EMERYVILLE, Calif. — LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., a leading developer of innovative technology-based educational products, today announced the appointment of David Nagel to its Board of Directors. LeapFrog’s Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Nagel on September 6, 2005. He will begin serving on the LeapFrog Board effective immediately.
“I am delighted that David is joining us,” said Steven Fink, LeapFrog’s Chairman. “David’s technology expertise, particularly in the area of consumer electronics platforms and related interactive content, is a great addition to our Board, and complements the skills of our existing board members as LeapFrog combines educational pedagogy and engaging content with innovative technology.”
Dr. Nagel served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of PalmSource, Inc., a provider of operating system software platforms for smart mobile devices, from December 2001 to May 2005. From September 2001 to December 2001, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Platform Solutions Group at Palm, Inc. (now palmOne Inc.), which sells smart mobile devices. Prior to joining Palm, from 1996 to September 2001, Dr. Nagel was Chief Technology Officer of AT&T Corp., and prior to his tenure at AT&T, he held various positions at Apple Computer, most recently as Senior Vice President, Research and Development. In addition, before joining Apple, he was head of human factors research at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Dr. Nagel serves on the board of directors of Nuance Communications, Inc., a voice automation technology software company; Liberate Technologies, Inc., an interactive television software company; Tessera Technologies, Inc., a developer of semiconductor packaging technology; and ArcSoft, Inc., a privately-held developer of multimedia software for electronic devices. Dr. Nagel has a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative, technology-based learning products and related proprietary content, dedicated to making learning effective and engaging for all ages, at home and in schools, around the world. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Emeryville, California. LeapFrog has developed a family of learning platforms that come to life with more than 100 interactive software titles, covering important subjects such as phonics, reading, writing, math, music, geography, social studies, spelling, vocabulary and science. In addition, the company has created more than 35 stand-alone educational products for children from birth to 16 years. LeapFrog’s award-winning U.S. consumer products are available in six languages at major retailers in more than 25 countries around the world. The LeapFrog SchoolHouse-curriculum programs are currently in more than 80,000 classrooms across the U.S. with over 200 interactive books and over 450 skill cards representing more than 6,000 pages of educational content. LeapFrog SchoolHouse(TM) products have won numerous awards from the education industry, including the Golden Lamp Award and Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers, the Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine and the Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning magazine.