Tim Allen serves as President of Mindspark. In his role as President, he oversees all lines of operation and financial performance for the company. His prior roles at Mindspark included oversight over new product development and product management teams for all of the company's brands, as well as leading the marketing team.
With an extensive career at IAC spanning 13 years, he's held various positions including GM of Vimeo, VP at Ask Jeeves, and led the successful acquisition of Daily Burn by IAC. Tim was also an integral part of the transformation of IWON.com from a pure search engine to it becoming one of the most popular casual gaming sites on the Internet.
Tim began his career as Head of Product and Strategy at Combio, a private company that worked with financial institutions to power the company's consumer offerings and built first-of-its-kind technology for dynamic content layout and configuration by end users.
Eric Esterlis serves as President of Mindspark. In this role, he is responsible for leading technology innovation, software development and operations across all of the company's teams.
In an IAC career spanning 13 years, Eric most recently served as Mindspark's Chief Technology Officer. He also previously served as the Senior Vice President and CTO at Interactive Search Holdings (ISH), where he lead a team of technology developers — a group he built from the ground up. While there, he was accountable for the successful development of popular websites including IWON, Excite, Myway and the creation of Fun Web Products, a portfolio of sites focused on entertainment and self-expression.
Eric served as First Vice President of Fixed Income Trading at Morgan Stanley. Eric started his career at IBM in Fishkill, NY.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Brad Simon serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Mindspark. Brad brings more than 17 years of legal and leadership experience in digital media to his new role as SVP and General Counsel at Mindspark. Brad was previously SVP/General Counsel at About, Inc.
Prior to that Brad served as VP and Counsel at Take-Two Interactive Software, SVP at MTV Networks, VP and Deputy General Counsel at Beyond Oblivion, VP and General Counsel at PlayFirst, Senior Director of Legal and Business Affairs at Shockwave.com/Atom Films, and Senior Counsel at Organic.
Brad received his LLM from Harvard Law School and his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and holds degrees from Brown University and University College London.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jeff Paradise serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Mindspark. In his role, he manages an enormous multi-million dollar marketing budget, as well as a team of thirty marketing and communications professionals. He drives the company's key consumer and customer marketing strategies across all Mindspark brands, and identifies growth opportunities in new market segments.
Jeff holds over sixteen years of award-winning product, e-commerce, and digital marketing experience in key roles. Prior to joining Mindspark, he served as SVP of Product Marketing & Strategy at FYI Direct Inc., where he led the strategy, development, and launch of products, social networking initiatives, and multi-channel marketing campaigns in US and international markets.
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Michelle Lee serves as Vice President and General Manager at Mindspark. In her role, she has general manager responsibility and P&L ownership of the online games, virtual worlds and personal expressions divisions at Mindspark. She manages a product portfolio of over 20 of the company's brands, and works cross-functionally with finance, technology, developers, designers and product managers to ensure consistent product excellence.
Michelle has an extensive online and product strategy background. She previously served as Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Product at EdLab in the Teachers College Columbia University. Before that, she was Director of Product Management at Reed Elsevier in New York. Other experiences include roles at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Claria and Deutsche Bank. Also notably, she was a founding team member of RottenTomatoes.com.
She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Vice President of Technology
Christopher Phillips is Senior Vice President of Technology at Mindspark, Chris oversees all consumer-oriented technology and product development. He works quickly and expertly to deliver compelling, valuable, and scalable solutions in all areas of development including mobile, desktop, web sites and services.
Chris has considerable tenure at Mindspark, having joined the company as a developer near its foundation over 12 years ago. His tenacity, passion, and expertise has led him to now oversee all technology for the B2C segment, while assisting in the company's growth and transition from a startup, to acquisition by Ask, to a major corporate entity under IAC.
Chris started his professional career as a Programmer/Analyst at Morgan Stanley developing real-time trading applications concurrent with majoring in computer science at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Senior Vice President, IT Operations
Ernest Wurzbach is Senior Vice President of IT Operations at Mindspark. Ernest works directly with the executive team, product leads and stakeholders across the spectrum of IAC businesses to deliver excellence in the company's IT infrastructure.
