Board of Directors

Michael A. Smith has substantial knowledge of Zebra and its industry, including prior service as a director of a public company in the automatic identification sector. He has served as a director of Zebra since 1991 and as Chairman since 2007. The Board and the Committees on which Mr. Smith serves also benefit from Mr. Smith’s experience and skills in financial services as well as from his 25 years of industry experience. Since 2000, he has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FireVision LLC, a private investment company that he founded. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Smith was Senior Managing Director and head of the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities and its successor entity, Banc of America Securities, LLC. Previously, he was Senior Managing Director and co-head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of BancAmerica Robertson Stephens; co-founder and head of the investment banking group, BA Partners, and its predecessor entity, Continental Partners Group; Managing Director, Corporate Finance Department, Bear, Stearns & Co.; and Vice President and Manager of the Eastern States and Chicago Group Investment Banking Division of Continental Bank. Mr. Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with a BA degree and received an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of SRAM International Corp., a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium bicycle components. Mr. Smith is a managing member of Blue Star Lubrication Technology LLC and Blue Star Lubrication Technology Investors LLC, a provider of industrial lubricants and greases. Mr. Smith is the Chair of our Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees and is a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Smith is also a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, having completed NACD’s comprehensive program of study for experienced corporate directors.


Anders Gustafsson became Zebra’s Chief Executive Officer and a director in 2007. Prior to joining Zebra, Mr. Gustafsson served as Chief Executive Officer of Spirent Communications plc, a publicly-traded telecommunications company, from 2004 until 2007. From 2000 until 2004, he was Senior Executive Vice President, Global Business Operations, of Tellabs, Inc., a communications networking company. Mr. Gustafsson also served as President, Tellabs International, as well as President, Global Sales, and Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions with Motorola, Inc. and Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. Mr. Gustafsson is a member of the Board of Directors of Dycom Industries Inc., a company that provides construction and specialty services to the telecommunications industry. Mr. Gustafsson has an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.


Linda Connly Connly was appointed a Director in May 2020. Ms. Connly has served since 2020 as an Expert Partner on sales and go-to-market transformation for Bain & Company’s Commercial Excellence practice, a management consultancy that provides advice to public, private and non-profit organizations. Ms. Connly previously served Bain & Company as a Strategic Advisor on go-to-market transformations and specializing in high velocity sales models from 2018 to 2020. In addition, Ms. Connly has served since 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of The Connly Advisory Group LLC, a consulting practice she founded that provides services to diagnose sales issues and design go-to-market models. Prior to her current roles, she was Interim Executive Vice President of Rackspace, a managed cloud computing company, where she led transformation for a $1.8 billion managed services business from 2018 to 2019. Prior to that, she held numerous roles at EMC Corporation between 2000 and 2016 including serving as SVP, EMC lead for Global Go-To-Market Integration where she led the 2015 go-to-market integration for Dell Technology and EMC, the largest technology merger in history to date. She continued to serve in leadership roles at Dell Technology after the merger, including SVP, Enterprise Customer Strategy & Advocacy from 2016 to 2017 and VP, Global Center of Competency, Infrastructure Solutions Group from 2017 to 2018.

Ms. Connly serves as a board member of PortCo/Presidio, a leading North American information technology solutions provider focused on digital infrastructure, business analytics, cloud, security and emerging solutions, and is a trustee of Saint Anselm College. Most recently, Ms. Connly served as an advisor for Wasabi Technologies, a private company providing cloud storage solutions. In addition, in 2019, Ms. Connly served as an independent public director for Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), a cloud-based backup and security SaaS provider, until its acquisition by OpenText that year.

In 2014, Ms. Connly was presented the Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award in the category of “Achievement in Management.” In addition, she was also named by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” and by CRN (Computer Reseller News) magazine as one of the “Top 100 Unsung Heroes.”

Chirantan “CJ” Desai has been a director since 2015. Mr. Desai currently serves as Chief Product Officer at ServiceNow.  From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Desai served President of the Emerging Technologies Division at EMC. In this role, Mr. Desai oversaw research and development, launching new products, and growing new businesses as the company transitions from a hardware-centric to a more software-oriented solutions company that helps customers accelerate their journey to cloud computing. Prior to working at EMC, Desai was Executive Vice President at Symantec, where he led the firm’s Information Management Group. In this role, Mr. Desai was responsible for a $3 billion business and a team of approximately 4,000 people. Previously, Mr. Desai also was responsible for Endpoint Security and Mobility group at Symantec where he became the go-to security expert for top enterprises. Prior to Symantec, Mr. Desai built and ran offshore businesses in Bangalore, India for Oracle and Pivotal through which he developed best practices in product development and go-to-market strategy. Mr. Desai has a master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois. Mr. Desai began his career with Oracle and was a key member of the team that launched Oracle’s first cloud services.  Mr. Desai is a member of our Compensation Committee.


