Jeremy Stoppelman is our co-founder and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception in 2004 and as a member of our board of directors since September 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Stoppelman served as the Vice President of Engineering at PayPal, Inc., an online payment company, from February 2000 to June 2003. Prior to PayPal, Mr. Stoppelman was a software engineer at Excite@Home, an Internet search provider, from August 1999 to January 2000. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois. Mr. Stoppelman brings to our board of directors the perspective gained from his experience as one of our founders and our Chief Executive Officer and his experience in the Internet industry.
Geoff Donaker joined Yelp in 2005 and has been a member of our board of directors since 2010. As our Chief Operating Officer from 2006 through 2016, Mr. Donaker helped to orchestrate our geographic expansion, build our revenue lines and hire our management team. Prior to joining us, Mr. Donaker served in several roles at eBay Inc., an Internet marketplace, including Director of International Categories and Director of Collectibles, from 2001 to 2005. Prior to eBay, he held various management and marketing roles at Internet companies, including Voter.com, Excite@Home and Excite, from 1998 through 2000. Mr. Donaker began his career with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) from 1995 to 1998. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Donaker brings to our board of directors his experience in the Internet industry and the perspective gained from working with us since our early stages.
Fred Anderson has served on our board of directors since February 2011. Mr. Anderson has been a Managing Director of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm focused on the media and entertainment industry, since July 2004. From March 1996 to June 2004, Mr. Anderson served as
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple Inc., a manufacturer of personal computers and related software. Prior to joining Apple, Mr. Anderson was Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., an electronic transaction processing firm, from August 1992 to March 1996. On April 24, 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission
(the “SEC”) filed a complaint against Mr. Anderson and another former officer of Apple. The complaint alleged that Mr. Anderson failed to take steps to ensure that the accounting for an option granted in
2001 to certain executives of Apple, including himself, was proper. Simultaneously with the filing of the complaint, Mr. Anderson settled with the SEC, neither admitting nor denying the allegations in the complaint. In connection with the settlement, Mr. Anderson agreed to a permanent injunction from future violations of Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 16(a) of the
Exchange Act and Rules 13b2-2 and 16a-3 thereunder, and from aiding and abetting future violations of Sections 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A), 13(b)(2)(B), and 14(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 12b-20, 13a-1, 13a-13, and 14a-9 thereunder. He also agreed to disgorge approximately $3.5 million in profits and interest from the option he received and to pay a civil penalty of $150,000. Under the terms of the settlement, Mr. Anderson may continue to act as an officer or director of public companies.
Mr. Anderson also served on the Board of Apple from June 2004 to June 2006, E.Piphany, Inc. from
May 2003 to September 2005 and Palm, Inc. from September 2007 to July 2010. Mr. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of eBay, Inc. and Move, Inc. Mr. Anderson holds a B.A. from Whittier College and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. The board of directors believes Mr. Anderson’s extensive global financial management expertise as the former Chief
Financial Officer of global technology firms gives him the experience, qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Peter Fenton has served on our board of directors since September 2006. Since May 2006,
Mr. Fenton has been a General Partner at Benchmark Capital, a venture capital firm, where his investment interests include software, digital media, and technology-enabled services. Prior to joining
Benchmark, Mr. Fenton was a Managing Partner at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm, from
October 1999 to May 2006. Prior to joining the venture capital community, he was General Manager of
Video at Autonomy Virage, Inc., a multimedia information retrieval company, from April 1996 to April
1998. He holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University. Mr. Fenton was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive background in and experience with the venture capital industry, providing guidance and counsel to a wide variety of Internet and technology companies and serving on the boards of directors of a range of private companies.
Mr. Gibbs is a senior campaign advisor to President Barack Obama. From January 2009 to February 2011, he served as the 28th White House Press Secretary. Mr. Gibbs was the communications director for then- U.S. Senator Obama and for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Previously, Mr. Gibbs was press secretary of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and has previously specialized in Senate campaigns, having served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998. Gibbs graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science from North Carolina State University.
Diane Irvine has served on our board of directors since November 2011. Ms. Irvine served as
Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Inc., an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, from February
2008 to November 2011 and as President from February 2007 to November 2011. Ms. Irvine also served as a director of Blue Nile from May 2001 to November 2011, and she served as Chief Financial
Officer of Blue Nile from December 1999 to September 2007. From February 1994 to May 1999, Ms.
Irvine served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., a timberland management and wood products company. From September 1981 to February 1994, Ms.
Irvine served in various capacities, most recently as a partner, with Coopers and Lybrand LLP, an accounting firm. Ms. Irvine formerly served on the board of directors of Ticketmaster Entertainment,
Inc., a live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, from August 2008 to January 2010 and
Davidson Companies, an investment banking and asset management company from January 1998 to
January 2009. Ms. Irvine holds a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Ms. Irvine was selected to serve on our board of directors due to her financial expertise and extensive experience in public company management.
Jeremy Levine has served on our board of directors since November 2005. Mr. Levine is a
Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, which he joined in May 2001, where his investment interests include entrepreneurial startups and high growth companies in various industries, including consumer Internet, consumer software and business software and services. Prior to joining
Bessemer, Mr. Levine was Vice President of Operations at Dash.com Inc., an Internet software publisher from June 1999 to May 2001. Prior to Dash, Mr. Levine was an Associate at AEA Investors, a management buyout firm, where he specialized in consumer products and light industrials, from July
1997 to June 1999. Previously, Mr. Levine was with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant from June 1995 to July 1997. Mr. Levine holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University. Mr. Levine was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive background in and experience with the venture capital industry, providing guidance and counsel to a wide variety of Internet and technology companies and serving on the boards of directors of a range of private companies.
Ms. Naficy is the founder and chief executive officer of Minted. She founded the online marketplace for independent design and art in 2007. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the general manager of the e-commerce division at The Body Shop. Previously, she co-founded Eve.com, the first online cosmetics retailer. Ms. Naficy sits on the Board of Every Mother Counts. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and is an alumna of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and Williams College.