Board of Directors
CEO, Millennial Media
Michael Barrett is the CEO of Millennial Media, and brings over 20 years of experience in e-commerce, advertising, publishing, and sales. Previously, Michael was President and Founder of Ichabod Farm Ventures LLC. He also served as Chief Revenue Officer of Yahoo! Inc., and was responsible for global advertising revenue and operations. Prior to Yahoo!, Michael served as CEO of AdMeld, which was acquired by Google in 2011.
Previously, Michael served as Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President at Fox Interactive Media, overseeing the worldwide revenue for all of the company’s properties, including MySpace, IGN, FoxSports.com, Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com, and Scout.com. Prior to Fox, he served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Partnerships of AOL Media Networks at AOL LLC (now Historic AOL LLC). Michael has also held senior roles at GeoCities, Disney Online, and Family PC.
Michael holds a B.A. degree in Economics from College of the Holy Cross.
Former CEO & President of Nexage
Mr. Cormier has served as the CEO & President of Nexage since April 2010. From November 2008 to January 2010, he was the CEO & President of Zeemote Inc., a mobile gaming and consumer electronics company that was sold in December 2009 to Aplix Corporation. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director of Group Strategy and Corporate Development for Virgin Media in the United Kingdom, responsible for the consumer business, including all sales channels, marketing, brand, product, strategy, and corporate and business development. He has held executive and senior leadership roles with primary responsibilities for mobile solutions, content monetization, and ad-buying and -selling at various technology and digital media companies, including Nextel Communications and Lagardere Group. Mr. Cormier began his career in product design and development in digital media and content and consumer and enterprise software. Mr. Cormier currently serves as a member of the board of directors of a number of privately held companies. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in controls and systems engineering, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Former President and CEO, Bankrate, Inc.
Thomas R. Evans served as President and CEO at Bankrate, Inc., the Web's leading aggregator and publisher of consumer financial rate information, from June 2004 thru December 2013.
He previously held CEO positions at Official Payments Corporation and GeoCities, Inc. Previously, Evans served as President and Publisher of the U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, and Fast Company.
Mr. Evans is also on the board of Shutterstock, Inc (SSTK) and Future Fuel Corp. (FF).
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Bob Goodman, a founding partner in Bessemer’s New York office, joined the firm in 1998. He focuses on investments in software, communications and healthcare IT.
Bob is currently a member of the board of directors of VoIP-communications company BroadSoft (IPO); telecommunications provider GTS; mobile-advertising company Millennial Media; mobile application management company Apperian; mobile operator network solution company Intucell; social-networking company SelectMinds; data-management and backup-software company Syncsort; network software developer Vasona Networks, diversed SMB software company GFI (merged with Teamviewer); and information-security company Perimeter E-Security.
Bob's former portfolio companies include ART Advanced Recognition Technologies (acquired by Scansoft, now Nuance); Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm); Bladelogic (IPO, then acquired by BMC); IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen); Nistevo (acquired by Sterling); Octave Communications (acquired by Voyant, then Polycom); System Management ARTS (SMARTS, acquired by EMC); Taqua (acquired by Tekelec); Telica (purchased by Lucent); Zensys (acquired by Sigma Designs); and Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital).
Prior to joining Bessemer, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: wireless-equipment company Celcore, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997, and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Bob brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies. As a venture capitalist, Bob has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion and BladeLogic.
Bob holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University. Bob also serves on several non-profit boards including The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, The Play Group Theatre and the National Venture Capital Assocation (NVCA).
Bob was named to the 2011 Forbes Midas List.
Chairman of the Board, General Partner, NEA
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on a broad range of information technology investments with particular emphasis on enterprise software, Software-as-a-Service, and Internet companies.
