Brian Liu, one of our co-founders, has served on our board of directors since July 1999, and as our Chairman from July 1999 to February 2005 and since February 2007. Mr. Liu was our Chief Executive Officer from July 1999 to February 2007. Prior to LegalZoom, Mr. Liu was a corporate attorney with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. In addition, Mr. Liu was formerly assistant Vice President—Legal with investment adviser Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Liu graduated from U.C. Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors, in Biochemistry. Mr. Liu received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. Mr. Liu was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his experience as our prior Chief Executive Officer and his involvement with our formation, along with his knowledge of our business, management skills and performance as a board member.
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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, Brian has guided several transactions including Ancestry.com, Genesys, LegalZoom and Renaissance Learning.
Prior to joining Permira as a Partner in 2008, 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 in Corporate Finance for 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 sector. Dipan has guided a number of transactions including Ancestry, Renaissance Learning and LegalZoom.
Prior to joining Permira’s London office in 2009, Dipan worked for Gores Group, a special situations Private Equity fund based in Los Angeles. Dipan previously spent more than three years with Lehman Brothers, concluding his time there as an Associate in the Communications & Media practice.
Dipan holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Rob Singer is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ancestry.com. Rob joined Ancestry in November 2010 as Global Vice President of Customer Relationship Management and most recently served as Senior Vice President of US Marketing. Previously, Rob was the Senior Vice President of Customer Relationship Management at Bank of the West from February 2009 to November 2010. From July 2005 to February 2009, he was the head of Customer Intelligence and Relationship Marketing at StubHub, an eBay Company. Prior to joining StubHub, he 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.