Board of Directors

 

Individual: 

Andrew S. Duff

Chairman and CEO

Andrew S. Duff

Andrew S. Duff is chairman and chief executive officer of Piper Jaffray Companies, a position he has held since the completion of our spin-off from U.S. Bancorp on December 31, 2003. He has also served as chairman of Piper Jaffray & Co., our primary broker-dealer subsidiary since 2003, and as chief executive officer since 2000. Duff has been at Piper Jaffray since 1980, when he joined the institutional fixed income sales department. He was later promoted to manager of institutional sales and trading in 1994, and then served as president of the individual investor services and capital markets areas until 1996. During the time period that Piper Jaffray was owned by U.S Bancorp (1996 through 2003), Duff served as president of Piper Jaffray and vice chair of U.S. Bancorp for the wealth management group.

Duff holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and attended the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Duff currently serves on the board of directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the University of St. Thomas board of trustees and the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business strategic board of governors. He is a longstanding member of the Walker Art Center board of trustees, a member of the board of directors of Arctic Cat Inc. and an advisor to the board of directors of Great Clips, Inc.

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Addison Piper

Addison Piper

Addison Piper retired from Piper Jaffray effective at the end of 2006, having served as vice chairman of Piper Jaffray Companies since the completion of the firm's spin-off from U.S. Bancorp on December 31, 2003. He worked for Piper Jaffray from 1969 through 2006, serving as assistant equity syndicate manager, director of securities trading and director of sales and marketing, before serving as chief executive officer from 1983 to 2000 and as chairman from 1988 to 2003. From 1998 through August 11, 2006, Piper also had responsibility for our venture and private capital fund activities.

Piper holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.

Piper is a member of the board of directors of Renaissance Learning Corporation, Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media Group and a regent of St. Olaf College. Piper is the former chair of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minnesota Communications Group, former vice-chair of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and board of governors of the Securities Industry Association, former chair of the NYSE regional firms advisory group committee, former director of Allina Health System, Minnesota Business Partnership, St. Martin’s Church Foundation, Greenspring Corporation and former trustee of Woodhill Country Club, Guthrie Theater, Washburn Children Guidance Center and the Stanford University Business School Trust. Piper recently served as senior warden at St. Martins by-the-Lake Church.

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William Fitzgerald

William Fitzgerald

Bill Fitzgerald has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ascent Capital Group, Inc., since September 2008. He was named chairman of Ascent Media Group, the predecessor company, in August 2000. He also served as senior vice president of Liberty Media Corporation from 2000 through 2012. While with Liberty Media, Fitzgerald served to evaluate media and technology related investment and acquisition opportunities in addition to overseeing several of its assets. Most recently, he served as a director of Expedia, Inc., from 2006 until 2012, and TripAdvisor, Inc., from 2011 until 2013. He previously served as chairman of On Command Corporation and as a director of Game Show Network, True Position and Cablevision Systems Corp. He has served as a director of the Piper Jaffray Companies since March 2014.

Fitzgerald was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer for AT&T Broadband, formerly known as Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), where he oversaw the company’s broadband services operations. Before that, he was executive vice president of corporate development and partnership relations for TCI, where he managed the company’s M&A strategies and transactions as well as the company’s cable partnership and joint ventures. Fitzgerald joined TCI in March of 1996 as senior vice president and head of corporate development. Prior to TCI, he was a senior vice president and partner at Daniels & Associates, an investment banking firm to the communications industry. He began his career as a commercial banker at The First National Bank of Chicago.

Fitzgerald received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Business and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Michael Frazier

Michael Frazier

Michael Frazier was most recently chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons & Company International. He joined Simmons in 1992, and was named president in 2002, chief executive officer in 2005 and chairman in 2009. In addition to serving on the boards of both Simmons & Company International and Simmons & Company International Limited, he also served on the investment committee for its private equity fund Parallel Energy Limited Partnership. Frazier became a director of Piper Jaffray following its acquisition of Simmons in February 2016.

Prior to joining Simmons, Frazier was actively involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas as an independent operator. Currently, Frazier is a member of the board of directors of NOW inc., the board of trustees of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the board of visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the board of directors of Energy Opportunities Capital Management.

Frazier holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

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B. Kristine Johnson

B. Kristine Johnson

B. Kristine Johnson is president of Affinity Capital Management, a venture capital firm that invests primarily in seed and early-stage health care companies in the United States. She has held this position since 2000. She served as a consultant to Affinity Capital Management in 1999. Prior to serving as a consultant to Affinity Capital Management in 1999, Johnson was employed for 17 years at Medtronic, Inc., a manufacturer of cardiac pacemakers, neurological and spinal devices and other medical products, serving most recently as senior vice president and chief administrative officer from 1998 to 1999. Her experience at Medtronic also includes service as president of the vascular business and president of the tachyarrhythmia management business, among other roles.

Johnson holds bachelor's degrees in math, economics and political science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Johnson currently serves on the boards of directors of St. Olaf College and The Spectranetics Corporation, as well as the boards of several private entities.

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Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith was an executive vice president and chief financial officer of SUPERVALU INC., a publicly traded grocery company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from 2010 to 2013. Prior to serving as chief financial officer, Smith held a number of accounting management roles, including that of senior vice president of finance, corporate controller and treasurer during her 25 years at SUPERVALU. During her time there, Smith played a critical leadership role in several of the company's strategic initiatives, including acquisitions and business transformation activities. She began her career as a staff auditor at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP.

Smith is a current board member of Deere & Company, Tuesday Morning Corp. and Realogy Group Inc. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University and is a certified public accountant.

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Philip Soran

Philip Soran

Philip Soran most recently served as president of Dell Compellent until his retirement in March 2012. He co-founded Compellent Technologies, Inc. in 2002 where he was president, chief executive officer and director until the company was acquired by Dell in February 2011. Prior to that, he was the co-founder, president, chief executive officer and a director for data-storage products maker, Xiotech Corp. which was later acquired by Seagate.

Soran is a current board member of SPS Commerce, Inc., Hutchinson Technology, Inc. and Help/Systems LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Symantec Corp., a global provider of computer security, backup and availability software headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. He has held this position since 2007.

Prior to joining Symantec, Taylor was chief administrative officer, senior vice president and general counsel of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a publicly traded technology company. Before that, he served as vice president and general counsel of Narus, Inc. Taylor began his legal career as a corporate attorney with the San Francisco-based law firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).

Taylor is currently on the board of directors of VirnetX Holding Corp. Taylor is also a national advisory board member of the Stanford University Center for Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity.

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a Juris doctorate degree from George Washington University.

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Michele Volpi

Michele Volpi

Michele Volpi is the chief executive officer of Betafence Holdings NV, a Belgium-based manufacturer of architectural and security fence and gate systems.

Prior to Betafence, Volpi served as the president and chief executive officer and as a director of H.B. Fuller Company from December 2006 to November 2010. H.B. Fuller and its subsidiaries manufacture and market adhesives and specialty chemical products worldwide. Prior to becoming president and chief executive officer, he was group president, general manager of the global adhesives division of H.B. Fuller from December 2004 to December 2006. Prior to that position, he served as global strategic business unit manager, assembly for H.B. Fuller from June 2002 to December 2004. From 1999 to June 2002, he served as general manager, marketing for General Electric Company.

Volpi is on the board of directors of Saipem S.p.A., a global oil and gas public company in Europe, and has previously served on the board of trustees for the Minneapolis Arts Institute.

Volpi earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

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