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From its founding in 1999, Overstock.com has had an eye to the future while striving to deliver what consumers want today. As the company has grown and evolved, it has taken on a group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, all uniting with the joint purpose of pushing the boundaries of innovation, integrity, and customer satisfaction. A focus on cooperation and collaboration has allowed Overstock.com to rise as a leader in online retail and will continue to serve the company as it moves forward.

  • Dr. Patrick M. Byrne
    Founder
  • Mitch Edwards
    Acting CEO
  • Robert P. Hughes
    Senior Vice President, Finance and Risk
  • Saum Noursalehi
    Chief Revenue Officer
  • J.P. Knab
    Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing

Dr. Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com in 1999 with revenues of $1.8 million. In 2013 Overstock.com had revenues of $1.3 billion and net income of $88.5 million. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country for 2010, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. The department distinguishes itself by returning 60-70% of the sale price to artisans (over $100 million has been paid to Worldstock's artisan suppliers). In addition, all Worldstock net profits are donated to fund philanthropic projects in several countries. Worldstock and Byrne have funded the building of 26 self-sustaining schools internationally that currently educate thousands of students.

A "classical liberal," Byrne believes that our nation's success depends on a sound educational system and a healthy capital market. Since Milton Friedman's passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, an organization leading the national debate for school vouchers.

Towards the goal of clean capital markets, in 2004 Byrne (as a citizen-journalist) began a vigorous campaign against abusive Wall Street practices, focusing on regulatory capture, hedge fund "expert network" (insider trading) schemes, settlement system failures, systemic risk, and the possibility of economic warfare against the US by Organized Crime and foreign governments. His stance quickly caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters and became a point of high controversy and ridicule until the economic crash of 2008, occasioned by the very things Byrne had warned of. Byrne's website DeepCapture.com has received much recognition, such as Weblogs Award "Best Business Blog" (2008), Business Pundit's "Best Business Investigative Journalism" (2009), and Xmark's "Top Site on Corruption in the USA" (2010).

Before founding Overstock.com and serving as chairman, CEO, and president, Byrne held the same three positions at Centricut, LLC, a manufacturer of consumables for industrial plasma torches, and held the same three positions at Fechheimer Brothers, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, manufacturing police, firefighter and military uniforms.

Byrne received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master's in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has taught at the university level and is a frequent guest lecturer discussing Internet commerce, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics.

Saum Noursalehi joined Overstock.com in 2005, and currently serves as chief revenue officer. He has previously held several positions within the company, including senior vice president of product development, senior vice president of marketing, vice president of new product development, senior director of website, mobile and search engine optimization, director of software development, software development lead and software developer. Before joining Overstock, Noursalehi worked at the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts, Brooks Automation, and technology startup Infotopia.

Noursalehi received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Mitch Edwards was named acting CEO of Overstock.com in April 2016. A veteran in the digital and high-tech corporate environment, Edwards first joined Overstock.com in August, 2015 as senior vice president and general counsel for the Utah-based online retailer.

Prior to Overstock.com, Edwards served as the CFO & general counsel of BitTorrent Inc., where he spearheaded international acquisitions, Razer Inc., where he oversaw global expansion, and Skullcandy Inc., where he lead the company's IPO, key acquisitions, and international growth.

Edwards started his career as a mergers and acquisitions and corporate securities lawyer at Shearman & Sterling in New York and San Francisco, was a Partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Los Angeles, and has also worked at the White House and the United States Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, international business and law degrees from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and a law degree from Stanford Law School.

Outside of the office, Edwards likes to ski, mountain bike, run, and climb, with any or all of his 4 children, from the canyons of Moab to the couloirs of the Dolomites.

Rob Hughes currently serves as Overstock's senior vice president of finance and risk management. He joined the company in 2008, and has previously held the roles of controller and vice president. Prior to his time at Overstock, Hughes served as CFO and Chief of Staff of TenFold Corporation, and has also held a number of senior accounting and internal audit positions with Oracle Corporation.

Hughes received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CA - inactive status).

