Board of Directors
Michael J. Fuchs. Mr. Fuchs has served as a director of Autobytel since September 1996 and became Chairman in June 1998. Since May 2001, Mr. Fuchs has been engaged in private investing for his own behalf. From November 2000 to May 2001, Mr. Fuchs was Chief Executive Officer of MyTurn.com, Inc. and was Interim Chief Executive Officer from April 2000 to October 2000. Mr. Fuchs was a consultant from November 1995 to April 2000. Mr. Fuchs was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Home Box Office, a Division of TimeWarner Entertainment Company, L.P., a leading pay-television company, from October 1984 until November 1995, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Music Group, a Division of Time Warner Inc., from May 1995 to November 1995. Mr. Fuchs holds a B.A. Degree from Union College and a J.D. Degree from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Fuchs was a significant early investor in the Company. Mr. Fuchs’ experience as an executive officer in various entertainment and media companies and his broad investment and management experience led the Board to conclude that Mr. Fuchs should serve as one of the Company’s directors.
Jeffrey H. Coats. Mr. Coats has served as a director of Autobytel since August 1996 and was appointed as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer on December 11, 2008. Since August 2001, Mr. Coats has also been Managing Director of Maverick Associates LLC, a financial consulting and investment company. From July 1999 to July 2001, Mr. Coats was a Founder and Managing Director of TH Lee Global Internet Managers, L.P., a fund manager focused on making equity investments in e-commerce and Internet-related companies globally. Mr. Coats remains a limited partner of the fund. Mr. Coats served as Managing Director of GE Equity, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric Capital Corporation, from April 1996 to July 1999. Mr. Coats has also held positions as a partner of Southgate Alternative Investments, Inc. beginning in November 2007, Executive Chairman of Mikronite Technologies Group Inc., an industrial technology company, beginning in March 2007, and as a director of that company beginning in February 2002. Both Southgate Alternative Investments and Mikronite are currently inactive. Mr. Coats holds a B.B.A. Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia and a M.B.A. in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management. Mr. Coats’ experience in venture and private equity, banking, executive management and capital markets led the Board to conclude that Mr. Coats should serve as one of the Company’s directors.
Michael A. Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter has served as a director of Autobytel since September 2012. Mr. Carpenter served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Ally Financial Inc. from November 2009 until his retirement in February 2015. Ally Financial is one of the nation’s largest financial services companies, with a concentration in automotive lending. In 2007, he founded Southgate Alternative Investments, Inc. From 2002 to 2006, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, overseeing proprietary capital and customer funds globally in various alternative investment vehicles. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Carpenter was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank with responsibility for Salomon Smith Barney Inc. and Citibank’s corporate banking activities globally. Mr. Carpenter was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salomon Smith Barney Inc. in 1998, shortly after the merger that created Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Carpenter was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers Life & Annuity and Vice Chairman of Travelers Group Inc. responsible for strategy and business development. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Carpenter was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kidder Peabody Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric Company. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Carpenter was Executive Vice President of GE Capital Corporation. He first joined GE in 1983 as Vice President of Corporate Business Development and Planning and was responsible for strategic planning and development as well as mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Carpenter spent nine years as Vice President and Director of the Boston Consulting Group and three years with Imperial Chemical Industries of the United Kingdom. Mr. Carpenter received a B.S. Degree from the University of Nottingham, England, and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Carpenter also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Nottingham. He serves on the boards of US Retirement Partners and the New York City Investment Fund and has been a board member of the New York Stock Exchange, General Signal, Loews Cineplex and various other private and public companies. Mr. Carpenter’s experience in investment and commercial banking, executive management and capital markets led the Board to conclude that Mr. Carpenter should serve as one of the Company’s directors.
