Board of Directors
- Thomas Layton, Executive Chairman
- Gary Swart, Chief Executive Officer
- Jaleh Bisharat, Vice President of Marketing
- Matt Cooper, Vice President of Business Development & International
- Stratis Karamanlakis, Vice President of Development, Cofounder
- Stephane Kasriel, Vice President of Product
- Brian Levey, General Counsel
- Greg Stanger, Chief Financial Officer
- Robert W. Frick
- Gregory C. Gretsch, Sigma Partners
- Kevin Harvey, Benchmark Capital
- Jonathan Seelig, Globespan
- Odysseas Tsatalos, Chief Technology Officer, Cofounder
Thomas Layton, Executive Chairman
Thomas has a long history of successful web business leadership, having served as CEO at both OpenTable and Metaweb (acquired by Google in 2010) and co-founding of CitySearch, Inc.
His ongoing industry involvement extends to both entrepreneurial and venture capital firms, and he is currently a board member for a number of up-and-coming and established web companies including OpenTable and Ancestry.com. Thomas’s executive leadership experience includes positions with Score Learning Corporation and MicroFinancial Corporation, and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Thomas holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gary Swart, Chief Executive Officer
Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace—which has more than 4 million freelancers, and on which more than $1 billion of work has been done. Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school students.
Gary has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy panel, South by Southwest, TechCrunch 50, TiECon, GigaOM’s Net:Work Conference in 2010 and 2011, and at Harvard Business School which teaches a case study on oDesk. His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including Forbes, TechCrunch and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including BBC, National Public Radio, and the Fox Business program “After the Bell.”
Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and also served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization.
Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Jaleh Bisharat, Vice President of Marketing
Jaleh is a seasoned marketing executive with a history of growing startups into vibrant brands that inspire passion in their customers. Before joining oDesk, she held the Vice President of Marketing position at several innovative companies, including OpenTable, Jawbone, and Amazon.com, and also served on the board of directors at OpenTable and Homestead Technologies.
Jaleh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard-Radcliffe and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Matt Cooper, Vice President of Business Development & International
Matt brings to oDesk over a decade of executive operating experience in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Previously, as a member of the executive team at Accolo, Inc., a recruiting services and technology firm, he grew the business from one employee into one of the top 50 companies on the Inc 500 list. He also co-founded a boutique strategic consulting firm for ramping early-stage companies, and started his career in investment banking at JPMorgan Securities. Matt puts his finance, operations and strategy expertise to work in driving oDesk’s International and Enterprise market growth.
Matt holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.
Stratis Karamanlakis, Vice President of Development, Cofounder
With more than a decade of experience in software engineering, Stratis currently leads a global team of oDesk software engineers spread across Europe, Asia, and North America.
Before joining oDesk, Stratis also served as VP of Engineering at Postscriptum Communication Informatics, directing development of the multimedia content management system that was deployed on the Athens 2004 Olympics Youth website. He has also worked at L-Cube Information Systems, where he supervised R&D in IT projects for the European Union.
Stratis holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
Stephane Kasriel, Vice President of Product and Engineering
Stephane has more than 12 years of high-tech product and general management experience, including leadership roles at pioneering companies such as Fireclick, Zong, Work4Labs, and PayPal. Defining and leading PayPal’s consumer strategy, Kasriel achieved unprecedented growth for the company. He also helped guide Zong in their ascent and rapid acquisition by PayPal, and most recently worked as the COO of the social media recruiting platform Work4Labs.
Stephane holds a Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and an MBA from INSEAD.
Brian Levey, General Counsel
With more than 20 years of legal and business experience counseling high profile e-commerce, technology and media companies, Brian oversees oDesk's legal and corporate affairs. Prior to oDesk, Brian served for over 13 years in a legal leadership role at eBay Inc., where he began as eBay's first corporate affairs attorney and served in various other capacities, including most recently as Deputy General Counsel managing corporate legal affairs and legal operations. Prior to eBay, Brian was Vice President, Legal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and an associate at Latham & Watkins focusing on mergers and acquisitions and securities law.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and the Board of Directors of Stanford Athletics’ Buck/Cardinal Club. Brian holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University.
Greg Stanger, Chief Financial Officer
Greg Stanger brings to oDesk a broad range of financial leadership experience with high-growth Internet companies. He previously served as CFO for both Chegg and Expedia, has been a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures and was formerly a corporate development executive at Microsoft. Greg has also served on the boards of directors of many successful companies, including Netflix, drugstore.com, NexTag, and Expedia. He is currently a board member of Kayak and a trustee of the Yosemite Conservancy.
Greg holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree from Williams College.
Robert W. Frick
Following a long and distinguished management career, Bob shares his expert guidance as a board member for Charles Schwab Bank, Lucasfilm Ltd., Responsys, Habitat for Humanity, and other successful Silicon Valley businesses.
His career took off when, after a short stint as economic analyst for Standard Oil Company, he was charged with developing new business for Bank of America in California’s fledgling technology industry. Within years, Bob became president of their venture capital subsidiary and in 1968 was honored as their youngest Vice President. Later, he acted as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer before becoming Vice Chairman of the board of directors of BankAmerica Corporation and head of the World Banking Division.
Bob went on to found K.E.S. Management, a successful real estate development and property management firm specializing in quality housing for low to moderate income residents in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. In 2008, he rode his bicycle 3,300 miles from California to Florida to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity .
An Adjunct Professor of Business Strategy in the graduate business program at St. Mary’s College of California, Bob serves on the board of trustees of Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, with whom he earned both a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering as well as his MBA.
Gregory C. Gretsch, Sigma Partners
As a former founder and executive of four startup technology companies, Greg uses his expertise to assist entrepreneurs in building strong businesses. Greg joined Sigma in 2000, and brings to the firm expertise in new venture creation and marketing gained from more than 20 years in the high-technology industry. Greg’s successful investments as both an Angel and Venture investor include TalkingBlocks (HP), SlimDevices (Logitech), Postini (Google), and EqualLogic which was sold to Dell in 2008 for $1.4B, making it the largest all-cash acquisition of a venture-backed technology company in history.
In 1997, Greg co-founded Connectify, an enterprise software company that sold software for Electronic Direct Marketing. After selling Connectify to Kana Communications in 1999, he stayed on board as the Vice President of Electronic Direct Marketing. Prior to Kana, he started GiftONE in 1996, which he later sold to SkyMall. In 1993, Greg launched his first start up, Vicarious, an education and reference CD-ROM publisher. Early in his career, Greg spent time at Apple where, in addition to spearheading product marketing programs, he lead a project partnering with CNN that offered the first public showcase of QuickTime. He holds a BBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Georgia.
Kevin Harvey, Benchmark Capital
Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 15 years of successful venture investing. He started his first software company, StyleWare, while still an engineering student at Rice University. A year after Kevin graduated in 1997, StyleWare was purchased by Apple Computer, where Kevin’s team went on to create ClarisWorks, one of the best-selling software programs for the Apple Macintosh. Two years later, Kevin founded a second software company, Approach Software, where he led the development of the world’s first end-user client/server database for Windows. Approach’s innovative database was adopted by millions of customers and the company was acquired by Lotus Development in 1993.
Kevin’s interests span all aspects of mobile computing, the consumer Internet and computing infrastructure. His investments include Boku, Broadbase Software, Bytemobile, Collabnet, CloudPassage, Eucalyptus Systems, Highlight, Ingenio (acquired by AT&T), Kana (KANA), Metaweb, MySQL (acquired by Sun), oFoto (acquired by Kodak), Proofpoint (IPO: PFPT), Red Hat Software (RHAT), RemarQ Communities (acquired by Critical Path), Rightscale, Tellme (acquired by Microsoft), Terracotta, When.com (acquired by America Online), Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!). He holds a BSEE degree from Rice University.
Jonathan Seelig, Globespan
Jonathan is a Managing Director in Globespan’s Boston office, focusing on communications and Internet infrastructure. Jonathan serves on the boards of Analogix, Nominum, oDesk, Perfecto Mobile, Pursway and SundaySky and led the firm's investment in Linden Lab. Previously, he served on the boards of 5min (acquired by AOL),Dotomi (acquired by ValueClick), Provigent (acquired by Broadcom) and Zipcar (NASDAQ:ZIP), where he was an early investor and longtime Chairman of the Board.
Jonathan was co-founder of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading, global Internet content and application delivery services company. During his tenure at Akamai, he managed fast growing parts of the business, including global infrastructure development and deployment and international expansion and business development. Prior to founding Akamai, Jonathan worked at ECI Telecom in Israel where his roles included product marketing and new product development and working with customers in 35 countries around the world.
Jonathan received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Stanford University where he studied Physics. He also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology prior to founding Akamai.
Odysseas Tsatalos, Chief Technology Officer,
Odysseas has more than a decade of experience designing and managing research and development operations for Internet-based applications. He co-founded Intacct Corporation and, as CTO, oversaw the development of all phases of the Intacct web-based enterprise accounting system. He was also CTO and co-founder of BroadQuest Inc., where he led the transformation from an enterprise software freelancer into a B2B infrastructure enabler. Previously, Odysseas was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.
Odysseas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.