John C. Abbott
John Abbott has been non-Executive Chairman of the Board since March 11, 2013. Previously and since October 2007, John had been a director and Chief Executive Officer. Since February 25, 2009, John has served as Chairman of the Board. During John’s tenure, the company relaunched Quepasa as a social network before merging with myYearbook in late 2011. Prior to joining the company, John served as financial advisor to MATT, Inc., one of MeetMe, Inc.’s major shareholders. From 1992 to 2005, John held several positions within JP Morgan’s Latin America Merger’s & Acquisitions team, working in both New York and Sao Paulo.
Jean Clifton has been a director of the Company since June 3, 2013. Ms. Clifton currently performs consulting services through Platinum Strategic Partners, a financial and operations consulting firm she founded in 2006. Ms. Clifton served as the Chief Financial Officer of WestwoodOne (f/k/a Dial Global, Inc.) from June 2012 through January 2014 after completing the sale of the company and post-sale integration work. From July 1986 through June 2006, Ms. Clifton worked for Journal Register Company and its predecessor companies, in various capacities in the U.S. and Europe, including President and Chief Operating Officer (2005-06) and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 1989 to 2005. Ms. Clifton has held Chief Financial Officer/Chief Accounting Officer positions at Readers’ Digest and three MidOcean Partners portfolio companies (Penton Media, Olympus Media and Jones & Frank).
Geoffrey Cook has been Chief Executive Officer since March 11, 2013. Since November 10, 2011, he has been a director and had been Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Cook was appointed in connection with the merger of Quepasa and myYearbook. Mr. Cook co-founded myYearbook where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2005 until the merger in 2011. During his tenure at myYearbook, Mr. Cook grew myYearbook to profitability and $30+ million revenue with 100 employees. Mr. Cook previously founded EssayEdge and ResumeEdge while a student at Harvard University in 1997 and sold them to The Thomson Corporation in 2002.
Ernesto Cruz has been a director since November 13, 2007. Since October 2007, Mr. Cruz has served as the managing partner of Advanzer de Mexico S.A. de C.V. a consulting and audit firm. From March 2002 until October 2007, he was the Managing Partner for the Monterrey and Northeast Mexican offices of Deloitte & Touche, a big four international accounting firm. Mr. Cruz served as the Managing Partner for the Monterrey and Northeast Mexican offices of Arthur Anderson from April 1997 through March 2002. Mr. Cruz is a Certified Public Accountant in Mexico.
Spencer Rhodes has been a director since April 24, 2013. Mr. Rhodes is Alternative Investments Global Business Manager of Allianz Global Investors, an investment management firm, where he has worked since July of 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Rhodes was the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Business Development for Tradewinds Investment Management LP, also an investment management firm. Mr. Rhodes was affiliated with Tradewinds Investment Management LP from January 2008 to June 2013. Before that Mr. Rhodes was a Vice President with BlackRock Investment Management. Prior to his career in finance, Mr. Rhodes served as President of CyberEdit.com, which was acquired by The Thomson Corporation. Mr. Rhodes also was an angel investor and board observer for myYearbook, one of MeetMe’s predecessor companies. Mr. Rhodes has served as a director of Sierra Molecular Corporation, a private biotechnology corporation, since 2011.
Jason Whitt has been a director since August 12, 2014. Since March 2011, he has served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development for ReachLocal, Inc., a leader in powering digital marketing for local businesses. From June 2005 to February 2011, he was with VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he focused on investments in Internet/digital media, cloud delivered software & services, mobile, consumer-oriented technology and healthcare IT. From September 2000 to May 2005, he was responsible for acquisitions, venture investing, and corporate strategy for Cisco Systems’ Corporate Business Development group, where he led numerous transactions involving communications software and applications, enterprise collaboration, mobile/wireless, Internet/digital media, and consumer technology companies.