Richard L. Keyser has been a director since 2008. Mr. Keyser spent much of his career at W.W. Grainger, Inc., an international distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies. In 2010, Mr. Keyser was honored as the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) 2010 Public Company Director of the Year. The NACD’s award criteria include an unwavering commitment to integrity, confidence, informed judgment, and performance. Mr. Keyser served as Chairman Emeritus of Grainger from 2009 to 2010. Previously, he served as Grainger’s Chairman from 2008 to 2009, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 until 2008, and President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995. Prior to joining Grainger in 1986, he held positions at NL Industries and Cummins Engine Company. Mr. Keyser received a BS degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Keyser serves as a trustee of the Shedd Aquarium, a director of the North Shore University Health System, a trustee of the Field Museum, and Chairman of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Mr. Keyser was appointed as the Chair of our Compensation Committee in May 2015, upon the retirement of Dr. Robert Potter. He also serves as a member of our Nominating and Governance Committees.  Since Zebra primarily sells its products through distributors and resellers, Mr. Keyser’s experience with these channels provides significant strategic and operational benefits to Zebra. 


Ross W. Manire has been a director since 2003. He has served since 2002 as President and Chief Executive Officer of ExteNet Systems, Inc., a wireless networking company Mr. Manire founded. Mr. Manire’s professional career includes serving as a partner in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young, LLP, a leading accounting firm, from 1983 to 1989. Prior to joining ExteNet, Mr. Manire was President of the Enclosure Systems Division of Flextronics International, Ltd., an electronics contract manufacturer, from 2000 to 2002. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Chatham Technologies, Inc., an electronic packaging systems manufacturer that merged with Flextronics, in 2000. Prior to joining Chatham, he was Senior Vice President of the Carrier Systems Business Unit of 3Com Corporation, a provider of networking equipment and solutions. He served in various executive positions with U.S. Robotics from 1991 to 1997, including Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of the Network Systems Division prior to its merger with 3Com in 1997. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Manire was a partner in Ridge Capital, a private investment company. Mr. Manire holds a BA degree from Davidson College and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance and Audit Committees of The Andersons, Inc., a diversified business with interests in agribusiness, railcars and retailing. Mr. Manire is a member of our Audit, Nominating and Governance Committees. The Board and Audit Committee benefit from his business, operational, accounting and financial knowledge and experience. For example, Mr. Manire’s experience with electronics contract manufacturing proved important as Zebra initiated and completed its project to outsource printer manufacturing. Mr. Manire’s financial and accounting experience facilitates the Board’s oversight of Zebra’s accounting, internal control and auditing functions and activities.   


Frank Modruson has been a director since 2014. From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Modruson served as the Chief Information Officer at Accenture, a world-wide leader in management consulting, information technology, systems integration, and business process outsourcing services. As CIO, he was responsible for the information technology strategy, applications and infrastructure supporting a global business of 281,000 employees. He also chaired Accenture’s Information Technology Steering Committee and was a member of the Accenture Operating Committee and Global Leadership Council. In 2010, Mr. Modruson was elected to CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame. In addition, InfoWorld named him to its list of Top 25 CTOs and ComputerWorld named him one of its Premier 100 CTOs. Prior to becoming CIO at Accenture, Mr. Modruson worked there as a Partner and Associate Partner for 15 years. Mr. Modruson currently serves on the boards of First Midwest Bancorp, Forsythe Technologies, Inc., and Landauer, Inc.  He is also a volunteer firefighter and serves on the Board of the Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Modruson has a B.A. in Computer Science from Dickinson College and a Masters in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Modruson is also a member of our Audit Committee. His experience transforming IT into an asset for Accenture will assist Zebra as it looks to expand and move into new markets.


Janice Roberts has been a director since 2013. Ms. Roberts is currently a partner with Benhamou Global Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.  Ms. Roberts was previously a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund, a global venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. For more than 10 years, she was a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, where she invested in mobile, wireless, communications and consumer technology companies. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Ms. Roberts held various executive positions at 3Com Corporation (acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Corporation), including leading its global marketing and business development operations, as well as a number of the company’s new business initiatives, including its Palm Computing subsidiary and 3Com Ventures. Ms. Roberts currently serves on the Boards of GBx, Playfirst, Inc. and RealNetworks, Inc., where she is a member of its Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee and Executive/Strategy Committee. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, which is located in Palo Alto, CA, and as an advisor for Illuminate Ventures, a group dedicated to investing in companies that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs. Ms. Roberts has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Ms. Roberts’ experience with technology companies, venture deals and her board work will prove important as Zebra expands its business into additional technological spheres, including the Internet of Things. Ms. Roberts is a member of our Compensation Committee.