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Spark Networks Inc (LOV)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael McConnell

49 2015 Chairman of the Board

Michael Egan

48 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Robert O'Hare

34 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Shailen Mistry

41 2016 Chief Technology Officer

John Volturo

48 2015 Chief Marketing Officer

Lee Barba

64 2014 Director

Michael Brodsky

47 2015 Director

Ian Jacobs

39 2014 Director

John Lewis

42 2014 Director

Jonathan Mather

64 2014 Director

Walter Turek

63 2014 Director

Laura Bainbridge

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Michael McConnell

Mr. Michael J. McConnell is Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. As Chairman, From August 2011 to November 2014, Mr. McConnell served on the Board of Directors of Redflex Holdings, Limited, an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed developer and manufacturer of digital photo enforcement solutions and as the Interim Non-Executive Chairman from February 2012 to February 2013. Mr. McConnell also served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee, as well as a member of the Remuneration and Nominating & Governance Committees. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. McConnell served as the Chief Executive Officer of Collectors Universe, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed provider of third-party authentication and grading of high value collectibles. Mr. McConnell served on the Board of Directors of Collectors Universe, including on its Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees, from 2007 to 2013. From 1994 to 2007, Mr. McConnell served as a Managing Director of Shamrock Capital Advisors, an investment manager of both domestic and international alternative asset funds in public equities, real estate and private equity, where he led a $1.2 billion direct investment fund and was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee

Michael Egan

Mr. Michael S. Egan is Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company., effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Egan most recently served as Senior Vice President and Group General Manager of the Home, Careers, Money and Health Divisions. From 2003 to 2008, he served in several capacities at Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), including Senior Director—Business Lead, Sponsored Search & Mobile (2007 – 2008), Senior Director—Content Strategy & Operations (2005 – 2007), and Director—Global Content Quality (2003 – 2004). Prior to his time at Yahoo! Inc., he was a consultant with Bain & Company, Inc. Mr. Egan received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Robert O'Hare

Mr. Robert O'Hare has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective March 1, 2015. Prior to Square, he was Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Pandora Media, Inc. (2010 – 2013). Prior to Pandora, he held financial roles at Spitfire Capital (2009 – 2010), Spectrum Equity Investors (2006 – 2009) and Thomas Weisel Partners (2004 – 2006). Mr. O’Hare received his B.S. from Georgetown University and is a CFA charterholder.

Shailen Mistry

Mr. Shailen Mistry has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer of the Company., effective January 4, 2016. Mr. Mistry is joining the Company from Dun & Bradstreet where he served as the Vice President of Engineering. Prior to D&B, Mr. Mistry served as the Director of Online Development and Strategy for American Express. He has also previously held technology roles at Crystal Coding Concepts, J.R. Cigars, and E-Intertainment. Mr. Mistry received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from U.C.L.A. and his M.S. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley.

John Volturo

Mr. John R. Volturo has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Spark Networks, Inc., effective 1 May 2015. Mr. Volturo is joining the Company from Strategic Mgmt. 360, where he served as founder and CEO since 2013 advising top tier brands on positioning and integrated marketing. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Beachmint. From 2003 through 2010, Mr. Volturo served as Senior Vice President, Brand and New Market Strategy at Guthey-Renker. He began his career with BMG Direct, a division of Bertelsmann Inc. Mr. Volturo received his B.A. from Temple University and his M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Lee Barba

Mr. Lee K. Barba is Director of the Company., effective December 15, 2014. Mr. Barba has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of thinkorswim Group Inc., a leading online brokerage and investor education firm, which he built through acquisitions prior to its sale in 2009 to TD AMERITRADE (NYSE: AMTD). Prior to that, he was President of Coral Energy L.P., a joint venture of Shell Oil Company focused on deregulated energy markets. Mr. Barba spent eight years in a variety of executive positions with Bankers Trust, including Chief Operating Officer of the Global Investment Bank, and began his career in the brokerage and investment banking industry. Between 2010 and 2013, Mr. Barba also has served as a board member of EDAC Technologies Corporation, a diversified manufacturing company serving the aerospace and industrial markets. Mr. Barba received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina and his M.B.A. from Columbia University, New York.