He is responsible for aligning technology initiatives with business goals, maintaining and making improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business systems performance.
Ernest is a Mindspark veteran, having been with the company since it's early beginning in 1999. Prior to joining Mindspark, he held various positions at EarthWeb, and True North (FCB).
Vice President, Product Development
Sean Conrad serves as Vice President of Product Development at Mindspark, where he is responsible for expanding the company's product portfolio, formulating new creative strategies and bringing them to life. He is a software industry leader who combines technical experience, intuition, knowledge of the market and excellent communication skills to lead a product team that has generated millions of dollars in revenue for the company.
Prior to joining Mindspark, Sean was VP of Product Management & Engineering at Alot.com. He led a team of over 20 professionals and oversaw the technical and design aspects of an important revenue-impacting division. Before that, he held various engineering and product management roles at MIVA, FindWhat Inc., and Comet Systems, Inc.
Sean holds an M.S. in Information Sciences from The University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University.
Vice President, Planning and Analytics
Mo Lam serves as Vice President of Planning and Analytics at Mindspark. As a member of the executive team, he is responsible for business planning, corporate and strategy development, and overall financial management.
Mo possesses leadership intelligence from a wide array of career experiences. Prior to joining Mindspark, he founded and successfully sold a gaming company.
Before that he held positions in product strategy at Microsoft, along with key roles on corporate development teams at The Hearst Corporation and IAC.
Vice President and Controller
Joel Safir serves as Vice President and Controller at Mindspark. He is responsible for all accounting matters, including management of the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, preparing and analyzing financial statements, administration of corporate policies, compliance with tax requirements, and adherence to governance policies.
A seasoned finance executive, he holds over 20 years of experience building strategic finance, audit, governance and enterprise risk management structures that have improved business performance and profitability. Prior to joining Mindspark, Joel ran his own independent financial consultancy, performing various consultative projects dealing with corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley Act reviews and internal auditing.
Before that, he was Vice President of Finance and later Chief Audit Executive at Marvel Entertainment.
Vice President of Finance
Paul Scribano serves as Vice President of Finance at Mindspark. In his role, he has reporting responsibility for the consolidated financial results. He manages the centralized service group's financial team, activities, allocation logic and reporting, along with report design and development while also supporting acquisition and integration activities. In addition, Paul manages the IAC Search Segment Engineering team supporting the Oracle/Hyperion financial systems.
Paul is an established contributor with over 20 years of corporate and business finance management experience. His prior responsibilities included various roles managing financial operations, startup and divestment opportunities. Prior to joining Mindspark, Paul served companies such as Comprehensive Neuroscience, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hyperion Solutions, Arthur Andersen, Career Education Corp., Modem Media Advertising and Major League Marketing.
He holds a Master's Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University and a B.S. in Finance from Sacred Heart University.
Outside of Mindspark, he is Chairman of the Board for MetroPool Inc, and supports Hartford Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and student programs at Sacred Heart University and the College of New Rochelle.
Senior Director, Business Development
Chris McManus serves as Senior Director of Business Development at Mindspark. In this role, he has responsibility for product licensing, investment recommendations and analysis, site advertising, and marketing new business development.
He works across the company to support the various business units and helps identify and grow key initiatives. Chris has over 15 years' experience in digital media, interactive entertainment and product strategy.
Before joining Mindspark, Chris worked on space systems for Lockheed Martin and was a founding team member of Space.com.
Director of Human Resources
Sara Grubel is Director of Human Resources at Mindspark. Sara provides strategic and operational support, overseeing the human resources function for the company's B2C and Shared Services. She is steward of the company's morale events and exceptional corporate culture, and maintains responsibility for rolling out all firm-wide HR initiatives.
Sara has over 12 years of experience in people management, forming specializations in employee relations, coaching, organizational development, talent management, compensation, recruitment and training. Prior to joining the internet industry, she spent the majority of her career in the financial services industry, holding various roles within HR teams at Greenwich Associates, Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank.