Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Howard Lerman

Howard Lerman is our Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer and has also served as a member of our Board of Directors since our inception in 2006. Prior to co-founding Yext, Mr. Lerman founded and served as a senior manager of several privately held software companies. Since 2014, Mr. Lerman has also served as Co-Founder and Chairman of Confide, a privately held electronic messaging service. Mr. Lerman is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and holds a B.A. in History from Duke University. Our Board of Directors believes that Mr. Lerman’s knowledge of our company as a Co-Founder and as a thought leader in the digital knowledge industry allows him to make valuable contributions to the Board of Directors.

Brian Distelburger

Brian Distelburger is our Co-Founder and President and has also served as a member of our Board of Directors since our inception in 2006. Prior to co-founding Yext, Mr. Distelburger founded and served as a senior manager of a privately held software company. From September 2012 until its sale in April 2016, Mr. Distelburger also served as chairman of the board of directors of Food Genius, Inc., a privately held food service data provider. Mr. Distelburger also serves on the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. Mr. Distelburger holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. Our Board of Directors believes that Mr. Distelburger’s knowledge of our company as a Co-Founder and as a thought leader in the digital knowledge industry allows him to make valuable contributions to the Board of Directors.

Michael Walrath

Michael Walrath has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since March 2011 and has served as a director since November 2009. Mr. Walrath was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Right Media, an online advertising company, from January 2003 until its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2007. Mr. Walrath sits on the boards of directors of a number of private software and media companies. Mr. Walrath holds a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Walrath’s extensive experience as an entrepreneur in the technology and advertising industries, as well as his experience leading and advising high-growth companies, makes him a qualified member of our Board of Directors.

Phillip Fernandez

Phillip Fernandez has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Fernandez co-founded Marketo, an engagement marketing company, where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of directors from January 2006 until its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in August 2016. In January 2017, Mr. Fernandez joined Shasta Ventures as a Venture Partner. Mr. Fernandez has served as a member of the board of directors of PTC, a computer software company, since February 2016 and was a member of the board of directors of TIBCO Software, a publicly held software company, from June 2014 to December 2014, when it was acquired by Vista Equity Partners. Mr. Fernandez holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Fernandez’s extensive experience as a chief executive officer of a publicly traded marketing technology company makes him a qualified member of our Board of Directors.

Jesse Lipson

Jesse Lipson has served as a director since August 2012. Mr. Lipson has served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services at Citrix, a network software company, since January 2016. Prior to that time, Mr. Lipson was Chief Executive Officer of ShareFile, a network software company, from 2005 to 2011, when it was acquired by Citrix. Mr. Lipson held various leadership positions with Citrix between October 2011 and his appointment as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services in January 2016. Mr. Lipson holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Lipson’s extensive experience as an entrepreneur in the technology industry makes him a qualified member of our Board of Directors.

Julie Richardson

Julie Richardson has served as a director since May 2015. From November 2012 to October 2014, Ms. Richardson was a Senior Adviser to Providence Equity Partners LLC, a global asset management firm. From April 2003 to November 2012, Ms. Richardson was a Partner and managing director at Providence Equity, a private equity investment fund, and oversaw its New York office. Prior to Providence Equity, Ms. Richardson served as Global Head of JP Morgan’s Telecom, Media and Technology Group, and was previously a managing director in Merrill Lynch & Co.’s investment banking group. Ms. Richardson has served on the board of directors of The Hartford Financial Group, a publicly held insurance and financial services company, since January 2014, VEREIT, a publicly held real estate investment operating property company, since April 2015, and Arconic, a publicly held materials manufacturing company, since November 2016. Ms. Richardson previously served on the board of directors of Stream Global Services, Inc. from 2009 to 2012. Ms. Richardson holds a B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Richardson’s financial skills and investment management and financial services experience make her a qualified member of our Board of Directors.

Andrew Sheehan

Andrew Sheehan has served as a director since May 2008. Mr. Sheehan has been a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm, since 2007. Mr. Sheehan has also been a managing director of Tippet Venture Partners, L.P., a venture capital firm, since 2014. Mr. Sheehan has served on the board of directors of Quinstreet, a publicly held marketing technology company, since February 2017. Mr. Sheehan also serves on the boards of directors of a number of private companies in the technology industry. Mr. Sheehan holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Sheehan’s leadership experience, expertise as a venture capital investor and knowledge regarding the technology industry make him a qualified member of our Board of Directors.