Officers & Directors

Officers

Directors
Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO
Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997.
 
In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997.
 
Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including CCSA, Dreambox Learning, KIPP, and Pahara, and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
 
Reed is also a board member of Facebook, and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012.
 
Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Reed is married with two children.

Kelly Bennett, Chief Marketing Officer
Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett became Netflix Chief Marketing Officer in 2012 after nearly a decade at Warner Bros. where he was most recently Vice President Interactive, World Wide Marketing with the pictures group, leading international online campaigns for Warner Bros. movies. Before that Kelly ran digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and worked in promotion and business development at the company. He previously held executive positions at Dow Jones International and Ignition Media as well as being a partner in online marketing agency Cimex Media. The Canada-born Bennett is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

Tawni Cranz, Chief Talent Officer
Tawni Cranz

Tawni Cranz became Chief Talent Officer in October 2012 and now leads the team that maintains the company's unique corporate culture, hires new talent and keeps the organization lean and flexible despite enormous growth. Tawni joined Netflix in 2007 as a director and became Vice President of Talent in 2011. Prior to Netflix, she was HR director at Bausch & Lomb and held various human resources positions at FedExKinko's. Tawni holds an EMBA from Claremont University's Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jonathan Friedland, Chief Communications Officer
Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan Friedland leads the global team responsible for corporate communications, content publicity, social media and brand public relations. He joined Netflix in 2011 from The Walt Disney Company, where he was SVP, Corporate Communications. Before that, he spent over 20 years as a foreign correspondent and editor, mainly with The Wall Street Journal, in the U.S., Asia and Latin America and co-founded the Diarios Rumbo chain of Spanish-language newspapers in Texas. Jonathan, who has a MSc. Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA from Hampshire College, was a member of the WSJ team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer
Neil Hunt
Neil Hunt has been at Netflix since 1999 and serves as Chief Product Officer, leading the product team, which designs, builds and optimizes the Netflix experience.
 
Prior to Netflix, Neil worked from 1991 in various engineering and product roles at the software test tool companies Pure Software and its successors, Pure Atria and Rational Software. Before that, Neil was engaged in research in computer vision and image processing at the University of Aberdeen, Schlumberger Palo Alto Research Labs and Teleos Research.
 
Neil has been a non-executive member of Logitech's board of directors since September 2010.
 
He holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen, U.K. and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Durham, U.K.

David Hyman, General Counsel
David Hyman
David Hyman is General Counsel for Netflix, responsible for all legal and public policy matters for the company.  He has served in this capacity since 2002 and also serves as the company’s Secretary.
 
Prior to Netflix, David was the General Counsel of Webvan, an online Internet retailer, having previously held the role of senior corporate counsel. He also practiced law at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and Arent Fox in Washington, DC.
 
David earned his JD and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia.
Greg Peters, Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer
Greg Peters
Greg Peters is Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer for Netflix, responsible for the global partnerships with consumer electronics companies, Internet service providers and multi-channel video programming distributors that enable Netflix to deliver movies and TV shows across a full range of devices and platforms.
 
Prior to joining Netflix in 2008, Greg was senior vice president of consumer electronics products for Macrovision Solutions Corp. (later renamed to Rovi Corporation) and previously held positions at digital entertainment software provider, Mediabolic Inc., Red Hat Network, the provider of Linux and Open Source technology, and online vendor Wine.com. Greg holds a degree in physics and astronomy from Yale University.

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer
Ted Sarandos
Ted Sarandos is one of Time Magazine's 100 Most influential People of 2013, and  has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000. With more than 20 years’ experience in the home entertainment business, Ted is recognized as a key innovator in the acquisition and distribution of films and television programs. From its roots as a U.S. DVD subscription rental company, Netflix is now the world’s leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in more than 50 countries and producing more than 320 hours of original content in 2015.
 
With the 2013 releases of "House of Cards," "Hemlock Grove," "Arrested Development," "Orange is the New Black," “Turbo F.A.S.T.,” “Derek,” and “Lilyhammer,” Ted led the transformation of Netflix into an original content powerhouse that is changing the rules of how serialized television is produced, released and distributed globally. In its first two years of releasing original series, documentary films, children's shows and comedy specials, Netflix has been recognized by the film and TV industries 45 Emmy nominations, 15 Daytime Emmy nominations, two Oscar nominations and 10 Golden Globe nominations.
 
Ted has also been producer or executive producer of several award winning and critically acclaimed documentaries and independent films, including the Emmy nominated "Outrage," and "Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends." He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of Exploring The Arts, a non-profit focused on arts in schools. He also serves on the Film Advisory Board for Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival, is an American Cinematheque board member, an American Film Institute trustee and is an Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Ted is married to U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant (ret.) and has two children, Sarah and Tony Sarandos.

David Wells, Chief Financial Officer
David Wells
David Wells has served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer since December 2010.  In addition to his financial and planning responsibilities, he oversees a number of operating areas as well including customer service, real estate, and employee technology.  David has been at Netflix since March 2004, serving in a variety of planning and analysis roles, including most recently as the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis.
 
Prior to joining Netflix, David served in progressive roles at Deloitte Consulting from August 1998 to March 2004 and in the non-profit world before getting his MBA.
 
