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.
Mark S. Ain
(Independent)
Mark S. Ain has served as one of our directors since 1997, the chairman of our compensation committee since 1997, a member of our audit committee since 2000, a member of our nominating and corporate governance committee since February 2004, the chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee since February 2015, and the lead independent director of the board since 2012. He serves on the Board of Directors of Kronos Incorporated, which he founded in 1977 and served as CEO until 2005. Mr. Ain also serves on the boards of various other private companies and charitable organizations. He received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.
Danelle M. Barrett
(Independent)

Danelle M. Barrett began serving on the KVH Board of Directors in July 2020. 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
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.
Stanley K. Honey
(Independent)
Stanley K. Honey has served as one of our directors since 1997 and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since February 2004. In August 2020, Mr. Honey became the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.  Mr. Honey was a member of the Audit Committee from 1997 to 2003 and was reappointed in February 2011. Mr. Honey served as the Director of Technology for the America’s Cup Event Authority from April 2011 through December 2013, and as a consultant thereafter. From January 2004 through January 2005, Mr. Honey served as the chief scientist of Sportvision Systems, LLC, which he co‐founded in November 1997. He served as president and chief technology officer of Sportvision Systems, LLC, from 2000 to January 2004 and as its executive vice president and chief technology officer from 1998 to 2000. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Honey served as executive vice president of technology for the New Technology Group of News Corporation. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Honey served as president and chief executive officer of ETAK, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation. Mr. Honey founded ETAK in 1983 and served as its executive vice president of engineering until News Corporation acquired it in 1989. Mr. Honey received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. from Stanford University.
Robert Tavares
(Independent)
Robert Tavares has served as one of our directors  since April 2020. 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 since 2000 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.