Board of Directors

Deborah A. Benton , , , Chair

Deborah A. Benton has more than 15 years of experience as an executive, consultant, investor and board member with both young and established companies. Currently, Ms. Benton serves as an Investment Partner at Kaktus Capital, which invests in early-stage consumer branded companies and technology companies that facilitate the consumer experience, and a Senior Consultant for Mitchell Madison Group, where she leads the consumer and retail practice, assisting clients in a wide array of areas, including retail strategy, supply chain management, cost reduction and control, organizational design and operational scaling. She has also held several senior level operating roles at Nasty Gal, a fast growing women’s fashion retailer, including serving as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Nasty Gal, Ms. Benton also held leadership positions at ShoeDazzle and Teleflora. Additionally, Ms. Benton serves as a director for TomboyX, The Bouqs Company and Carbon38.

Sean Moriarty , , , Director and Chief Executive Officer

Sean Moriarty serves as Leaf Group's Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Moriarty was previously the CEO of Saatchi Art, which Leaf Group acquired in August 2014, and the President and CEO of Ticketmaster, where he also served on the board of directors. Mr. Moriarty held positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure at Ticketmaster, including EVP, Technology and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Moriarty has also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield Fund and he began his executive experience as EVP, Technology at Citysearch. Mr. Moriarty sits on several private company boards of directors, including Eventbrite and TuneIn. He is also actively involved in non-profit work with CoachArt and the Pat Tillman Foundation. Mr. Moriarty received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and attended graduate school at Boston University and the University of South Carolina.

John Pleasants , , , Director

John Pleasants has served on our board of directors since November 2016. Mr. Pleasants has over 20 years of experience as a digital media and technology executive and entrepreneur. Mr. Pleasants is currently Chief Executive Officer of Brava Home Inc., an internet of things and domestic home automation technology company. Prior to joining Brava Home, Mr. Pleasants was Executive Vice President of Media Solutions for Samsung Electronics from 2014 to 2016, and Co-President of Disney Interactive Media Group, a company that oversees various websites and interactive media properties owned by The Walt Disney Company, from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Pleasants has also held executive and operational leadership roles at Playdom, Electronic Arts, Revolution Health Group and Ticketmaster, where he oversaw leading online digital media properties including Match.com, Evite.com, Citysearch.com and ReserveAmerica.com. Mr. Pleasants currently serves on the board of directors of Brava Home and he has previously served on the boards of numerous public and private companies, including Expedia, Ticketmaster, Saatchi Online, Inc., Playdom, Active.com and Peloton Interactive. Mr. Pleasants received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Jennifer Schulz , , , Director

Jennifer Schulz has served on our board of directors since November 2016. Ms. Schulz has over 15 years of eCommerce, digital marketing and payments industry experience. Ms. Schulz is currently Group President, Vertical Markets for Experian North America, where she is responsible for overseeing the Automotive and Health businesses. Prior to joining Experian, Ms. Schulz was the Senior Vice President of global product strategy, innovations and eCommerce for Visa from 2010 to 2013, and the Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer at Verifi, a SaaS-based electronic payment solutions company, from 2008 to 2010. Ms. Schulz received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Beverly K. Carmichael , , , Director

Beverly K. Carmichael has served on our board of directors since July 2018. Ms. Carmichael has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and employment law at top U.S. companies, holding both operational and legal roles throughout her career. From December 2017 until April 5, 2019, Ms. Carmichael served as Executive Vice President and Chief People, Culture, and Resource Officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. She has also held leadership positions at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Ticketmaster, Rockwell Collins and Southwest Airlines, among others. Ms. Carmichael also previously served as an Adjunct Professor and Advisor at the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma.

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