Director – Sony Corp, Dolby, American Funds
Nicholas Donatiello, Jr. is President and CEO of Odyssey.
Since its founding nearly 25 years ago Odyssey has been a recognized leader in understanding how technology changes consumer media use habits. Odyssey has provided both strategic insights and tactical expertise to many of the world’s largest media and technology companies. In addition, Odyssey has invested in and provided guidance to a number of Silicon Valley startups through relationships with top venture capital firms in the area.
Prior to founding Odyssey, Mr. Donatiello served as Press Secretary and then Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Prior to going to Capitol Hill, he was a consultant in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Co.
An accomplished writer and speaker, Mr. Donatiello has presented Odyssey’s views and facilitated discussions on trends in at-home entertainment, information, and commerce at conferences and in corporate settings around the world, including off-site meetings and seminars for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and their boards of directors.
Widely quoted as an expert on consumers and new media, Mr. Donatiello was selected by Newsweek as one of the “50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet” and has been profiled in Wired magazine. He has also authored articles and columns on corporate governance-related matters for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Donatiello is a director of Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB), where he chairs the Compensation Committee and sits on the Nominating and Governance and Technology Strategy Committees. He is also a director of Big 5 Sporting Goods (NADSAQ: BGFV), a leading retailer of sports equipment and attire with approximately 450 stores in the Western United States, where he serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee.
He has been nominated to join the board of Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) and is expected to do so in June of 2018.
Mr. Donatiello is Chairman of the Board of Directors of several of the American Funds managed by Capital Group. Prior to becoming Chairman, he chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee and served on the Audit Committee. He also serves on the complex-wide Joint Proxy Committee.
Mr. Donatiello is a Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he lectures on boards and governance to first- and second-year MBA candidates. Together with Professor David Larcker, he created and teaches “Board Governance” a very popular elective course for second-year MBA candidates which examines the roles, responsibilities, and performance of boards in public, early-stage private, and not-for-profit companies. He also co-teaches “Performance Measurement, Compensation, and Corporate Governance,” a Management Foundations course for first-year students. He is the co-author of numerous publications in association with the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Corporate Governance Research Initiative.
Mr. Donatiello is a director of the Schwab Charitable Fund (AUM in excess of $13 billion). From 2001 to 2008 he served on the board of KQED, Inc., serving as Chairman of the Board his last three years.
Mr. Donatiello earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at Princeton and received his MBA from Stanford University.