Jeffrey C. Smith

JEFFREY C. SMITH is Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
of Tumbleweed Communications Corp. Mr. Smith founded the company along
with Jean-Christophe Bandini in 1992 and incorporated in July 1993.
While at Frame Technology, Mr. Smith realized that document delivery and
communication ‘ dependent on fax, FedEx and the phone ‘ would undergo a
profound transformation. With that vision, he founded Tumbleweed to
create the secure infrastructure for online communications. The growth
of the Internet was a significant boost to Tumbleweed. Mr. Smith
believes that e-mail, the most pervasive application on the Internet, is
becoming the backbone of business to business and business to consumer
communications, supplanting voice and paper. Under Mr. Smith’s
leadership, Tumbleweed created Tumbleweed Integrated Messaging Exchange
(IME), an online communication solution for e-businesses worldwide that
combines the power of e-mail and the Web to create secure channels of
communication for enterprises. Responsible for strategic planning and
partnership development in his role as CEO at Tumbleweed, Mr. Smith grew
the company’s revenue from $596,000 in 1996 to $37 million in 2000 and
developed an installed base of over 900 blue chip customers. Tumbleweed
has been a pioneer in helping enterprises extend their communications
online to securely reach business partners, customers and suppliers.
During Mr. Smith’s tenure as CEO, Tumbleweed software platforms have
become the foundation for online communications services offered by
customers such as American Express, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Datek Online,
TD Waterhouse, the European Union’s Joint Research Council, Hikari
Tsushin, NTT Communications, United Parcel Service, Pitney Bowes and the
United States Postal Service. Tumbleweed Communications went public on
August 6, 1999, under the symbol TMWD. Prior to founding Tumbleweed
Communications Corp., Mr. Smith held senior positions at Frame
Technology, IBM, Aion Corp., Ashton-Tate, and Hewlett-Packard. He holds
a BS in Computer Science (Phi Beta Kappa/Tau Beta Pi) from Stanford
University where he served as a lecturer in software engineering.