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Michael J. Fuchs
Chairman of the Board

Michael J. Fuchs. Mr. Fuchs has served as a director of AutoWeb since September 1996 and became Chairman in June 1998. Since May 2001, Mr. Fuchs has been engaged in private investing for his own behalf. From November 2000 to May 2001, Mr. Fuchs was Chief Executive Officer of MyTurn.com, Inc. and was Interim Chief Executive Officer from April 2000 to October 2000. Mr. Fuchs was a consultant from November 1995 to April 2000. Mr. Fuchs was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Home Box Office, a division of TimeWarner Entertainment Company, L.P., a leading pay-television company, from October 1984 until November 1995, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Music Group, a division of Time Warner Inc., from May 1995 to November 1995. Mr. Fuchs holds a B.A. Degree from Union College and a J.D. Degree from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Fuchs was a significant early investor in the Company.

Michael A. Carpenter
Director

Michael A. Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter has served as a director of AutoWeb since September 2012. Mr. Carpenter served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Ally Financial Inc. from November 2009 until his retirement in February 2015. Ally Financial is one of the nation’s largest financial services companies, with a concentration in automotive lending. In 2007, he founded Southgate Alternative Investments, Inc. From 2002 to 2006, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, overseeing proprietary capital and customer funds globally in various alternative investment vehicles. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Carpenter was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank with responsibility for Salomon Smith Barney Inc. and Citibank’s corporate banking activities globally. Mr. Carpenter was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salomon Smith Barney Inc. in 1998, shortly after the merger that created Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Carpenter was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers Life & Annuity and Vice Chairman of Travelers Group Inc. responsible for strategy and business development. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Carpenter was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kidder Peabody Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric Company. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Carpenter was Executive Vice President of GE Capital Corporation. He first joined GE in 1983 as Vice President of Corporate Business Development and Planning and was responsible for strategic planning and development as well as mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Carpenter spent nine years as Vice President and Director of the Boston Consulting Group and three years with Imperial Chemical Industries of the United Kingdom. Mr. Carpenter was elected to the board of CIT, Inc., a publicly held financial holding company, on May 1, 2016. He also serves on the boards of Law Finance Group, US Retirement Partners, the New York City Investment Fund, the Rewards Network, Inc., and Client 4 Life Management Systems, and has been a board member of the New York Stock Exchange, General Signal, Loews Cineplex and various other private and public companies. Mr. Carpenter received a B.S. Degree from the University of Nottingham, England, and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Carpenter also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Nottingham.

Matías de Tezanos
Director

Matías de Tezanos. Mr. de Tezanos has served as a director of AutoWeb since October 1, 2015 and as the Company’s Chief Strategy Officer from October 1, 2015 to February 13, 2017. From October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2015, Mr. de Tezanos was a director and chief executive officer of a company that provided an internet-based, pay-per-click advertising marketplace for the automotive industry, which was acquired by the Company as of October 1, 2015. Mr. de Tezanos is a co-founder, director and the Chief Executive Officer of People F, Inc., a holding company that is focused on investments in technology, internet and media (“PeopleFund”), and a co-founder of, and currently serves as co-managing director and chief executive officer of PF Holding, Inc., a holding company that is focused on investments in technology, internet and media affiliated with PeopleFund. Mr. de Tezanos also serves as president and a director of PF Auto, Inc., an entity affiliated with PeopleFund and secretary and a director of Auto Holdings Ltd., also an entity affiliated with PeopleFund. In addition, Mr. de Tezanos is an officer of director of a member of privately-held companies, including Ignite Holdings Company, Inc. DBA KingoEnergy, a global company that offers off-grid communities prepaid solar energy service in developing countries, Iguama Inc., an online marketplace offering US products in Latin America, P3 Global Management Inc., a smart city infrastructure development and advisory firm, Bidtellect, Inc., CLPF, Inc., CookUnity Inc., Global Media, Ltd., Healthcare.com Insurance Services, LLC, Kaptyn Inc. (prior P3GM Holdings, Inc.), Longevity Holdings, Inc., Media Assets Management Inc., Orionis Biosciences LLC, PFO Investment, LLC, Startups.com Holding Inc., Blue Mountain 30 Inc., Blue Mountain 31 Inc., Blue Pacific Ventures Inc., Classifieds Corp., Gray Mountain Inc., Mapfit Inc., Moshos Inc., People Ventures, Inc., Petrol Ventures Inc., PF Classifieds Inc., PF Healthcare Inc., PFO Investment, Inc., PFP Investment, Inc., RDBCOM Corporation, and Startups.com Inc. Mr. de Tezanos attended the Conservatory of Music in Guatemala in 2000.

Chan W. Galbato
Director

Chan W. Galbato. Mr. Galbato has served as a director of AutoWeb since January 2019. Mr. Galbato is the Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC. Prior to joining Cerberus in 2009, he served as President and CEO of the Controls Group of businesses for Invensys plc. Mr. Galbato previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products, President of Services for The Home Depot, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Parts LLC. He spent 14 years with General Electric Company, holding several operating and finance leadership positions within its various industrial divisions as well as holding the role of President and CEO of Coregis Insurance Company, a G.E. Capital company.  Mr. Galbato currently serves as Chairman of Avon Products, Inc., as Director of Blue Bird Corporation, DynCorp International, Electrical Components International, FirstKey Homes, LLC, New Avon LLC, Staples Solutions B.V., and Director on the Executive Committee of Steward Health Care, LLC. Previously, Mr. Galbato served as Director of the publicly traded Brady Corporation for seven years, including as Lead Director. He also served as Director of Tower International, Inc., and Chairman to North American Bus Industries, Inc., Guilford Mills and YP Holdings LLC until their respective changes in ownership. Mr. Galbato received a B.A. Degree in Economics from State University of New York and a M.B.A. in Business Policy and Finance from the University of Chicago.

