Atigeo Expands Board of Directors with Addition of Co-Founder of Former MySpace Parent Company, CEO of Wells Fargo's Pacific Northwest Region, President of Providence Energy, and Former CFO of Vulcan
Bellevue, Wash. - Dec. 29, 2008 - Atigeo, a data intelligence technology innovator, today announces that in 2008 it bolstered its world-class Board of Directors with the addition of Michael Allen, President of Providence Energy Corp., Nathaniel "Buster" Brown, former vice president and CFO of Vulcan, Inc., John Rindlaub, CEO of Wells Fargo's Pacific Northwest Region, and Joe Abrams, co-founder of Intermix, which launched and developed MySpace, and later sold the popular social networking site to News Corp for $580 million.
Abrams, Allen, Brown and Rindlaub join an outstanding Board that includes Michael Radler, CEO and Founder of Tug Hill Real Estate Partners, Thomas Rambold, former CTO of Siemens AG Information & Communication Networks, and Kenneth Hatch, former CEO of KIRO and Group President of Bonneville Broadcasting Corp. Atigeo's Board is chaired by Michael Sandoval, founder and CEO of Atigeo.
"I am excited and honored by the calibre of talent we've been fortunate to attract," said Michael Sandoval, CEO of Atigeo. "John, Mike, Buster and Joe bring an incredible wealth of business experience and knowledge to Atigeo, as well as our shared belief in the power of philanthropy. Combining their skills and wisdom with that of our existing board members gives Atigeo a world-class Board of Directors and a solid foundation for ensuring that we're delivering on our vision to transform the human experience through new intelligent technology that uses learning and intuition to facilitate unprecedented interactions."
Joe Abrams co-founded Intermix in 1998, which launched and developed MySpace, and sold to News Corporation for $580 million in 2005. Abrams specializes in working with small technology companies to build shareholder value. As a direct result of his efforts, he has completed merger and acquisition transactions in excess of $1 billion and small cap market equity raises in excess of $250 million. In 1983, he co-founded The Software Toolworks, Inc., a publicly held developer, publisher, and distributor of educational and entertainment software, which was sold to Pearson, Plc. in 1994 for $462 million.
"I am excited to join the Board of Atigeo and to be working with Michael Sandoval and the great team at Atigeo," said Joe Abrams. "Atigeo has developed groundbreaking technologies which are beginning to get widespread industry acceptance. I look forward to helping the team build an outstanding company."
Michael Allen is founder and President of Providence Energy Corp. of Dallas Texas, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Allen has been an active buyer of oil and gas properties in 15 states. From inception, Providence Energy Corp. acquired interests in over 4,000 wells from companies such as Devon Energy Corp., Sempra Energy, Fina Oil and Gas, Coastal and Apache. Providence Energy is the managing partner of over 2.0 million net acres of minerals in the domestic US. Allen is a certified public accountant and spent the first few years of his career in Dallas with Ernst and Ernst. He is actively involved in several inner city projects, funding camps, schools and turn-around projects in Texas.
"Atigeo is in a strong position to take advantage of the continuing trend toward personalized experiences," said Michael Allen. "At the same time, the company's strategic stance on consumer privacy and control opens up a world of opportunities. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on Atigeo's Board of Directors to help the company realize its long-term goals."
Nathaniel "Buster" Brown is the former vice president and CFO for Paul G. Allen's asset management company Vulcan, Inc. In that role, Brown was responsible for creating and implementing long-term financial plans and strategies to achieve company goals. Prior to Vulcan, Brown acted as the vice president and CFO for two other Vulcan Inc. affiliates, Football Northwest and First and Goal. He has led the improvement in financial processes and business operations for several entities in various industries. Brown also serves on the Board of Directors for the Experience Music Project, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation. He serves on the budget and finance committee for the Seattle Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Seattle and is on the Board of Advisors for Western Washington University's College of Business and Economics.
"I joined the Atigeo Board based on its vision, leadership, team and fellow directors," said Nathaniel Brown."We are poised to make a difference in the world. I am excited to contribute to Atigeo's progress and success."
John Rindlaub joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2002 as Chief Executive Officer for the Pacific Northwest Region, including operations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Prior to Wells Fargo, Rindlaub was at Bank of America where he held executive positions including president and Commercial Bank executive, Bank of America Northwest and chairman, Bank of America Asia. In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Rindlaub is a trustee and past chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, a member of the University of Washington Business School Advisory Board, and director and treasurer of The National Bureau of Asian Research.
"Atigeo has assembled a world class team of visionaries, technologists, developers, and strategists," said John Rindlaub. "This team is putting in place a compelling offering to allow their user base to connect in a unique fashion by solving key roadblocks, including privacy and mobility, to experiencing a connected daily life. It has been inspiring to be a part of helping to execute this vision."
Founded in 2005, Atigeo specializes in a new breed of data intelligence technology that enables individualized interactions and experiences of unprecedented relevance. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and is privately held. To learn more about Atigeo, please visit www.atigeo.com. For media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +425.635.3900.