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Elizabeth McMillan
CEO of Dictionary.com
Favorite word: tenacity

Elizabeth (Liz) McMillan is CEO of Dictionary.com, the leading digital brand for word discovery, where consumers all over the world search for 5.5 billion new words each year. Its portfolio of award-winning mobile apps have been installed more than 90 million times. A longstanding IAC executive, Liz has more than a decade of experience driving growth and strategy for brands within IAC Search and Applications. Prior to Dictionary.com, Liz was SVP of Corporate Development across Ask.com’s portfolio of premium content properties, playing a key role in several high profile acquisitions, including Ask.com’s purchases of About.com, ValueClick Brands (ValueClick’s owned and operated websites), and global social Q&A network, Ask.fm. Liz also served as vice president of revenue and analytics at Ask.com, where she overhauled Ask.com’s web analytics system, spearheaded partnership strategies, and drove all analysis of revenue and traffic performance across a 100 million-plus user base. Liz started her career with IAC at Ask Partner Network (APN), where she developed yield optimization capabilities that led to double-digit LTV growth. Earlier in her career, Liz was a business analyst with Carol H. Williams Advertising. Liz holds a B.A. in Economics, and a Masters of Business Administration from Mills College.

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.