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Management Profiles

iBiquity Digital has attracted a management team of industry leaders who have the technical expertise, broad industry experience, and leadership capabilities to ensure radio's rapid transition to a digital future.

Robert J. Struble, President and CEO

Robert J. Struble

Bob Struble, iBiquity’s President and CEO, is a recognized leader in the digital transformation of AM and FM radio. Since 1996, Bob has had overall responsibility for the company's commercialization of HD Radio™ technology, the first dramatic change to radio broadcasting since the introduction of FM.

Bob founded iBiquity (then known as USA Digital Radio) in 1998, spinning the company out from parent CBS and gaining financial backing from the nation's largest radio broadcasters. During his tenure, he has built iBiquity's assets through merger and acquisitions, assembled iBiquity's world-class technical and management teams, supervised the successful development and commercialization of HD Radio products, obtained approval for the technology from the Federal Communications Commission and secured the support of the investment community, raising over $300 million to date. Among other accolades, Bob was named the 2005 Maryland Entrepreneur of The Year by Ernst & Young.

Prior to heading up iBiquity, Bob was President of Westinghouse Communications and Westinghouse Wireless Solutions Company, two business units of CBS focused on digital product technology development and commercialization. Previously, Bob gained experience in strategy development, mergers and acquisition, design engineering, marketing, and new business development at McKinsey & Company, M.A. Hanna and Solvay. While at McKinsey, he consulted to Fortune 100 companies on setting up and spinning out entrepreneurial ventures.

Bob serves on the Consumer Electronics Association Executive Board, and he is a past member of the Electronics Industry Association Board of Governors. He is past Chairman of the MD Tech Division of the Maryland Tech Council.

Bob is quoted frequently on radio's digital transition, and his views have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Time and major industry publications. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Nightly Business Report, CSPAN and numerous local radio and TV broadcasts.

Bob earned his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT where he was elected into the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi engineering honor societies, and an MBA from Harvard, where he graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

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Jeffrey P. Jury, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey P. JuryJeffrey Jury is responsible for day-to-day operational management for the rollout of iBiquity Digital's HD Radio System, both in the U.S. and international markets. In this capacity, Jury leads a team of business and technical professionals focused on driving the implementation of digital radio in the broadcast, automotive and radio receiver industries. Since joining iBiquity Digital in 1997, Jury has been responsible for leading the company's major strategic initiatives, including building a multi-industry coalition of product development partners, commercializing the technology, and working with radio station groups and receiver manufacturers to bring HD Radio to market. He was also a key participant in the company's various asset acquisition and financing activities which has resulted in iBiquity becoming a leading technology and intellectual property corporation owned by the nation's largest radio broadcasters and other key technology, media and financial corporations.

Prior to joining iBiquity Digital, Jury was vice president for digital broadcasting and director of strategic development for Westinghouse Wireless Solutions Company, where he was responsible for establishing new ventures in emerging technologies. Previously, he had held a number of positions at Westinghouse Electric Corporation focusing on business development, strategic analysis and operational performance improvement since 1989. Prior to joining Westinghouse, Jury was involved in operational improvement planning with Touche Ross & Company, and before that, software development with American Management Systems.

Jeffrey Jury earned a BS degree in information systems and industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

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James Spencer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

James SpencerJim Spencer joined iBiquity in July 2007 and is responsible for the company's finance, accounting and information technology functions.

Prior to joining iBiquity, Jim served as the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Allion Healthcare. During Spencer's tenure at Allion, he raised over $130 million of public and private capital, including an initial public offering and a follow-on offering.

Prior to Allion, Spencer was an investment banker working closely with high growth companies on raising capital and advising on strategic transactions. Spencer was a investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners, Credit Suisse First Boston and Alex. Brown and Sons.

Spencer has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Economics and Management Statistics from the University of Maryland.

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Albert D. Shuldiner, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Albert D. ShuldinerAlbert Shuldiner was appointed Vice President and General Counsel of iBiquity Digital in early 2001. He is responsible for overseeing the company's legal affairs, and shaping the company's regulatory and intellectual property strategies, including representing the company before US and international government agencies and industry standard setting boards.

Prior to joining iBiquity Digital, Mr. Shuldiner was an attorney in the Washington, DC office of Vinson & Elkins where he assisted emerging technology companies in their regulatory and corporate structuring activities. For the past five years, Mr. Shuldiner has represented iBiquity Digital, leading its efforts to develop and implement iBiquity Digital's regulatory strategy. In this capacity, he was a primary author of the company's October 1999 petition for rulemaking, which initiated the FCC's current consideration of its AM and FM digital broadcast iDABä technology. Mr. Shuldiner also represented the company before the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

At Vinson & Elkins, Mr. Shuldiner concentrated on representing new companies developing infrastructure projects or new wireless and wireline telecommunications services. He provided regulatory and business counseling to radio and television station owners, developers of satellite systems, submarine cable system operators, local exchange operators and numerous domestic and international telecommunications system operators. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Mr. Shuldiner served as General Counsel of the Information Industry Association (IIA), a trade association of database companies and electronic publishers, representing the association on telecommunications and intellectual property issues.

Albert Shuldiner earned a Bachelor's Degree in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Stephen T. Baldacci, Senior Vice President

Stephen T. BaldacciSteve Baldacci joined iBiquity in October of 2006 and is responsible for accelerating the mass adoption of HD Radio technology by manufacturers, retailers and consumers. To achieve this, Baldacci manages a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in radio brand development, retail management, sales, consumer marketing, public relations and broadcaster communications. The team includes talented people with backgrounds in engineering and marketing who have achieved success with the likes of Sony, Tweeter, Clear Channel, CBS, XM Satellite Radio and Westinghouse. The team is actively involved throughout the radio and retail industries and serves many leadership roles via committee board level positions with The Consumer Electronics Association, The National Broadcasters Association, CEDIA and MERA.