J.P. Knab first joined Overstock.com in 2005 as a member of the finance department, and became director of merchandising before joining the marketing team as vice president in 2011. There, he led the company's search, email, affiliate, direct mail, content, online promotional, site offer and page optimization marketing strategies. During this time, Overstock.com embarked on a period of consistent month-to-month growth with more than three years of consecutive net income positive quarters. In 2015, Knab left Overstock.com to serve as senior vice president of marketing, merchandising, and business development at US Water Filters, leading USWF to become one of the largest online players in its market. He returned to Overstock.com in 2016 as senior vice president of digital marketing, and is responsible for the direction of Overstock.com's digital marketing strategy and implementation.

Knab received an undergraduate degree and MBA from Brigham Young University, and enjoys taking full advantage of the great outdoor activities his home state of Utah offers.

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  • Carter Lee
    Senior Vice President, Technology
  • Natalie Malaszenko
    Senior Vice President, Marketing
  • Brian Popelka
    Senior Vice President, Supplier, Customer and People Care
  • Alec Wilkins
    Senior Vice President, Product Development
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Carter Lee was named Overstock.com's senior vice president of technology in 2015 after 14 years with the company's IT department. In this role, he oversees all technologies for both Overstock.com's internal systems and shopping website. Carter joined Overstock in 2001 as a systems administrator before being promoted first to director of internal systems, then vice president of technology and facilities. During his time in these positions, Carter played a key role in implementing and maintaining solutions for the corporate office, customer care and fulfillment centers.

Prior to joining Overstock.com, Carter was a systems engineer for Hospice of the Valley. He was also a founder and vice president of Motherboard Discount Center, a computer hardware supplier in Phoenix, Ariz.

Carter has six children, and enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible.

Natalie Malaszenko joined Overstock.com as senior vice president of Marketing in 2015. Lauded as an industry leader by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Natalie is skilled in building and motivating global teams, with a strong track record of developing, optimizing and implementing successful revenue generating activities. Prior to joining Overstock.com, she served as vice president of marketing and digital strategy for Omni Hotels and Resorts, vice president of global digital marketing for Hewlett-Packard, director of e-commerce for PETCO Animal Supplies, and head of global operations for Dell's communities & conversations organization, which was the Fortune 500's first social media function.

Throughout her career, Natalie has made game-changing contributions to the future of the digital landscape, including a US Patent for online navigation, launching the world's first live stream concert on Twitter, and helping HP become the largest brand and first to hit one million followers on LinkedIn.

Natalie has proudly served as a member of multiple boards, including LinkedIn's Marketing Advisory Group and AOL's Tech Advisory Board. She was twice published in the field of cognitive neuroscience and psychology while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, where she was also a former NCAA Division I alpine skier. In her free time, Natalie still enjoys hitting the slopes when she is not spending time with her horses and loved ones.

Brian Popelka, as senior vice president of supplier, customer and people care, is responsible for the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of Overstock's award- winning customer care department. Under his direction, the department has repeatedly ranked in the top four of the former NRF Foundation/American Express Customer Choice Awards, and earned the Gartner Gold Award and the 2011 Stevie Award for the Retail Customer Service Department of the Year. Popelka also oversees all relations with the company's drop-ship fulfillment partners.

Popelka has held several positions since joining the Overstock in 2002, including business to business manager, director of the books, media, movies and games department, and vice president of customer care. In these roles, Popelka has contributed greatly to the success of Overstock, helping to set the tone of the company's culture while at the same time spearheading development of a media channel, travel site, and auto sales site.

Popelka holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Broadcasting, Film and History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alec Wilkins joined Overstock.com as the company's vice president of app development in 2013 after two years consulting for the online retailer as part of WildBeard Technologies, a mobile payment and application monetization company he founded. Currently, Alec holds the role of senior vice president of product development for Overstock.com. In this role, he is responsible for the development and integration of tools for the company's logistics and fulfillment processes, partner ecosystem, crypto initiatives, as well as overseeing the website's overall technical architecture.

Prior to Overstock, Alec spent nine years developing new and emerging payment products in American Express' research and development division. There, he participated in projects that included one of the first internet-only banks, as well as innovative payment solutions for the healthcare industry. He moved to MasterCard, where he developed global payment products for two years before focusing on WildBeard Technologies full-time.

Outside of work, Alec enjoys spending time with his three wonderful kids and two ugly dogs. In his spare time, he can often be found participating in the many outdoor adventures afforded by the states amazing landscape.

