Board of Directors
Stephan Schambach is the founder of Demandware and has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since our inception in February 2004. 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, make him an invaluable asset to our board of directors.
Thomas Ebling has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since October 2009. Mr. Ebling previously served on our board of directors 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 optimization software solutions. Prior to joining Lattice Engines, Mr. Ebling served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of ProfitLogic, Inc., a merchandising optimization solutions company, from May 2002 until it was acquired by Oracle Corporation in July 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 and attended Harvard Law School. Mr. Ebling’s extensive executive leadership experience, knowledge of our company and comprehensive knowledge of the software solutions industry make him a critical asset to our company and board of directors.
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.
Charles F. Kane has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2010. 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 whom he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 until 2009. Mr. Kane 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 July 2003 until May 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Aspen Technology, Inc., a provider of supply chain management software and professional services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kane served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Corechange, Inc., an enterprise software company, and he held financial positions with Stratus Computer, Inc., Prime Computer Inc., and Deloitte & Touche LLP. 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 served as member of the board of directors of Borland Software Corp., a provider of open application lifecycle management solutions, from August 2007 until July 2009, and Netezza Corporation, a leading warehouse appliance provider, from May 2005 until Netezza was acquired in November 2010. 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. He is an adjunct professor of international finance at the MIT Sloan Graduate Business School of Management. Mr. Kane’s experience as a senior executive officer at a number of public companies, including as chief financial officer of several of those 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 June 2007 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 and non-profit organizations. Mr. Saxena holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from IIT Mumbai, a 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 include his decades of experience in the software industry and his leadership experience as chief executive officer of a publicly-traded company.
Michael J. Skok has served as a member of our board of directors since 2004. Mr. Skok is a General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, which he joined in 2002. 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, Apperian and Unidesk. 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 SaaS and cloud computing fields, and, as an experienced venture capitalist, a keen understanding of the interplay between management and the board.
Jill Granoff has served as a member of our board of directors of Demandware since July 2011. Ms. Granoff is the Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Company and Vince. Kellwood is a prominent fashion apparel company with a diversified brand portfolio including Vince, Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, and XOXO. From May 2008 until February 2011, she served as CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., a publicly traded company that designs, sources and markets a broad range of fashion footwear, apparel and accessories. She previously served as Executive Vice President of Liz Claiborne, Inc., where she had global responsibility for Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, Kate Spade, and Liz Claiborne’s e-commerce and outlet businesses. Earlier in her career, Ms. Granoff was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Finance and Information Systems at The Estee Lauder Companies. She began her career in the strategic planning practice of AT Kearney. Ms. Granoff holds a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University. Ms. Granoff’s extensive business and executive leadership experience in the retail industry provides a breadth of relevant management, operational and financial qualifications to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Dr. Leonard Schlesinger
Dr. Leonard Schlesinger has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2013. Dr. Schlesinger currently serves as Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Schlesinger recently concluded a five year term (2008 to 2013) as the 12th President of Babson College. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Schlesinger held various executive positions at Limited Brands, including Vice Chairman of the Board 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 has also held leadership roles at esteemed academic institutions, including twenty years at Harvard Business School where he served as the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration, leading MBA and executive education programs. 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.