CEO and Founder
George has spent the last 20 years leading companies building social technologies. As the founder and CEO of TurnTo, George has been exploring the intersection of community and online commerce. Prior activities include wearables for business meetings, enterprise team collaboration, B2B marketplace automation, strategy consulting, and technology policy analysis for the U.S. Congress. George holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an AB from Harvard.
VP, Sales & Partnerships
Mary brings 20 years of progressively responsible sales management, account expansion, creative marketing and operational expertise to the table. Having started her career at BBN, building out the original commercial Internet business base – Mary then moved to contribute to top marketing solutions companies, including DoubleClick, FAST Search and Bloomreach. She holds a BA in English from Long Island University and a MBA from Simmons College in Boston. Outside of the office Mary is an avid cyclist, ardent gardener and proud Mom to her fur kid, Simon.
VP, Customer Success
Monica is a results-driven digital marketing Client Services professional with extensive experience building and managing high performing teams and supporting multiple lines of business and Fortune 500 clients. She has extensive international experience as well, and demonstrated success delivering world class client service. Prior to TurnTo, Monica led Client Service teams at TagMan (now Ensighten) O2 Media, and AOL. Monica holds a BA from Wellesley College. Outside of the office Monica reports to a Dachshund and a Yorkshire Terrier.
Ira Riesenberg, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Ira brings more than 20 years of finance and operational management experience focused on establishing and growing early stage companies. Ira has been the CFO for several founder and PE-backed high-tech startups. During his career he has completed multiple financings and M&A transactions, including two successful exits (Dynamicsoft, acquired by Cisco and Intrasphere Technologies, acquired by Deloitte Consulting). Ira holds a BA from Pace University.
Chief Strategy Officer
John has been developing products in the emerging social technology space for more than 17 years. His experience ranges from early pre-Web online systems, e-learning and content syndication to modern social games and mobile applications. Swords was most recently co-founder and “Ringleader” at Circus, an award-winning technology firm, where he developed first-of-its-kind social applications for brands such as Cisco Systems, Red Bull, American Express, and Kraft Foods. John is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to his lifelong obsession with computer mediated communications.
Sven is the VP of Marketing and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of TurnTo’s marketing programs, including demand generation, strategic marketing and brand communications. Sven’s retail marketing experience spans 19 years, including a role at Kohl’s where he played an instrumental part in crafting the brand’s emerging digital strategy, netting a near $50 million in pure-profit revenues. He has had a seat at the marketing table for various retailers in a digital marketing capacity, and that experience has ingrained a level of expertise into his DNA that he brings to TurnTo and its clients. Outside of the office Sven enjoys spending time at the beach and international travel.
Jan has been building advanced web applications for close to 15 years. His experience ranges across advertising, financial services, and publishing industries. Before joining TurnTo, he was a Senior Software Engineer at MyPublisher in New York. Jan’s somewhat eclectic background includes graduate work in Philosophy and Linguistics. He holds a BA from York.