Mark N. Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan has served as a director of Autobytel since June 1998. Mr. Kaplan was a member of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1979 through 1998 and currently is of counsel to that firm, Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of Engelhard Minerals & Chemicals Corporation (mining and chemicals) from 1977 to 1979, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Drexel Burnham Lambert (investment banking) from 1970 to 1977. Mr. Kaplan serves on the Board of Directors of the following companies whose shares are publicly-traded: American Biltrite Inc. (adhesive-coated, pressure-sensitive papers and films; tile flooring) and Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (staffing services and telecommunications and information solutions), and is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Volt Information Sciences, Inc. He also serves as a Trustee of Bard College, the New York Academy of Medicine, a member and former Chairman of the New York City Audit Committee, a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of WNET.org (provider of public media in the New York City metropolitan area), a director of Gresham Management Co. (commodities management), and a director of The Jim Pattison Group (a conglomerate). Mr. Kaplan was formerly the Chairman of the Audit Advisory Committee of the Board of Education of The City of New York, Vice-Chairman and Governor of the Board of Directors of The American Stock Exchange, Inc., and a director of Security Industry Automation Corporation. Mr. Kaplan holds an A.B. Degree from Columbia College and a LL.B Degree from Columbia Law School. Mr. Kaplan’s experience in securities and corporate laws, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and business management, as well as his qualification as an audit committee financial expert, led the Board to conclude that Mr. Kaplan should serve as one of the Company’s directors.
Robert J. Mylod, Jr. Mr. Mylod was appointed to the Board of Directors upon Autobytel’s acquisition of AutoWeb, Inc. as of October 1, 2015.
Jeffrey M. Stibel. Mr. Stibel has served as a director of Autobytel since December 2006. Since August 2010, Mr. Stibel has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. From August 2005 to September 2009, Mr. Stibel was first President and Chief Executive Officer of Web.com, Inc., a leading provider of online marketing services for small businesses, and then President and a member of the Board of Directors of Web.com Group, Inc., a successor company to Web.com, Inc. Mr. Stibel serves on the Board of Brown University's Entrepreneurship Program, University of Southern California’s Innovation Institute and Tufts University’s Center for Leadership. Mr. Stibel received a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University, a Master’s Degree from Brown University and studied for a Ph.D. at Brown University, where he was a Brain and Behavior Fellow. Mr. Stibel’s experience as an executive officer of various online marketing and technology companies led the Board to conclude that Mr. Stibel should serve as one of the Company's directors.
Matías de Tezanos. Mr. de Tezanos was appointed to the Board of Directors upon Autobytel’s acquisition of AutoWeb, Inc. as of October 1, 2015.
Janet M. Thompson. Ms. Thompson has served as a director of Autobytel since March 2008. Since January 1, 2015, Ms. Thomson has been Senior Vice President of Ipsos Automotive, a global automotive market research company. Prior to that Ms. Thompson was Vice President, Marketing of Advanstar Communications Inc., the leading provider of integrated media solutions to the automotive aftermarket, pharmaceutical, healthcare, power sports and fashion industries from July 2011 to January 1, 2015; Vice President, Automotive Group for The Marketing Arm, an Omnicom Group agency, from January 2011 to June 2011; Executive Vice President of the Diversified Agency Services Division of Omnicom Group, an advertising firm, from November 2007 to August 2010; Vice President, Marketing Nissan and Infiniti Divisions of Nissan North America, from July 2004 to September 2007; and from July 1999 to July 2004, Ms. Thompson was Chief Executive Officer and President of The Designory, Inc., a marketing firm owned by the Omnicom Group. Ms. Thompson held sales or marketing positions at Mazda Motor of America, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Chrysler Corporation, from 1972 to 1994. Ms. Thompson received a B.A. Degree in business from Western Michigan University and a M.B.A. from University of Detroit. Ms. Thompson has the distinction of being named one of the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry in both 2005 and 2010. Ms. Thompson’s experience as an advertising and marketing executive in the automotive industry led the Board to conclude that Ms. Thompson should serve as one of the Company’s directors.
José Vargas. Mr. Vargas was appointed to the Board of Directors upon Autobytel’s acquisition of AutoWeb, Inc. as of October 1, 2015.
Interested parties can contact Autobytel's Board of Directors by writing to:
Glenn E. Fuller, Secretary
18872 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92612-1400
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