Michael Bell is a veteran CEO and entrepreneur in the software industry. For the past 20 years Mr. Bell has served as a senior executive and chief executive in early-stage startups through public company executive roles. Mr. Bell currently leads Infrascale as its President. He oversees all sales, marketing and finance operations for Infrascale and its products. Mr. Bell manages all Infrascale staff and operating locations worldwide, including Los Angeles, Ukraine and India. Prior to Infrascale, he served as president of a leading B2B SaaS company in the logistics industry, 3PL Central. In 2007, Mr. Bell launched Software.com. He took it from a strategic vision and transformed it into a fast-growing operating entity, achieving break-even within its first year of operation. Mr. Bell also founded Encore Software and served as its CEO for fourteen years.
Until he took a hands-on role at QLess, Alex Moullé-Berteaux had been Head of Marketing of Rockstar Games, Inc., from March 2007 and 2012. Mr. Moullé-Berteaux has a wealth of marketing experience. He joined Rockstar Games from TBWA/Media Arts Lab in Los Angeles, where he served as Worldwide Group Account Director for the Apple account. At TBWA, Mr. Moullé-Berteaux led the development of worldwide marketing campaigns of Mac, iPod, iTunes and iPhone.
Mr. Bernie Brenner serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at TrueCar, Inc. Mr. Brenner has been Executive Vice President, Consumer initiatives of Zag.com Inc. since October 2008 and is responsible for all its Business and Product Development, Marketing, Partner Relationship Management and Zag’s customer satisfaction initiatives. He is a Co-Founder of Zag.com Inc. Mr. Brenner served as Executive Vice President, Business Development of Zag.com Inc. until October 2008. He founded PromiseMark in 1997, which is widely regarded as the innovator of identity theft protection services. Before joining Zag in 2005, he served as Vice President, Business Development of Carfax Inc. At Carfax, he ran business development and was responsible for Carfax’s strategic partnerships with OEMs and online marketing partners. Mr. Brenner founded 1-800-CARSEARCH in early 1990s and served as its Vice President.
Mr. Mark Brosso founded Health Market Science, Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Brosso served as the visionary for Market Science product development efforts. Through his experience in marketing, consulting and data analysis, Mr. Brosso has created the structure for the Market Science technology. Prior to founding Health Market Science in 1999, Mr. Brosso founded and ran multiple healthcare and information technology companies, commercializing new technologies, delivery channels, and analytical techniques. He started his career in sales and sales management within the pharmaceutical and medical products industries, working for industry leaders such as Fisher, Bard, and Marion Laboratories. He has 18 years of extensive healthcare experience in multiple areas, from pharmaceutical sales, to equipment sales, to sales of medical services. Mr. Brosso co-founded, established and sold a diagnostic services company and has developed an exceptional understanding of the breadth of the healthcare data market. Mr. Brosso has served in a managerial, business development, and sales capacity with companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare analytics. He serves as a Director of Health Market Science, Inc. He served as a Director of SmartAnalyst, Inc. Mr. Brosso did his graduate and undergraduate work at Shippensburg University, where he received a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing.
Dr. Queue, Richard Larson
Dr. Larson received his Ph.D. from MIT. He is author, co-author or editor of six books and author of over 75 scientific articles, primarily in the fields of technology-enabled education, urban service systems (esp. emergency response systems), queueing, logistics and workforce planning.
He served as President of ORSA, (1993-4), and is Past-President of INFORMS, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, Johnson Controls, EDS, United Artists Cinemas, Union Carbide Corp., Rand Corp., the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Predictive Networks, WebCT, Hibernia College in Ireland, Hong Kong University and the U.S. Department of Justice. With outside companies on which he serves as board member, Dr. Larson has undertaken major projects with Citibank, American Airlines, Actmedia/Turner Broadcasting, the U.S. Postal Service, the City of New York, Jenny Craig, Conagra, Diebold, BOC and other firms and organizations. Dr. Larson’s research on queues has not only resulted in new computational techniques (e.g., the Queue Inference Engine and the Hypercube Queueing Model), but has also been covered extensively in national media (e.g., ABC TV’s 20/20). Dr. Larson has served as Co-Director of the MIT Operations Research Center (over 15 years in that post). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is an INFORMS Founding Fellow. He has been honored with the INFORMS President’s Award and the Kimball Medal. He is founding Director of MIT’s new Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals.
