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Who we are and what we doNearly as old as the Internet itself, GoDaddy was born to give people an easy, affordable way to get their ideas online. Today, we have more than 12 million customers around the world, but our goal is much the same. We’re here to help people easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. In short, to help them kick ass, online and off!

GoDaddy is…

The world's largest
domain name registrar

57

57 million domains
under management

12

12 million
customers

14

14 facilities, including: Ariz., Calif., Iowa, Wash., Asia, Europe, India … & more

4,000

More than 4,000 employees

24/7/365

24/7/365, round-the-clock customer care operations

Like a Stanford dorm room on steroids, our Sunnyvale office is 40,000 square-feet of Bay Area badassery, brimming with some of the biggest brains on the planet, dreaming up digital masterpieces and keeping time in agile sprints.

Our Team

Meet our Team

Don't let their smiling faces fool you; these folks are about to stage a full-on tech revolution.
They're determined to bring power back to the people, giving small businesses the keys to drive the global economy.
Get to know who's behind this brazen plan to change the world, one small business at a time.

Leadership Board of Directors
  • Blake Irving
    Chief Executive
    Officer
  • Scott Wagner
    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
  • Barb Rechterman
    Chief Marketing
    Officer
  • Elissa Murphy
    Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, Cloud
  • Auguste Goldman
    Chief People Officer
  • Jeff King
    Vice President,
    Hosting
  • James Carroll
    Executive Vice President, International
  • Nima Kelly
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel
  • Phil Bienert
    Executive Vice President, Digital Commerce
  • David Popowitz
    Senior Vice President, Corporate
    Development
  • Steven Aldrich
    Senior Vice President of Applications
  • Bob Parsons
    Founder GoDaddy
  • Blake Irving
    Chief Executive
    Officer
  • Greg Mondre
    Managing Partner & Managing Director, Silver Lake
  • Herald Chen
    Member, Private
    Equity & Co-Head of Technology, KKR
  • Adam Herbert Clammer
    Senior Advisor and
    Fmr Head of Global Technology Group, KKR
  • Richard Herrick Kimball
    Founding General Partner TCV
  • Charles Robel
    Private Investor
  • Lee Wittlinger
    Director, Silver Lake
  • Betsy Rafael
    Former Chief Accounting Officer at Apple
 

Blake Irving

Chief Executive Officer
GoDaddy LLC

“We will radically shift the global economy toward small business by helping people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures.”

As CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy, Blake brings passion and vision—along with serious tech credentials—to the role. Before coming to GoDaddy in 2013, Blake was EVP and Chief Product Officer at Yahoo!, where he expanded monthly users to nearly one billion, launched 180 new Yahoo! websites worldwide and rolled out products in 23 languages and 30 new markets.

Prior to Yahoo!, Blake spent 15 years at Microsoft creating world-changing consumer products like NetMeeting, MSN Messenger and growing Hotmail to the largest mail service in the world. As Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform, Blake led the company’s global Internet development and operations, managing a $1 billion global R&D budget and overseeing development teams in the US, India, China and Europe.

Blake began his career at Xerox and Compaq and has been a professor at Pepperdine’s School of Business. Blake earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from San Diego State University. Keep up-to-date with Blake at www.BlakesBlog.com.

 

Scott Wagner

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

As GoDaddy's COO/CFO, Scott manages the company's business operations as well as all financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting.

Prior to Blake Irving’s appointment as CEO in January 2013, Scott spent six months working on several strategic growth initiatives as GoDaddy's interim CEO—including the company's expansion into India.

Before joining GoDaddy, Scott spent 13 years with global investment firm KKR, where he served as a KKR Capstone Member and the long-time leader of its Portfolio Operations team.

Scott holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Outside of work, Scott enjoys what he calls the "parental decathlete" of life with three children between the ages of four and seven.

 

Barb Rechterman

Chief Marketing Officer

Barb oversees all facets of corporate marketing, including strategic planning and business development for Marketing, Global Branding and Product Management.

She has teamed with GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons for more than two decades, having previously served as Vice President of Application Development for Parsons Technology and as President during the company’s acquisition by Intuit, Inc.

Barb earned a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Dubuque and is a Certified Public Accountant. When not making edgy and viral Super Bowl spots, she enjoys riding Harleys with her husband and training her four horses in dressage.

 

Elissa Murphy

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, Cloud

As CTO, Elissa is leading GoDaddy's evolution toward a powerful and unified platform for small business. Elissa came to GoDaddy in 2013 from Yahoo!, where as Vice President of Engineering she oversaw the world’s largest private Hadoop cluster, a technology essential to massive-scale computing that is literally the basis of the definition of big data today.

