Bob Marino has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since April 2011. Mr. Marino joined us in August 2005 and previously served as our President from December 2010 to April 2011. Prior to that, he also served as our Chief Operating Officer, as well as Vice President, Operations starting in August 2005. From December 2003 to May 2005, Mr. Marino served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cuisine Innovations, LLP, a manufacturer of hors d'oeuvres in North America. From February 1999 to November 2003, he served as Vice President and General Manager of various divisions of Tyson Foods, Inc., a food production company. Mr. Marino received a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from Rider University.
Fred E. Durham III Co-Founder and Strategic Research Director
Fred E. Durham III is a Co-Founder and serves as our Strategic Research Director. From April-December 2011, Mr. Durham was our Chief Product Officer. Mr. Durham has served as a member of our board of directors since August 1999 and from August 1999 to April 2011 he served as our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Durham received a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.
Brad W. Buss Director
Brad W. Buss has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2007, and since August 2005 has been the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY), a semiconductor design and manufacturing company. Prior to joining Cypress, Mr. Buss served as Vice President of Finance at Altera Corp. a semiconductor design and manufacturing company, from March 2000 to March 2001 and from October 2001 to August 2005. From March 2001 to October 2001, Mr. Buss served as the Chief Financial Officer of Zaffire, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of optical networking equipment, and has served on the board of directors of, and as chairman of the audit committee of, Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, since November 2009. Mr. Buss received a B.A. degree majoring in economics from McMaster University and an honors business administration degree, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Windsor.
Mr. Buss's executive experience and financial and accounting expertise with private companies and large public companies provides valuable insight for the members of our board of directors.
Patrick J. Connolly has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2007. Mr. Connolly has held various positions in direct marketing and e-commerce at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., a specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware, since 1979. Mr. Connolly has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Williams-Sonoma since 2000. Mr. Connolly has served on the board of directors of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) since 1983 and has served on the board of directors for the Direct Marketing Association and on the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Connolly received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Mr. Connolly's extensive marketing experience and experience in the direct-to-consumer retail and e-commerce industry provides valuable insight into our industry.
Michael Dearing has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2011. Since August 2006, Mr. Dearing has been a Consulting Associate Professor at the Institute of Design at Stanford and has been with Harrison Metal Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, since he founded the firm in March 2008. From January 2000 until June 2006, Mr. Dearing held various leadership positions at eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY), an online auction and shopping website, including Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager. Mr. Dearing received an A.B. degree in economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Dearing's marketing experience and his experience in the online retail industry provides valuable insight for our board of directors.
Member of the Audit Committee
Diane M. Irvine Director
Diane M. Irvine has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2012. Most recently Ms. Irvine served as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Inc., an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. She currently serves on the board of directors for Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP) and has previously served on the boards of directors for Blue Nile (Nasdaq:NILE), Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. and Davidson Companies. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Inc., Ms. Irvine also held roles as President and as Chief Financial Officer of Blue Nile. Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, a timberland management and wood products company. Ms. Irvine was also previously a partner with Coopers and Lybrand. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Member of the Audit Committee
Douglas M. Leone Director
Douglas M. Leone has served as a member of our board of directors since January, 2005. Mr. Leone has been at Sequoia Capital, L.P., a venture capital firm, since July 1988 and has been a general partner since 1993. Mr. Leone serves on the board of directors of Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a provider of wireless LAN switching systems. Mr. Leone received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in industrial engineering from Columbia University and an M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.