Board of Directors
Stephan Schambach is the founder of Demandware and has served as the Chairman of our board of directors emeritus since July 2014. Mr. Schambach served as Chairman of our board of directors from our inception in February 2004 until July 2014. Mr. Schambach also served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from February 2004 until November 2007 and as our Executive Chairman from November 2007 until August 2010. Prior to founding Demandware, Mr. Schambach served as Chief Executive Officer of Intershop Communications AG, an e-commerce company that he founded in 1992 and brought public in 1998. As our founder, Mr. Schambach’s insight and expertise in the e-commerce industry, coupled with his extensive business and executive leadership experience, qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Thomas Ebling has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since October 2009 and as Chairman of our board of directors since July 2014. Mr. Ebling previously served on our Board from May 2006 until December 2007. From October 2007 until August 2009, Mr. Ebling served as Chief Executive Officer of Lattice Engines, Inc., a provider of sales and software solutions. Prior to joining Lattice Engines, Mr. Ebling served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of ProfitLogic, Inc., an optimization solutions company, from 2002 until it was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ebling served as Chief Executive Officer of Torrent Systems, Inc., a data warehousing and analytics software provider, and he held various leadership positions at Marcam Solutions, Inc., a software applications company. Mr. Ebling holds a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College. Mr. Ebling’s extensive executive leadership experience, comprehensive knowledge of our company and the software solutions industry make him a critical asset to our board of directors.
Jeffrey Barnett has served as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2013 and a member of our board of directors since July 2014. He joined Demandware in 2005 as Executive Vice President of Field Operations. He previously served as Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa of Siebel Systems, Inc., a software company, from December 2004 until September 2005. Prior to joining Siebel, Mr. Barnett served as Managing Director, International Operations of Edocs, Inc., a billing, payment, and account management software company, from May 2002 until December 2004, and as Vice President, International Sales and Marketing of Edocs from November 1999 until May 2002. Mr. Barnett holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Lawrence S. Bohn has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Mr. Bohn is a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm, which he joined in 2003. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Mr. Bohn served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of NetGenesis, a leading software and analytic solutions provider, from 1997 until 2001. Prior to NetGenesis, Mr. Bohn served as President of PC Docs, Inc. a developer of document management software for enterprise networks. He currently serves on the board of directors of several private software and technology companies, including BlackDuck, GoodData, HubSpot and Yottaa. Mr. Bohn holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in linguistics from Clark University. Mr. Bohn’s executive leadership experience, extensive experience in the fields of cloud computing and SaaS and business acumen qualify him to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Jill Granoff has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2011. She is currently a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Vince Holding Corp., a position she has held since May 2012. Vince is a leading contemporary fashion brand that became publicly traded on the NYSE in November 2013. From May 2012 until November 2013, Ms. Granoff also served as Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Company, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. Kellwood is a prominent fashion apparel company with a diversified brand portfolio including Rebecca Taylor, David Meister and XOXO and pre-IPO, Vince. Prior to Kellwood, Ms. Granoff served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. from May 2008 until February 2011. She previously served as Executive Vice President of Direct Brands at Liz Claiborne Inc., where she had global responsibility for Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand and Kate Spade from August 2006 until April 2008. Prior to joining Liz Claiborne, Ms. Granoff served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Victoria’s Secret Beauty, a division of Limited Brands. Before Victoria’s Secret, Ms. Granoff held various executive positions at The Estee Lauder Companies, last serving as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Finance and Information Systems for Estee Lauder, Inc. Ms. Granoff holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She is also a board member of the Fashion Institute of Technology Foundation. Ms. Granoff’s extensive business and executive leadership experience in the fashion and retail industries provides a breadth of relevant management, operational and financial qualifications to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Charles Kane has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2010. Mr. Kane is an adjunct professor of international finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Global BPO Services Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation, from July 2007 until March 2008, and as Chief Financial Officer of Global BPO from August 2007 until March 2008. Prior to joining Global BPO, he served as Chief Financial Officer of RSA Security Inc., a provider of e-security solutions, from May 2006 until RSA was acquired by EMC Corporation in October 2006. From 2003 until 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Aspen Technology, Inc., a provider of management software and professional services. Mr. Kane serves on the board of directors of One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit organization that provides computing and internet access for students in the developing world, for which he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 until 2009. Mr. Kane has served as a member of the board of directors of Progress Software Corp., a provider of infrastructure software, since November 2006. He also has served as a member of the board of directors of Borland Software Corp., a provider of open application lifecycle management solutions, from August 2007 until July 2009, Netezza Corporation from May 2005 until Netezza was acquired in November 2010, Carbonite, a data storage and restoration company, since July 2011, Realpage, a publicly traded company providing on demand software solutions for the rental housing industry, since August 2012 and Photobox, Ltd., a photo printing and publishing company, since November 2012. Mr. Kane is a CPA and holds a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in international finance from Babson College. Mr. Kane’s experience as a chief financial officer and senior executive officer of several public companies and his experience serving on the boards of directors of other public and private companies qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Jitendra Saxena has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2010. Mr. Saxena founded Netezza Corporation, a leading data warehouse appliance provider, in September 2000 and served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Netezza from its inception until January 2009. Mr. Saxena served as Chairman of Netezza’s board of directors from February 2009 until it was acquired by IBM in November 2010. Prior to founding Netezza, Mr. Saxena served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Applix, Inc., a provider of performance management applications, from 1983 until 2000. Mr. Saxena currently serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Mr. Saxena holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from IIT Mumbai, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. Mr. Saxena’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his decades of experience in the software industry and his leadership experience as chief executive officer of a publicly-traded company.
Dr. Leonard Schlesinger
Dr. Leonard Schlesinger has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2013 and as Lead Independent Director since July 2014. Dr. Schlesinger has served as the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School since July 2013. Dr. Schlesinger served as the President of Babson College from July 2008 until July 2013. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Schlesinger held various executive positions at Limited Brands, including Vice Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Operating Officer. While at Limited Brands, he was responsible for the operational and financial functions across the enterprise including Express, Limited Stores, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Bath and Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel and the White Barn Candle Company. Dr. Schlesinger has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain and as a director of numerous public and private retail, consumer products and technology companies. Dr. Schlesinger currently serves on the board of directors of Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc., a public home furnishings retail company. Dr. Schlesinger has also held leadership roles at leading MBA and executive education programs and other academic institutions, including twenty years at Harvard Business School where he served as the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration. Dr. Schlesinger holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University. Dr. Schlesinger’s more than 30 years of leadership and operational experience in retail, technology and academia qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Michael Skok has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Michael Skok is a serial entrepreneur of more than two decades turned investor for more than a decade and now he is also mentoring and teaching entrepreneurship. Most recently, Michael was a general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners from 2002 through 2014. Prior to joining North Bridge, Mr. Skok founded and led several software companies, including Symantec/UK and European Software Publishing. He currently serves on the board of directors of several private software and technology companies, including Acquia, RIFT.IO and Salsify, and as a founding advisor with Cazena. Mr. Skok holds a joint honors degree from Nottingham University in management science and engineering. Mr. Skok brings to our board of directors over 20 years of leadership experience in the software industry, including in the Open Source, Mobile, Big Data and Cloud Computing fields, and, with over a decade as an experienced venture capitalist, a keen understanding of the interplay between management and the board of directors.