Prior to joining iBiquity, Steve launched Baldacci Communications, an international investment and consulting firm specializing in technology. The company established organizations for several international firms in the United States as well as US firms abroad during the period of 2003 through 2006. Prior to founding Baldacci Communications, Steve served as President and Chief Marketing Officer of The Washington Redskins, from 1999 to 2003. Before joining the Redskins, Baldacci was Chief Marketing Officer of Snyder Communications, where he played integral roles in the diverse domestic and global development of the company from its early origins in 1992, through a successful IPO [NYSE: SNC], and ultimately the sale of the company to Havas [NASDAQ; HVS] in 1999.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and English Literature from Hartwick College in 1983 and began his career in magazine publishing including the launch of several publications.

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Dr. Brian W. Kroeger, D.Sc., Chief Scientist

Dr. Brian W. Kroeger, D.Sc.As Chief Scientist, Dr. Brian Kroeger is responsible for the continued development and optimization of the In-Band On-Channel (IBOC) HD Radio system under development by iBiquity Digital Corp. He has been the primary inventor of this technology, which formed the basis of intellectual property for USA Digital Radio, and later iBiquity Digital Corp. He continues to refine the system design while adding new features, and provides day-to-day technical guidance and support.

Kroeger served as Chief Scientist at Westinghouse Wireless Solutions Company prior to joining iBiquity. In this position, he had responsibility for the overall technical direction of mobile satellite communications systems. Kroeger played a key role in the development of other communications systems for the Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group (now Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems), including various digital radios for the U.S. military and optical communications systems and networks. He has worked extensively in communications signal processing and has taught in-house courses in communications theory and related subjects.

His accomplishments in mobile satellite communications earned the 1995 Westinghouse Corporate Innovation Award. Kroeger received five Westinghouse Electronic Systems Innovation Awards, an Engineering Achievement and a Marketing award, in addition to more than 80 other awards, mostly for his contributions to the field of communications. Kroeger's efforts on the Westinghouse Series 1000 Satellite Telephone were instrumental in the product earning the 1995 Product of the Year Award from the Maryland High Technology Council, and the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) 1997 Product Award of Excellence. He is listed in the Who's Who of Professionals International, Who's Who in the World, and the Who's Who in America Science & Engineering. Kroeger has published more than 26 papers and holds 41 U.S. patents.

Kroeger earned a Doctor of Science degree in electrical engineering, majoring in communications, from The George Washington University; a Master of Engineering Science degree from Loyola College; and BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

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Joseph F. D’Angelo, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Programs and Advanced Services

Joseph F. D’AngeloAs Vice President of Advanced Services, Joe is responsible for strategic and product planning for HD Radio data services. In addition, Joe oversees the licensing of iBiquity's broadcast and receiver data software and is responsible for building strategic relationships with content and service providers as well as third party application developers.

Prior to joining iBiquity, Joe was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Information, Communication and Entertainment consulting practice. During his tenure, he worked closely with Telecommunications and Entertainment companies assisting with strategic planning, corporate restructurings, global expansion and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Joe gained experience in marketing, business development and technology as a manager with Andersen Consulting and a consultant to A&E Networks.

Joseph D'Angelo earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Columbia University, where he graduated with honors.

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Judith L. Kennedy, Vice President, Human Resources

Judith L. KennedyJudy Kennedy has been vice president of human resources and administration since April 1999, with responsibility for managing all personnel related issues for iBiquity Digital. In this capacity, she leads the recruitment efforts to attract top technical and marketing talent. She establishes and manages benefits, compensation and organizational development programs. As iBiquity Digital commercializes its technology and expands business development activities, Kennedy is responsible for building a domestic and international team focused on digital radio implementation.

Prior to joining iBiquity Digital, Kennedy was director of human resources for RSL COM, U.S.A., a leading provider of voice and data communications services. In that role, she had overall human resources responsibility for 300 people with offices throughout the United States. Prior to that, she held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources at Westinghouse/CBS. Kennedy's background includes experience in recruiting, training, compensation, benefits, personnel relations, and organizational development.

Judy Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Science degree in instructional design and technology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Compensation Association as a CCP (certified compensation professional) and is in the process of obtaining her certification as a SPHR (senior professional in human resources) through the Society for Human Resources Management.

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Gene Parrella, Senior Vice President, Core Engineering

Gene ParrellaGene Parrella directs all commercial integrated circuit development activities for iBiquity Digital. In this role, Parrella is leading the iBiquity engineering teams that are finalizing the design of DSP and ASIC solutions, which will enable consumers to receive IBOC digital AM and FM broadcasts in car, home and portable radios. Parrella's teams also have responsibility for the successful transfer of iBiquity's IBOC technology onto its semiconductor partners' chips, and support the receiver manufacturers that are using these DSP-based and dedicated ASIC solutions. Parrella joined iBiquity in January 2002.

Parrella came to iBiquity following a sixteen-year career focused on integrated circuit design and engineering management. Immediately prior to joining iBiquity, Parrella served as Director of Engineering for the TranSwitch Corporation's successful CellBus™ line of ATM switch chips used in xDSL access multiplexers. While at TranSwitch, Parrella was responsible for engineering teams involved in chip design, software development and integration testing of new products. Preceding this work, he held management and product development roles in TranSwitch's ATM, T1 and E1 product businesses. He holds five patents in the areas of telecommunications chip and system design. Parrella's work history also includes integrated circuit design engineering roles at Fairchild Defense and Allied-Signal Aerospace.

Gene Parrella earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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