Mark N. Kaplan
Director

Mark N. Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan has served as a director of AutoWeb since June 1998. Mr. Kaplan was a member of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1979 through 1998 and currently is of counsel to that firm, Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of Engelhard Minerals & Chemicals Corporation (mining and chemicals) from 1977 to 1979, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Drexel Burnham Lambert (investment banking) from 1970 to 1977. Kaplan serves as Chairman of the compensation committee of the board of directors of American Biltrite Inc., a publicly traded company. He is a Trustee of Bard College, the New York Academy of Medicine, a member and former Chairman of the New York City Audit Committee, a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of WNET.org (provider of public media in the New York City metropolitan area), a director of twenty investment funds managed by Gresham Investment Management LLC, as well as an advisor to fifteen additional private Gresham fund properties. Mr. Kaplan has also served on the boards of Volt Information Services, Inc., Congoleum Corp., DRS Technologies Inc., and other privately held entities or mutual funds. Mr. Kaplan was formerly the Chairman of the Audit Advisory Committee of the Board of Education of The City of New York, Vice-Chairman and Governor of the board of directors of The American Stock Exchange, Inc., and a director of Security Industry Automation Corporation. Mr. Kaplan holds an A.B. Degree from Columbia College and a LL.B Degree from Columbia Law School.

Jared R. Rowe
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jared R. Rowe. Mr. Rowe was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a director, of AutoWeb in April 2018.  Prior to joining AutoWeb, Jared served as Senior Operating Executive at Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company and as Chief Executive Officer at The Real Yellow Pages (YP), a local marketing solutions provider and Cerberus portfolio company.  Before his work with YP and Cerberus, Jared held several senior leadership positions within Cox Automotive, where he was President of Kelley Blue Book, President of Autotrader, and ultimately the President of Cox Automotive’s Media Solutions Group, where he was responsible for leading the Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Dealer.com and Haystak businesses.  Jared has a Master of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Automotive Marketing from Northwood University.

Janet M. Thompson
Director

Janet M. Thompson. Ms. Thompson has served as a director of AutoWeb since March 2008. Since February 2019, Ms. Thompson has been Senior Vice President of HAAH Automotive Holdings, exclusive distributor for Zotye USA.  From January 2015 to February 2019, Ms. Thompson was Senior Vice President of Ipsos Automotive, a global automotive market research company. Prior to that Ms. Thompson was Vice President, Marketing of Advanstar Communications Inc., the leading provider of integrated media solutions to the automotive aftermarket, pharmaceutical, healthcare, power sports and fashion industries from July 2011 to January 1, 2015; Vice President, Automotive Group for The Marketing Arm, an Omnicom Group agency, from January 2011 to June 2011; Executive Vice President of the Diversified Agency Services Division of Omnicom Group, an advertising firm, from November 2007 to August 2010; Vice President, Marketing Nissan and Infiniti Divisions of Nissan North America, from July 2004 to September 2007; and from July 1999 to July 2004, Ms. Thompson was Chief Executive Officer and President of The Designory, Inc., a marketing firm owned by the Omnicom Group. Ms. Thompson held sales or marketing positions at Mazda Motor of America, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Chrysler Corporation, from 1972 to 1994. Ms. Thompson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Detroit. Ms. Thompson has the distinction of being named one of the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry in both 2005 and 2010.

José Vargas
Director

José Vargas. Mr. Vargas has served as a director of AutoWeb since October 1, 2015 and as the Company’s Chief Revenue Officer from October 1, 2015 to April 12, 2018. From September 18, 2013 to October 1, 2015, Mr. Vargas was a director and president of a company that provided an internet-based, pay-per-click advertising marketplace for the automotive industry, which was acquired by the Company as of October 1, 2015. Mr. Vargas is a co-founder, director and the president of People F, Inc., a holding company that is focused on investments in technology, internet and media (“People Fund”), and a co-founder of, and currently serves as a co-managing director and president of PF Holding Inc., an entity affiliated with PeopleFund that is focused on investments in technology, internet and media, as well as vice president and a director of PF Auto, Inc., an entity affiliated with PeopleFund, and co-managing director, president and secretary of Auto Holdings Ltd., also an entity affiliated with PeopleFund. Mr. Vargas is also a director or officer of a number of privately-held companies that include Healthcare, Inc., an online search, comparison and recommendation tool for healthcare consumers, Blue Mountain 17 Inc., Blue Mountain 18 Inc., Blue Mountain 30 Inc., Blue Mountain 31 Inc., Blue Mountain 45 Inc., Blue Mountain 46 Inc., Blue Mountain 48 Inc., Blue Mountain 73 Inc., Classifieds Corp., Gray Mountain Inc., PeopleFund Inc., People Ventures Inc., Startups Holding, Inc.; MapFit Inc. (prior: GeoFi, Inc.), PF Classifieds Inc., PF Healthcare Inc., Galeb3 Inc., Healthcare.com Insurance Services, LLC, Startups.com I, Limited, Startups.com Inc., and Startups.com III, L.P. Mr. Vargas received a B.S. Degree from Florida International University.

 

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