Senior Mentors

  • Nick Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. He also was vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation and chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology.

    Mr. Donofrio’s most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety. Also reporting to Mr. Donofrio were the senior executives responsible for IBM’s enterprise on demand transformation. Mr. Donofrio led the development and retention of IBM’s technical population and enriched that community with a diversity of culture and thought. In 2008, IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano elected him as an IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical honor.

    Mr. Donofrio joined IBM as a college co-op student in 1964 and worked on the memory technology for the legendary IBM System/360 mainframe computing system. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from Polytechnic University. In 2002 he received an honorary doctorate in Sciences from the University of Warwick in England. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Technology from Marist College, and in 2006 he received an honorary doctorate in Sciences from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Pace University awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sciences in 2009, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sciences in 2010. He is the holder of seven technology patents and is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank of New York/Mellon, a member of the Republic of China’s Science and Technology Advisory Group Board, a member of the Board of Trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual, a member of the Board of Directors of AMD, a member of the Board of Managers of the Delphi Company, a member of the Board of Trustees of The MITRE Corporation and a Senior Fellow of the Kauffman Foundation. In 2010, Mr. Donofrio became a member of the U. S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB).

  • Arthur Langer holds multiple positions at Columbia University. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Technology Management with the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.  He is Vice-Chair of Faculty and Program Director of the Master of Science in Technology Management degree programs at the School of Professional Studies. He is Adjunct Professor of Higher Education and Lecturer in Adult Learning & Leadership at Teachers College. As a researcher and author, Dr. Langer has written a number of papers and books on information systems design and management and on organizational learning. His current research focuses on the mentoring of adult learners and reinventing education and the US workforce. Dr. Langer holds a B.S. in Computer Science, and M.B.A in Accounting/Finance, and an Ed. D. from Columbia University.

  • Allan Kaplan has extensive experience building and investing in companies focused on next-generation data communications, Internet infrastructure, services, and software. As a co-founder of three successful technology companies and as a partner in a private venture fund, he has a proven track record in business development, institutional funding, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Mr. Kaplan was a Co-founder of Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW) an Internet platform and services company venture backed by Goldman Sachs and Oak Venture Partners which integrates the most business-critical parts of the online content value chain serving over 1800 customers world wide with revenues in excess of $200M per year. Mr. Kaplan served on its board of directors from June 2001 to December 2007 and as its Chairman from June 2001 to November 2006. 

    Prior to Limelight, Mr. Kaplan was a founder of Entera, Inc, an Internet Infrastructure company where Mr. Kaplan served as Co-founder and on its board of directors. Entera was venture backed by ComVentures, Crescendo Ventures, and Spectrum Technology. Entera was sold to Cacheflow, Inc. (COMPX: CFLO) in Q4 2000 for $440 million dollars. 

    Prior to Entera, Inc., Mr. Kaplan was a co-founder of Primenet Services for the Internet, Inc., which later merged with and changed its name to GlobalCenter, Inc, whose investors included Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad, and Softbank Capital. Mr. Kaplan served GlobalCenter as Senior Vice President of Operations on its Board of Directors. GlobalCenter grew to become one of the largest web hosting companies in the world and in 1998 was purchased by Frontier Communications (NYSE: FRO) for $185 million. 

    Mr. Kaplan currently is the Managing Partner of KG Investments, LLC and sits on the boards of Unicorn Media, Adzzup, Inc., IQzone, and as a Venture Partner for Greenhill SAVP. Mr. Kaplan holds a BS in Business from Arizona State University.