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.
Alonso Ancira has been a director since November 2006. He has served as Chairman of the Board of AHMSA, one of Mexico’s most prestigious industrial consortiums since April 2004. He is also Chairman of the Board of Mexicans & Americans Trading Together, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AHMSA. From 1991 until April 2004, Mr. Ancira was Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AHMSA. He is currently President of Mexico’s Chamber of Iron and Steel, a position he held from 1993 to 1995, and again from 2003 to 2004.
Lars Batista has been a director since February 8, 2011. Mr. Batista joined our Board in February 2011 just before we acquired our Brazilian social games subsidiary, Quepasa Games. Since January 2009, Mr. Batista has been the Director of Information and Technology for EBX Holdings, which is a holding company which includes a group of subsidiaries in the fields of mining and metal, energy, oil and natural gas exploration, and coal mining. From June 2008 until December 2008, Mr. Batista was the Vice President of Business Development of TechFront Desenvolvimento de Software S/S Ltda, a Brazilian company. From October 2005 until June 2008, Mr. Batista was the V.P. of Production at eGames, Inc., a game publishing company.
Jean Clifton has been a director since June 3, 2013. Ms. Clifton is the Chief Financial Officer of Dial Global, Inc., a position she has held since June 25, 2012. Ms. Clifton began her career at Ernst & Young (previously Arthur Young) as an auditor in the assurance group and on the Entrepreneurial services and Computer Audit teams. From July 1986 through June 2006, Ms. Clifton worked for Journal Register Company (“JRC”) 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. After leaving JRC, Ms. Clifton founded Platinum Strategic Partners, a financial and operations consulting firm. 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.
Malcolm Jozoff has been a director since January 2007. Since 2004, Mr. Jozoff has been serving as a corporate advisor to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a pharmaceutical and consumer health products company, based in Tokyo, Japan. From July 1996 to August 2000, Mr. Jozoff was Chairman of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dial Corporation, which markets Dial soaps, Purex laundry detergents, Renuzit air fresheners, and Armour Star canned meats.
Spencer Rhodes has been a director since April 24, 2013. Mr. Rhodes is Director, Office of the Chief Investment Officer, of Allianz Global Investors, an investment management firm. He assumed that position in 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.