University (1984) and is a licensed CPA. Currently, Mr. Claeys serves as a board member for the Deere Employees Credit Union.
Mr. Claeys brings to the Board a strong technology, financial and business background. Mr. Claeys has extensive experience in the technology industry.
Donald R. Dixon
Co-Founder of Trident Capital
Director since February 2010
Director since February 2010. Mr. Dixon is a co-founder of Trident Capital and has been a Managing Director since 1993. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Dixon was Co-President of Partech International, a private equity fund manager associated with Banque Paribas. From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Dixon was a Managing Director of Alex, Brown & Sons. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dixon was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and a Senior Account Officer at Citibank, N.A.
Mr. Dixon serves as a director of AccountNow, Advanced Payment Solutions, Amprius, eGistics, Inc., Infotrieve, Neohapsis, Odyssey Logistics, PAL, Qualys, RoyaltyShare, Solexant, Syndero and Tiandi Energy. He is also on the investment committee of Mustang Ventures, an affiliated China fund of Trident Capital Fund VI. Mr. Dixon’s past directorships include Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), Anasazi Inc. (acquired by Pegasus Solutions Inc.), BankAmerica Merchant Services, Inc. (BPI), BlueStar Solutions (acquired by ACS), Bytemobile, Inc. (acquired by Citrix), Clarus Systems, Inc. (acquired by OPNET Technologies), CSG Systems International, Inc. (CSGS), Epicor Software Corporation (EPIC), Epoch Partners (acquired by Goldman Sachs), Evolving Systems, Inc. (EVOL), InfoUSA, Inc. (IUSA), Merchant e-Solutions (acquired by Cielo), Pegasus Systems, Inc. (PEGS), Signio (acquired by Verisign), Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec) and Unison Software, Inc. (acquired by IBM). Mr. Dixon earned his B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Dixon is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Mr. Dixon brings to the Board business leadership, corporate strategy and operating expertise, and a strong background in the software industry. In particular, he has extensive experience in growing software businesses, launching new products, brand building, innovation, marketing, customers and sales channels. Mr. Dixon also lends an investor perspective based on his leadership role as a managing director of a private equity group.
Thomas G. Hudson
Municipal Parking Services CEO
Director since October 2007
Director since October 2007. Since August 2011, Mr. Hudson has been Chief Executive Officer of Municipal Parking Services, a provider of parking solutions to cities and municipalities. From May 2008 until August 2010, Mr. Hudson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Muve, Inc., a Mayo Clinic IP company that provides tools, software (SaaS) technology and coaching services to help individuals lose weight. Before joining Muve, Inc., Mr. Hudson was the Chief Executive Officer of Global Capacity, a start-up company that provides integrated communications logistics software solutions worldwide. Prior to joining Global Capacity in June of 2005, Mr. Hudson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNT, a provider of wide area storage networks, since June 1996, as a director since August 1996 and as Chairman of the board of directors since May 1999. From 1993 to June 1996, Mr. Hudson served as Senior Vice President of McGraw Hill Companies, a leading information services provider, serving also as General Manager of its F.W. Dodge Division, and as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. From 1968 to 1993, Mr. Hudson served as Vice President and General Manager in a number of management positions at IBM Corporation. Mr. Hudson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and New York University with an M.B.A. in Finance. Mr. Hudson attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 1990. Mr. Hudson previously served on the board of directors of CGSY, CNT, McData Corp, Lawson Software, Ciprico, Plato Software, Incentra Solutions, all publicly traded companies and three private companies, Wyndstrom, MQSoftware and AltoSoft Corporation.
Mr. Hudson brings to the Board business leadership, corporate strategy and operating expertise, and a strong background in software technologies. In particular, he has extensive experience in launching new technologies, brand building and marketing.
Christopher P. Marshall
Technology Crossover Management VII, Ltd., General Partner
Director since December 2003
Director since December 2003. Mr. Marshall joined Technology Crossover Management VII, Ltd. (“TCV”) in May 2008 as a General Partner and has been in the venture capital industry since 1995. His primary investment focus is the payments, Internet and mobile industries. Prior to joining TCV, Mr. Marshall spent 12 years at Trident Capital, focused on the payments, Internet and mobile markets. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marshall worked for Banque Paribas and the Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Marshall earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Marshall also serves on the board of directors of TheStreet.com and HomeAway, Inc.
Mr. Marshall brings to the Board business leadership, corporate strategy and operating expertise, and a strong background in the software industry. In particular, he has extensive experience in growing software businesses, launching new products, brand building, innovation, marketing, customers and sales channels. Mr. Marshall also lends an investor perspective based on his leadership role as a managing director of a private equity group.
Michael J. Paxton
MJP Growth Advisors, Chief Executive Officer
Director since May 2008
Director since May 2008. Mr. Paxton is currently Chief Executive Officer of MJP Growth Advisors, a privately held consulting firm. Mr. Paxton is also Chairman of the board of directors of Transport Corporation of America, Inc. and previously served as that company’s CEO and President from 2001 to 2007. Transport America is a national truckload carrier and logistics service company based in Eagan, Minnesota. From 2009 until May 2012, Mr. Paxton was President and Chief Executive Officer of Chamilia, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality, personalized jewelry. From 1998 to 2001, he was the President and CEO of the Sunbeam Health and Safety Company, a subsidiary of Sunbeam. Beginning in 1996, he served as Chairman, President, and CEO of O-Cedar Holdings, Inc., the leading brand of consumer household cleaning tools in the United States. The majority of Mr. Paxton’s career was spent in senior management positions with Pillsbury and Grand Metropolitan PLC (Diageo), the parent company. In 1992, he was appointed as President and CEO of the Haagen-Dazs Company. Prior to Pillsbury, Mr. Paxton held progressive sales and marketing positions with Safeco Insurance Company, The Drackett Products Company and Miles Laboratories. He currently serves on the board of directors of Transport Corporation of America, Inc., Azteca Foods, Inc., Foster Farms, Inc. and Gemini, Inc.
Mr. Paxton brings to the Board business leadership, corporate strategy and operating expertise, and a strong background in consumer-packaged goods. Mr. Paxton has extensive experience in the transportation industry as well as launching new products, brand building, innovation and marketing.
Karen T. Van Lith
Director since May 2010
Director since May 2010. Ms. Van Lith currently serves as a consultant. From June 2011 until June 2012, she was Chief Executive Officer and a director of Make Music, Inc. Prior to joining Make Music, Ms. Van Lith was a consultant serving in the chief executive officer and chief restructuring officer roles at several companies requiring transformative leadership. From 1999 until October 2007, she was President and CEO of Gelco Information Network, a software company providing expense management solutions and trade promotion management services. She previously served in various capacities with Ceridian Corporation and Deluxe Corporation prior to joining Gelco Information Network. Ms. Van Lith currently serves on the board of Associated Banc-Corp.
Ms. Van Lith provides the Board with overall business and financial experience in various industries. Ms. Van Lith has extensive knowledge and experience in the software industry, including business to business and business to consumer software applications and services; on premises, web and mobile software platforms; and converting legacy software to web and mobile platforms.