Dan Ciporin is Chairman of the Board of Borderfree. Elected Chairman in early 2010, Mr. Ciporin brings two decades of executive-level operational experience to the company, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Shopping.com, the pioneer in online comparison shopping. Under his leadership, Shopping.com grew from zero to over $100 million in revenues in just five years, culminating in the company’s IPO in 2004 and later acquisition by eBay for $680MM in 2005.
Dan Ciporin is currently a general partner at Canaan Partners, a global institutional venture capital firm with approximately $3 billion under active management. Dan joined Canaan’s Connecticut office in 2007 to invest in emerging leaders in interactive technology and media, with a special emphasis on ecommerce and financial services.
Dan has also served as chairman of the Internet Lab, a US-Israeli incubator for early-stage consumer Internet startups, as Senior VP of MasterCard International, where he was responsible for the marketing and product management of all online global debit products, and as a strategy consultant for both Mars and Co. and Corporate Value Associates.
At Canaan, Dan sits on the boards of Lending Club, an innovative online lending community where people borrow and lend money, bypass the banks, and get better rates; OpenSky, a social shopping platform and marketplace that helps consumers discover and buy great products through established tastemakers and curators; Gemvara, a web-based service that is revolutionizing the jewelry market through ‘Mass Customization’ by empowering consumers to design fully personalized, high-quality jewelry; Shopkeep, a leader in cloud-based POS services; and Borro, a pioneer in the emerging consumer online market for secured asset lending. Dan has also previously served on a variety of public company boards in addition to Shopping.com, including VistaPrint (VPRT); Primedia (PRM); and Corel (CREL).
Dan earned an AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an MBA from Yale University.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Michael DeSimone is Borderfree’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. DeSimone joined Borderfree in 2004. Under his leadership, the company executed a major strategic repositioning, leading to its position today as the market leader in global ecommerce services.
Prior to joining Borderfree, Mr. DeSimone held key management roles in the sales, technology, and product development areas with leading companies including Travelex, Citibank and Thomas Cook Financial Services. He is regularly sought for commentary by top-tier publications, analyst firms, and trade organizations, among them the Wall Street Journal, Forrester Research, and the National Retail Federation.
Bill Bock is an independent consultant and Board Director. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB), where he previously served as SVP/CFO from 2006-2011. He also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Convio (NASDAQ:CNVO), until its acquisition by Blackbaud in 2012. Bock is a Senior Advisor to Foros, a financial services firm that provides M&A and corporate financial advisory services. He is also a Board Director and advisor for a number of venture capital backed private technology companies. Bock co-founded the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas in 1999 and continues to serve as its Chairman.
Bock participated in the venture capital industry from 2001 to 2006, primarily as a general partner with CenterPoint Ventures. Before his venture career, Bock held senior executive positions with three venture-backed companies. Dazel Corporation, where he was President and CEO, was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Tivoli Systems, where Bock was EVP/COO, completed a successful IPO and was ultimately acquired by IBM. At Convex Computer Corporation, Bock served initially as SVP/CFO and subsequently as SVP WW Sales. Convex also completed a successful IPO. Bock began his career with Texas Instruments. He holds an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.
Stephen J. Getsy
Stephen Getsy was elected to Borderfree’s Board of Directors in 2003. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of On-Line Ventures®, a private equity investment and development firm focused on information technology growth companies. Mr. Getsy brings with him more than thirty-five years hands-on technical and senior management experience in the information technology industry, with such leading public companies as IBM, ADP, and Fiserv.
Mr. Getsy has served on the Board of Directors of over a dozen public and private companies, and is an investor/advisor with a number of leading private equity firms focusing on opportunities within the information technology industry. He is a long term member of the Band of Angels of Silicon Valley, a leading (and one of the earliest) angel investment groups in the United States.
Mr. Getsy graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Mathematics/Education. He also earned an M.S. in Computer Science from New York University and an Executive MBA from the Columbia University Business School.
Isaac Hillel was elected to Borderfree’s Board of Directors in 1999. Managing General Partner of Pitango Venture Capital, Mr. Hillel has extensive international experience in the Information Technology industry, with particular knowledge of the European marketplace. Prior to joining Pitango in early 2000, he served as Executive Vice President at NEC Computers International (“NEC”). He previously held positions with consumer electronics maker Casio PhoneMate.
Mr. Hillel holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Beth Pritchard was elected to Borderfree’s Board of Directors in October 2014. Ms. Pritchard currently serves as Principal and Strategic Advisor to Sunrise Beauty Studio, a company developing third party personal care products and fine fragrances. From 2008-2013, Ms. Pritchard served as North American Advisor for The Alshaya Group, the world’s largest franchisee group based in the Middle East. Ms. Pritchard brought her American-style specialty retail knowledge to the operations of Alshaya, a global operation with over 70 brands in 19 countries and over 2,600 stores throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.
Previously Ms. Pritchard was President and CEO, then Vice-Chairman of Dean & DeLuca where she oversaw the revamping and revitalization of the catalog and web businesses as well as establishing their Middle East franchising operations.
Perhaps best known for her role as President and CEO of Bath & Body Works, a purveyor of healthy, natural, good-for-you beauty products, Ms. Pritchard grew a tiny company based in Columbus, Ohio into a national chain of over 1,600 stores with sales over $2 billion, establishing Bath & Body Works as the fastest-growing specialty retailer of the decade. During the same period, Ms. Pritchard served as CEO for The White Barn Candle Company, which she founded, with sales of $200 million. She also was CEO of Victoria’s Secret Beauty with sales of $400 million.
Ms. Pritchard earned her MBA at Marquette University, studied International Business Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Lucerne Switzerland.
Ms. Pritchard currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Vitamin Shoppe, Cabela’s, Inc. and Loblaw Companies Limited. Ms. Pritchard previously served on the Boards of Intimate Brands, Albertsons, Borders Books, Ecolab, Shoppers Drug Mart (acquired by Loblaw March 2014) and Zale Corp (acquired by Signet May 2014).
George Spencer was elected to Borderfree’s Board of Directors in 2003. Senior Managing Director at Seyen Capital, a Chicago-based venture capital firm, he has more than 20 years of venture-capital experience, with particular focus on the field of information technology.
Prior to founding Seyen, Mr. Spencer was a co-founder and Partner of both Adams Street Partners and JK&B Capital. He has invested in more than 40 companies during his career, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Borderfree, Convio (NASDAQ:CNVO), SPS Commerce (NASDAQ:SPSC), and Cybera.
Mr. Spencer earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Ofer Timor was elected to Borderfree’s Board of Directors in 1999. The Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Delta Ventures Ltd., he has significant experience managing high-growth companies.
Prior to co-founding Delta Ventures, Mr. Timor was President of JACADA. Prior to his work at JACADA, Mr. Timor managed Western Systems for five years. Earlier in his career, he managed Amira (Israel) Ltd. He was the Chairman of the Board of Appilog Inc., and was instrumental in its sale to Mercury Interactive (now part of Hewlett Packard).
Mr. Timor holds a B.A. in Economics from Haifa University.