Board of Directors
Background information about those individuals who are expected to serve as directors of LendingTree.com, Inc. appears below.
Douglas Lebda is our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors and has served in such capacities since January 2008. Mr. Lebda is also a member of our Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. Lebda served as President and Chief Operating Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp from January 2006 to August 2008, when the company was spun-off from IAC/InterActiveCorp. Prior to that, Mr. Lebda served in roles as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LendingTree, LLC, which he founded in June 1996. Before founding LendingTree, Mr. Lebda worked as an auditor and consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Lebda is a member of the Board of Directors of Eastman Kodak. In January 2012, Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Mr. Lebda, the founder of LendingTree, LLC, provides our Board of Directors with a vital understanding and appreciation of the company’s business and history. His experience as Chief Operating Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp, a large conglomerate of Internet companies, as well as his financial and accounting expertise, also qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors. Mr. Lebda also brings to our Board of Directors a valuable understanding of the role played by directors of publicly-held companies due to his service on the board of Eastman Kodak.
Robin Henderson has served as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. Ms. Henderson is a member of our Audit Committee and a member of our Executive Committee. Ms. Henderson currently serves as Senior Director, Private Capital Group, of RXR Realty, which owns and manages over $6.5 billion of real estate comprised of 108 properties containing 20 million square feet. Ms. Henderson joined RXR in February 2010. She is responsible for sourcing institutional capital partners for both RXR’s asset level joint ventures and discretionary funds. Since joining RXR, Ms. Henderson has led the effort in raising approximately $2.7 billion of equity to fund RXR’s New York City office portfolio. From May 1998 to December 2009, Ms. Henderson was with Wachovia Securities, ultimately serving as Vice President within Real Estate Corporate Finance with a focus in Real Estate Private Equity.
Peter Horan has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2008. Mr. Horan is also Chair of our Compensation Committee and Chair of our Nominating Committee. Mr. Horan is currently the founder of Horan Media Tech Advisors. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Answers Corporation. He was previously Executive Chairman of SocialChorus, a provider of software to automate and streamline social influence marketing. He previously served as Chairman of Goodmail Systems, Inc., a provider of e-mail authentication services, from February 2010 to February 2011, and he served as Chief Executive Officer of that company from May 2008 until February 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Horan served as Chief Executive Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp Media & Advertising from January 2007 to June 2008. Prior to joining IAC, Mr. Horan served as Chief Executive Officer of AllBusiness.com, Inc., which operates a website providing advice for small businesses, About.com, Inc., an internet resource providing expert advice on a wide variety of topics, and DevX.com, Inc., a provider of technical information, tools and services for IT professionals developing corporate applications. Additionally, Mr. Horan served in senior management roles at International Data Group, a technology media, events and research company, including its Computerworld publication for IT leaders. Prior to that, Mr. Horan spent more than 15 years in senior account management roles at leading advertising agencies, including BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather. Mr. Horan is also a member of the Board of Directors of Merchant Circle, a private company that helps people find local merchants.
Mr. Horan brings to our Board of Directors his diverse executive and management experience as well as a significant knowledge of the Internet media and advertising industries. He also provides our Board of Directors with financial reporting expertise and a unique perspective from his experience in account management positions in the advertising industry.
Neal Dermer has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2013. Mr. Dermer is also a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Dermer has served as a Vice President and the Treasurer of Liberty Interactive Corporation (including its predecessors, “Liberty Interactive”) and Liberty Media Corporation (including its predecessor) since November 2011. He has held a number of positions with Liberty Interactive since 1995, and previously, he was an auditor with KPMG. Mr. Dermer has held an active Certified Professional Accountant license since 1992. Mr. Dermer was nominated to our Board of Directors by Liberty Interactive Corporation in accordance with the terms of the Spinco Agreement described under “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions—Agreements with Liberty Interactive Corporation,” below.
Mr. Dermer brings extensive business and executive management experience to our Board of Directors. As a Certified Professional Accountant, Mr. Dermer provides our Board with significant financial and capital markets experience.
Steven Ozonian has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2011 and is Chair of our Executive Committee. Mr. Ozonian currently serves as Chief Real Estate Officer of Carrington Capital. He previously served as a member of our Board of Directors from August 2008 to November 2010. He resigned from the Board of Directors effective November 1, 2010 to join the Company as Chief Executive Officer of its proprietary full service real estate brokerage business known as RealEstate.com, REALTORS®. On March 15, 2011, the Company announced that it had finalized a plan to close all of the field offices of RealEstate.com and, on March 31, 2011, Mr. Ozonian resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the division. Prior to his employment at the Company, Mr. Ozonian served as the Executive Chairman of Global Mobility Solutions, an employee mobility provider, from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Ozonian has held other high level positions in the homeownership industry including Chairman and CEO of Prudential’s real estate and related businesses, CEO of Realtor.com and National Homeownership Executive for Bank of America.
Mr. Ozonian provides our Board of Directors with valuable real estate industry and mergers and acquisitions expertise. He has significant executive experience and a deep understanding of the functions of a board of directors acquired through service as chairman of other corporations.
Saras Sarasvathy is Isidore Horween Research Professor at University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on high performance entrepreneurship ranging from starting and growing new ventures to creating and fostering high value partnerships that result in enduring and innovative businesses. Sarasvathy has also worked with thousands of entrepreneurs around the world and has helped train hundreds of entrepreneurship educators and growth-oriented service providers. Through her research and practical experience co-founding five ventures of her own, Sarasvathy brings to Lending Tree valuable insights and best practices for the development of new products and a global understanding of innovative funding mechanisms.
Craig Troyer has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2014. Mr. Troyer has served as a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Liberty Interactive Corporation (including its predecessors, “Liberty Interactive”) and Liberty Media Corporation (including its predecessor) since November 2011. He has held a number of positions with Liberty Interactive since October 2005. Prior to joining Liberty Interactive, he was a corporate transactional attorney with Baker Botts, L.L.P. Mr. Troyer is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Troyer brings extensive experience in business and corporate transactions to the Board.