Mr. Hell has over 20 years of experience leading technology and wireless companies to success. He formerly was the Chief Executive Officer of DivX, Inc., a publicly-traded technology company. Over his eight year tenure with the company, Mr. Hell was instrumental in transforming DivX into a market leader in the rapidly emerging digital video market, connecting high quality Internet content with consumer electronics. Under Mr. Hell’s leadership as CEO, DivX significantly grew and diversified its licensing business, made two successful acquisitions to drive product diversification, and secured format approval from major Hollywood studios before being acquired by Sonic Solutions in October 2010.
Until recently, Mr. Hell was the chairman of EvoNexus, San Diego’s successful community-supported technology incubator and a program of CommNexus. Under his leadership, EvoNexus companies received over $90M in early-stage financing. Additionally, Mr. Hell serves on the Board of Directors of MicroPower Technologies and On-Ramp Wireless.
Before joining DivX, Mr. Hell served as Senior Vice President of Product Management for Palm’s Solutions Group, where he managed the Palm branded products and wireless services division worldwide. Prior to Palm, he was Vice President of the Connected Home for Gateway and was responsible for pioneering a variety of digital home products and services beyond the PC. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hell spent seven years with The Boston Consulting Group, where he consulted with a variety of clients including electric utilities and telecommunications companies on industry trends and corporate strategy.
Mr. Hell has an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.