Prior to her time at Yahoo!, Elissa spent 13 years at Microsoft in various engineering positions including High Performance Computing. She began her technology career designing and building many of the best-selling computer security and system utilities with 5th Generation Systems, Quarterdeck and the Norton Group, a division at Symantec responsible for Norton Antivirus and other Norton products.

Elissa is a woman with a passion for problem solving. She brings expertise in global-scale platforms, big data and predictive analytics. She currently has 15 patents issued and more than 19 patents pending in the areas of distributed systems, cloud, machine learning and security.

 

Auguste Goldman

Chief People Officer

As head of GoDaddy's People Operations group, Auguste leads the charge to hire and develop the greatest team of talented individuals on the planet. Having previously led technology teams as GoDaddy's CIO (including Product Development, IT Operations, Information Security and R&D) Auguste brings a perspective and skillset to human resources that is unique in the industry.

Prior to 2010, Auguste served as Managing Director of Integralis Security Services in Stockholm, Sweden and CTO of Linde AG, the world’s largest natural gas company based in Munich, Germany. Auguste attended Dartmouth College and speaks Swedish and basic Russian.

 

Jeff King

Vice President,
Hosting

As head of hosting, Jeff oversees the development and operations of the largest platform for small business in the world. Jeff comes to GoDaddy after 10 years with eBay, where he served as Head of Platform Strategy for commerce and held senior product management roles in Search, Trust and Safety.

Prior to eBay, Jeff spent six years at Sun Microsystems, first as a Senior Product Manager and then as a Systems Engineer. Jeff holds a B.S. from San Jose State University.

The father of two enjoys adventure-travel with his family, “basically any water sport” and mountain biking. “I live next to the Santa Cruz Mountains so I can blast up there anytime,” he says. Jeff also advises startups in commerce/cloud technology.

 

James Carroll

Executive Vice President, International

As head of International Business and Development, James is currently launching an aggressive international effort for GoDaddy, expanding the company's international focus from four countries to 60.

Before coming to GoDaddy in 2013, James was a Senior Vice President at Yahoo!, where he directed the company's global R&D centers in China, India and the Middle East. He also oversaw Yahoo’s content, social and membership platforms as well as the international delivery of all Yahoo! products and services worldwide.

Prior to Yahoo!, James spent 13 years as General Manager at Microsoft. While there, he managed the MSN international team and later, the Windows and Windows Live international teams.

 

Nima Kelly

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Nima is General Counsel for GoDaddy, responsible for mergers & acquisitions, governance, corporate and patent litigation, and intellectual property matters, as well as customer-facing and third-party transactional agreements.

Since joining GoDaddy in 2002, Nima has served as project manager, Vice President of Wild West Domains (the company's reseller affiliate), Public Relations and Corporate Administration, and Deputy General Counsel. She also grew the company’s philanthropic efforts with GoDaddy Cares and developed the company's legendary holiday parties.

In her life before GoDaddy, Nima worked for Business Edge Solutions and Beechwood Data Solutions. She also practiced labor and employment law in New York City.

Nima earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Gettysburg College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She loves music, the Yankees and will "drop everything to go to The Met in NYC."

 

Phil Bienert

Executive Vice President, Digital Commerce

As head of Digital Commerce, Phil brings a laser focus to all of GoDaddy's front-of-site experiences. Prior to joining GoDaddy in 2013, he worked at several big brands, successfully leading user experience and customer engagement. Phil led the online marketplace at AT&T as Senior VP of Consumer Digital Experience and was head of Customer Experience at CitiGroup. He spent his early career at Volvo and Ford Motor Company driving brand and consumer product strategies.

Phil received his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. from Georgetown University. He also spent a year teaching English at Changchun University in northeast China.

 

David Popowitz

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

David directs GoDaddy's corporate development activities, including acquiring and partnering with companies that can enhance GoDaddy customer and product experiences.

Prior to GoDaddy, David was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and most recently Credit Suisse where he led the Technology Investment Banking Group. For more than 18 years, David advised some of the leading technology companies on strategic and financial matters.

David holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Brown University.

 

Steven Aldrich

Senior Vice President, Applications

It’s Steven's job to set and execute the company's vision of providing elegant, end-to-end technology solutions for GoDaddy's 10 million small business customers. He also heads up the Online Bookkeeping and WorkSpace teams.

Steven brings over a decade of experience at Intuit, where he built solutions to help small businesses use the Web to grow and run their stores. He also has small business experience as the founder of a Web company that simplified shopping for insurance. Steven earned an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.A. in physics from University of North Carolina.

After hours, Steven serves as President of the Board of the Bay Area Glass Institute, a non-profit glass studio, and enjoys spending time with his wife Allison and their son, Jackson, at many sports and arts events.