  • Jonathan E. Johnson III
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Allison H. Abraham
    Director
  • Dr. Patrick M. Byrne
    Director
  • Barclay F. Corbus
    Director
  • Kirthi Kalyanam
    Director

Jonathan Johnson has been the chairman of Overstock's board of directors since April 2014, transitioning to the position after five years as the company's president and later the acting CEO and executive vice chairman of the board. Johnson joined Overstock in 2002 as the company's general counsel, and has held various business and legal related positions within the company prior to being named president. He has been an integral part of Overstock's meteoric growth from a small start-up to a publicly-traded company with over $1.5 billion in sales and over 1,700 employees.

In addition to his duties at Overstock, Jonathan serves on various charitable and community boards, including the board of Governors for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, University of Utah Hospital Foundation, the Utah Technology Council, and the Hale Centre Theatre and he was the founding chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber Clean Air Task Force.

Prior to joining Overstock, Johnson was with TenFold Corporation in various positions, including CFO and General Counsel. Before that, he practiced corporate law in Los Angeles with two international law firms. He also served as a judicial clerk at the Utah Supreme Court.

Johnson received a Bachelor's Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University, studied at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Japan as a Ministry of Education Scholar, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the J. Ruben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

He lives in Salt Lake with his wife of 27 years. The couple has five sons, ages 12 to 23.

Allison H. Abraham has served as a Director of Overstock since March 2002. She is a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, and is the Chairwoman of the Audit Committee. She is currently the President and Founder of The Newton School, a private, non-profit elementary school located in Sterling, Virginia. Prior to this role, Ms. Abraham managed her own consulting business from October 2001 to November 2008, and has served as a director of privately-held Precision Imaging, Inc. since November 2002. Ms. Abraham served as president and as a director of LifeMinders, Inc., an online direct marketing company, from May 2000 until the acquisition of LifeMinders by Cross Media Marketing Corp. in October 2001. Prior to joining LifeMinders, Ms. Abraham served as chief operating officer of iVillage Inc., an online media company, from May 1998 to May 2000. From February 1997 to April 1998, Ms. Abraham was president, chief operating officer and a director of Shoppers Express, an online grocery service. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Abraham held several marketing and management positions at Ameritech Corporation. She was employed at American Express Travel Related Services in New York City from 1988 to 1992.

Ms. Abraham holds a MBA degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University.

Dr. Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com in 1999 with revenues of $1.8 million. In 2013 Overstock.com had revenues of $1.3 billion and net income of $88.5 million. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country for 2010, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. The department distinguishes itself by returning 60-70% of the sale price to artisans (over $100 million has been paid to Worldstock's artisan suppliers). In addition, all Worldstock net profits are donated to fund philanthropic projects in several countries. Worldstock and Byrne have funded the building of 26 self-sustaining schools internationally that currently educate thousands of students.

A "classical liberal," Byrne believes that our nation's success depends on a sound educational system and a healthy capital market. Since Milton Friedman's passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, an organization leading the national debate for school vouchers.

Towards the goal of clean capital markets, in 2004 Byrne (as a citizen-journalist) began a vigorous campaign against abusive Wall Street practices, focusing on regulatory capture, hedge fund "expert network" (insider trading) schemes, settlement system failures, systemic risk, and the possibility of economic warfare against the US by Organized Crime and foreign governments. His stance quickly caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters and became a point of high controversy and ridicule until the economic crash of 2008, occasioned by the very things Byrne had warned of. Byrne's website DeepCapture.com has received much recognition, such as Weblogs Award "Best Business Blog" (2008), Business Pundit's "Best Business Investigative Journalism" (2009), and Xmark's "Top Site on Corruption in the USA" (2010).

Before founding Overstock.com and serving as chairman, CEO, and president, Byrne held the same three positions at Centricut, LLC, a manufacturer of consumables for industrial plasma torches, and held the same three positions at Fechheimer Brothers, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, manufacturing police, firefighter and military uniforms.

Byrne received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master's in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has taught at the university level and is a frequent guest lecturer discussing Internet commerce, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics.

