People: Franklin Resources Inc (BEN)
24 Apr 2015
Mr. Geoffrey Y. Yang is an Independent Director of Franklin Resources, Inc., since 2011. He is Managing Director and Founding Partner of Redpoint Ventures, a private equity and venture capital firm, since 1999. Formerly, General Partner with Institutional Venture Partners from 1987 to 1999. Mr. Yang is a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, director of the National Venture Capital Association, chairman of the Stanford Engineering Fund, and a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Previously director of BigBand Networks and TiVo, Inc. Mr. Yang’s experience as a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Redpoint Ventures provides the Board with valuable perspectives on financial and strategic matters as well as expertise in the capital markets. Since joining the venture capital business in 1985, Mr. Yang has helped start many media and infrastructure companies, including Ask Jeeves, Excite and MySpace. This experience provides strategic direction, growth and technology expertise to the Company. Mr. Yang’s current and prior service on the boards of several private and public companies as well as with non-profit organizations including the Advisory Council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the United States Golf Association and the United States Olympic Committee Foundation, provides our Board with the benefit of his perspectives on business, corporate governance and citizenship, and finance.
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