W.G. Champion Mitchell (Champ) is currently working on the board of directors for 41st Parameter. Until June 2008, Mitchell was the Chairman and CEO of Network Solutions. He joined Network Solutions in 2001, and spearheaded the company's buyout and separation from Verisign in November 2003.
Before becoming Chairman and CEO of Network Solutions, Champ served as VeriSign's Executive Vice President, and before that, General Manager of its Mass Markets Division. From 1997-2000 he founded, managed and later sold two successful start-up companies specializing in VoIP. Earlier in his career, Champ was Executive Vice President and COO of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., where he played an integral role in the largest leveraged buyout in history - the company's buyout by KKR. Prior to this, Champ served as a lawyer and partner with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Champ received his juris doctor with highest honors from the University of North Carolina and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina.