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Brian Liu, one of our co-founders, has served on our board of directors since 1999, and twice served as its Chairman. Mr. Liu was our CEO from 1999 to 2007. Prior to LegalZoom, Mr. Liu was a corporate attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Assistant Vice President—Legal with Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Liu graduated from U.C. Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors, in Biochemistry and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar.
Brian Ruder is a principal at Permira, a leading global private equity firm. As Head of its Menlo Park office and Co-Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunication, he has guided transactions including Ancestry.com, Genesys, LegalZoom and Renaissance Learning. Brian served as Partner at Francisco Partners where he covered investments in the software and services sector. He has also worked for Hellman & Friedman and Morgan Stanley. Brian earned a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dipan Patel is a principal at Permira, a leading global private equity firm. Based in its Menlo Park office, he focuses on investment opportunities in the technology, media and telecom sectors. Dipan has guided a number of transactions including Ancestry, Renaissance Learning and LegalZoom. Dipan previously worked for Gores Group, a special situations private equity fund based in Los Angeles, and with Lehman Brothers. Dipan holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Rob Singer is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ancestry.com, where he has served as Global Vice President of Customer Relationship Management and Senior VP of US Marketing. Previously, Rob was a Senior VP at Bank of the West and head of Customer Intelligence and Relationship Marketing at StubHub. He has held senior-level database marketing and business intelligence positions at Yates Advertising, YellowBrick Solutions, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and KnowledgeBase Marketing. Rob has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from James Madison University.
Jeff Stibel is Chairman of BrainGate, Inc. and Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. He is the New York Times bestselling author of two books, Wired for Thought and Breakpoint. He was previously President & CEO of The Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation and Web.com. Stibel received his bachelors degree from Tufts University, was the recipient of a Brain and Behavior Fellowship while studying for a PhD at Brown University, and received an honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University.