David holds an M.B.A and M.P.P. from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

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Richard Barton
Executive Chairman of the Board of Zillow Group, Inc.
Richard Barton

Richard Barton has served as one of the Company's directors since May 2002. In late 2004, Mr. Barton co-founded Zillow, Inc. where he is now Executive Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Mr. Barton is a Venture Partner with Benchmark Capital. Previously, Mr. Barton founded Expedia, Inc. in 1994 and was its President, Chief Executive Officer and director from November 1999 to March 2003. Mr. Barton was a director of InterActiveCorp from February 2003 until January 2005. Mr. Barton also serves as a director for Avvo, Inc. and Glassdoor.com. Mr. Barton holds a B.S. in general engineering: industrial economics from Stanford University.

A. George (Skip) Battle
Investor
A. George (Skip)  Battle

A. George (Skip) Battle has served as one of the Company's directors since June 2005. Mr. Battle was previously Executive Chairman of the Board of Ask Jeeves, Inc. which was acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp in July 2005. He was Chief Executive Officer of Ask Jeeves from 2000 to 2003. From 1968 until his retirement in 1995, Mr. Battle served in management roles at Arthur Andersen LLP and then Andersen Consulting LLP (now Accenture), where he became worldwide managing partner of market development and a member of the firm's executive committee. Educated at Dartmouth College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Battle currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fair Isaac Corporation, a director of Advent Software, Inc. OpenTable, Inc. and Expedia, Inc., and a member of the board of the Masters Select family of mutual funds. He was previously a director of PeopleSoft, Inc.

Timothy Haley
Managing Director, Redpoint Ventures
Timothy Haley

Timothy M. Haley has served as one of the Company's directors since June 1998. Mr. Haley is a co-founder of Redpoint Ventures, a venture capital firm, and has been a Managing Director of the firm since October 1999. Mr. Haley has been a Managing Director of Institutional Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since February 1998. From June 1986 to February 1998, Mr. Haley was the President of Haley Associates, an executive recruiting firm in the high technology industry. Mr. Haley currently serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Mr. Haley holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Reed Hastings
Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of the Board
Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997.
 
In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997.
 
Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including CCSA, Dreambox Learning, KIPP, and Pahara, and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
 
Reed is also a board member of Facebook, and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012.
 
Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Reed is married with two children.
Jay Hoag
General Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
Jay Hoag

Jay Hoag has served as one of the Company's directors since 1999. Since 1995, Mr. Hoag has served as a founding General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, a venture capital firm. Mr. Hoag serves on the board of directors of Electronic Arts, Inc., TechTarget, Zillow, Inc. and several private companies. Mr. Hoag is on the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, and the Board of Trust at the Vanderbilt University.  Previously, Mr. Hoag has served on the board of directors of numerous other public and private companies.  Mr. Hoag holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Lead Independent Director
Lead Independent Director
Leslie Kilgore
Leslie Kilgore

Leslie Kilgore served as the Company's Chief Marketing Officer from 2000 until 2012. From February 1999 to March 2000, Ms. Kilgore served as Director of Marketing for Amazon.com, Inc., an Internet retailer. Ms. Kilgore served as a brand manager for The Procter & Gamble Company, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, from August 1992 to February 1999. Ms. Kilgore holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ann Mather
Ann Mather

Ann Mather has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Ms. Mather has also been a member of the board of directors of: Glu Mobile Inc., a publisher of mobile games, since September 2005, and serves on its nominating and governance committee; Google, Inc. since November 2005, and serves as a chair of its audit committee; MGM Holdings Inc. (“MGM”, the independent, privately-held motion picture, television, home video, and theatrical production and distribution company, since December 2010; Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, since April 2011, and serves as chair of its audit committee; and Shutterfly, Inc., a manufacturer and digital retailer of personalized products and services, since May 2013. Ms. Mather has also been an independent trustee to the Dodge & Cox Funds board of trustees since May 2011. Ms. Mather was previously a director of: Central European Media Enterprises Group, a developer and operator of national commercial television channels and stations in Central and Eastern Europe, from 2004 to 2009; Zappos.com, Inc., a privately held, online retailer, until it was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. in 2009; Ariat International, Inc., a privately-held manufacturer of footwear for equestrian athletes, from 2005 to 2012; and MoneyGram International, Inc., a global payment services company, from May 2010 to May 2013. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Mather was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pixar, a computer animation studio. Prior to her service at Pixar, Ms. Mather was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Village Roadshow Pictures, the film production division of Village Roadshow Limited. From 1993 to 1999, she held various executive positions at The Walt Disney Company, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for its Buena Vista International Theatrical Division.

Ms. Mather holds a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University.

Brad Smith
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corp
Brad Smith

Brad Smith has served as one of the Company's directors since March 2015. Mr. Smith, who has served as Microsoft’s general counsel since 2002, has amassed broad global technology and public policy experience since joining the company in 1993. He spent three years leading the company’s legal and corporate affairs team in Europe and five years as deputy general counsel responsible for such teams outside the U.S. His area of expertise includes competition law, intellectual property, government surveillance and privacy. Mr. Smith holds a BA in international relations and economics from Princeton University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. He also studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. 

Anne Sweeney
Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney has served as one of the Company's directors since March 2015. Ms. Sweeney’s entertainment experience spans more than three decades including senior roles at the Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Viacom. Until she stepped down in January, she oversaw Disney’s cable, broadcast and satellite properties around the world since 2004. Previously, she helped establish and served as Chairman and CEO of the FX Networks, part of the Fox Entertainment Group of 21st Century Fox. Earlier in her career, she spent more than 12 years at Viacom’s Nickelodeon network. Ms. Sweeney holds a BA from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. from Harvard University. 

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