Board of Directors

Currently serving as Chair of the Board

Colleen Brown is a seasoned Public Company CEO and Corporate Board Director collaborating with directors and executives on stakeholder value creation. She has gained a reputation for diplomacy, strategic vision and impactful leadership. Ms. Brown has been recognized by fellow directors as: an NACD “Top 100 Director” in the US, an NACD PNW “Director of the Year”, a Women Inc. “Most Influential Corporate Board Director” and the Seattle Business Magazine “CEO of the Year”. She is a Gamco Management Hall of Fame winner for creating significant shareholder value while serving as Director, President and CEO at Fisher Communications (formerly FSCI NASDQ). Previously, Brown served in the C-Suite of Belo Corp. (formerly BLC NYSE) a then Fortune 1000 company, President of Broadcast for Lee Enterprises (LEE NYSE), and various executive roles for Gannett (GCI NYSE), a then Fortune 500 Company. She has served on the boards of American Apparel Inc. (APP NYSE) as Chairperson, Boeing Employee Credit Union (BECU), DataSphere Technologies Inc., Career Builder, and Cars.com. She has served on the boards of Associated Press (AP), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Programming and Television Executives (NATPE) and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB). Brown has an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BS from the University of Dubuque. She is a graduate of Stanford Directors’ College and the Harvard Executive Program.

She currently serves on the board of True Blue Inc. (TBI NYSE) where she chairs the Innovation & Technology Committee, Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV NASDAQ) and Spark Networks (LOV NASDAQ) where she Chairs the Board. She is a NACD Leadership Fellow, exemplifying commitment to excellence in the Board Room. Ms. Brown is a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Leadership Institute. She began her career in finance and technology and continues to invest in and advise early-stage technology companies. She is a frequent speaker and resource on corporate disruption and innovation.

Currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Board

Chelsea Grayson is Executive-in-Residence for BounceX since March 2020. Prior to that Ms Grayson was Chief Executive Officer of True Religion between November 2018 until June 2019 and Chief Executive Officer of American Apparel from September 2016 until April 2017 where she hold several senior management position since 2014. Ms Grayson currently serves at the Board of Vireo Health where she chairs the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and of Rex Mundi. Prior to that Ms. Grayson was a member of the board of several leading B2C companies. Ms. Grayson received a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Director of the Board

Eric Eichmann joined Spark Networks in November 2019 as Chief Executive Oficer. Until 2018 Mr. Eichmann was with Criteo S.A. since April 2013 where he hold the position of CEO since 2015. Prior to joining Criteo, Eric was COO at Living Social and at Rosetta Stone, SVP of Advertising Operations and Technology at AOL, and Eric was also a senior engagement manager at McKinsey&Co. Eric holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Director of the Board

Bradley J. Goldberg founded Quartz Strategic LLC where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer in November 2019. Prior to that he has served as the President of PEAK6 Investments, L.P. since 2011. Mr. Goldberg focused on business strategy, business operations, and people development across PEAK6 and its operating companies. From 2009 until 2011, Mr. Goldberg was the CEO of PEAK6 Online, where he led a portfolio of early stage financial technology businesses, including OptionsHouse, which was subsequently sold to General Atlantic and then to E*TRADE. Prior to PEAK6, Mr. Goldberg served in multiple leadership positions at Microsoft across the Online, Enterprise, and Developer businesses. Mr. Goldberg was the General Manager for the Search Business Unit, where he was accountable for global product management, marketing, and revenue for Bing. Mr. Goldberg graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Amherst College and completed post graduate work in Japan, at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Mr. Goldberg earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded second year honors.

Director of the Board

Ulrike Handel, PhD is an accomplished CEO with more than 25 years of experience in the media and digital industry.

