Management

Michele Turner

CEO of Dictionary.com

Michele Turner is CEO of Dictionary.com, providing online and mobile properties that are top destinations for learning and word discovery. Dictionary’s products serve 70 million unique users monthly across mobile and web.

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 their 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.

Favorite word : sesquipedalian

Corbin Howes

SVP, Business Operations

Corbin Howes is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Operations for Dictionary.com. In this role, he oversees finance, accounting, analytics, and business operations. He joined IAC in 2005 and served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Ask.com before joining Dictionary.com in 2008. Prior to joining IAC, Corbin served in various finance and management roles in both small and large businesses including Beyond.com, Providian Financial, Blue Shield of California, and Web.com. Corbin holds a BS in Finance from Arizona State University and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is also a certified commercial mediator. He was raised in Arizona and currently lives in San Anselmo, CA.

Favorite word : gumption

Jim Conning

SVP, Engineering

Jim is a seasoned technology executive who brings a wealth of execution experience in his role as SVP Technology. Jim's background covers a range of environments, including Fortune 500 companies and startups.  Jim was CTO at Piczo, a widely popular teenage social networking site with a focus on Europe and Canada. 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 focused on early deliverables, quick iterations, and balancing good scalable software development with speed to market and efficiencies. Jim has founded Piczo, a VC-funded startup, which started with 100 emails and grew virally to over ten million monthly unique visitors. 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 strong application development in the web trading division of Charles Schwab.

Favorite word : ebullient

Kris Carpenter

VP, Product Management

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 (IA) 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. Prior to 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. During 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, an A.B. in Political Science and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior (an interdisciplinary program in Sociology, Industrial Engineering, and the Business school).

Favorite word : disambiguation

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