Board of Directors

DAVID S. BUZBY has been a director of Conversant since May 1999. Mr. Buzby is a San Francisco‑based investor and operator of entrepreneurial companies with experience in the internet and environmental industries. Mr. Buzby currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bright Plain Renewable Energy, a solar finance company, since May 2011. Mr. Buzby has been an investor and director of several private companies, including currently: Powergetics, Inc., a power storage company, since April 2010; SunRun, Inc., a residential solar service company, since January 2009; and GroSolar, Inc., a solar integrator, since December 2007. Previously, Mr. Buzby was an investor and a Board member of Eco2 Plastics, Inc., a plastic recycling company, from May 2007 to July 2010; an investor and Chairman of the Board of SunEdison, LLC, a solar integrator, from January 2005 to November 2009; and a Board member of Xunlight Corporation, a solar photovoltaic manufacturer, from August 2007 to September 2009. Mr. Buzby founded Reid Industries, a wholesale company, in April 2003, and serves as the company's CEO. Mr. Buzby graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
In addition to the substantial knowledge of our company and industry that Mr. Buzby has gained during his over ten years of service on our Board, Mr. Buzby is qualified to be a director of Conversant due to, among other factors, his over fifteen years of experience managing companies in various operational and finance roles, his involvement as both an investor and executive in companies operating in high-growth industries such as the internet and clean energy, and his experience as a director on the boards of other companies.

 

JAMES A. CROUTHAMEL has been a director of Conversant since July 2007. Mr. Crouthamel is the Principal of Old Town Capital, LLC where he has been an operating investor in early‑stage interactive marketing service and technology companies since March 2005. Mr. Crouthamel founded Performics, Inc. in 1998 and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer from inception through its acquisition by DoubleClick, Inc. in June 2004. From June 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Crouthamel served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager at DoubleClick, Inc., where he oversaw the operations of Performics. Mr. Crouthamel earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University. Mr. Crouthamel currently serves on the board of directors of privately-held AdGooroo LLC, an online marketing company.
Mr. Crouthamel is qualified to be a director of Conversant primarily due to his extensive senior management and entrepreneurial experience in the online marketing industry over a fifteen year period. Mr. Crouthamel has started, operated and sold businesses that are similar in nature to, or in the same industry as, Conversant.
JOHN GIULIANI joined Conversant as the President of the Company's Dotomi division and a director of the Company's Board in August 2011. Mr. Giuliani was named the Company's chief operating officer in April 2012 and then president and chief executive officer in December 2012. From December 2005 to August 2011, Mr. Giuliani served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dotomi prior to ValueClick's acquisition of Dotomi. In addition to Conversant, Mr. Giuliani is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Bluestem Brands, Inc., formerly known as Fingerhut Direct Marketing, Inc. In the past, Mr. Giuliani has participated on Boards for Q Interactive, SuperMarkets Online, Affinova, Claria, Imagitas, and El Dorado Marketing. Mr. Giuliani has an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as well as a B.S. from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Giuliani is qualified to be a director of Conversant due to, among other factors, his industry experience, general management experience in operational and leadership roles in various organizations, and his experience as a director on the boards of other companies.
JAMES R. PETERS has been a director of Conversant since July 2007. Mr. Peters is a Certified Public Accountant and a retired partner (2006) from the audit practice of the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, where he began his career in 1971. He has extensive experience with public and private companies in a number of industries, including retail, distribution, manufacturing, health sciences, technology, communications, and entertainment. Mr. Peters is a former faculty member of the Directors' Certification Program at the Anderson School of Business of the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a former advisory board member for the Entrepreneurial Studies program of the University of Southern California. Mr. Peters is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the board of directors of privately-held FzioMed, Inc., a medical device company. Mr. Peters was previously a director of Natrol, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTOL) prior to its acquisition by a private enterprise in December 2007.
Mr. Peters is the chairman of the Company's Audit Committee. Mr. Peters is qualified to be a director of Conversant primarily due to his background in public accounting whereby he was an audit partner at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Peters provides extensive audit and corporate governance knowledge and experience and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert as defined by the SEC. During his tenure as an audit partner, Mr. Peters advised numerous publicly‑traded and privately-held companies on accounting, internal controls, and capital markets activities. In additional to his extensive financial and accounting background, Mr. Peters has experience as a director on the boards of other companies.

       JEFFREY F. RAYPORT has been a director of Conversant since May 2002. Dr. Rayport was formerly a director of Be Free, Inc. (which merged with Conversant in 2002). Dr. Rayport works as an operating partner at Castanea Partners, a private equity firm, since 2009 and currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of Marketspace, LLC, an e-commerce research and media unit of Monitor Group, a management consulting firm. From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Rayport served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marketspace, LLC. From 1991 to 2000, he was a faculty member at Harvard Business School in the Service Management Unit. He currently serves as a director of Monster Worldwide. Dr. Rayport earned an A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and an M. Phil. from the University of Cambridge (U.K.).

In addition to the substantial knowledge of our company and industry that Dr. Rayport has gained during his service on our Board, Dr. Rayport is qualified to be a director of Conversant due to, among other factors, his background as an educator at Harvard Business School, his active involvement in the online marketing sector as a consultant and advisor since 1994, and his experience as a director on the boards of other companies.
BRIAN A. SMITH was appointed to the Board of Directors effective August 1, 2013. Mr. Smith is currently executive chairman of Bluestem Brands, Inc. ("Bluestem"), a direct marketer and top 100 internet retailer that owns the Fingerhut, Gettington.com and PayCheck Direct brands. Mr. Smith also currently serves on the board of directors for Boundary Waters Brands LLC, and from 2007 to 2010 he was a member of the board of directors for iPay Technologies, LLC, an online bill payment company. Mr. Smith served as chairman and chief executive officer of Bluestem from 2008 to 2012, and served as president of Bluestem from 2002 to 2008. Prior to working with Bluestem, Mr. Smith held various management positions in retail and financial services businesses. Mr. Smith has over 20 years of management experience. Mr. Smith received a BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Smith's extensive management background and his experience in the retail and financial services industries, including experience working with e-commerce businesses, qualify him to be a director.
JAMES R. ZARLEY is the Chairman of the Board.  From his arrival in 1999 until May 2007, Mr. Zarley served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ValueClick and shaped the Company into a global leader in online marketing solutions. During the period from May 2007 through May 2010, Mr. Zarley served as Executive Chairman of the Company. From May 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Zarley served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer. From December 2012 to March 2013, Mr. Zarley served as Executive Chairman of the Board and assumed the role of non-executive Chairman of the Board beginning in March 2013 in connection with his retirement from a full-time position with the Company.  Prior to joining ValueClick, from April 1987 to December 1996, Mr. Zarley was Chief Executive Officer of Quantech Investments, an information services company. From December 1996 to May 1998, Mr. Zarley was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Internet until its merger with Hiway Technologies, a Web hosting company, in May 1998. From May 1998 to January 1999, Mr. Zarley was the Chief Operating Officer of Hiway Technologies until its merger with Internet service provider, Verio, Inc. Mr. Zarley currently serves as a director of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., a restaurant chain.
Mr. Zarley has been a member of the Board of the Company for over ten years and is qualified to be a director of Conversant due to, among other factors, his industry experience, extensive knowledge of the day-to-day operations of our business, general management experience in operational and leadership roles in various organizations, and his experience as a director on the boards of other companies.