Mr. Barclay F. Corbus has served as a Director of Overstock since March 2007. He is a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, and is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Corbus has served as Senior Vice President of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of vehicular natural gas, with responsibility for strategic development, since September 2007. He served as Co-CEO of WR Hambrecht + Co., an investment banking firm, from July 2004 to September 2007, and prior to that date served in other executive positions with WR Hambrecht + Co. Prior to joining WR Hambrecht + Co in March 1999, Mr. Corbus was in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Corbus graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and has a Master's Degree of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Dr. Kirthi Kalyanam was named to the Overstock.com Board of Directors in February of 2015. Currently the J.C. Penney research professor and director of the Retail Management Institute at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, Dr. Kalyanam has previously served as faculty director of the Executive MBA program, a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, guest faculty in the Stanford Executive MMP program, and senior vice president and chief marketing officer of SpinCircuit Inc. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Dr. Kalyanam's areas of expertise include Internet Marketing, Customer Centric Retailing, Multi-Channel Marketing and Database Marketing.

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  • Samuel A. Mitchell
    Director
  • Stormy Simon
    President and Director
  • Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr.
    Director

Mr. Mitchell has been a director of Overstock since October 2010. He is a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Mitchell is also a director of International Coal Group, Inc., and serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of International Coal Group. Since 2004, Mr. Mitchell has been a Managing Director of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings, Inc., a Toronto-based property and casualty insurance holding company. Hamblin Watsa is responsible for managing the investments of Fairfax Financial. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Mitchell was a director of Odyssey Re Holdings Corp., a majority-owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial that is an underwriter of property and casualty treaty and facultative reinsurance. Prior to joining Hamblin Watsa, Mr. Mitchell was Managing Director and co-founder in 1993 of Marshfield Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based investment counsel firm. Mr. Mitchell also has experience in the healthcare industry, having served as a Director of Research and Federal Relations for the Federation of American Health Systems from 1983 to 1993, and as Director of Research for the Health Industry Manufacturers Association from 1977 to 1981. In 1973, he co-founded Research from Washington, which advised large institutional investors on the outlook and economic impact of legislation and federal government initiatives. Mr. Mitchell started his career in 1968 with the Washington, D.C.-based investment counsel firm, Davidge and Co. He has a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Stormy joined Overstock.com in 2001 during the formative years of e-commerce, when the company's revenue was less than $20M and employees numbered under 100. In the beginning, Stormy developed PR in-house, the Books, Music & Movie store, ran the warehouse, and many other processes, positions and departments. She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic "Discover the Secret of the Big O" campaign which contributed to Overstock becoming a household name. She became an SVP in 2007, and oversaw many departments, including Customer Care, Partner Care, Supply Chain, and all marketing divisions, culminating with her becoming president of the company in 2014 with approximately 1600 employees. Stormy is an established e-commerce innovator, pioneer, as well as a proven business leader.

During her tenure, Overstock has become a top 25 e-tailer by traffic, and grown to nearly $2B in revenue. They have been recognized by numerous associations, including 4 consecutive years of Web Marketing Association's Mobile Web Awards, and others for customer care, including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer choice awards for the final 6 years the honor was given. Stormy was also personally recognized as a Customer Champion by Gartner 1to1 Media. In 2014 the company was named to Forbes' list of "Americas 100 Most Trustworthy Companies".

Stormy was named a Power Player by the NRF's 2016 The List of People Shaping Retail's Future, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards in 2015.

She's dedicated time to local non-profit boards, including the Columbus Community Center, which provides jobs to adults with mental disabilities, the YWCA advisory board, the Boys & Girls Club, and Jon Huntsman's Gubernatorial Committee of Economic Development. She also served on the board of Winder Dairy, and has been on the board of directors at Overstock since 2011. She is known for her speeches on the importance of customer experience and empowerment of employees and women. She is proud that during her presidency the female seats at the executive table have increased to 33%.

Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr. has served as a Director of Overstock since June 2007. He is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. Tabacco is the founding partner of the San Francisco office of Berman DeValerio, a law firm that prosecutes class actions nationwide on behalf of institutions and individuals, mostly victims of antitrust and securities law violations.

A 1974 honors graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, Tabacco has actively litigated antitrust, securities fraud, commercial high tech, and intellectual property matters since the 1970s. Since entering private practice in the 1980s, after a six year stint as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Tabacco has served as trial or lead counsel in numerous antitrust and securities cases nationally. Tabacco and his firm represent numerous public pension fund and private institutional clients nationally and have successfully prosecuted cases resulting in the recovery of billions of dollars for defrauded investors and businesses.