 
 

Bob Parsons

Founder
GoDaddy

Bob Parsons is a serial entrepreneur. He sold his first company to Intuit, Inc. in 1994. Three years later Parsons started Jomax Technologies, renaming the company GoDaddy in 1999. In 2000, GoDaddy became an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar.

Bob is a decorated military veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Baltimore, which presented him with an honorary doctorate in 2008 and named him Distinguished Entrepreneur in 2010. He was also awarded Arizona Business Leader of the Year in 2007 and the Celebrity Fight Night Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award in 2011. In 2013, Bob was presented with the Visionary Award for his charitable and entrepreneurial achievements, which have provided invaluable direction, leadership and voice to the Greater Phoenix Area.

In 2012 Bob and his wife Renee created The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to provide critical funding to non-profit organizations. The Parsons reinforced their commitment to philanthropy in December of 2013 by publically accepting an invitation to join The Giving Pledge, an initiative started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. They pledged to give away at least half their wealth – and likely much more – to philanthropic causes. During 2012 and 2013, Bob and Renee gave more than $34 million to various charities.

Bob is active with social media and uses @DrBobParsons on Twitter.

 

Blake Irving

Chief Executive Officer
GoDaddy LLC

As GoDaddy's CEO, Blake oversees the company's day-to-day operations, as well as GoDaddy's strategic direction. He also serves as the Director of the Board.

Before coming to GoDaddy, Blake was Chief Product Officer at Yahoo, where he developed the unified product vision and strategy that lead to worldwide growth in Yahoo's PC and mobile users.

Prior to that, Blake held a variety of senior roles with Microsoft after starting his career with Xerox in 1981. He was involved with many products and services that are now staples of the Internet, including typography, personal communications, subscription services and back-end online advertising.

Blake earned a B.A. in fine arts from San Diego State University and an M.B.A. at Pepperdine, where he subsequently taught. Blake enjoys golfing, surfing, cycling and traveling with his family.

Keep up-to-date with Blake at www.blakesblog.com or on Twitter at @Blakei

 

Richard Herrick Kimball

Founding General Partner
TCV

Rick Kimball is a co-founder of Technology Crossover Ventures, one of three GoDaddy investors.

During his 26 years as a venture capitalist and technology investor, Rick has been involved in countless successful ventures, including Expedia.com, Fandango, Zillow.com and Allbusiness.com.

Prior to TCV, Rick was a Managing Director at Montgomery Securities, where he spent over 10 years focusing on telecommunications and data communications as both a venture capitalist and senior equity research analyst.

Rick holds an A.B. in history from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is currently on the Board of Directors of KGB.com, Liquidnet, Techwell, and Trading Screen. He also serves on Dartmouth's President's Leadership Council, Trustees' Investment Committee and the Dartmouth College Fund Committee.

 

Herald Chen

Member, Private
Equity & Co-Head of Technology, KKR

Herald Chen is a member of the Technology Industry Team within the Private Equity group at KKR, a major GoDaddy investor.

Herald initially worked for KKR from 1995 to 1997, rejoining the firm in 2007. He’s been directly involved with KKR's investments in Visma, Kodak, Sun Microsystems and Kindercare Learning Centers.

Prior to joining KKR, Herald was a Managing Director with Fox Paine & Company, Chief Executive Officer of ACMI Corporation, and Chief Financial Officer and co-Founder of Jamcracker, Inc. He also worked with Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Herald holds a B.S. and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He serves on the board of Visma.

 

Greg Mondre

Managing Partner & Managing Director
Silver Lake

Greg Mondre is a Managing Partner and Managing Director of Silver Lake, one of GoDaddy's three investors.

Since joining Silver Lake in 1999, Greg has worked extensively in private equity investing, particularly in technology and technology-enabled industries. Prior to joining Silver Lake, he was a principal at Texas Pacific Group, where he handled a variety of private equity investments including technology ventures. Earlier in his career, Greg worked as an investment banker in the Communications, Media and Entertainment Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Greg graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics. He currently serves as a director of Avaya, Inc.; IPC Systems, Inc.; Sabre Holdings, Vantage Data Centers, and is on the Operating Committee of SunGard Capital Corp.

 

Charles Robel

Private Investor

Charles Robel is a retired Silicon Valley executive and private investor. He spent 26 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers and served as the partner running its Silicon Valley Software Services Group from 1985 until the mid 1990s. He subsequently managed the Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group until his retirement in 2000.

From 2000 through 2005 Charles was a general partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a leading software industry venture capital firm. He’s currently lead director of Informatica Corp. and is also a director of DemandTec, Inc.

Charles holds a B.S. in accounting from Arizona State University. He serves on the board of several private companies and previously served on the board of directors of Adaptec, Inc., Borland Software Corporation, and McAfee, Inc.

