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Leadership

William Mundell
Chairman

William A. Mundell has been chairman of IKM, International Knowledge Measurement, since 2004 . He has previously served as Chairman of ZZB Energy Corporation, a New York stock exchange listed company focused on the development of battery technology to solve the intermittency problem.

He is the former Chairman and CEO of Vidyah Inc., a company founded out of Knowledge Universe to create a second generation of e-learning. Previously, he was Chairman of Trade, Inc. a leading competitive intelligence company specializing in international trade information controlled by Bain Capital and Sutter Hill. From 1989 through 1998, Mr. Mundell was with WEFA, serving first as President and later as President and Chief Executive Officer. WEFA, the world's premier economic forecasting authority, was founded in 1963 as Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates by the Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Lawrence Klein.

Mr. Mundell was an adjunct professor at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he taught economics and he is an honorary professor at Tsinghau University in China.

In 2005 Bill Mundell formed Californians For Fair Redistricting to advance fair redistricting reform. He is currently executive producer of Gerrymandering, a national documentary which focuses on the use of gerrymandering to fix elections and protect incumbents.

He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science at Carlton University in Canada where he was the recipient of the U.S. Ambassadors Award. He completed his graduate studies at Columbia University, earning an MBA in Finance and a Masters in International Economics and Public Finance.

Ken Strauss
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Strauss was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in April 2005 and then to Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Mr. Strauss joined IKM in 1996 as National Sales Manager and was promoted to Director of Product Development in January 2000 and to Senior Vice President of Product Development in January 2004. Mr. Strauss has been responsible for the development of many IKM products including TestBuild,  developed in response to the market demand to build tests that combine existing content from multiple tests; TestWrite, a proprietary authoring tool that enables clients to quickly and easily write their own test content; and TrainingLink, which provides individual training prescriptions based upon an individual's identified areas of weakness.Mr. Strauss was also instrumental in introducing Linear testing into the IKM testing platform.

Prior to joining IKM, Mr. Strauss spent 15 years in the consulting business. He served as an Application Consultant with Tymshare Inc. from 1981 to 1983; was Technical Vice President at Advanced Infostructures from 1983 to 1986 and became President and Owner from 1987 to 1989.  Previously, Mr. Strauss acted as Vice President and Principal of 3D Information Services from 1989 to 1996.

Mr. Strauss received a BS in Mathematics in 1972 from the State University of New York (SUNY) and an MBA in 1974 from New York University.

Joop Kaashoek
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Kaashoek joined IKM in November 2000 and is responsible for IT Operations and Systems Development. His involvement with IKM began in August 1999 as a Senior Producer at Krest LLC, the parent company of IKM. In this capacity, Mr. Kaashoek managed the development of IKM Online and other systems that contributed to IKM's successful transition into a fully Internet-centric testing company. In 2004, he designed a fully international system that works in multiple languages.  He is currently in the process of integrating IKM products into partner product offerings, and compliance to industry standards.

The common thread in Mr. Kaashoek's career is the creation of high performance, mission critical systems. Prior to his involvement with IKM, Mr. Kaashoek served as Consulting Manager at Grant Thornton LLP in the e-commerce division, from 1998 to 1999. He was president of a startup company that was focused on the development of wireless handheld applications, from 1996 to 1998. An example of his accomplishments is the Mobile Officer's Assistant, which is a Newton-based system that offers police officers the ability to perform wireless vehicle and person checks and issue traffic citations. From 1988 to 1996 he was involved as Chief Architect of various industrial automation projects with a 100% up-time requirement 

Mr. Kaashoek's IT career spans more than 25 years. He received an M.E. in Computer Science/Computer Integrated Manufacturing from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. As part of his studies he participated in scholarship and internship programs in the United State, such as being an exchange student at the University of Oregon in a scholarship program funded by the Institute of International Education of the United Nations, and being an intern at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Frank Palinkas
Vice President Global Sales and Marketing

Joining IKM in February 2000 as VP of Asia Pacific Operations, Frank Palinkas has broadened IKM's footprint in the Asia Pacific region, having added clients such as Reuters Software Thailand, National Australia Bank and OCBC. Appointed as VP of Global Sales and Marketing in 2007, Mr. Palinkas is responsible for supporting the sales and marketing initiatives across all geographies. In parallel, Mr. Palinkas continues to manage the Asia Pacific operations including developing new sales channels, managing resellers and business partnerships and overseeing all operations in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Mr. Palinkas brings over 25 years of IT and Management expertise to the leadership team. Prior to joining IKM, he spearheaded his own IT consulting company for six years, during which time he managed projects for Visy Industries, acted as a sales agent for Corvu (Business Intelligence Software), GEAC (Financial Management Software), Neller Software (HR/Payroll Software), Wang Australia (outsourced and managed Network and Desktop services), and Vantive (CRM Software) holding the only VAR agreement for Australia for 2 years.  With a keen interest in matching skills to projects, Mr. Palinkas also specialized in IT recruitment adding an extremely successful revenue stream for his company.

Before starting his own venture, Mr. Palinkas was also Director and Southern Regional Manager for Datamation Software Systems for more than 7 years where he was responsible for developing, supporting and supplying software to the Government Sector.

Andrew Stark
Vice President of South Africa Operations

Andrew Stark has had a long and fruitful association with IKM, initially employed as a distributor in Africa from 1997-2000, and now as Vice President of the South African operations under the TeckChek banner. Mr. Stark has established IKM's assessment solutions as the industry standard in IT knowledge measurement amongst blue chip companies across the region.

Also a partner in Decisioneering, a business consulting firm that focuses on assisting companies with strategic group decision making processes, Mr. Stark adopts a hollistic approach to Talent Management.  Mr. Stark also brings first hand experience in human resources, skills assessment, development and recruitment.

Mr. Stark is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of South Africa.

Michael Walsh
Vice President of Sales & Marketing - North America

Mike Walsh joined IKM in 2001 as a Sales Manager, adding key clients to the roster such as Keane and Compuware. During this time Mr. Walsh was instrumental in the development of new products such as IKM VirtualRecruiter, a solution that reduces the manual effort involved in assessing job applications.

Following his success he was promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing - North America in 2006, and is responsible for the direct sales force, sales plans, execution of strategic marketing and overall customer satisfaction.  Mr. Walsh focuses on supporting his team to deliver and exceed on targets while ensuring clients gain tangible ROI from its products.

Mr. Walsh brings a wealth of knowledge to the company, having been with CareerBuilder, Parametric Technology Corporation and Minolta Business Systems, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Iowa State University.

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