Karen Francis

Karen Francis joined our board of directors in December of 2016. Ms. Francis has served as a director of AutoNation, Inc., the largest automotive retailer in the US, since February 2016. Ms. Francis also serves as a director of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. Ms. Francis is Executive Chairman of AcademixDirect, Inc., a technology marketing company serving the education industry. Ms. Francis served as Executive Chairman and CEO of AcademixDirect, Inc. from 2009 to 2014. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Francis was Chairman and CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney, based in San Francisco and part of the Publicis global advertising and marketing network. From 2001 to 2002, she served as Vice President of Ford Motor Company, where she was responsible for strategic technology investments including in-vehicle telematics, customer relationship management across all divisions, global vehicle export operations, and Ford Direct, the company’s online sales initiative structured as a joint venture with Ford dealers. From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Francis held several positions with General Motors, including serving as General Manager of the Oldsmobile division overseeing sales, marketing, strategy and product development, as well as Regional Manager of Chevrolet’s Rocky Mountain Region responsible for all dealer operations in eleven states. Ms. Francis holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.