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
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
David Wygant joined Dictionary.com at its acquisition by IAC as part of the executive team, and transformed the organization, product portfolio, and revenue trajectory. In addition to leading product and design at Dictionary.com, David holds P&L responsibility, and has overseen marketing, business development, and engineering during transition periods. He started his career consulting to Fortune 500 companies on business strategy at Bain & Company, served in management roles at eBay during its rapid growth, and participated in two early-stage consumer start-ups. David earned a degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Favorite word : solecism
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