Howard Hochhauser has served as Interim CEO of Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, since October 2017. He joined Ancestry in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and in February 2012 added the position of Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure, Howard has helped lead the Company’s initial 2009 public offering, its go-private transaction in 2012, seven acquisitions and all of its public equity and debt financings. He oversees areas including finance and human resources, as well the Company’s content and data analytics operations. Prior to joining Ancestry, Howard served as Chief Financial Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and earlier in his career was a Vice President of Equity Research at Bear Stearns & Co. and a Staff Accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick. Howard was voted #1 Internet industry CFO of 2012 by investment community professionals surveyed by Institutional Investor magazine. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. from Boston University. He also serves as a Director of OpenX.
Nat Natarajan has served as our Executive Vice President of Product and Technology since February 2017. Prior to Ancestry, Nat held executive positions in technology and product development at Intuit and PayPal. He was also one of the early members on the team that founded Travelocity.com, totaling more than 20 years of experience building highly innovative products and successful teams. At PayPal, Nat managed and led significant growth during his tenure. He was a key executive in PayPal’s merchant services business that was about 60 percent of PayPal’s revenues in 2014. He led global engineering, operations and platforms teams at PayPal. As Chief Technology Officer and senior vice president of product management and engineering for Intuit’s Consumer Tax Group, Natarajan helped to shape their product and technology roadmap, accelerate the pace of innovation and build a world-class product leadership team. He speaks regularly at technology forums and has served on multiple panels related to product innovation, agile technologies and leading transformations. Natarajan has a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University in India.
Vineet Mehra has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since February 2017. Prior to Ancestry, Vineet held leadership positions at some of the world’s best brands – building companies such as Novartis Consumer Health, General Mills, and Procter & Gamble and has led diverse teams across Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Most recently, Vineet served as Global President of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Care business where he was tasked with leading a worldwide team to re-invent their portfolio of baby brands to reinvigorate growth. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of shaping modern marketing organization, balancing the art and science of marketing and data-driven marketing. In 2016, Vineet was recognized as one of the 100 most influential marketing leaders in the world. Vineet has been a Judge and Speaker at Cannes, jury chair for the M&M Global Media Awards, and finalist judge for the Global Effie Awards. Most recently, Vineet joined an elite worldwide group of marketing leaders and top 5 advertising agency brass to form Effie Worldwide’s new Board of Directors. Vineet holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.
Carla S. Newell has served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer for Ancestry since September 2016. She has worked with companies covering a wide range of sectors including cyber security, enterprise software and services, ecommerce and social media, witnessing the evolution in business models across these sectors and their impact on more traditional businesses. Prior to joining Ancestry, Carla spent more than a decade as Operating General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a leading growth equity investor, where she led legal, investor relations and fundraising for the firm and its multi-billion dollar funds. Among TCV's portfolio companies are many of the world's most successful and recognizable consumer technology brands, including Expedia, Facebook, Fandango, Netflix, Spotify, and Zillow. Additionally, Carla is an expert in structuring and negotiating complex business, investment and strategic transactions, including M&A. Prior to Technology Crossover Ventures she spent 15 years working with high growth technology companies as a Partner at two leading technology focused law firms, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Carla earned a Juris Doctorate from The University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Evan Wittenberg has served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ancestry since July 2017. He oversees the company’s People and Places team, which is responsible for all HR functions including talent acquisition and development, total rewards, facilities and leadership development. Wittenberg has an extensive track record of helping world-class organizations grow and foster their talent while evolving their cultures to support continued expansion. Prior to Ancestry, Wittenberg served the chief people officer at Box, having led the company’s Human Resources function through explosive growth and a public listing in 2015. In his leadership role, he oversaw all recruiting and talent development initiatives, in addition to compensation and benefits, performance management and succession planning. Prior to Box, Wittenberg was the Chief Talent Officer for HP; created and ran the Global Leadership Development function at Google; was Director of the Graduate Leadership Program at The Wharton School; and was part of the cultural integration of two world class academic medical centers which created New York Presbyterian Hospital – The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.
