Kathryn K. McCarthy has served on our Board of Directors and as our Chief Executive Officer and President since March 2013, and Chairman of the Board since July 2013. Prior to her promotion to CEO, Ms. McCarthy served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. McCarthy spent 18 years at General Electric, Inc. As Vice President and CFO of GE Healthcare in London, UK, she contributed to delivering global growth, reducing costs and supporting mergers and acquisitions and integration activities. As Vice President of the GE Audit Staff, she led global audits and reported frequently to the audit committee and the board of directors. Previously, she was CFO of GE Transportation Systems and held leadership positions within GE Plastics in Europe and the US.
During her tenure at the Company, she has led efforts to increase brand awareness, expand GeekLabs exclusive product offerings, improve the site experience and upgrade technology, and expand to new channels, including wholesale and the ThinkGeek Solutions acquisition. Among other qualifications, Ms. McCarthy brings to the Board of Directors her financial and managerial experience as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Company’s business and operations.
Matthew C. Blank has served on our Board of Directors since January 2011. Mr. Blank is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Showtime Networks Inc., having assumed that role in 1995. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President, Marketing, where he oversaw all of the networks' consumer marketing, creative services and public relations functions. Before joining Showtime Networks in 1988, Mr. Blank worked for Home Box Office Inc. for 12 years, departing as Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing.
Mr. Blank is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors decades of service in the entertainment industry, with special knowledge and understanding of our target demographic consumer behavior and “pop culture.” He also provides expertise in corporate governance and compensation based on his years of serving as a CEO.
Matthew A. Carey has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Mr. Carey is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Home Depot. Before joining The Home Depot in 2008, Mr. Carey served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at eBay. Prior to joining eBay in 2006, Mr. Carey spent more than 20 years with Wal-Mart, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Carey also served on the board of directors of TransUnion from 2009 to 2012.
Mr. Carey is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors his experience with various global retail and digital-based companies. His extensive service as an executive technology officer at such companies provides him with the knowledge and leadership experience necessary to serve as Chairman of our Technology Committee.
Stephen Cornick has served on our Board of Directors since May 2015. Mr. Cornick is currently the Managing Member of Cornick Capital Management LLC, a software development and early stage investment and advisory firm. Previously, from 2003-2010, he was a Managing Principal and a Director of Research for Halcyon Asset Management LLC. Prior to joining Halcyon, Mr. Cornick was the Vice President of Operations and Development for MessageOne, an enterprise email management service which he helped launch. Mr. Cornick began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston as an analyst in the retail, apparel and textile industries group. He has served as a trustee of the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School and currently serves as a director of EarlyShares.com, Inc., a debt and equity crowdfunding platform as well as an advisor to Shuttlecloud, a cloud data migration and management company.
Mr. Cornick is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors his extensive experience in finance as well as in the areas of technology, new media, and ecommerce.
Thomas Coughlin has served on our Board of Directors since August 2011 and served as a consultant to the Company for one year prior to his appointment to our Board of Directors. Mr. Coughlin spent a majority of his career with Wal-Mart, starting in 1979 in Wal-Mart’s security division, rising to Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman as a member of the company’s board of directors, stepping down in 2005. During his tenure at Wal-Mart, he held positions in loss prevention, human resources, and operations and is widely recognized as a pioneer in leading the adoption of advanced information technologies, including radio frequency identifications, to transform business processes and operational efficiency in retail.
Mr. Coughlin is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors his years of expertise in the retail operations and management, which is of particular value to our business.
Peter A. Georgescu has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Mr. Georgescu is Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., and served as that company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 until his retirement in January 2000. Until May 2011, Mr. Georgescu served as a director of International Flavors & Fragrances. He has served on the board of directors of eight public companies, most recently Toys “R” Us, Inc., EMI Group PLC and Levi Strauss & Co., and chaired committees in each critical area: audit, nominating and governance and compensation. Mr. Georgescu continues to serve on the board of New York Presbyterian Hospital and several other not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Georgescu is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors his extensive contributions in the marketing and advertising industry as well as his financial expertise through decades of service in the consumer products industry. In addition, Mr. Georgescu brings his significant prior experience as a director on boards of other publicly traded companies.
