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Sean is the COO of Algorand, responsible for go-to-market execution and operations including product management, engineering, marketing and global community development.
Sean joined Algorand from LogMeIn where he was the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for global marketing strategy, product marketing, ecommerce, communications, brand leadership, and demand generation. He also ran the Integration Management Office for LogMeIn's acquisition of Jive Communications in early 2018. An experienced operations and go-to-market executive, Sean worked at Avid Technology where he led worldwide marketing strategy and operations as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Sean has also held several executive leadership roles including CMO and COO of Zmags, CMO of Syncsort, and as vice-president of Global Business Unit (GBU) marketing at Oracle reporting to the CMO where he was responsible for Oracle’s vertical industry applications worldwide.
At the start of his professional career Sean spent seven years as a senior strategy consultant with Monitor Group, and in 1999 he co-founded Upromise, Inc. where he was vice-president of product management and product marketing.
Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
W. Sean Ford
Chief Operating Officer, Board Member
Jeff has global experience in different Talent/HR and Organizational Change roles for B2B and B2C technology, media and creative agencies, and management consulting companies in the Boston, New York, London, and San Francisco markets – including Pandora Media, Cadreon, IPG/Mediabrands, Organic, Kenexa, State Street Bank, PwC and Burson-Marsteller.
Jeff is skilled at aligning, reorganizing and driving business transformation and global scale objectives while creating effective, inclusive and engaged organizations and company cultures. He has organizational realignment experience on multiple continents and in various industries.
As a Chief People Officer/Chief Talent Officer, Jeff's professional goal is to grow, scale and lead HR and talent management capabilities as strategic, results-focused functions while aligning and developing leadership teams, amplifying the employee experience, building authentic cultures and creating shareholder value.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. John Fisher College. Jeff has lived in a variety of interesting places such as Boston, New York, Washington DC, London, Luxembourg, and Jamaica throughout the last 25 years, and he has traveled through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean for work.
Jeff currently lives outside of Boston with his wife, two sons, and a golden named Ginger.
Chief People Officer
Jessica is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member, with demonstrated success across the beauty, fashion, consumer goods, art, retail, and business to consumer industries. Leveraging extensive experience in strategy for internet companies, she is a valuable asset for small to established consumer-facing and retail companies, seeking assistance with growth, strategic thinking, and branding/rebranding. Her broad areas of expertise include marketing, driving innovation, and product development.
Throughout her executive career, Jessica has held leadership positions with Depict Inc., Argosight, Bow & Drape, and Procter & Gamble. In her current role as President and Chief Marketing Officer with Depict Inc., she has been responsible for fundraising a $6M seed round, for the company, researching target customers and developing a to to market strategy. She has also proved instrumental in orchestrating all operations, including vetting and identifying distribution partners, setting up operations, as well as customs and logistics. She has played an integral part in defining the look of the brand, including the logo, product and online presence, helping in the creation of a functional website, app, and customer experience. In a prior role as Founder and CEO of Global Art Compass Ltd., she oversaw the launch of an international art consultancy assisting clients with investment art collections ranging from $10M to $100M in value. She also led 14 specialists serving various clients across the globe, and created financial models to identify the investment potential of individual works of art. Additionally, as Marketing Director of Innovation and New Business Development for Procter & Gamble, she helped in defining the future direction and growth opportunities for the $3B global business unit. Furthermore, she navigated development of business strategy to achieve financial targets, and directed a 40-person multi-functional organization.
Jessica holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Cambridge, as well as an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She has held board positions with Depict Inc., and advisory board positions with Bow & Drape.