Who We Are

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
    CEO and Founder
  • Saum Noursalehi
    President
  • Jonathan E. Johnson III
    President, Medici
  • Amit Goyal
    Senior Vice President, Software Engineering

In late 1999, Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com, which achieved its first profitable quarter in 2002 and its first full year of profitability in 2009. In 2015, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.7 billion and its sixth out of seven straight years of profitability.

In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. Worldstock profits have been donated to fund philanthropic projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa educating thousands of students. Byrne also created the Main Street Revolution marketplace for small American entrepreneurs, a pet adoption service that has connected people with 75,000 pets in less than two years, and Farmers Market which now makes fresh, locally grown produce available to 45% of the US population.

In 2010, Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). In 2011, Ernst & Young gave Byrne its National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2014, Overstock was named one of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America by Forbes/MSCI ESG Research.

A "classical liberal," Byrne believes that our nation's success depends on education and capital markets. Since Milton Friedman's passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (now "EdChoice"), an organization leading the national push for school choice. Toward the goal of clean capital markets, in 2004 Byrne began a vigorous citizen-journalist campaign focusing on regulatory capture, hedge fund mischief, settlement system failures, systemic risk, and the possibility of economic warfare against the US by organized crime and foreign governments. His stance caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters, becoming a point of high controversy until the crash of 2008, occasioned by many of the things of which Byrne had warned. Byrne's website DeepCapture.com subsequently 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).

In 2012, when no firm of $1 million in revenue yet accepted bitcoin as a payment method, Byrne's pro-freedom political orientation led him to decide that Overstock.com, then with $1.4 billion in revenue, should accept the digital currency. Having gained familiarity with blockchain technology at the heart of digital currencies such as bitcoin, Byrne created Medici, a subsidiary within Overstock.com building blockchain-based financial technology solutions. In 2015, Byrne used Medici's t0.com securities trading platform to become the first person in history to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain.

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 currently serves as the president of Overstock.com. He began his career with Overstock in 2005 as a software engineer, and has held several other roles within the company, including director of software development, senior director of website, mobile and search engine optimization, vice president of OLabs, senior vice president of marketing, senior vice president of product development, and chief revenue officer.

Noursalehi was responsible for the creation of several core technologies for Overstock, including in-house search and recommendation engines, product sort algorithms, and a vendor application designed to optimize product content. He also spearheaded the implementation of automated email campaigns based on customer behavior. Additionally, he led a full redesign of both the desktop and mobile websites, and oversaw the development of Overstock's mobile apps, which have won five consecutive Mobile Web Awards for Best Retail App from the Web Marketing Association.

As president, Noursalehi is focused on driving Overstock's mission by leveraging data and technology to provide customers the best price, assortment and convenience in the in the rapidly expanding home goods retail category.

Before joining Overstock, Noursalehi worked at the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts, Brooks Automation, and technology startup Infopia. Noursalehi received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah, has been profiled in publications such as Wired, and was a recipient of the 2015 Utah Business Forty Under 40 award honoring Utah's top up-and-coming professionals.

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.

Johnson was named president of Medici, Overstock's group of blockchain technology and fintech businesses, which include t0.com, and investments in Bitt.com, PeerNova and IdentityMind. In this role, Johnson is responsible for continuing Medici's pioneering growth and innovation in applying the blockchain to financial systems and beyond.

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. Reuben 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.

Amit Goyal has been with Overstock for more than a decade, starting out his career as a senior software developer in 2006. He worked his way up to software development lead, director and then vice president before assuming his current role.

As a software developer, Amit worked on building out fulfillment systems before moving on to director where he managed software technology for OLabs, Overstock's emerging business incubator. After his transition to vice president of development, Amit was responsible for managing product technology for website and mobile. In his current positon as senior vice president of software engineering, Amit oversees a team of more than 300 engineers leading the department in software engineering and architecture. Additionally, a major initiative for his team is to integrate machine learning into software development.

Amit recognizes the daily challenges and learnings of constantly evolving technology, driven by problem solving and testing experimental programs. Amit received his Bachelor's of engineering from Punjab Technical University. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

  • Robert P. Hughes
    Senior Vice President, Finance and Risk
  • Vidya Jwala
    Senior Vice President, Demand Fulfillment
  • J.P. Knab
    Senior Vice President, Marketing
  • Carter Lee
    Senior Vice President, Technology and People Care

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).

Vidya Jwala joined Overstock.com in 2016 as senior vice president of demand fulfillment, responsible for overseeing the e-commerce leader's sourcing, merchandising, supply chain, and customer care businesses.

Prior to joining Overstock.com, Jwala served in key leadership roles across merchandising, analytics, global sourcing and supply chain functions with various retailers. He has worked in a multi-channel environment across the US, Latin America, and Asia, most recently as a corporate officer for Walmart as vice president of merchandising and operations. He has also worked in a leadership capacity with retailers such as Lowe's, Tractor Supply Company, and Jo-Ann Stores.

Jwala received his Master of Science degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He and his wife have been married for 19 years, and they enjoy traveling internationally with their two teenage daughters.

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 marketing, and is responsible for the direction of the digital marketing strategy and implementation.

