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Biography PhotoJames M. (Jay) Lapeyre Jr.
Chairman of the Board
President, Laitram Corporation

James M. Lapeyre, Jr. serves as ION’s Chairman of our Board of Directors, a position he held from 1999 until January 1, 2012, when he assumed the position of Lead Independent Director. He resumed the position of Chairman of the Board on December 31, 2012 and has been a Director since 1998. Mr. Lapeyre is Chairman of the Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors.

Since 1989, Mr. Lapeyre has been President of Laitram L.L.C., a privately held New Orleans-based manufacturer of food processing equipment and modular conveyor belts. He joined our Board of Directors when we acquired the DigiCOURSE marine positioning business from Laitram.

Mr. Lapeyre holds a Bachelor of Art in History from the University of Texas and Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Tulane University.