Nick is the Chief Executive Officer of Rakuten Intelligence and brings a global background in data and analytics, mobile, fintech, and consumer products and services.
Prior to joining Rakuten Intelligence, Nick was the founder and CEO of Sindeo, a mortgage marketplace originating consumer residential mortgages in 12 states that was acquired by Renren (RENN) in 2017.
Before starting Sindeo, Nick was the Senior Vice President at The Nielsen Company (NLSN), where he led the launch of Nielsen’s mobile business outside of North America. Nick came to Nielsen by way of the firm’s 2007 acquisition of mobile analytics firm Telephia where as a founding team member Nick was involved in the development and management of the company’s strategy, products, marketing and commercial efforts, and corporate development activities.
Prior to joining Telephia, Nick spent 8 years in consulting at Swander, Pace & Company and Braxton Associates, primarily working with consumer packaged goods manufacturer and retailer clients. Over the course of his consulting career, Nick developed broad engagement experience in new product development, competitive assessment and benchmarking, channel and sales force management, and mergers & acquisitions.
Nick was born and raised in Syracuse New York and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with an Economics minor from MIT. He is a first generation Greek-American and loves Syracuse University sports and traveling the world with his wife Alyson and two young daughters.
John Forese is Chief Product and Data Officer at Rakuten Intelligence, where he oversees the development of products and services built on Rakuten Intelligence’s industry leading e-commerce data.
John brings a wealth of experience creating successful analytics and data businesses. Most recently, John was senior vice president and head of premium services at Ticketmaster, launching data and marketing solutions that were used by hundreds of live entertainment brands, artists, venues and sponsors, including more than half of the teams across the four major sports leagues. These services included BlueDigital: a boutique digital marketing agency; Pricemaster: a groundbreaking dynamic pricing tool; and LiveAnalytics: a fan analytics, insights and predictive modeling service.
Prior to Ticketmaster, John was an early innovator in mobile analytics. The products he developed at Telephia and Nielsen were among the first and most successful forays into measuring mobile media. He’s also recognized for his management of those companies; as part of the leadership team that sold Telephia to Nielsen, and as CEO of mobile analytics company Motally, acquired by Nokia.
John began his career as a management consultant. He earned his MBA from Stanford Business School and completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Princeton University.
Chris Lin is the General Counsel, Chief Privacy and Administrative Officer for Rakuten Intelligence, overseeing legal, privacy, and security matters for the company. Her career, spanning over 15 years, involves creating solutions that build on a deep knowledge of data privacy, corporate transactions, business operations and the law to help capitalize on the ever-changing possibilities of technology, media, and big data.
Prior to joining Rakuten Intelligence, she served as a partner at OutsideGC, a firm that provides virtual general counsel services to start-up technology companies, and a venture partner with NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture firm that brings together part-time venture capitalists who invest in and support NextGen’s portfolio of entrepreneurs.
Chris’ rise as a legal business partner and company executive began as an early member of comScore’s leadership team. Recruited in 2001 to the Virginia-based start-up, she joined in its founders belief that internet-driven connectivity and media digitization could revolutionize traditional market research and analytics. As General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Chris helped establish, build, and steer comScore’s steady expansion in responsible data commercialization. During her tenure, the company grew from a pre-IPO Series B start-up to a $450 million public company with commercial interests across Europe, APAC, and the Americas.
Chris is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, as well as the Virginia, New York, and Washington, DC bar associations. She holds a juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and an Bachelor degree from Yale University.
Jeffry Wender is Chief Revenue Officer for Rakuten Intelligence. He brings a deep commercial background in media, audience and advertising measurement, technology, and analytics to the company.
Prior to joining Rakuten Intelligence, Jeff was managing director for the Nielsen Company’s local television practice, where he oversaw strategy and client service for Nielsen’s American local television partners. Jeff also served as senior vice president overseeing strategy and product development for Nielsen Audio’s digital measurement product suite, as well as its mobile and telecommunications practices.
Before that, he was employed at Texas Instruments for over nine years, heading Asia and Americas business development for TI’s mobile processor division.
Preceding his media and technology career, Jeff served as vice president, marketing for American’s Promise - the Alliance for Youth, which was founded by previous Secretary of State, Colin Powell to improve the lives of at-risk youths.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter, and supporting his alma mater, Texas Longhorns, sport teams.
Joseph Tawfik is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Rakuten Intelligence, handling all financial needs and strategies for the company. In his 15 year career, he has demonstrated success leading organizations through growth and transformation.
Before joining Rakuten Intelligence, Joseph was the Director of Corporate FP&A for ServiceSource, where he built a high-performance team to drive a corporate turnaround. Here, he worked with senior leaders to drive visibility into the business and improve operating efficiency, earning the CEO Award of Distinction as one of the top employees.
As Director of Finance for PEER 1 Cloud Hosting, Joseph led FP&A and sales operation functions, helping to grow revenue through 20 global sites and facilitate a successful exit through acquisition.
Joseph received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics at The University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Science in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.