Iván Markman is Chief Operating and Financial Officer of MarketShare. Before joining MarketShare Iván was with Yahoo!. As Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Yahoo! he led product portfolio reviews to enable focus and growth. Earlier he served as Vice President of Operations Finance where he drove key business planning, analytics, and financial initiatives for Yahoo!’s largest operating units with annual revenue in excess of $5 billion. Among his accomplishments, Markman cut costs and managed resources to increase efficiency and fund growth. Earlier in his career at Yahoo!, he drove the strategy and planning of the global expansion of multi-million dollar U.S. products.
Mr. Kabbani is a global multidisciplinary CEO with a distinguished career creating value in the Fintech and Services industries. He joins our advisory board from ACT Holdings where he spent five years building the company into a major Business Process Outsourcing services player and decupling the Entreprise Value. Prior to that, he spent twelve years at Western Union, helping it grow to a multi-billion dollar revenue business, working from various locations in the U.S., Beirut, Dubai, Paris, and Brussels. He was also CEO of an on-line payment processing venture that pioneered innovative settlement and consumer protection products. He has led a venture capital funded startup which grew through nine acquisitions to become a major player in the money transfer industry. Throughout his career, Kabbani has managed multiple M&A deals on both the buy and sell side, along with various rounds of financing. Kabbani speaks 5 languages, majored in economics and holds an MBA in finance from the American University of Beirut.
Gitta Salomon brings over 20 years experience as a practicing interaction designer. Her work includes product strategy, definition, and development for consumer and enterprise products. Since founding Swim over 16 years ago, she has successfully translated user-centered research into interfaces for a wide range of products from airplane cockpits at Boeing to Apple, IBM, Nike, Webex, Kodak and Microsoft.
Prior to founding Swim, Gitta was Worldwide Director of Interaction Design at IDEO Product Development. While at IDEO, her work included new entertainment systems for Sony, digital imaging directions for Kodak, an interactive showroom for SteelCase and workshops for Times Mirror and NEC. Gitta joined IDEO after more than six years as a Researcher and Team Leader within the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer.
Gitta has published extensively in the design and human-computer interface communities, holds several interface design patents, and has presented internationally. She has taught at San Francisco State University and the Royal College of Art in London. She received her Masters degree from the MIT’s Media Laboratory. Her undergraduate work was in mathematics at UCLA.
Ms. Wood serves as a non-executive director of Invesco & Coca Cola Enterprises. She is currently a principal at CompaniesWood and served as Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and in other capacities at Brown-Forman Corporation from 2001 until her retirement in 2008. Prior to Brown-Forman, Ms. Wood was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Propel Corporation (a subsidiary of Motorola) from 2000 to 2001. Previously, Ms. Wood served in various capacities during her tenure at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) from 1976 to 2000. Ms. Wood currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (audit and compensation committees), Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (audit and affiliated transaction committees), as well as on the boards of trustees for the University of Louisville, the Gheens Foundation and the American Printing House for the Blind. From 2001 to 2011 Ms. Wood was a member of the board of trustees for Smith College. Ms. Wood received her A.B. degree from Smith College and her M.B.A. from University of California Los Angeles.
Private Investor and Fortune 500 CEO
As a private investor, he is the chairman of a private foundation that he and his wife established in 1989. He is a Member of the Board of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and of the Caltech Investment Committee. He was founder, chairman, and CEO of Fortune 500 Company, which he grew from inception to its subsequent sale. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications in science and technology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UCLA and master’s and PhD degrees in materials science from Caltech.