Board of Directors
Donald F. Wood
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director
Lanny Baker has served as Chief Executive Officer of ZipRealty since November 2010, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in late 2008. Under Mr. Baker’s leadership, ZipRealty has significantly upgraded its web, mobile and customer service technology, while simultaneously achieving dramatic improvement in financial performance and overall profitability. Today, ZipRealty is actively reinvesting recent gains into mobile technology, agent recruiting and expanding the rapidly growing Powered by Zip (PbZ) network serving leading local brokerages in top cities across the United States.
Prior to joining ZipRealty, Mr. Baker was Chief Financial Officer of Monster Worldwide, the global leader in online recruitment advertising, where he oversaw financial operations and directed Monster’s long-term strategic planning and M&A activities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baker spent 16 years as a sell-side research analyst, where he was regularly recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for his coverage of the Internet/Online Media sector.
Mr. Baker currently serves on the Board of Directors of HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY) and The XO Group (NYSE: XOXO), and is a member of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee of The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Mr. Baker, his wife and four children live in Lafayette, Calif., in a home they found on ZipRealty.com.
Elisabeth DeMarse joined the ZipRealty Board of Directors in July 2005. She is currently the Chairman, President and CEO of TheStreet (NASDAQ:TST). Ms. DeMarse has previously served as CEO of Newser, an online news site, CEO and President of Creditcards.com, an internet-based provider of consumer credit card offerings, and as CEO and Board member of Bankrate Inc., an internet-based consumer banking marketplace. A member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, DeMarse has extensive leadership and operating expertise in the financial sphere, including previous executive-level positions at Hoovers Inc., Bloomberg L.P. and Citicorp. DeMarse received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She also serves on the Board of Directors for both EDGAR-Online and All Star Directories. She is a member of The Committee of 200.
Robert C. Kagle
Robert C. Kagle has served on the board of directors since November 1999. Mr. Kagle has been a General Partner of Benchmark Capital Management Co., LLC, since its founding in May 1995 and a General Partner of Technology Venture Investors since January 1984. Mr. Kagle also serves on the boards of directors of eBay Inc., Jamba Juice and Prosper. Mr. Kagle holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute (renamed Kettering University in January 1998).
Stanley M. Koonce, Jr.
Stanley M. Koonce, Jr. has served on the board of directors since May 2004. Mr. Koonce has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since June 2002. From April 2001 to April 2002, Mr. Koonce was President and Chief Executive Officer of Venue Ticket Exchange, a sports ticketing company. From September 2000 to May 2002, Mr. Koonce was Chairman of AIVIA, a software and web development company. Mr. Koonce holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gary A. Wetsel
Gary A. Wetsel has served on the Board of Directors since May 2007 and is an independent consultant. From April 2002 to December 2004, Mr. Wetsel served as Executive Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Aspect Communications Corporation, a provider of enterprise customer contact solutions, where he remained as a consultant until his retirement in March 2005. Mr. Wetsel has held senior executive positions with several other high-tech companies, including Zhone Technologies, Inc., WarpSpeed Communications Corp., Wyse Technology, Inc., Borland International, Inc., Octel Communications Corporation and Ungermann-Bass, Inc. Mr. Wetsel previously served on the boards of directors and audit committees of LookSmart Ltd. and Blue Martini Software, Inc. Mr. Wetsel is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bentley College.