Ken Chahine has served as our Executive Vice President and General Manager for AncestryDNA, LLC since April 2015. He joined the Company as General Manager and Senior Vice President for AncestryDNA, LLC in July of 2011. Prior to joining us, he held several positions, including as Chief Executive Officer of Avigen, a biotechnology company in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, and at Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals (currently Pfizer). Ken also teaches a course focused on new venture development, intellectual property, and licensing at the University of Utah's College of Law. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Florida State University.
Catherine Ball, Ph.D. has served as Chief Scientific Officer for AncestryDNA, LLC since September 2016. She joined Ancestry in 2011 as Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, helping to establish the Company’s approach to genetic genealogy leading to the launch of AncestryDNA. Cathy is a genomic scientist who has annotated and mined the genomes of various organisms and created resources to help clinicians, citizens and other scientists exploit and explore genome data. Her career has focused on helping people around the world appreciate, understand and use their own genomic data. Cathy has collaborated on the annotation of the first sequenced eukaryotic genome (brewer's yeast) and has collaboratively built databases to explore the genomes of yeast, E. coli and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. As a pioneer in data analysis resources for high-throughput biomedical technologies, she led the Stanford Microarray Database, the largest academic database of its kind. Cathy has used high-throughput biomedical data to shed light on diverse research topics, from the biology of infectious organisms to the mechanisms involved in cell division and cancer. She has presented seminars at leading universities and contributes to National Institutes of Health committees. She received a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Cathy was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley prior to her research in the Departments of Genetics and Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Brian Hansen has served as our Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Businesses since March 2015 and has held several product and general management roles at Ancestry for more than a decade. Brian is responsible for Newspapers.com, Fold3, AncestryProGenealogists, the Ancestry Institutional products in libraries and classrooms, Archives.com, and Ancestry Academy. Brian's previous startup roles since 1997 include COO at iArchives (acquired by Ancestry.com), VP of Product at Kaboodle (acquired by Hearst Interactive), COO at Infopia, VP of Product and Business Development at FlipDog (acquired by Monster), and Strategic Projects Manager at Onyx Software. Brian holds an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Dan Jones has served as our Global Vice President of Content since November 2011, having joined the organization in October 2008 as Director of International Content. Dan joined Ancestry after six years at The National Archives of the U.K. where he held a number of roles including leading the Business Development, Online Services and PR departments. While at The National Archives Dan implemented a successful program of public private partnership to encourage investment in digital access services, and served on the Executive Team and Board of Directors during 2007 and 2008. Between 1996 and 2002 Dan worked in digital content, and intellectual property acquisition and licensing at the BBC and its commercial arm BBC Worldwide. Dan holds an LLB honors degree in Law and is a graduate of the University of Teesside and the College of Law, York.
Scott Sorensen has served as our Chief Technology Officer since April 2013. Scott has been at Ancestry since June 2002 and has held multiple positions including Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Search and Vice President of Commerce. Prior to joining Ancestry, he was co-founder and Vice President of Engineering and then President at Coresoft Technologies. Scott was an engineering manager at WordPerfect / Novell and a software engineer at IBM. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
Sriram joined Ancestry in September 2017 as Senior Vice President & Chief Information officer to lead global information technology strategy, solutions and operations. Sriram brings 20 years of leadership experience as a technology executive building and managing highly scalable infrastructure platforms, enterprise application architectures and corporate information security at leading technology organizations. Before joining Ancestry, Sriram served as SVP & Chief Information Officer at Infoblox where he was responsible for information security, network operations, infrastructure management, enterprise applications and business intelligence solutions. Prior to Infoblox, Sriram was the Head of Global IT organization at Twitter where he was responsible for leading the development and scaling of corporate IT infrastructure, enterprise applications, corporate productivity engineering solutions to support the company’s rapid growth. Before Twitter, Sriram served as Vice President of IT & Premium services infrastructure, overseeing a global team of software engineers, IT professionals and infrastructure engineers that built highly scalable IT solutions and consumer payments infrastructure platform. Earlier in his career, Sriram has also held leadership positions at VeriSign and Ernst & Young. Sriram holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and Bachelors in Electronics and Communication engineering from Anna University, India.