Board of Directors
Chairman and CEO
Peter Caswell, a Silicon Valley veteran, brings to NetBase more than 25 years of experience driving operational excellence, financial discipline and exponential revenue growth throughout technology organizations. As CEO of Siperian, Peter was responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth and management of the company. He drove the business to operating profitability and grew revenue by seven times in three years before selling to Informatica for more than $130mm in January 2010. Previously Caswell served as the CEO at Enkata Technologies and Advent Software where he grew the business 42 percent per year for nine years and achieved more than $2.5B in market capitalization. He has held executive sales and marketing positions with MSA (a Dun & Bradstreet Software company) and Hogan Systems. Peter holds the equivalent of an MBA in Management Studies and a BA in Agriculture from the Seale Hayne College in the United Kingdom.
Board Member – Thomvest Ventures
Don Butler is a Managing Director with Thomvest Ventures. Don’s 20 year career spans a variety of roles with emerging growth technology companies. Don began his career doing investment banking at Lehman Brothers, where he worked on a number of initial public offerings as well as mergers and acquisitions. Don then did business development on behalf of a number of start-ups in the software and networking industries as a consultant with Asia Pacific Ventures. Don is currently on the Board of Directors for Axcient, Milyoni, NetBase, scanR, and YottaMark. Don has a B.A. in Chinese from UCLA and M.A.s in both East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford.
Board Member – WestSummit Capital
Elise is a Partner with WestSummit Capital, a leading global growth equity firm focused on helping high growth technology companies access the China market. Elise has over 18 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in both the US and Asia.
Prior to WestSummit, Elise was a Vice President/Head of US Investment at Vertex Venture Holdings ($1.5B VC arm of Singapore Temasek Holdings) where she oversaw direct investments and fund of funds investments for the fund in the U.S. Earlier, she was a Principal at AsiaTech Management, an early stage high-tech fund based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her relocation to US in 1999, Elise worked in Vertex Singapore office as the Investment Officer covering China, Southeast Asia and Europe investments. Elise serves on the Board of Directors for WSC portfolio company Mirantis and as a Board Observer for SilkRoad Technology, YuMe and Unity Software.
Board Member – Independent
As President of U.S. Retail Operations, Kip Knight is responsible for driving service delivery of tax and financial services to the company’s 14.5 million U.S. retail clients throughout its nationwide network of company and franchise offices. Knight joined H&R Block in 2012 and served as President, International and President, Franchise Operations. Prior to joining H&R Block, Knight’s 30-year career has included senior management and marketing positions with P&G, PepsiCo and eBay. Knight started in marketing research at Burke Marketing Research and has since worked in over 65 countries. He spent 10 years in brand management at Procter and Gamble and worked for 10 years in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division where served as General Manager of North Latin America and the first head of marketing for KFC International. Knight also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell.
From 2002 until 2008, Knight worked at eBay, the world’s largest e-commerce site. He was Vice President of marketing for eBay, North America. Knight is founder of the U.S. Marketing Communication College at the U.S. State Department that trains diplomats on marketing strategy and implementation. Knight is currently on the Board of Directors at Quiznos. He earned his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University in marketing and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
Board Member – Spring Lake Equity Partners
Carmen is a founding partner of Spring Lake Equity Partners. Prior to founding Spring Lake, Carmen served as a Partner in Tudor Investment Corporation’s private equity group, the predecessor to Spring Lake, since 1996. Carmen has focused on growth companies in the software, internet/digital media, business services and financial technologies sectors. He currently sits on the boards of NetBase Solutions, Inc., Educate Online, Inc., RBM Technologies, Inc., and Batanga, Inc. Prior investments where Carmen served as a director or was actively involved include Art Technology Group, Chordiant Software, GAIN Capital, TractManager, Velocity, Vurv, and Wimba. Carmen worked previously as an associate at Triumph Capital Group, Inc., a private equity firm in Boston. Prior to that, he was an assistant to the founder and CEO of Boston Concessions Group and was a corporate finance analyst for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. Carmen earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University.