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Name and title: Mike Tyler, senior vice president, chief legal and administrative officer Age: 47 Piebald computer company: Rising above humble origins, Gateway Inc. claims to be “the third-largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top-10 worldwide.” It manufactures desktop and portable personal computers and network equipment for individual consumers and businesses. Gateway also offers printers and storage devices, and provides training, support and financing services. Following its acquisition of rival eMachines Inc. in 2004, it closed its own retail stores and began direct sales by telephone, through its Web site and via personal computer retailers. Gateway was founded in an Iowa farmhouse (its distinctive black and white logo was modeled on a cow) by Ted Waitt, who launched the company in 1985 on a $10,000 loan and a rented computer. Today he owns more than one-quarter of the firm. Gateway went public in 1993 and now is based in Irvine, Calif. It has approximately 1,800 employees and reported 2005 sales of $3.85 billion. Gateway was the first personal computer company to offer systems with color monitors as standard, and it is a pioneer in creating synergies between television and the personal computer. Tyler’s tasks: Tyler supervises Gateway’s law, human resources and facilities organizations. Although his original focus was in international commercial transactions, he describes himself as a “generalist with wide-ranging functions.” Tyler believes a broad, general background is crucial in his position. Technological progress has had a “huge impact” on his industry, Tyler said, but has not influenced his job directly. More advanced research capabilities and contract-management tools, however, have facilitated his day-to-day activities. There is no such thing as a typical day for Tyler. His agenda is “driven by the corporate calendar”-board meetings, litigation and regulatory reporting deadlines, for example. The scope of his job shifts to corporate securities work as such duties arrive on his desk. He performs ongoing supervision activities and transactional-related tasks. Tyler has a staff attorney who concentrates on regulatory concerns. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is “a very big topic,” he said. Gateway’s department handles due diligence and records-retention chores, and launches or responds to investigations, if any. Compliance with the act’s Section 302 concerning corporate responsibility for financial reports gets strict attention. Initially, there was a lot of policy work as well as the demands of complying with the first Sarbanes-Oxley audit, but now, according to Tyler, the burdens of adherence are not quite as overwhelming. During his earlier tenure as head of Gateway’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he had extensive exposure to foreign laws. Tyler said that he cannot assume that the laws in an area abroad will be the same as in the United States. Recently, for example, he has been working within the strictures of the European Union’s Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations, pertaining to outsourcing and mergers and acquisitions. TUPE has no counterpart under U.S. law. Legal team: Tyler oversees a department consisting of 43 attorneys and support staff, the majority of whom are contract administrators. An additional “50 or so” employees report to him in various capacities. He reports to Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Snyder. Outside counsel: Litigation is outsourced, although it requires a “heavy internal management” component. Patent litigation is the legal department’s “biggest spend,” with Bryan Farney of Dechert’s Austin, Texas, office as the “go-to guy,” Tyler said. Corporate securities issues are directed to Bruce Dallas of New York-based Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Menlo Park, Calif., office. Transactional work generally is performed in-house unless it involves an extraordinary matter, in which case Tyler will retain outside counsel. His team of lawyers handles labor concerns; matters such as workers’ compensation or details of warranties are attended to within the department, but not by Tyler himself. Patent battle: In major, heavily publicized litigation, Hewlett-Packard Co. accused Gateway of infringing 27 of its patents in computer technology. Gateway counterclaimed that its rival had infringed 13 Gateway patents. Tyler described the series of cases as one of the first in the patent area pitting equipment manufacturers against each other. Generally, he said, computer manufacturers had been the subject of patent suits by patent trolls or people outside the industry. The litigation was fought in the Court of International Trade and in venues all over the country, including Texas, California, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. Gateway agreed earlier this year to pay $44 million to settle the case-an outcome Tyler deemed satisfactory. He offered the theory that “in patent litigation, there is often a rush to get the first injunction.” Route to present position: Gateway’s legal chief attained his current status in June 2005, after having served since 2003 as the firm’s general counsel and secretary to the board of directors. He came aboard in May 2000 as the head of European operations, a position encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, Tyler was with Northrop Grumman Corp. (1995 to 2000) as senior corporate counsel, international. During his stint, he negotiated an $800 million deal in Paris, a triumphant moment in a “career filled with interesting cases and transactions.” From 1991 to 1995, Tyler was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe (now Heller Ehrman). For two years, Tyler clerked for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alcaron. He is a past chair of the international law section of the State Bar of California. Personal: Tyler is a native of Hollywood, Calif. He and his wife, Christine von Wrangel, have a pair of daughters: Mariel, 19, and Milena, 15. Travel fills his spare time, especially to Western Europe and the Mediterranean. Tyler holds a master of laws degree from Cambridge University (1986), a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1983), and dual degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles (bachelor’s in 1979 and master’s in 1980). Last book and movie: Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, by Tony Judt, and Joyeux No�l.

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