Mark N. Kaplan
Mark N. Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan has served as a director of Autobytel since June 1998. Mr. Kaplan was a member of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1979 through 1998 and currently is of counsel to that firm, Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of Engelhard Minerals & Chemicals Corporation (mining and chemicals) from 1977 to 1979, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Drexel Burnham Lambert (investment banking) from 1970 to 1977. Mr. Kaplan serves on the Board of Directors of the following companies whose shares are publicly-traded: American Biltrite Inc. (adhesive-coated, pressure-sensitive papers and films; tile flooring) and Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (staffing services and telecommunications and information solutions), and is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Volt Information Sciences, Inc. He also serves as a Trustee of Bard College, the New York Academy of Medicine, a member and former Chairman of the New York City Audit Committee, a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of WNET.org (provider of public media in the New York City metropolitan area), a director of Gresham Management Co. (commodities management), and a director of The Jim Pattison Group (a conglomerate). Mr. Kaplan was formerly the Chairman of the Audit Advisory Committee of the Board of Education of The City of New York, Vice-Chairman and Governor of the Board of Directors of The American Stock Exchange, Inc., and a director of Security Industry Automation Corporation. Mr. Kaplan holds an A.B. Degree from Columbia College and a LL.B Degree from Columbia Law School. Mr. Kaplan’s experience in securities and corporate laws, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and business management, as well as his qualification as an audit committee financial expert, led the Board to conclude that Mr. Kaplan should serve as one of the Company’s directors.