Board of Directors

Management

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    Daniel Barrett, VP Enterprise Sales

    Daniel leads the sales organization at Elance-oDesk, driving the company's expansion in the mid-size and enterprise markets, having previously held senior sales leadership roles at Linkedin and Google, both in the US and internationally. An expat for most of his life, Daniel is passionate about creating a workplace for the world, unlocking economic opportunity at scale for millions of freelancers worldwide.

    Daniel holds a Bachelor in Economic Sciences from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and a BBA in Business Administration from the International Management Institute of Brussels, Belgium.

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    Jaleh Bisharat, SVP Marketing

    Jaleh brings more than twenty years of technology marketing experience to Elance-oDesk. Previously, she acted as Vice President of Marketing at companies including OpenTable, Jawbone, and Amazon.com. She also served on the board of directors at OpenTable and Homestead Technologies. Jaleh writes and speaks frequently about women in the workplace and the future of work, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

    Jaleh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Government from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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    Matt Cooper, VP Enterprise Services

    Matt has more than a decade of executive operating experience in both startups and Fortune 500 companies. A former member of the executive team at Accolo, Inc., a recruiting services and technology firm, he grew the business from one employee into one of the top 50 companies on the Inc 500 list. He also co-founded a boutique strategic consulting firm for ramping early-stage companies, and started his career in investment banking at JPMorgan Securities. Matt puts his finance, operations and strategy expertise to work in driving Elance-oDesk’s Enterprise market growth.

    Matt holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

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    Jonathan Diller, VP Enterprise Solutions

    Jonathan leads the Elance-oDesk enterprise solutions team, enabling workforce innovation for medium and large businesses. Previously, Jonathan held management positions at BlueStar Solutions and Arthur Andersen, where he was responsible for developing and deploying Ariba solutions. Since joining the team, Jonathan has become a talent supply management expert, and was instrumental in the development of our first generation Services Procurement and Management platform now owned by IBM.

    Jonathan holds an MBA, MIS and BS in Biology from the University of Arizona.

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    Stephane Kasriel, SVP Product and Engineering

    Stephane has more than 15 years of high-tech engineering, product and general management experience, including leadership roles at pioneering companies such as Fireclick, Zong, Work4, and PayPal. Defining and leading PayPal’s consumer strategy, Stephane achieved unprecedented growth for the company. He also helped guide Zong in their ascent and eventual acquisition by PayPal, and most recently worked as the COO of the social media recruiting platform Work4.

    Stephane holds a Bachelor Degree from Ecole Polytechnique (France), a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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    Brian Levey, SVP and General Counsel

    With more than 20 years of legal and business experience, Brian oversees Elance-oDesk's legal, corporate and governmental affairs functions. Prior to joining us, Brian served in a global legal leadership role at eBay Inc. for over 13 years, where he began as eBay's first corporate attorney and most recently served as its Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary. Before joining eBay, Brian acted as Vice President, Legal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and as a corporate associate at Latham & Watkins.

    Brian holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University.

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    Kjetil J. Olsen, VP International

    As VP International, Kjetil has the strategic and operational responsibility for growing the Elance-oDesk footprint throughout international markets. Prior to joining us, Kjetil held the position Group Director M&A and New Business at StepStone, Europe’s largest job board. Kjetil joined StepStone from the acquisition of Scandinavian e-recruitment platform EasyCruit, a company he founded and one of Europe’s leading e-recruitment platforms.

    Kjetil holds an MSc in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School (Handelshøyskolen BI).

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    Rich Pearson, SVP Categories and Geographies

    Rich leads the category management, business development and International teams at Elance-oDesk. Prior to joining Elance-oDesk, he led marketing and business development at Posterous through its acquisition by Twitter, and previously held senior marketing positions at Yahoo!, Attributor, Homestead, Segasoft, and Del Monte Foods.

    Rich holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a BS in Marketing and Finance from UC Berkeley.

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    Fabio Rosati, Chief Executive Officer

    As CEO of Elance-oDesk, Fabio drives the company's vision of creating an online workplace for the world. More than 10 million businesses and professionals connect and work together on Elance-oDesk, two leading online work platforms that merged in 2014. With annual 2013 billings of $750 million, and thousands of public and private "talent clouds," the Elance-oDesk community is one of the most productive on earth. Fabio has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and the BBC, and at events including The Economist Human Potential, World Economic Forum and Staffing Industry Analyst conferences.

    Fabio holds a BSBA from Georgetown University.

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    Servaes Tholen, SVP and Chief Financial Officer

    Servaes leads the Finance, People, and Analytics teams at Elance-oDesk. He joins us from eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, where he spent over seven years in various financial and analytical roles in Europe and the US, most recently as CFO of eBay North America. Prior to eBay, Servaes worked in the Netherlands managing a Charity Lottery, and spent seven years at McKinsey & Company as strategy consultant.