Pat sits on the boards of ChannelAdvisor, Millennial Media, Spring Wireless and TidalTV. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick was General Partner of Grotech Capital Group where he specialized in high-tech investments and served on a number of boards including Advertising.com, CDnow, Fieldglass Software, Hillcrest Labs, SALIX Technologies, and Synchrologic. Prior to Grotech, Patrick spent nearly 10 years at Alex. Brown & Sons as an investment banker for high technology companies. At Alex. Brown & Sons, he was responsible for a range of financing and advisory projects including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions for high-tech companies. Prior to that, Patrick was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Patrick served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he spent substantially all his tenure on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at the Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Patrick is Chairman Emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. He received a Masters in Business Administration, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University.
Former Interim CEO and Head of Global Media, Yahoo
Ross Levinsohn worked at Yahoo! where he held a series of executive roles, including interim CEO and Head of Global Media.
Previously, he was President, Fox Interactive Media and held senior executive positions at Alta Vista, CBS Sportsline and HBO. He currently sits on the boards of the Tribune Company and Zefr.
Wenda Harris Millard
President, MediaLink, LLC
In April 2009, Wenda Harris Millard became President of MediaLink LLC, a leading strategic advisory and business development firm that provides critical counsel and direction to the media, advertising and entertainment industries and to companies and investors that interact with those sectors. She works with Chief Executive and Founder Michael E. Kassan to provide advice and implementation on strategic marketing and brand development, implementation roadmaps, technology solutions for media, media sales and revenue generation, business development, public organizational planning, public policy management, competitive analysis, and financial restructuring to some of the Fortune 100’s largest global brands.
Before joining MediaLink, Ms. Millard was Co-CEO and President, Media for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. She joined MSLO in July 2007 after three years as a member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Millard oversaw MSLO’s media businesses, which include publishing, internet and broadcasting. She is credited with elevating the company to its leading position in percent of revenue derived from digital advertising among other “traditional” media companies and was the driving force behind creating cross-platform programs for marketers in TV, digital, magazines and radio.
Before MSLO, Ms. Millard was Chief Sales Officer at Yahoo! where she led the team that drove revenue from $700 million to over $6 billion in six years and was consistently credited as the number one sales organization in the media industry. On an industry-wide level her work at Yahoo! established brand advertising on the web. Prior to Yahoo!, Ms. Millard was Chief Internet Officer at Ziff Davis Media and President of Ziff Davis Internet. Previously, Ms. Millard was a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick, where she served as Executive Vice President responsible for establishing the DoubleClick brand and overseeing the operations of DoubleClick Media. She also served as President and Group Publisher of SRDS, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Family Circle and Executive Vice President/Group Publisher of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek magazines.
Ms. Millard has received numerous industry awards including the 2007 John A. Reisenbach Award for Distinguished Citizenship; the 2006 “Advertising Person of the Year” Silver Medal Award from the AAF and the 2005 Matrix Award for “Women Who Change the World.” Advertising Age acknowledged her as a “Digital Media Master” — one of the 20 most influential executives in interactive media. She was the subject of a profile by Tom Brokaw as part of NBC’s “Women to Watch” series.
Active on behalf of the advertising industry throughout her career, Ms. Millard is immediate past Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and former President of the Advertising Club of New York. She has served on the Boards of the Advertising Council, the American Advertising Federation, the Advertising Education Foundation and others. Currently, she sits on the Boards of several emerging media companies as well as on the Boards of the James Beard Foundation, Pop!Tech and Do Something. She served two terms as a Trustee of Trinity College in Hartford.
Ms. Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.
Chief Financial Officer, BroadSoft
Jim currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of BroadSoft, Inc (Nasdaq: BSFT), the leading global provider of real-time communications software to telecommunications service providers, where he leads the company’s financial and administrative operations. Most recently, Jim guided the successful execution of BroadSoft’s IPO in June 2010.
Jim brings more than 20 years of financial and strategic management experience to the Millennial Media Board. Prior to BroadSoft, Tholen served as CFO and COO at NetSec, Inc., acquired by MCI; and as CFO and CSO for Career Builder.com, where he played an integral role in growing the company to their industry-leading position in the online job market.
Jim also serves as the Chairman of Millennial Media’s Audit Committee.