Board of Directors

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.
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.
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, UBS Group AG, a publicly held financial services company, since May 2017 and Datadog, a publicly held monitoring and analytics platform since May 2019. Ms. Richardson previously served on the board of directors of Stream Global Services, Inc. from 2009 to 2012 and Arconic from 2016 to 2018. 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 partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm, since 2007. Mr. Sheehan has also been the managing member of Tippet Venture Partners LLC, 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 an MBA 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.
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.
Seth H. Waugh
Seth Waugh has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The PGA of America since 2018 and as a Senior Advisor at Silver Lake since 2017. Mr. Waugh has served on the board of directors of Franklin Resources, Inc. since 2015. He has also served on the advisory board of Workday, Inc. since June 2014 and as the non-executive chairman of Alex Brown, a division of Raymond James, since September 2016. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Silver Lake, in 2018 and Vice Chairman of Florida East Coast Industries, LLC, the parent company of several commercial real estate, transportation and infrastructure companies based in Florida, from 2013 to 2017. He served on the FINRA Board of Governors from 2009 to 2015. From 2000 to 2013, Mr. Waugh served in various roles at Deutsche Bank Americas, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Quantitative Financial Strategies, a hedge fund. Mr. Waugh also served in various capacities at Merrill Lynch over eleven years, including Co-head of Global Debt Markets. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Waugh’s financial skills and investment management and financial services experience make him a qualified member of our Board of Directors.
Tamar Yehoshua
Tamar Yehoshua has served as a director since October 2017. Ms. Yehoshua has served as chief product officer of Slack since January 2019. From 2013 to January 2019, Ms. Yehoshua served as vice president of product management at Google, Inc., and as a director of product management from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining Google, Tamar served as vice president for advertising technology at A9, an Amazon company, from 2005 to 2010, and director of engineering from 2004 to 2005. She previously served in senior engineering leadership roles at Reasoning, Inc., a privately held application service provider specializing in software quality and modernization, from 2002 to 2004, and Noosh, Inc., a privately-held marketing services platform provider, from 1999 to 2002. Ms. Yehoshua has served on the board of directors of ServiceNow, Inc., a publicly held cloud-based digital workflow management company, since March 2018. Ms. Yehoshua also served as a member of the board of directors of RetailMeNot, Inc., an online provider of coupon services formerly listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, from December 2015 until its sale in May 2017 to Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. Ms. Yehoshua holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Our Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Yehoshua’s extensive experience developing and managing products in the technology industry make her a qualified member of our Board of Directors.