    Servaes holds an MSc in Applied Physics from the Delft University of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.

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    Odysseas Tsatalos, VP Labs and Co-founder

    Odysseas has more than a decade of experience designing and managing research and development operations for Internet-based applications. He co-founded Intacct Corporation and, as CTO, oversaw the development of all phases of the Intacct web-based enterprise accounting system. He was also CTO and co-founder of BroadQuest Inc., where he led the transformation from an enterprise software freelancer into a B2B infrastructure enabler. Previously, Odysseas was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.

    Odysseas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.

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    Elizabeth Tse, SVP Operations

    Elizabeth is responsible for Trust & Safety, Customer Success, Global Payments, and Customer Support at Elance-oDesk. Prior to joining us, Elizabeth was the Chief Operating Officer for Samasource, a non-profit that provides online work to women and youth in Africa and South Asia. Previously Elizabeth was VP of Global Billing, Payments and Collections at eBay and held senior positions at Zuora and Providian Financial (now JP Morgan Chase).

    Elizabeth holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Psychology from Yale University.

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    Kevin Harvey, Benchmark Capital

    Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of successful venture investing. After starting two successful software companies, Kevin co-founded Benchmark Capital in 1994. Since then he has invested in many startups in the software, infrastructure, mobile and consumer segments. Seven of these startups, such as RedHat and Proofpoint, have gone on to be publicly traded companies while dozens have reached successful M&A exits.

    Kevin’s interests span all aspects of mobile computing, the consumer Internet and computing infrastructure. He holds a BSEE degree from Rice University.

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    Gregory C. Gretsch, Sigma Partners

    Start-ups are in Greg’s blood. He’s failed at one and succeeded at two; GiftOne sold to SkyMall and Connectify sold to Kana Communications. Now he gives advice to help entrepreneurs navigate the terrain. He makes early stage investments in technology that change the way people do business. Greg started his career in product marketing at Apple and has a BBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Georgia. When he isn’t helping build companies, he is striving for Strava records on his bike or in his running shoes.

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    Ray Lane, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Ray Lane is a Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Since joining the firm in 2000, he has helped entrepreneurs with technological and market insight, organizational development, team building, selling, and managing growth, sponsoring a number of investments for KPCB in enterprise technology and alternative energy. Before joining KPCB, Ray was president and chief operating officer of Oracle Corp. During his eight-year tenure, Oracle grew from $800m to over $10B. Ray led Oracle’s business expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise applications and professional services. Previously, Ray was a senior partner with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm's Information Technology Practice and served on the firm's executive committee and board. Ray’s early career included serving as division vice president with Electronic Data Systems Corp. and spending 10 years with IBM in various product-management, sales and marketing positions.

    Ray serves on the board of Hewlett-Packard and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an honorary Ph.D. in science from West Virginia University. He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of WVU and serves on the university’s Board of Governors. WVU has honored Ray by naming the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Ray is also vice chairman of Special Olympics International. He holds an honorary Ph.D. from Golden Gate University.

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    Thomas Layton, Executive Chairman

    Thomas has a long history of successful web business leadership, having served as CEO at both OpenTable and Metaweb (acquired by Google in 2010) and having co-founded CitySearch, Inc. He is currently a board member for OpenTable and Doxo.

    A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Thomas holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Dan Marriott, Stripes Group

    Dan has more than 17 years of operating and strategic investment experience in the technology and consumer sectors and is currently Managing Partner of Stripes Group, an operationally-oriented growth stage private equity firm, which focuses on technology enabled and consumer product companies. Prior to Stripes Group, Dan spent 11 years at IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI), where he played a variety of executive roles including: head of strategy and corporate development of IAC, founding CEO of Pronto, Inc., President of Citysearch, and head of corporate strategy and development at Ticketmaster. Before joining IAC, Dan spend six years with PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Division, where he spent time in Brand Management, New Product Development and Operations.

    Dan earned both his B.S. (1990) and M.B.A. (1991) from the University of Illinois, where he was a Bronze Tablet Scholar.

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    Fabio Rosati, Chief Executive Officer

    As CEO of Elance-oDesk, Fabio drives the company's vision of creating an online workplace for the world. More than 10 million businesses and professionals connect and work together on Elance-oDesk, two leading online work platforms that merged in 2014. With annual 2013 billings of $750 million, and thousands of public and private "talent clouds," the Elance-oDesk community is one of the most productive on earth. Fabio has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and the BBC, and at events including The Economist Human Potential, World Economic Forum and Staffing Industry Analyst conferences.

    Fabio holds a BSBA from Georgetown University.

Our Investors

Benchmark Capital Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers New Enterprise Associates Sigma Partners Stripes Group