Sir Ronald Hampel has served on our Board of Directors since May 2011. Sir Ronnie has been Chairman of ISG (International Stadia Group), which provides forecasting and other consulting services to stadia and arenas, since January 2010. He previously spent 44 years with Imperial Chemical Industries PLC, a British chemical company, where he joined the board in 1985, became Chief Operating Officer in 1991, Chief Executive Officer in 1993 and was Chairman from 1995-1999. He was knighted in the 1995 New Year’s Honours. He was a Non-Executive Director of Powell Duffryn PLC from 1983-1988, of Commercial Union Plc from 1987-1995, of BAE SYSTEMS plc from 1989-2002, of Alcoa Inc. from 1995-2005, of TI Automotive from 2007-2009, an Advisory Director of Teijin (Japan) from 2000-2005, Chairman of United Business Media from 1999-2002, and Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust from 2003-2007.
Sir Ronnie is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors decades of service in various industries, including sales, marketing and business forecasting, and corporate governance, which are of particular value to the Company. Sir Ronnie chaired the UK Committee on Corporate Governance formed in 1995 at the request of the then Government, the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). The Hampel Committee established certain principles of governance emphasizing the need for full accountability of boards and full disclosure of governance issues, which are now attached to the listing rules of the London Stock Exchange.
Kenneth G. Langone has served on our Board of Directors since July 2010; until July 31, 2013, he was Chairman of the Board. From August 2010 until February 2013, Mr. Langone served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Langone is the founder and, since 1974, has been Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Invemed Associates, LLC, a New York Stock Exchange firm engaged in investment banking and brokerage. He is a co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc. and was a director and member of the executive committee of its board for 30 years. He has served on the board of Unifi, Inc. since 1969. He has also served as a director of YUM! Brands from 1997 to 2012, of ChoicePoint, Inc. from 2002 to 2008, and of General Electric Co. from 1999 to 2005.
Mr. Langone brings operating and management experience, including as chief executive officer of a financial services business, expertise in finance, strategic planning and business development and public company directorship and committee experience to the Company as a result of his professional experiences. Among other qualifications, Mr. Langone's experiences provide the Board of Directors with, among other things, financial and strategic planning expertise important to the oversight of the Company’s financial reporting and business strategy implementation.
Frank A. Riddick, III has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Mr. Riddick is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Shale-Inland Holdings, LLC, a privately held stainless steel, pipe valve and fitting supplier principally to the petrochemical and food industries. Prior to such role, Mr. Riddick was the Chairman and Executive Chairman of Shale-Inland. From March 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Riddick was the Chief Executive Officer of JMC Steel Group, a manufacturer of steel tubular, where he had been the Chief Operating Officer since August 2009. Prior to that, he was a consultant for TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, a New York and London based private equity firm from May 2008 to August 2009. Mr. Riddick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Formica Corporation, a manufacturer of surfacing materials, from January 2002 to April 2008. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. from February 2000 to November 2001 where he also was Chief Executive Officer of Triangle Pacific Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Armstrong. From March 1995 to February 2000, he was Chief Financial Officer of Armstrong. Mr. Riddick has previously served as Controller and Treasurer of Chicago-based FMC Corporation. Mr. Riddick also serves as a board member and chairman of the audit committee and member of the nominating and governance committee of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and is a former director of GrafTech International Ltd, a manufacturer of graphite and carbon products. Mr. Riddick also serves on the board of visitors of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Mr. Riddick is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors decades of financial, executive and other operational experience. His extensive service as an executive financial officer with various companies provides him with the knowledge and leadership experience necessary to serve as Chairman of our Audit Committee.
Eric Semler has served on our Board of Directors since July 2013. Mr. Semler has served as the President and Portfolio Manager at TCS Capital Management, LLC since 2001; and Semler Fund Limited. Mr. Semler is the Founder of TCS Capital Management, LLC. He serves as the managing member of TCS Capital GP, LLC. He served as Managing Director of WaterView Advisors, L.L.C. Prior to TCS, Mr. Semler was employed at Georgica Advisors LLC in 1998. From 1997 to 1998, he was a principal in the media and communications group at Montgomery Securities. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Semler was an associate at BT Wolfensohn. He began his career as a journalist for The New York Times. He serves as a director of Personal, Inc., and Van Cortlandt Park Conservatory.
Mr. Semler is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors financial and executive experience with various companies, particularly in the areas of technology, media, and ecommerce.
Derek V. Smith has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010 and has served as Lead Director since March 2011. Mr. Smith has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Global Prescience, an interdisciplinary non-profit research, education and service organization, from 2008. Mr. Smith also serves as the Chairman of the Game of Golf Institute. From 1997 until 2008, Mr. Smith was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChoicePoint Inc., a data services provider and aggregation company. Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium. He also is a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
Mr. Smith is independent, and among other qualifications, he brings to the Board of Directors decades of service with various companies, particularly in the areas of technology and information processing, analysis, data protection all of which are important to our business. He has been involved with the creation of technology driven businesses including identity theft, and data management and protection.