Hank Nothhaft is president, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the board of Tessera. Nothhaft stepped into his role as president and CEO in August 2008, and became chairman of Tessera’s board of directors in January 2010 after serving on the board since 2004. A serial entrepreneur, Nothhaft has been a pathfinder in the telecommunications and networking industries. He has grown pioneering start-ups, such as Concentric Network Corp., DSC Communications and GTE Telenet Communications (now Sprint), into mature industry leaders.
Prior to joining Tessera, Nothhaft was chairman and CEO of Danger, Inc. He directed the company from initial product launch to its position as a market leader in the mobile internet market from 2002 until Danger’s acquisition by Microsoft early in 2008 for $500M.
Before Danger, Nothhaft served as CEO of Endforce, Inc., an Internet protocol services software company, from May 2001 to October 2002. He continued as non-executive chairman of Endforce’s board of directors until 2005. From July 2000 to April 2001, Nothhaft was vice chairman of the board of directors of XO Communications, Inc., a telecommunications services provider. From 1995 to 2000, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Concentric Network Corporation, a national Internet service provider that merged with Nexlink Communications in 2000 and subsequently became XO Communications.
Nothhaft holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s with distinction from the United States Naval Academy. He is a former officer in the United States Marine Corps.