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Michele
Michele Turner
CEO of Dictionary.com
Favorite word: sesquipedalian

Michele has over 20 years of experience in high-tech product marketing, product development, and business management from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Dictionary.com, Michele was Chief Product Officer at mBlox, the leading brand-to-consumer mobile engagement platform. She spent several years as EVP of Products at Cooliris, a Kleiner Perkins portfolio company, known for its stunning photo management applications. She joined Adobe in 2006 as Vice President of the Platform Business Unit, where she was responsible for product management, product marketing, and developer relations for the Adobe Flash Platform. Additionally she served as Vice President of Product Marketing and Design at Netflix and Senior Vice President of Product Marketing at AOL, where she helped drive product strategy, definition, and delivery of AOL's Advanced Communications, Personalization, Mobile and Netscape product lines. She was also Senior Vice President of Product at Excite@Home and held management positions at Silicon Graphics. Michele holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

Jim
Jim Conning
SVP of Engineering
Favorite word: prescience

Jim is a seasoned technology executive who brings a wealth of execution experience in his role as SVP of Engineering. Jim's background covers a range of environments, including Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Jim was CTO at Piczo, a widely popular teenage social networking site with a focus on Europe and Canada that started with 100 emails and grew virally to over 10 million monthly unique visitors. He specializes in producing innovative new products and developing scalable, high-volume applications. Jim has built and managed extensive cross-continent development teams. He brings wisdom and experience with a focus on early deliverables and quick iterations while balancing solid software development with speed to market. Jim is an accomplished software innovator who honed his skills within the context of large databases and high-volume applications. He conceived of and developed tools that manipulate the large digital map databases of NavTeq and TeleAtlas. He participated in world-class software development integration at Oracle and in the web trading division of Charles Schwab.

Kris Carpenter
Kris Carpenter
VP, Product
Favorite word: disambiguate

Kris Carpenter Negulescu is Vice President of Product for Dictionary.com. In this role, she oversees product, design, and content. She joined IAC in 2014. Prior to joining IAC, Kris led a team at the Internet Archive responsible for delivering web archiving, data mining, hosting and access services to National Libraries and Archives, universities, and research institutes around the globe. She also incubated a petabyte-scale, data science, archival web research program for cultural heritage. Before joining the Internet Archive, Kris divided her time between the online consumer and business-to-business hosted services sectors, serving in product and general management roles for venture-backed Silicon Valley start-ups like Infinity Financial Technology, Excite/Excite@Home, Grand Central Communications, Claria, and FoundValue. Over the past 20 years, Kris has worked extensively in search and analytics, content and ad targeting, and SaaS. Kris holds two degrees from Stanford University, a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior (an interdisciplinary program in Sociology, Industrial Engineering, and the Graduate School of Business).

Alex Paul
Alex Paul
VP, Business & Legal Affairs
Favorite word: adamantine

Alex Paul is the Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Dictionary.com. In this role, he advises the executive team and business leaders on a variety of legal and business issues, including commercial, employment, intellectual property, and corporate governance matters. Alex is a business-minded attorney with substantial law firm and in-house legal experience. He gives a high premium on providing client service and developing relationships within the family of IAC companies.

John Yoo
John Yoo
VP, Finance
Favorite word: accountability

John is the VP of Finance and oversees all finance operations for Dictionary.com. Previously, John was VP of Finance at Conversant where he was responsible for all finance operations of the owned and operated division, which included Investopedia.com (leading finance reference website) and PriceRunner (leading comparison shopping websites in Europe). Prior to Conversant, John held management positions at MeziMedia (a comparison shopping website acquired by Conversant) and Yahoo/Overture Services/Goto.com. John holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Jonathan Weinstock
Jonathan Weinstock
SVP of Business Operations
Favorite word: facetious

Jonathan is the SVP of Business Operations, which encompasses oversight of Finance, Analytics and Marketing. Previously Jonathan ran the Search Marketing program for Ask.com. Jonathan specializes in cat herding and enjoys poking holes in the plots of popular movies. In his spare time he loses at poker and plays the kazoo. He enjoys milkshakes from Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café.

Ken Leeder
Ken Leeder
SVP of Programmatic Revenue
Favorite word: profit

An AdTech and consumer web executive with experience successfully starting, funding, leading, growing, and selling technology-based businesses, Ken runs the programmatic advertising group for Dictionary.com and all IMG properties. Ken is also a strategic advisor to start-up companies and venture funds in his spare time. Previously, he also founded Real Travel, a social travel site that helped more than 18 million people plan their trips each year and was named Best of the Web by Forbes, BusinessWeek, and the Association of Travel Marketing Executives. Earlier he founded Full Degree, an enterprise software company specializing in information management that was ranked number two in the market by Forrester Research. Prior to that Ken led Business Development for, what at the time was, the second largest publicly traded online ad company in the world, and also led an international strategic alliance team for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ainka Fulani
Ainka Fulani
Director, Human Resources
Favorite word: eureka

Ainka J. Fulani brings over 20 years of professional experience to serve as a Director and the Human Resources Business Partner for Dictionary.com. She has worked in profit centers and in cost centers solving business problems or improving process on Wall Street and in retail, telecommunications and higher education. Having worked as an executive and personal coach since 2008, she brings a "whole person" approach to organizational and professional development. Ainka received her B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on education from UC Berkeley. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she earned an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship, Operations, and Strategy. Ainka is passionate about health and fitness. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, PMA Certified Pilates Instructor, and Yoga Alliance Certified 200+ Hour Instructor. She holds numerous other certifications, including Designing Instruction, Group Facilitation, and a certificate in Human Resource Management from NYU.