Corporate Governance - Board of Directors
|Thomas R. Evans|
President, Chief Executive Officer
|Mr. Evans has served as a director since April 2004, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2004. From August 1999 to August 2003, Mr. Evans served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Official Payments Corp., specializing in processing consumer credit card payments for government taxes, fees and fines. From March 1998 to June 1999, Mr. Evans was President and Chief Executive Officer of GeoCities Inc., a community of personal Websites on the Internet. From January 1991 to February 1998, Mr. Evans was President and Publisher of U.S. News & World Report. In addition to his duties at U.S. News & World Report, Mr. Evans served as President of The Atlantic Monthly (1996 – 1998) and as President and Publisher of Fast Company (1995 – 1998), a magazine launched in 1995. Mr. Evans also serves as a director of FutureFuel Corp. and as a director of Shutterstock, Inc. Mr. Evans received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Arizona State University. Mr. Evans’ qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience in the media and Internet industries, service as chief executive officer of three public companies, and his leadership of Bankrate over the last eight years.
|Peter C. Morse|
Chairman of the Board and Director
Mr. Morse has been a director since 1993, and served as our Chief Executive Officer from 1993 until 1997. Mr. Morse served as our Chairman from 1997 until 1999, and since 2002. Mr. Morse founded Morse Partners, Inc., a private equity firm that acquires operating companies and provides capital expansion capital in 1982. He is also a general partner of Permit Capital LLC. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Morse was Chairman of FAO Schwartz, the national chain of children gift stores. Mr. Morse is a member of the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Board of Trustees for the J.M. Foundation. Mr. Morse is a Trustee Emeritus of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he served as a trustee from 1982 to 2010 and was Chairman of the Investment Committee of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1987 to 2010. Mr. Morse served as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Morse holds a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Morse’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience in investment matters, his familiarity with and knowledge of the history of Bankrate, and his leadership of Bankrate over the last 20 years.
|Mr. Brody has been a director since 2010. Mr. Brody joined Apax Partners in 2008 as an Operating Executive in the New York office and is currently a Partner and Co-Head of the Apax Portfolio Support Group. Mr. Brody was Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ecommerce of Razorgator Interactive, Inc., an online seller of event tickets, from June 2008 to September 2008, and Group Vice President and General Manager, North America of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., an online travel agency, from June 2006 to May 2009. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Brody’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience with a wide variety of online businesses and ventures and his deep knowledge of the online industry.|
|Michael J. Kelly|
|Michael J. Kelly joined Bankrate’s board of directors in June 2012. Mr. Kelly previously served as president and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies from July 2009 to February 2012. He has over three decades of experience in the media industry. From 2004-2007, Mr. Kelly served as president of AOL Media Networks, responsible for all of AOL’s advertising properties globally. From 2002-2004, Mike was the President of the Global Marketing group at Time Warner. From 2000-2002, he founded and served as CEO at American Town Network, a local digital media company. In 1983, Mr. Kelly began a 17-year career at Time, Inc. holding management positions at Fortune Magazine and serving as publisher of Entertainment Weekly. He also served as a senior advisor at Veronis Suhler Stevenson and was a Director and member of the Audit Committee at MediaMind. He currently holds board positions at American Town Network and Colspace Inc. He is also on the board of the American Advertising Federation, the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center in Atlanta and is a founding member of The Kelly Gang. Mr. Kelly’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his broad experience and successes in both traditional and new media organizations.|
|Mr. Nelson joined Bankrate’s board of directors in September 2011. Mr. Nelson is retired. From 2006 to 2011, he was Vice Chairman of the Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC). Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, of the Interpublic Group, from 2000-2005. From 1998 -1999, he was Vice Chairman of Young & Rubicam Inc., the holding company of Y&R Advertising, Wunderman, Burston-Marsteller, and Landor Associates. Prior to that, Mr. Nelson pursued a multi-disciplinary career at McCann-Erickson Worldwide for 19 years, holding Executive Vice President titles as Director of Worldwide Accounts, and as a chief strategy officer, Director of Strategy for Worldwide Accounts. He was the youngest Executive Creative Director in the agency’s history. He is the author of three proprietary frameworks in which to view Brands: Immediacy Marketing: Selling in Real Time; The Brand Footprint: Branding Over Borders Over Time; and Shaping The Debate: Managing Leadership and Challenger Brands. For many years, Mr. Nelson was a lecturer on Branding at the Columbia Business School and the Yale School of Management. He has served on the Board of God’s Love We Deliver in New York City and has served on the Boards of Official Payments Corp., and Prince Sports, Inc. Mr. Nelson’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his vast knowledge as a marketing and strategy expert, as well as, his unique perspective and experience in helping financial service companies develop enduring brands.|
|Mr. Pinola served on the board of Bankrate from September 2005 to September 2009. Since July 2009, he has been a Principal in GPS Investment Group, LLC, Investment Counselors. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Right Management Consultants from 1994 through January 2004. He served as a director of that company from 1990 and as CEO from July of 1992 until Right Management Consultants was purchased by Manpower. Prior to joining Right Management Consultants, Mr. Pinola was President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, a financial services firm. He also was a CPA with Price Waterhouse and Co. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Corporate Property Associates 16, and he serves on the board of Corporate Property Associates 17, both managed by W.P. Carey, Inc. He is also on the boards of the Visiting Nurses Association and King’s College. Apart from Bankrate, Mr. Pinola previously served on the board of KTRON International, Kenexa, Inc. and Nobel Learning Communities. In addition, Mr. Pinola has served on the boards of directors of the American Lung Association, Janney Montgomery Scott, the Life Office Management Association, and the Horsham Clinic. Mr. Pinola was the founder and director of The Living Wills Archive Company and a Founder and board member of the Mutual Association for Professional Services. Mr. Pinola holds a B.S. in Accounting from King’s College and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1969. Mr. Pinola’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his previous position as board member in Bankrate as well as his more than 30 years of business experience in finance, sales, marketing, human resources, executive compensation, investor relations, and internal operations.|
|Mr. Stahl has been a director since 2009. Mr. Stahl joined Apax Partners in 1999. He is an equity partner and a member of the executive committee of Apax Partners. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Mr. Stahl worked at Bain & Company. He holds an M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD Business School. Mr. Stahl also currently serves as a director of Apax Partners LLP, Cengage Learning, Nelson Education Holdings, Takko Fashion and Tommy Hilfiger China. Mr. Stahl served as a director of Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Stahl's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his financial and business expertise across a broad set of industries, his experience as partner of a leading private equity investment group, and his service on several other public and private company boards of directors.|
Mr. Truwit has been a director since 2009. Mr. Truwit joined Apax Partners in 2006 as a partner in the New York office. Prior to joining Apax Partners in 2006, Mr. Truwit was President and Chief Executive Officer at Orbitz Worldwide in Chicago. Prior to joining Orbitz Worldwide, Mr. Truwit was the Chief Operating Officer at Priceline.com, Inc. Mr. Truwit’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience with several online businesses, his deep knowledge of the online industry, and his financial and investment experience as a partner of the leading private equity investment group.