board of advisors

Charles Cohen

Board Advisor

Mr. Cohen is a highly regarded senior entertainment industry executive with over 25 years of experience with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), arguably the most iconic brand in the history of Hollywood. Prior to leaving MGM, Mr. Cohen had performed in a corporate leadership role as MGM’s Senior Executive Vice President while simultaneously serving as the Chief Operating Officer for MGM’s Motion Picture Group. During his tenure at MGM, Mr. Cohen rose through the corporate ranks to eventually become responsible for overseeing the company’s financial and strategic planning and business development activities, treasury functions (including the structuring of over $10 billion in various company film funds, credit facilities, and project financings). In his corporate leadership role, Mr. Cohen was involved in several transactions including the valuation and purchase of both Orion Pictures and the Polygram film libraries. He was also involved in structuring a minority interest purchase of the Rainbow channels (AMC, Bravo and IFC) as well as launching MGM’s 100% owned channel business.

As Chief Operating Officer of MGM’s Motion Picture Group, Mr. Cohen structured and led the negotiations on several multi-year, multi-picture co-production/co-financing and distribution arrangements with other studios. Included among these deals are a recently completed 5-year, 10-plus motion picture arrangement with Sony Pictures (including the production and distribution arrangements for the James Bond and Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo franchises); a 5-year worldwide home video distribution arrangement with Fox; and a $1 billion deal with Warner Bros. for the production and release of two films for The Hobbit. Mr. Cohen then continued to serve as the primary liaison with these studio partners after the transactions closed. Also while serving as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Cohen was responsible for overseeing all of the business and operational functions of the Motion Picture Group, including development and overhead budgets, production budgets, greenlight analytics, business affairs, all talent deal negotiations and physical and post production for all films. Mr. Cohen was also responsible for the Stargate television franchise and the production of three separate Stargate series (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Universe) as well as two direct-to-video Stargate movies. Mr. Cohen also started and ran MGM’s low budget and movie of the week production business, producing 17 movies.

Mr. Cohen is also well credentialed academically, having received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA from Occidental College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude.

 

Fay Arjomandi

Board Advisor

Fay Arjomandi joined NantWorks in Aug 2014 and is currently CEO of NantMobile responsible for mobile technology and digital health. Since taking on her new role, Fay has transformed the business plan and go-to-market strategy, giving the company greater focus and repositioning it for growth. The company is now committed to developing mobile technology that indexes the physical world just as Google indexed the Internet, and provides enriched day-to-day enjoyment, utility, and wellness to consumers.

Prior to joining NantWorks Fay was the CEO of Vodafone xone where she brought an extensive wealth of expertise as an extraordinary entrepreneur to Vodafone’s new heart of innovation. Fay successfully launched Vodafone xone in Silicon Valley in September 2011, which has become the global incubation center of the Vodafone Group and the beta brand for Vodafone consumer in UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and Egypt.

Fay spearheaded the partnership work with emerging and disruptive technologies to enable start-up companies to develop, test and prepare for commercial deployment in global markets. Additionally, her role expanded to lead Vodafone Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Vodafone Group. Fay’s broad range of roles at the company also included being the President of Vodafone Americas Foundation, an outreach program whose mission is to mobilize communities to resolve shared problems and to enable mobile technology to advance social change In addition to exceptional leadership and vision, Fay is a highly sought-after global speaker and industry thought leader given her specialization in wireless communications, software applications and protocol development.

Prior to Vodafone, Fay was the co-founder and CEO three start-up companies L3 Technology, Mobidia, and Disternet (now mimiktech). As a pragmatic technology innovator, Fay has authored 12 patents. In 2014, she was named as one of the most influential women business leader in Silicon Valley by San Francisco Business Week, and in 2006, received the distinguished Business In Vancouver’s “Top 40 Under 40” award presented to outstanding leaders in their chosen fields. In 2007, she was the Canadian technology and innovation representative to the White House.

 

Philip Poulidis

Board Advisor

Philip Poulidis currently serves as GM of the Wireless, Automotive & IoT Business Units at Marvell Semiconductor in California. He is Chairman at Kwilt, member of the Advisory Boards at Anchorfree, Lark and Peel Technologies. Philip has extensive international experience in the digital media, semiconductor, software and mobile segments. Philip has served in various executive roles at Morega Systems (as, founder/CEO and Chairman), Intellon (IPO 2007), GlobaspanVirata (acquired by Conexant), Interlog (acquired by PSINet). He received marketing management certification from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelors degree from Ryerson University and has been granted several patents.

 

Michel Burger

Board Advisor

Michel Burger joined NantMobile in September 2015 as the CTO. He is responsible for the definition, implementation and deployment of the platform and back-end services supporting different applications (Calio, Cancer Connect) and the Id platform.

Prior to joining NantMobile, Michel Burger was the lead architect for the service providers and IOT at Apigee, Head of Architecture for Vodafone Internet Services with the responsibility of managing the end to end architecture to deliver digital services within Vodafone operating companies. In 2011, Michel became a Vodafone distinguished engineer and was appointed Chief Architect for the R&D division in Vodafone Technology to define the next generation cloud service platform for Vodafone.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Michel was the CTO of the Communications Sector at Microsoft (creating a product called CSF for Communication Service Provider and defining the service delivery environment for Microsoft Online Services), CTO at Embrace Networks (a M2M company) and director of innovation at Sapient (focusing on pervasive systems and web services). He also spent 12 years in a variety of technical positions at Nortel Networks, including Web technology pioneer.

In addition, Michel has been granted multiple patents on various technology domains and is a member of the technical executive committee and distinguished fellow at the TeleManagement Forum. He has spoken at a number of industry events, including O’Reilly Emerging Technologies, MWC, CTIA, NXTcomm, Lightreading and TeleManagement World.