Board of Directors

Martin Kits van Heyningen
Chairman of the Board
Martin A. Kits van Heyningen, one of our founders, has served as our president and a director since 1982, chief executive officer since 1990, and as our Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2007. From 1980 to 1982, Mr. Kits van Heyningen was employed by the New England Consulting Group, a marketing consulting firm, as a marketing consultant. Mr. Kits van Heyningen received a B.A., cum laude, from Yale University and has been issued eleven patents.
Danelle M. Barrett
(Independent)

Danelle M. Barrett has served as one of our directors since June 2020 and the chairman of the compensation committee since June 2021. Since February 2020, Ms. Barrett has served as a consultant for Deep Water Point, LLC. From March 2017 to October 2019, she served as the Cybersecurity Division Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Navy, where she managed the U.S. Navy’s worldwide cybersecurity strategy, policy and information technology architectures. From July 2015 to March 2017, she served as Director of Current Operations at the United States Cyber Command, where she led a global team providing direction for cyber offensive and defensive operations. From September 2013 to July 2015, Ms. Barrett served as Chief of Staff for the Navy Information Forces Command, a combat force for cyber, intelligence, telecommunications and other missions. From September 2011 to September 2013, she served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, a Navy telecommunications station, and was responsible for 2,700 people in 15 organizations worldwide. Prior to that, she held other positions in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 2011, including Senior Information Professional Detailer at the Naval Personnel Command from March 2010 to September 2011 and Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications and Combat Systems for Carrier Strike Group Two from November 2007 to March 2010.

Ms. Barrett received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University, a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Syracuse University and Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, Human Resource Development from Webster University and Management from Webster University. She has published 35 articles. 

James Dodez
(Independent)
James Dodez has served as one of our directors since 2017. In August 2020, Mr. Dodez became a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. Dodez served as our strategy advisor from May 2015 to April 2017. He served as our senior vice president of marketing and strategic planning from March 2013 to May 2015, our vice president of marketing and strategic planning from March 2007 to February 2013, our vice president of marketing from October 1998 to March 2007, our vice president of marketing and reseller sales from 1995 to October 1998, and our marketing director from 1986 to 1995. Before joining us, Mr. Dodez was the marketing director at Magratten Wooley, Inc., an advertising agency, where he managed KVH’s account from 1983 to 1986. Mr. Dodez received a B.S. in business with an emphasis in marketing from Miami University.
Cielo Hernandez
(Independent)

Cielo Hernandez began serving on the KVH Board of Directors in June 2021 and was appointed the chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee that same month.  Since April 19, 2021, Ms. Hernandez has served as Chief Financial Officer of XL Fleet Corp. (NYSE: XL), a leading provider of fleet electrification solutions for commercial vehicles in North America. Previously, Ms. Hernandez served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of South Jersey Industries, Inc., a publicly traded energy services company, from January 2019 to July 2020, where she continued to serve as a Senior Vice President until October 2020. From February 2015 to December 2018, Ms. Hernandez served as Vice President and Regional Chief Financial Officer of Maersk Line, North America, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, a global container logistics company. From November 2013 to January 2015, she served as Vice President and Regional Chief Financial Officer, Latin America of APM Terminals, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk that operates a global network of ports. From 2004 to 2013, Ms. Hernandez held various positions in finance and administration at Amcor plc, a global packaging solutions company, including most recently Regional Chief Financial Officer, Central America and Caribbean from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Hernandez received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Universidad Santiago de Cali (Colombia) and a Master of Business Administration with specialization in International Business from the University of Miami. She is a CPA and holds a Certification in Human Resources Talent Management from Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia as well as Certifications in Executive Leadership and High-Performance Leadership from Cornell University, and Strategic Leadership and Improving the Business from IMD University Switzerland. Ms. Hernandez is also a Board member of Rowan University Foundation.

Cathy-Ann Martine-Dolecki
(Independent)

Cathy-Ann Martine-Dolecki began serving on the KVH Board of Directors in June 2021 and was appointed a member of the compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee that same month. In July 2021, she was elected chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee. Martine-Dolecki recently left retirement to join Tristar Acquisition I Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, as Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, Ms. Martine-Dolecki retired after a 37-year career with AT&T, where she most recently served as President of National Business Services from 2016 to 2017. Previously, she served as President, Enterprise Business Solutions of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions from 2013 to 2016, as Executive Vice President, Small Business Solutions and Alternate Channels at AT&T from 2008 to 2013 and in a variety of other leadership roles before that. From November 2020 to December 2020, Ms. Martine-Dolecki was a board member at TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, a publicly traded technology distributor and manufacturer serving the wireless infrastructure and mobile device accessories markets. Ms. Martine-Dolecki also served as a board member of Legal Shield, a provider of consumer legal services, from January 2013 to May 2018. She currently serves on the Americas Executive Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Ms. Martine-Dolecki received a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Robert E. Tavares
(Independent)

Robert E. Tavares has served as one of our directors since April 2020 and a member of the audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee since June 2021. He has over 30 years of experience in microelectronics and semiconductors for both commercial and defense applications.  Mr. Tavares served at the CEO, President and member of the Board of then public company API Technologies beginning in March 2015.  The company was taken Private in April 2016 where Mr. Tavares continued to serve in these capacities.  After significant operational improvements, he led the sale to a Private buyer in May 2019.  Prior to joining API, Mr. Tavares was President of Crane Electronics Inc., a provider of microelectronic-based solutions for power and microwave applications to the defense, commercial aerospace, and medical markets. Prior to Crane, Mr. Tavares served as President and Director of e2v US Operations, a leading supplier of technology solutions in RF power and semiconductors. Mr. Tavares spent the early years of his career at Tyco Electronics, M/A Com Division, where he progressed through various management roles, and ultimately progressing to the role of Vice President, General Manager.  He holds a B.S in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Charles R. Trimble
(Independent)
Charles R. Trimble has served as one of our Directors since 1999, a member of our Audit Committee since 2001, a member of our Compensation Committee from 2000 to 2021, and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since February 2004. From 1981 to 1998, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Trimble Navigation Limited, a GPS company that he founded in 1978. Previously, he served as the manager of integrated circuit research and development at Hewlett-Packard’s Santa Clara Division. Mr. Trimble is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he has been Chairman of the United States GPS Industry Council from 1996 to 2013. In addition, Mr. Trimble is a member of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Board of Trustees. He received a B.S. in engineering physics, with honors, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.