Karen Francis

Karen C. Francis has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Ms. Francis also serves as an independent director, strategic advisor and investor for privately held technology companies. Ms. Francis previously served as a director of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. from May 2014 to May 2017 and AutoNation, Inc. from February 2016 to April 2018. Ms. Francis also serves as an independent director and strategic advisor to privately held technology companies. Ms. Francis served as CEO of AcademixDirect, Inc., an education technology company, from 2009 to 2014 and as Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2017. 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 M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Independent Director