Michael Brodsky

Mr. Michael B. Brodsky, J.D., is Director of Spark Networks, Inc. Mr. Brodsky brings to the Spark board a significant amount of experience as an investor, board director and operating executive. Since 2014 he has managed Vajra Asset Management, an investment firm he founded that invests in small public companies. He has also served on a number of publicly traded company boards of directors including serving as Chairman of Determine, Inc, an enterprise SaaS-based to “source-to-pay” solutions provider, since 2013. Previously, he managed a public equity investment fund for the Pritzker Group in Chicago. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Youbet.com and, after its acquisition by Churchill Downs, served on the Churchill board. Mr. Brodsky served as CFO of the Away Network, an on-line travel media company acquired by Orbitz. He holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School and a B.A. from Syracuse University.

Ian Jacobs

Mr. Ian V. Jacobs is Director of the Company.Mr. Jacobs was employed by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University in 2003. Prior to receiving his M.B.A., Mr. Jacobs was an associate with Goldman Sachs. He completed the CFA program in 2001 and received his B.A. in Economics from Yeshiva University in 1997. Mr. Jacobs has considerable experience in U.S. capital markets, and has focused his investments on businesses with identifiable structural competitive advantages.

John Lewis

Mr. John H. Lewis is Director of the Company. John Lewis is the Founder and Managing Partner of Osmium Partners, LLC., a value-based long-short equity fund founded in 2002. Over the past 12 years, Osmium Partners has invested in misunderstood and undervalued US-based small-capitalization stocks exhibiting high-quality business models. As an engaged owner, Osmium works privately and publicly, when warranted, to drive shareholder value. Prior to founding Osmium, Mr. Lewis was Director of Research at Retzer Capital, a Wisconsin-based hedge fund. From 1999 to 2001, he was an Equity Research Analyst at Heartland Funds, a mutual fund with over $2 billion of assets under management. Mr. Lewis received a B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1996, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco in 1999.

Jonathan Mather

Mr. Jonathan R. Mather is Director of the Company. Since retiring in 2011, Mr. Mather has served as a consultant to a private equity firm and startup companies. From 2006 until July 2011, he served as Chief Financial Officer of ARC Document Solutions (NASDAQ: ARC), a reprographics company. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Netgear, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), a designer, developer and marketer of networking products for home and small business use, from 2001 to 2006. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Mather worked at Applause Inc., a consumer products company, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2001, as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 1998 and as Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 1997.

Walter Turek

Walter L. Turek, has served as the Executive Chairman of Ascentis Corporation, a provider of human resources software, online payroll services, and SaaS Human Capital Management solutions since 2011. From 2005 until its sale to Vista Equity Partners in 2012, Mr. Turek served on the Board of Directors, including as Chairman of the Nominations and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees, of Greenway Medical Technologies (formerly NYSE: GWAY), a provider of information solutions to improve the financial performance of healthcare providers. During his tenure with Greenway Medical, revenues grew from approximately $10 million to $140 million. From 2009 to its sale in 2011 to Juniper Networks, he served as Co-Founder and Director of Mykonos Software, a provider of security solutions for websites and web applications against hackers, fraud and theft. Since 1999, Mr. Turek has been a member of the Board of Directors of BlueTie.com, a leading provider of email hosting services and cloud based collaboration solutions. Until June 2009, Mr. Turek served as an officer and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll and human resource services (NASDAQ: PAYX), where he oversaw a sales force of over 2,000 people as well as the company’s Marketing and International efforts. During the course of his twenty-five year tenure with Paychex, company revenues grew from $10 million to $2 billion, and the company’s market capitalization expanded to $13 billion. In addition, Mr. Turek also served as Corporate Director of Stromberg, a wholly owned subsidiary and a provider of time and attendance solutions.

Laura Bainbridge