Dr. Handel serves as a member of the Executive Board of Axel Springer SE and currently heads its News Media Europe & Marketing Media division.  Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Dentsu International (Germany and DACH); before that, Dr. Handel served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ad pepper media International N.V

Dr. Handel has received several awards for her work - including the “Helga-Stödter-Award für Mixed Leadership” in 2019, the Emotion Award "Women in Leadership" and "Ad Age: Women to Watch Europe " in 2018. In 2015, she received the "Manager of the Year” Award from the female leadership organization “Generation CEO”. She is a member of transatlantic organization Atlantik Brücke, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Member of the Innovation Committee), European Center for Digital Competitiveness (at ESCP Berlin), Club of European Female Entrepreneurs, 2hearts community (supporting great talents with immigration background in Europe's tech industry), Leaders for Climate Action and Generation CEO (Exclusive Club for female CEOs and Supervisory Board Members).

Dr. Handel studied media management and economics in Hanover and Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, she holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Director of the Board

Mr. Bangaly Kaba is currently the Head of Platform Growth at Popshop Live, a live streaming mobile marketplace that combines commerce, entertainment, and social, which he joined in June 2020. Popshop is reimagining ecommerce as a people-centric, engaging experience for both sellers and buyers across the US. From January 2020 to March 2021, Mr. Kaba was an Executive in Residence at Reforge, the leading career development company for tech professionals. Mr. Kaba served as VP of Product Management at Instacart, a grocery delivery marketplace startup with a valuation of over $39B, from November 2018 to November 2019. At Instacart, Mr. Kaba led the Growth and Consumer organizations that built the core functionality for user onboarding, shopping, and product discovery. From February 2014 to November 2018, Mr. Kaba worked at Facebook Inc. where his last role was the Head of Growth at Instagram. Mr. Kaba joined Instagram when it had 450M monthly actives and helped it to grow to over 1B monthly actives in just 2.5 years, making Instagram one of the world’s fastest growing apps. Mr. Kaba’s career prior to Facebook spanned multiple industries, including working in education as a Dean of a boarding school in Switzerland, working in finance as an Asset Manager at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, and founding an e-commerce startup. Mr. Kaba holds a BA in History and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Southern California. Mr. Kaba has been selected as a nominee to our Board of Directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in consumer technology, building mobile digital products, and accelerating growth through social media.

Director of the Board

Michael McConnell currently serves as a private investor and brings to the Board more than three decades of experience in financing, investing, strategy, and corporate governance. He has served as a board member of various publicly traded and privately held entities both in the United States and internationally. Mr. McConnell has previously served as Interim Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks SE.  Mr. McConnell also serves on the board of privately held Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc., an importer, exporter, processor and distributor of specialty agricultural products, since July 2019.

Mr. McConnell is a member of the City of La Canada Finance and Investment Advisory committee and he received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A from the Darden School (Shermet Scholar) of the University of Virginia.

Director of the Board

Mr. Joseph E. Whitters is currently a partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm, which he joined in 2005. Mr. Whitters represents Frazier on the boards of Orthotic Holdings, Inc, and Parata Systems. Furthermore, Mr. Whitters currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Accuray Incorporated and Cutera, Inc. Mr. Whitters has previously served on the board of directors of other publicly traded public companies, including PRGX Global, Inc., InfuSystem Holdings, Inc., Analogic Corporation, Air Methods Corporation, Mentor Corp, Omnicell, Inc.. Mr. Whitters was a member of the Audit Committee of all of these respective organizations and in many cases, he chaired the Audit Committee. He also served on the board at various privately held companies, including Rural/Metro Corp., Northfield Medical and Revionics LLC. Mr. Whitters held various finance positions of increasing responsibility at First Health Group Corporation (“FHCC”), a public managed care organization where he served as Chief Financial Officer for many years. Prior to FHCC, Mr. Whitters held various financial positions with United Healthcare and Overland Express. Mr. Whitters is a certified public accountant (inactive) and began his career in public accounting with Peat Marwick. Mr. Whitters holds a B.A. in Accounting from Luther College. Mr. Whitters has been selected as a nominee to our Board of Directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and risk management, governance, and has public company operating experience as a CFO and experience as a chair and member of numerous audit committees of public and private companies.