 

Adam Herbert Clammer

Member & Head of Global Technology Group
KKR

Adam Clammer is the former head of the Global Technology Group at KKR, a GoDaddy investor.

Since joining KKR in 1995, Adam has been actively involved with Aricent, Avago, Borden, GoDaddy, Intermedia, Jazz, MedCath, NuVox, NXP, RELTEC, SunGard, TASC and Zhone.

Prior to joining KKR, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley & Co. in Hong Kong and New York.

Adam holds a B.S. from the University of California and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School. He is currently on the boards of Aricent, Avago, GoDaddy, and TASC and is a member of the Operating Committee of SunGard. He is also a trustee of the San Francisco MoMA

 

Lee Wittlinger

Director, Silver Lake

Lee Wittlinger joined Silver Lake in 2007 and is a Director. Previously, Mr. Wittlinger worked as an investment banker in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions in the technology industry.

He currently serves as a director on the boards of GoDaddy and Vantage Data Centers. Mr. Wittlinger graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

 

Betsy Rafael

Former Chief Accounting Officer at Apple

Betsy Rafael has more than 30 years of executive financial experience in the technology industry and joined the GoDaddy board in March 2014. Betsy held the position of Vice President and Corporate Controller for Apple since 2007, and in January 2008 was appointed to the additional role of Principal Accounting Officer until her retirement in October 2012.

From April 2002 to September 2006, she served as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Cisco Systems, and held the position of Vice President, Corporate Finance for Cisco Systems from September 2006 to August 2007. Over the course of her finance and operations career, Betsy served numerous companies, including Ernst & Young, Sun, SGI, Escalate and Aspect Communications.

Betsy graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a B.S.C. degree in Accounting, and was appointed to the Santa Clara Board of Trustees in October 2012. She also serves on the boards of Echelon and Autodesk, Inc.

  • Our Customers

    Kathy Fang
    Fang Restaurant

    "I love creating new dishes and just being able to pick up ingredients and make something on the fly."

    Kathy Fang doesn’t follow a recipe. She’s got her own style and her own definition of success. When it comes to her business, what drives Kathy is a smile from a customer and that “mmmmmm” after they taste her latest dish.

    If customers can’t find Fang Restaurant online, that means fewer smiles and fewer “mmmmmm’s.” That’s why Kathy uses GoDaddy for her domains, web hosting, and email. With award-winning support and simple-to-use products, GoDaddy keeps Kathy’s digital presence looking almost as good as her Nanking Sesame Chicken. Almost.

    www.FangRestaurant.com

  • Our Customers

    Marc Rosenblum
    Santa Cruz Ale Works

    "You don’t need computers to make beer. But these days you need the Internet and a good website to sell it."

    Enjoying a beer with friends is one thing, but having a passion for it is another. While you were downing a cold one, Marc’s love of beer-making drove him to start his own brewery – Santa Cruz Ale Works.

    With GoDaddy Website Builder, Marc created a website perfectly suited to his business. Plus, the reliability of GoDaddy hosting and domain services keeps Marc’s business open online 24/7/365.

    www.SantaCruzAleWorks.com

  • Our Customers

    Leah Williams
    Ruby Mae Jewelry

    “Ruby Mae Jewelry happened through sheer hard work, determination, ambition and love. And I couldn’t have done it without GoDaddy.”

    Leah hired a Web Professional to design her website, but she considers GoDaddy her go-to tech resource. She knows that she can always call GoDaddy for help and customer support will be there for her. Leah considers GoDaddy a part of the community of people around her that will help take her business to the next level.

    Leah’s website is helping her make connections all over the world. She has already shipped jewelry as far away as Ireland, and she wants to become more global using her website. She is very excited by the possibility of meeting people from around the world and selling them her jewelry.

    www.RubyMaeJewelry.com

News Releases

GoDaddy Partners With Anita Borg Institute To Empower Women Technologists

As an ABI partner, GoDaddy joins a global movement to expand the awareness of women's contributions to computing and encourage their participation in technology.

April 8, 2014

.CLUB Domain Name Extension Now Available for General Registration

Provides Online Personalization for Entrepreneurs, Existing Clubs & SMB Owners

May 7, 2014

GoDaddy Offers Complete Website Security Through SiteLock

Best-in-Class Service Protects, Locates & Automatically Fixes Security Threats to Websites

April 23, 2014

Best-in-Class Service Protects, Locates & Automatically Fixes Security Threats to Websites

Survey: 1/2 of Customers Expect Response Within 4 Hours of Sending Email

April 23, 2014

GoDaddy Continues Global Expansion With Launch Into 21 New Markets And 14 New Languages

Now Supports Localized Product & Support in 37 Countries, 44 Currencies & 17 Languages

April 23, 2014
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