THE NETBASE LEADERSHIP
DRIVEN TO EMPOWER GLOBAL BUSINESSES WITH SOCIAL INSIGHTS
Meet the leaders of NetBase, a team of seasoned industry executives bringing over 20 years of senior management experience to the social analytics space. They have successfully guided companies through all stages of growth, from startup to IPO to acquisition.
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.
Bob is EVP and General Manager. He has almost four decades of experience leading technology companies that serve blue chip enterprise customers. Prior to NetBase, Bob served as an Industry Solutions VP at Hewlett-Packard. His other roles included CEO of Cydelity, an online fraud detection solution vendor, EVP and COO of ArcSight, VP at EDS/ATKearney focusing on strategic consulting, and a VP at Oracle leading application solutions and consulting services. Bob started his career as a management consultant with Booz-Allen, delivering business strategies and implementations of major enterprise systems and a systems integrator at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Paige joins NetBase with 20 years’ experience in technology and marketing, working to sell enterprise application solutions and manage trusted customer relationships. Prior to his current role, Leidig was CMO for CipherCloud where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing and helped lead the company from the early stage to a leader in the cloud security market. Leidig has also worked in senior management positions at SAP, Ariba, Elance, and E*Trade.
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.
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.