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Board of Directors

Therese Tucker
Founder and Executive Chair
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Therese founded BlackLine in 2001. She designed the first offerings of BlackLine’s products, engineered its transition to the cloud in 2007, and has led the organization in automating the financial close process via the company’s flagship Finance Controls and Automation Platform. Under her direction, BlackLine experienced strong growth since its inception.

Previously, Therese served as Chief Technology Officer for SunGard Treasury Systems. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois.

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Marc Huffman
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Marc is a cloud accounting software industry veteran with an exceptional record leading sales and operational teams and driving growth at successful software companies. He joined BlackLine in early 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and was named President in February 2020, leading the company’s worldwide sales, marketing, technology and all customer-facing organizations. With the promotion to CEO in early 2021, he assumed responsibility for the company’s people, legal, facilities and finance and accounting teams, as well. Since he joined, BlackLine has scaled its sales and customer success teams, strategically repositioned its go-to-market plan, completed a global reseller agreement with SAP, established a subsidiary in Japan, and entered into a number of strategic alliances with the world’s leading consulting and advisory firms.

Marc came to BlackLine from global cloud ERP and accounting software leader NetSuite where he served as President of Worldwide Sales and Distribution. During his 14-year tenure, NetSuite grew from $3 million to $1 billion in annual revenue and became recognized as a global powerhouse.

Jason Babcoke
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Jason has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2013. He has been a Managing Director of Sumeru Equity Partners, a private equity firm, since March 2014. Previously, Jason was a Principal for Silver Lake Sumeru, a middle-market investment group of Silver Lake, a global private equity firm and one of BlackLine’s historical investors. From August 2008 to July 2011, Jason was with Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm, and from July 2004 to August 2006, served as a Senior Manager for Life Technologies, a biotech company. From February 2001 to March 2004, Jason was Director of Engineering for Angstron Systems, a nano-deposition technology company acquired by Novellus. Prior to that, he was a Venture Capital Associate for The Spark Group, a technology-focused investment group. Jason holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

John Brennan
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John has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2013. He cofounded private equity firm Sumeru Equity Partners, where he has served as Managing Director since March 2014. From February 2008 to December 2020, John was a Managing Director for Silver Lake Sumeru, a middle-market investment group of Silver Lake, a global private equity firm and one of BlackLine’s historical investors. From June 2003 to February 2008, John served as Senior Vice President of Platform Software for Adobe Systems. He previously held roles as Senior Vice President of SMB Segment Operations for Hewlett Packard Company (NYSE: HP) and Principal and Associate Partner of Electronics and High-Tech Practice for Accenture Strategic Services. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Criteria Corporation and Social Chorus. He holds an M.B.A. from University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.A. in History from Yale University.

Owen Ryan
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Owen has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2018. He has worked as the Chief Strategy Officer and subsequently Chief Executive Officer of Geller Advisors, a strategic financial advisory and wealth management company, since 2018. From 2016 to 2017, Owen served as the President and CEO of AEGIS Insurance, a mutual insurance company. Prior to joining AEGIS, Owen was Managing Partner and CEO of Deloitte Advisory, a financial advisory company, from 2008 until 2016. Owen holds a B.S. from New Jersey City University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and is a certified public accountant.

Graham Smith
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Graham has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2015. From 2007 to 2015, he held various senior finance roles with Salesforce including Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Salesforce, Graham spent four years as Chief Financial Officer of Advent Software. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Splunk (Nasdaq: SPLK) and Slack (NYSE: WORK). Graham holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Politics from University of Bristol in England and qualified as a chartered accountant in England & Wales.

Kevin Thompson
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Kevin has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2017. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, from 2010 to 2020, having also served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 2006, and Chief Operating Officer since 2007. Prior to joining SolarWinds, he was Chief Financial Officer of Surgient, a software company, from November 2005 until March 2006, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SAS Institute, a business intelligence software company, from September 2004 until November 2005. From October 2000 until August 2004, Kevin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), an enterprise software company. Earlier in his career, Kevin was a Partner at global accounting and tax advisory firm PwC and a Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Tom Unterman
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Tom has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. He founded Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm, in 1999 and continues to be a Partner, serving on boards of directors of several of the firm’s portfolio companies. Previously, Tom was an executive of The Times Mirror Company, a newspaper publishing company that was acquired by Tribune Co., most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is currently a director of several non-profit and national civil rights organizations. He holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Princeton University.

Sophia Velastegui
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Sophia has served as a member of BlackLine’s Board of Directors since March 2020. A widely recognized technology industry leader and artificial intelligence expert, Sophia is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Operation Applications at Microsoft. Since 2018, she has concurrently served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council. Before Microsoft, Sophia served as Doppler Lab’s Chief Product Officer. Prior to Doppler, she headed Google/Nest’s Silicon and Architecture Roadmap team where she scaled the organization from start-up to growth business unit following the Google acquisition. Previously, she was at Apple where she led the Platform Architecture “Think Tank” Program, leveraging AI and machine learning across all of Apple’s advanced technology platforms. Sophia serves on Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering and Create X incubator boards. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mika Yamamoto
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Mika has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2019. A seasoned, data-driven, go-to-market software veteran, Mika is Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at F5 Networks, a multi-cloud application security and delivery company, and previously served as Global President at marketing automation software leader Marketo (an Adobe company). Prior to Marketo, she was the first to hold the role of Chief Digital Marketing Officer (CDMO) at SAP, where she was responsible for driving growth through digital transformation. Before SAP, Mika was Head of Marketing and Merchandising at Amazon. She also spent more than six years at Microsoft in a variety of channel and product management roles. The foundation of Mika’s data-driven approach was firmly established during her previous tenure as Research Vice President at Gartner where she analyzed and forecasted trends in the technology market.