BRIAN SHETH / CHAIRMAN
Brian Sheth co-founded Vista Equity Partners with Robert Smith in 2000 and is the firm’s president. He is vice-chairman of the investment committee and is actively involved in the execution of all of the investment activities for the portfolio. He is also focused on the development of Vista’s personnel and executive leadership of the portfolio companies. Brian sits on the boards of Accruent, The Active Network, Advicent, Aptean, Autotask, Bullhorn, DealerSocket, Greenway, MRI Software, Relias Learning, SirsiDynix, STATS, SumTotal Systems, Taxware, and Websense.
Prior to joining Vista, Brian worked at Bain Capital, where he focused on leveraged buyouts of technology companies. Brian also previously worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Groups at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, where he advised clients in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, semiconductors, and online media. In addition to his responsibilities at Vista, Brian is also a Director at Waterfall, MarVista Entertainment, and Global Wildlife Conservation. Brian received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania.
SCOTT MCDONALD / BOARD MEMBER
Scott McDonald is an independent management consultant and financial advisor specializing in start-up organizations, small non-profits, and social capital investing.
Previously, Scott was the co-founder and executive manager of a national IT consulting firm specializing in mission critical systems for Fortune 100 companies. Currently, he is active in several philanthropic initiatives related to environmental protection and human rights, including Our Children’s Earth Foundation, a charity he co-founded in 2001 that is recognized for its effectiveness in using litigation and advocacy to protect clean air and clean water. Scott has a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Virginia.
COTTER CUNNINGHAM / BOARD MEMBER
Cotter Cunningham is the founder, president and CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc., the world’s largest digital coupon marketplace. Founded in 2009, RetailMeNot, Inc. has grown to more than 400 employees with offices in five countries and headquartered in Austin, Texas. In 2012, the company facilitated an estimated $2.5 billion in merchant sales. RetailMeNot’s portfolio includes RetailMeNot.com and VoucherCodes.co.uk — the largest online coupon sites in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. The company has raised more than $700M from public and private investors including an IPO in July 2013 (NASDAQ: SALE).
Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was the senior vice president and COO of Bankrate Inc. (NYSE: RATE) for seven years, taking the company public in 1999 and growing its revenues eight-fold over the next seven years. Cotter was also a vice president and general manager with advertising agency VML and he also worked in the corporate development group at H&R Block, where he worked primarily with its CompuServe subsidiary. He wrote the book Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Austin, Texas.
DANIEL RICHARDS / BOARD MEMBER
Dan has served as the chief executive officer of Global Rescue since he founded the company in 2004. He also serves as the president of Crisis Services Company, a Vermont-based captive insurance company.
In these roles, he has implemented and led risk management and crisis response services for hundreds of organizations during thousands of events worldwide. Daniel has been a featured speaker on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and other major media outlets regarding crisis response, mitigation and travel risk management topics.
Prior to founding Global Rescue, Dan spent a decade in the private equity and financial services industries. He previously worked at the $1.3 billion private equity affiliate of Thomas Weisel Partners and in various positions at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown. Over the last two decades, he has been involved in financings and private equity investments for more than 30 companies.
Dan is a graduate of Middlebury College where he played football, rugby, and was a competitive powerlifter. He received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
JOHN MITCHELL / BOARD MEMBER
John Mitchell is the chief executive officer of Rêv Worldwide. Rêv has built a global payments network designed specifically to innovate cutting-edge, end-to-end payment solutions that bring financial innovation to people everywhere. Rêv’s processing platform allows the company and its partners to achieve standardization and consistency worldwide while seamlessly adapting to local currencies, customs, languages and laws. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Rêv has regional offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
Prior to Rêv, John spent seven years with NetSpend Corporation where he was responsible for shifting NetSpend’s strategy to serving underbanked Americans. He also built the largest sales and distribution network in the industry. John received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
WES SECHREST, PH.D. / BOARD MEMBER – CHIEF SCIENTIST & CEO
Wes Sechrest founded GWC and serves as chief scientist and CEO. He leads the organization’s efforts to explore, document, and protect the world’s most endangered species.
Wes is a conservation biologist, with a focus on international wildlife conservation. His interests in conservation science vary widely, and include work on threatened species, zoology, protected areas, biodiversity patterns and processes, natural history, environmental science, and the link between academic and applied conservation science. His research focuses on global conservation issues, as well as field-based biodiversity conservation. Wes is an expert on species conservation, and is extensively involved in advancing conservation efforts, particularly for mammals. He has published numerous scientific papers in leading journals including Science, Nature, BioScience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has been used to set priorities for international conservation to advance protection of the planet’s biodiversity. Additionally, his work has examined the effectiveness of protected areas for species conservation, as well as how to conserve species in areas under high threat from humans and their activities. He has international work experience in more than 25 countries.
Wes also serves on the Board of Directors of Bat Conservation International and the Global Council of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.
DON CHURCH, PH.D. / BOARD MEMBER – PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
Don Church works to identify global conservation priorities and conducts fieldwork with local partners to develop projects aimed at conserving globally threatened species and their habitats. Many of these priority sites are known, and more are being discovered, as GWC and partner organizations explore the planet’s most remote locations. Once a site has been identified as important to the persistence of one or more species, Don and his colleagues look for and create opportunities to protect the key habitats, and develop long-term programs that ensure conservation of the site’s biodiversity. Opportunities typically arise through active engagement with local conservationists, governments, and organizations. While taking steps to catalyze and act on conservation opportunities, GWC works with local partners to build the capacity necessary to implement and sustain projects.