Board of Directors
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 Chair of our Transactions 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, 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.
Steven Ozonian has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2011. Mr. Ozonian also serves as our Lead Independent Director, Chair of our Audit Committee and Chair of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Ozonian currently serves as CEO of the Williston Financial Group and serves on its Board of Directors. 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 our company as Chief Executive Officer of its proprietary full service real estate brokerage business known as RealEstate.com, REALTORS®. In March 2011, we announced that we had finalized a plan to close all of the field offices of RealEstate.com and Mr. Ozonian resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the division. Prior to his employment at our company, Mr. Ozonian served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Mobility Solutions, a global provider of human resources and real estate services. 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of Attom Data, a real estate data services company. Mr. Ozonian is also a member of the Board of Directors of Inside Real Estate, a real estate software services provider to the residential real estate industry.
Mr. Ozonian provides our Board of Directors with valuable large public company leadership experience 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 corporate boards.
Gabriel Dalporto has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2017. Mr. Dalporto is also a member of the Transactions Committee. From August 2017 to February 2018, Mr. Dalporto also served as Executive Advisor to the CEO of the Company. Mr. Dalporto has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Udacity, Inc., a technology skills digital education platform, since August 2019. From August 2017 to February 2018, Mr. Dalporto also served as Executive Advisor to the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Dalporto held various positions within the Company, including serving as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 to August 2017, Chief Marketing Officer from April 2011 to June 2015, and President of Mortgage from March 2013 to June 2015. Before joining the Company, Mr. Dalporto served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atomic Financial, Inc., a startup online investing platform, from January 2010 to April 2011. He served as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Zecco Holdings, Inc., an online brokerage company, from January 2007 to December 2009. Mr. Dalporto served as Vice President at E*Trade Financial from August 2004 to November 2006 and as Vice President at JPMorgan Chase from September 2003 to July 2004. Additionally, Mr. Dalporto was elected as director of Guitar Center Holdings, Inc. in December 2018.
Mr. Dalporto brings executive management, financial and capital markets experience, and in-depth digital marketing experience to our Board of Directors.
Thomas M. Davidson, Jr. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. Mr. Davidson is also the Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Davidson is the co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer of EverFi, Inc., a software-as-a-service education technology company headquartered in Washington, D.C., from inception in 2008 to December 2021. EverFi was acquired by Blackbaud, Inc. in December 2021, and Mr. Davidson now serves as Executive Vice President of Blackbaud and President of EverFi. Prior to founding EverFi, Inc., Mr. Davidson was a venture capitalist at Village Ventures from 2007-2009 with a focus on early-stage technology companies in the education and social media spaces. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Davidson served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives where he served as Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee and was a senior member of the Taxation Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Business and Economic Development Committee.
Mr. Davidson also serves on the board of DC Public Education Fund.
Mr. Davidson brings technology expertise, executive management and government affairs experience to our Board of Directors.
Mark Ernst has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2022. Mr. Ernst is also a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Ernst has served as the Managing Partner of Bellevue Capital LLC, a private investment firm, since May 2018. Prior to joining Bellevue, Mr. Ernst served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Fiserv, Inc., a financial services technology company, from January 2011 to April 2018, where he had oversight responsibility for the major operating businesses and support organizations of the enterprise, with a focus on enterprise-wide quality improvement and product management efforts. Mr. Ernst previously served as Deputy Commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service from January 2009 to November 2010. Mr. Ernst served in various executive roles at H&R Block, Inc., including as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2007 and as Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining H&R Block, Mr. Ernst served in various executive roles at American Express Company. Mr. Ernst currently serves as the Chairman of the board of directors of the Financial Health Network, a consumer-focused financial services advocacy organization and is a director and officer of the Ernst Family Foundation. He serves on the board of Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR) and previously served on the boards of Great Plains Energy Incorporated (now Evergy Nasdaq: EVRG), Knight-Ridder Inc. (formerly NYSE: KRI) and SAIA, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAIA). Mr. Ernst received Bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting from Drake University, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. From the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has served on its Advisory Board.
Mr. Ernst brings extensive relevant industry and executive experience and knowledge to the Board, having spent 30 years in the financial services industry, including financial product management, operational, capital allocation and strategy development experience. Mr. Ernst also has significant experience leading merger and acquisition processes.
Robin Henderson has served as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. Ms. Henderson is also a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Audit Committee. Ms. Henderson is Senior Director, Private Capital Group, of RXR Realty, which manages commercial real estate properties and investments with an aggregate gross asset value of approximately $20.8 billion, comprising approximately 26.5 million square feet of commercial properties, inclusive of a multi-family residential portfolio of approximately 7,100 units under operation or development. Ms. Henderson joined RXR in February 2010. She is responsible for sourcing institutional capital for both the company’s asset level joint ventures and discretionary funds. Since joining RXR, Ms. Henderson has led the effort in raising approximately $9 billion of equity. 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.
Ms. Henderson brings to our Board of Directors extensive real estate industry, finance and capital markets experience. Ms. Henderson also provides our Board of Directors with extensive executive and management experience.
Diego Rodriguez has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2022. Mr. Rodriguez is also a member of the Transactions Committee. From 2017 to 2021, Mr. Rodriguez was an Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Design Officer at Intuit, Inc. Prior to joining Intuit, Mr. Rodriguez was a Partner and Global Managing Partner at IDEO LP. As Global Managing Director of IDEO Futures he managed the creation of growth ventures, and funded and incubated a portfolio of external startups. At the start of his career Mr. Rodriguez developed leading-edge products as an engineer at HP and IDEO, and later marketed the pioneering online version of QuickBooks. He holds multiple patents. Mr. Rodriguez served on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. He is a founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. Mr. Rodriguez is currently a Global Advisor to Harvard Business School. Mr. Rodriguez has served as a Professor of the Practice in the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State University since 2016. Mr. Rodriguez has served on the board of EngageSmart, Inc. (NYSE: ESMT) since January 2022.
Mr. Rodriguez brings extensive executive experience at a technology company and in the fintech space, product management and development, and growth venture experience to our Board of Directors.
Saras Sarasvathy has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2015. Ms. Sarasvathy is also a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Sarasvathy is the Paul M. Hammaker Research Professor of Business Administration 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. Ms. 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, Ms. Sarasvathy brings to our company valuable insights and best practices for the development of new products and a global understanding of innovative funding mechanisms.
G. Kennedy Thompson has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. He also serves as a member of our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and our Transactions Committee. Mr. Thompson was a partner of Aquiline Capital Partners, a New York based private equity firm, from 2009 until his retirement in April 2018. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Thompson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia Corporation. Mr. Thompson served in numerous industry leadership positions including Chairman of the Clearing House, Chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable, Chairman of the Financial Services Forum and President of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. Mr. Thompson serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: PNFP), and Insteel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: IIIN).
Mr. Thompson brings extensive financial services expertise, public company leadership experience and executive management experience to our Board of Directors.