Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of DirectorsMax Levchin is our Founder and has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) since our founding in 2012. Affirm was spun out of 2012 MRL Investments LLC (f/k/a HVF, LLC) (“HVF”), an exploration company Mr. Levchin founded in 2011 to create and fund companies that leveraged large data sets in new ways. At HVF, Mr. Levchin also founded Glow, a women’s health company, where he remains on the board of directors. Prior to HVF, Mr. Levchin founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Slide, a personal media-sharing service. Slide was acquired by Google in 2010. Slide was created at MRL Ventures Inc. (“MRL”), an earlier exploration company Mr. Levchin founded in 2004, to create and fund companies that leveraged the emergence of social media. At MRL, Mr. Levchin also helped create Yelp Inc., a consumer internet company, where he served as chairman of its board of directors from its founding in 2005 until July 2015. Prior to MRL, Mr. Levchin co-founded PayPal, where he served as Chief Technology Officer from its founding until its sale to eBay in 2003. Mr. Levchin also served on the board for Yahoo! Inc., an internet company, from 2012 until 2015. Mr. Levchin was born in Kiev, Ukraine before moving to the United States and settling in Chicago in 1991. Mr. Levchin holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he founded and led four other technology startups.
DirectorJeremy Liew has served as a member of our Board since 2013. Mr. Liew has been a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since 2006. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Mr. Liew was an executive at Netscape, AOL, Citysearch and IAC. Mr. Liew has served on the board of The Honest Company, Inc. since 2011. Mr. Liew graduated with honors with a BSc in mathematics, and a BA in Linguistics, from the Australian National University, and with an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.
President, Technology, Risk and OperationsLibor Michalek has served as a member of our Board since May 2021. Mr. Michalek has served as our President, Technology, Risk and Operations since May 2021 and previously served as our President, Technology from 2018 to May 2021. Mr. Michalek served as our Chief Technology Officer from 2015 to 2018. Prior to joining Affirm, Mr. Michalek served as an Engineering Director at YouTube and Google. Prior to that, Mr. Michalek served as the Chief Technology Officer of Slide, a personal media-sharing service, which was acquired by Google in 2010. Mr. Michalek has also served in management positions at Topspin, Egroups, Talarian, Thinking Machines Corporation, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Mr. Michalek earned his B.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jenny J. Ming
DirectorJenny J. Ming has served as a member of our Board since February 2021. Ms. Ming was Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Russe from October 2009 to February 2019, a fast fashion specialty retailer of apparel and accessories catering to young women. In February 2019, Charlotte Russe filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. From March 1999 to October 2006, Ms. Ming served as President of Old Navy, a brand in The Gap Inc.’s portfolio, where she oversaw all aspects of Old Navy and its retail clothing stores in the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Ming joined Gap Inc. in 1986, serving in various executive roles for the Gap brand. In 1994, she was a member of the executive team that launched Old Navy. Ms. Ming has served on the board of directors of Levi Strauss & Co since 2014 and Poshmark since 2019. She holds a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising/Marketing from San Jose State University and has been on the Tower Foundation board since 2010
Christa S. Quarles
DirectorChrista S. Quarles has served as a member of our Board since 2018. Since September 2020, Ms. Quarles has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Board Director of Corel Corporation, a private software company. Prior to joining Corel, Ms. Quarles served as the Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable, Inc., an online restaurant reservation service, from 2015 to 2018. Before OpenTable, Ms. Quarles served as the Chief Business Officer of NextDoor, Inc., a social networking company, from 2014 to 2015. Leading up to NextDoor, Ms. Quarles held positions of increasing responsibility with The Walt Disney Company, including Senior Vice President and General Manager as well as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Operations for their Mobile and Social Games division. She came to Disney via its acquisition of Playdom Inc., where she had been its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Quarles is a member of the board of directors of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where she served as a member of the audit committee from 2016 to March 2021. Ms. Quarles earned her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.B.A. from Harvard University.
DirectorKeith Rabois has served as a member of our Board since 2013. Mr. Rabois has been a General Partner at Founders Fund since 2019. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Mr. Rabois served as a Managing Director at Khosla Ventures from 2013 to 2019. Mr. Rabois also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Square, an Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Slide, and as Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at LinkedIn. Mr. Rabois began his career in the industry as a senior executive at PayPal and has also practiced as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Rabois earned his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and his J.D. from Harvard University.
Jacqueline D. Reses
DirectorJacqueline D. Reses has served as a member of our Board since January 2021. Ms. Reses has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Post House Capital LLC, a private investment firm focused on consumer and financial technology, since 2021. She previously served as the Square Capital Lead of Square, Inc., a financial services and technology company, and Executive Chairman of its proposed bank, Square Financial Services, from October 2015 to October 2020. From September 2012 to October 2015, Ms. Reses served as Chief Development Officer of Yahoo! Inc., a technology company. Prior to Yahoo, Ms. Reses served as the head of the U.S. media group at Apax Partners Worldwide LLP, a private equity firm, which she joined in 2001. Ms. Reses also spent seven years at Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions and the principal investment area. Ms. Reses is currently Executive Chair of ContextLogic Inc. and on the board of directors of Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., Pershing Square Tontine Holdings, Ltd. and TaskUS, Inc. She previously served on the board of directors of Alibaba Group Holdings Limited, Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. and Social Capital Hedosophia III. Ms. Reses is also the Chair of the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and sits on the Wharton School Board of Advisors. Ms. Reses received a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
DirectorNoel Watson has served as a member of our Board since September 2022. Mr. Watson has served as the Chief Financial Officer of LegalZoom, an online platform for legal and compliance solutions, since November 2020. Prior to joining LegalZoom, Mr. Watson served as Chief Financial Officer at TrueCar, Inc from June 2019 to November 2020. From April 2006 to June 2019, Mr. Watson served in roles of increasing responsibility at TripAdvisor, Inc., including as Vice President - Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Watson previously served as member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Zynga Inc. Mr. Watson holds a B.S. in accounting from Bryant University.
James D. White
DirectorJames D. White has served as a member of our Board since February 2021 and as our Lead Independent Director since September 2021. Mr. White served for eight years, from 2008 to 2016, as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jamba Inc. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2008, Mr. White was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Safeway, Inc., a U.S. supermarket chain. From 1983 to 2005 Mr. White held management roles at Gillette, Nestle Purina and Coca-Cola. Additionally, Mr. White currently serves on the board of directors of The Honest Company, Inc., Medallia, Inc. and The Simply Good Foods Company. He previously served on the board of directors of Adtalem Global Education, Bradshaw Home, CallidusCloud, Daymon Worldwide, Hillshire Brands, Keane Inc, Panera Bread Company-JAB Holdings and Schnucks. His non- profit board experience includes Directors Academy, where he is a founding member and currently Board Chairman, as well as Board Chairman for Fair Trade USA. He previously served on the non-profit boards of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, The Organic Center and the Network of Executive Women. Mr. White received a B.S. degree, with a major in marketing, from The University of Missouri and an MBA from Fontbonne University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell University Food Executive Program and was a Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow in 2018.
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