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

Carter Lee, Overstock.com's senior vice president of technology and people care, began his career with the company in 2001 as a systems administrator in the IT department. He was then named director of internal systems, before being appointed vice president of technology. During his time in these positions, Lee played a key role in implementing and maintaining solutions for the corporate office, customer care and fulfillment centers. Currently, he oversees all technologies for both Overstock.com's internal systems and shopping website, as well as all human resource and facilities functions, including spearheading the recently completed corporate headquarters, the Peace Coliseum.

Prior to joining Overstock.com, Lee 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.

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

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  • Seth Moore
    Senior Vice President, Analytics and OLabs
  • Brian Popelka
    Senior Vice President, Customer and Partner Care
  • Vikram Raghavan
    Senior Vice President, Product Development

In his role as Overstock.com's senior vice president of analytics and OLabs, Seth Moore is responsible for overseeing the development and growth of analytics and reporting systems for all Overstock.com business units. Additionally, interpreting data to better implement and deliver new features that enhance the personalized shopping experience for every customer.

Moore first joined Overstock.com in 2006 as a member of the web analytics team. After a few years in that department, he was named director of customer relationship management. Moore then held a director role on the analytics architecture team before transitioning to the marketing department. There, he was made director of Overstock.com's email, SEO, and marketing analytics groups. After a stint as senior director of website marketing and web analytics, Moore was appointed vice president of website marketing. Capitalizing on his strong analytics background, he was later named vice president of analytics and business intelligence—his unique skill-set was further leveraged as vice president of OLabs, Overstock's business incubator, in 2015 until assuming his current positon.

Prior to Overstock.com, Moore received an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University before serving as committee staff for the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

In his free time, Moore enjoys relaxing with his wife and three children, who are very understanding when he occasionally sneaks away to lead his fantasy football team to victory.

Brian Popelka, as senior vice president of customer and partner care, is responsible for the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of Overstock's award-winning customer care department and relationships with the online retailer's sourcing partners. Under his direction, Overstock.com 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 has held several positions since joining the Overstock.com 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.com, 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.

Vikram began his career at Overstock.com in 2008 as director of CRM, where he spearheaded the Club O rewards program and developed the Overstock store credit card. Prior to joining Overstock, he managed Amazon's credit card finance operations. In 2010, Vikram was appointed director of marketing and later promoted to senior director of marketing, were he established Overstock's in-house R&D program, OLabs. In 2012, he left Overstock, becoming head of marketing for CafePress, a customizable gifts e-retailer. Later, Vikram left CafePress to co-found RentalRoost.com, an online open source apartment-listing platform.

Vikram left Rental Roost in 2015, rejoining Overstock as vice president of marketing where he continued to shape the Club O loyalty program. Additionally, he managed the business strategy for global retail payments and alternative payment methods such as private label, bitcoin-wallet and gift cards. A year later, he was named vice president of product management and strategy for website and mobile. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing a large team of engineers, product managers and UX designers to optimize the conversion funnel.

In Vikram's current role, he focuses on integrating new tools to enhance the mobile shopping experience, with a significant interest in identifying new ways to mitigate conversion friction issues. Vikram obtained his Bachelor's degree in computer information systems and business administration from Bemidji State University, and received his M.B.A in finance and marketing from Temple University.

  • Jonathan E. Johnson III
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Allison H. Abraham
    Director
  • Dr. Patrick M. Byrne
    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.

Johnson was named president of Medici, Overstock's group of blockchain technology and fintech businesses, which include t0.com, and investments in Bitt.com, PeerNova and IdentityMind. In this role, Johnson is responsible for continuing Medici's pioneering growth and innovation in applying the blockchain to financial systems and beyond.

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. Reuben 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.

In late 1999, Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com, which achieved its first profitable quarter in 2002 and its first full year of profitability in 2009. In 2015, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.7 billion and its sixth out of seven straight years of profitability.

In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. Worldstock profits have been donated to fund philanthropic projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa educating thousands of students. Byrne also created the Main Street Revolution marketplace for small American entrepreneurs, a pet adoption service that has connected people with 75,000 pets in less than two years, and Farmers Market which now makes fresh, locally grown produce available to 45% of the US population.

In 2010, Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). In 2011, Ernst & Young gave Byrne its National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2014, Overstock was named one of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America by Forbes/MSCI ESG Research.

A "classical liberal," Byrne believes that our nation's success depends on education and capital markets. Since Milton Friedman's passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (now "EdChoice"), an organization leading the national push for school choice. Toward the goal of clean capital markets, in 2004 Byrne began a vigorous citizen-journalist campaign focusing on regulatory capture, hedge fund mischief, settlement system failures, systemic risk, and the possibility of economic warfare against the US by organized crime and foreign governments. His stance caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters, becoming a point of high controversy until the crash of 2008, occasioned by many of the things of which Byrne had warned. Byrne's website DeepCapture.com subsequently 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).

In 2012, when no firm of $1 million in revenue yet accepted bitcoin as a payment method, Byrne's pro-freedom political orientation led him to decide that Overstock.com, then with $1.4 billion in revenue, should accept the digital currency. Having gained familiarity with blockchain technology at the heart of digital currencies such as bitcoin, Byrne created Medici, a subsidiary within Overstock.com building blockchain-based financial technology solutions. In 2015, Byrne used Medici's t0.com securities trading platform to become the first person in history to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain.

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.

  • Barclay F. Corbus
    Director
  • Kirthi Kalyanam
    Director
  • Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr.
    Director

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.

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.