Co-founder and CEO
Darell Hammond grew up at Mooseheart, a group home outside of Chicago, an experience that led him to found
KaBOOM! in 1995 and begin a lifelong commitment to give all children the opportunity to play. As CEO, Mr.
Hammond has grown KaBOOM! into a $23 million-a-year organization that has built more than 1,300 playgrounds,
skate parks, and sports fields, and improved thousands of others across America in the past 12 years. Mr. Hammond
was a leader in community service programs for some 15 years, beginning with the Chicago Park District and later as
a member of the startup team for City Year Chicago, an Americorps program. He is a director of Independent Sector
and Hands on Network, and in 2003 he was elected an Ashoka fellow for his leadership in social entrepreneurship.
Under his guidance, KaBOOM! has been recognized for excellence by the Amazon.com, the Peter F. Drucker
Foundation, Harvard Business School, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Founder and CEO
Omar Hamoui is an entrepreneur with deep roots in the mobile industry. After earning a degree in computer science
at UCLA, Mr. Hamoui founded and ran several companies in mobile software and services. At the time, he was
frustrated by the lack of available options when it came to promoting and monetizing mobile products. He realized
that mobile service and content firms needed better ways to advertise and make money on the mobile web. While
earning his MBA at the Wharton School, Mr. Hamoui began to think more seriously about the untapped potential of
mobile advertising, and created AdMob to address this growing opportunity. He is currently on leave from Wharton to
focus on AdMob, and is now running one of the fastest-growing and most innovative companies in the mobile world.
DaviD Heinemeier Hansson
David Hansson is the creator of the Ruby on Rails web framework, a partner at 37signals, and the co-author of such
bestsellers as Agile Web Development with Rails and Getting Real. He is passionately involved with both the business
and technology of small teams doing big things.
eDwin l. Harper
Interim CEO and Chairman
Ed Harper, a director of Avocent since 2000, was elected lead independent director in 2003 and chairman in 2008. He
is also currently acting as interim CEO until one is selected and takes office. During a portion of 2007, Mr. Harper
served as interim CEO of Ditech Networks, Inc., a telecommunications equipment supplier, and currently serves
the company as a director. Since 2005, Mr. Harper has served as CEO and chairman of WhiteCell Software, Inc., a
privately held network security company. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Harper was a consultant and private investor.