Board of Advisors

Erin Freeman
Janus Capital Group

Nils Erdmann
NASDAQ

LeAnne Hackmann
Mattel

Andrew Meranus
PR Newswire

Keely Wachs
Clif Bar & Company

Erin Freeman
Vice President, Public Relations
Janus Capital Group

Ms. Freeman is Vice President of Public Relations for Janus Capital Group (NYSE: JNS), a leading global investment firm.

In this role, she oversees all communications and public relations. She ensures that the company's communications, public relations and social media resources are aligned, creating programs that increase Janus Capital Group's international brand awareness.

Prior to joining Janus, she was Chief Communications Officer for Farmers Insurance, one of the largest personal lines insurers in the U.S. Before joining Farmers, she was Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications for the Irvine Company, a privately held real estate investment company. Prior, Freeman spent four years as Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications for TCW, an international asset management firm with more than $130 billion in assets under management. She has previously led the communications function at New Century Financial, a mortgage lender; and at Piper Jaffray, a national investment bank and brokerage firm.

She previously held communications positions for other leading financial services companies, including Robertson Stephens and Bank of America; and she began her career at Nordstrom where she spent five years in various sales and management roles.

Freeman has a master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and a bachelor's degree in business management from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. LinkedIn

Nils Erdmann
Vice President, Sales Executive, New Listings & Capital Markets
NASDAQ

Nils Erdmann has been a leader in the investment industry for twenty years, serving in many capacities, including sales, investor relations, corporate finance and communications for leading media and technology companies. Through his involvement in capital raising activities, both primary and secondary financing transactions, Mr. Erdmann has built up a network of relationships among many entrepreneurs of high-growth technology companies and a wide assortment of global investors. This experience led him to NASDAQ, where he currently serves as Vice President, Head of New Listings & Capital Markets for the Western U.S. & Canada. Prior to joining NASDAQ, Mr. Erdmann served as Managing Director at Scenic Advisement, a niche financial services firm specializing in capital raises for large, late-stage private companies. He was the former Head of Investor Relations at Twitter, facilitating capital raising efforts, including the company’s 2013 IPO, as well as secondary placements and tender offers. He held similar positions at Pixar Animation Studios and Sonic Solutions, and has been a key player in the communications of several media and technology companies since 2000. Mr. Erdmann graduated from Yale University. He now lives in San Rafael, CA, and has been a San Francisco Bay Area resident since 2000. LinkedIn

LeAnne Hackmann
Senior Director Mattel Brands Consumer Products
Mattel

Mrs. Hackmann currently serves as Senior Director Mattel Brands Consumer Products, Mattel. In this role Hackmann manages global content marketing and distribution strategies for the world’s largest toy brand, including a $1.5 billion movie franchise. She continues to expand the world of brand marketing with new experiential licenses for the brand, bringing to life live entertainment and branded experiences.

Hackmann joined Mattel in 2006 as Director, Promotions. Prior to joining Mattel, Hackmann held the title of SVP Marketing at Arenas Entertainment where she developed publicity and promotional programs for the Hispanic marketplace and studio clients. From 2000-2004, Hackmann held the title of SVP Marketing at Artisan Entertainment (Lionsgate) where she oversaw promotions, internet marketing, events and production of marketing related TV specials. Prior, Hackmann held a host of marketing-related positions in New York and Los Angeles at companies including MGM/UA and Orion Pictures. LinkedIn

Andrew Meranus
Vice President Agency Markets
PR Newswire Association

Mr. Meranus is a senior member of PR Newswire, the global leader in news and information distribution services for professional communicators operating out of the company's New York City headquarters.

As Vice President of Business Development and Agency Markets, Meranus drives PR Newswire's business development efforts targeting public and private companies, overseeing a team of sales executives across the United States. He also leads several sales teams focused on the retention and growth of key IR and PR agency business across key U.S. markets.

Meranus lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children. LinkedIn

Keely Wachs
Director, Communications
Clif Bar & Company

Mr. Wachs is the Director of Communications for Clif Bar & Company. In this role, he is responsible for driving PR and communications initiatives for the company, and, well, participating in all the fun and innovative activities that go with working at Clif Bar & Company.

Before joining Clif Bar & Company, Wachs ran corporate communications for revolutionary solar company, BrightSource Energy. His previous experience includes environmental and media relations for Pacific Gas & Electric and, prior to that, leading Blanc & Otus Public Relations’ Cleantech practice. Wachs also managed public diplomacy programs for the U.S. Department of State and sales and marketing programs for Intel’s Latin American operations.

Wachs holds a Masters in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego with a focus on environmental and economic policy, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. LinkedIn

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