Board of Directors
Ryan SchulkeChairman of the BoardRyan Schulke was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2021. Mr. Schulke has served as a director of the Company since December 2015 and as Chief Strategy Officer since July 2021. Mr. Schulke co-founded Fluent, LLC in 2010 and served as Chief Executive Officer of Fluent, LLC from its inception through June 2021. Before merging with the Company in December 2015, Fluent, LLC was privately held. Mr. Schulke served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from March 2018 through June 2021. Prior to founding Fluent, LLC, Mr. Schulke served as Media Director of Clash Media, a global digital advertising network. Mr. Schulke earned a Bachelor of Communications Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.Chairman of the Board
Matthew ConlinDirectorMatthew Conlin has served as a director of the Company since March 2018 and as Chief Customer Officer since July 1, 2021. Together with Mr. Schulke, Mr. Conlin co-founded Fluent, LLC in 2010 and served as President of Fluent, LLC from its inception through June 2021. Mr. Conlin also served as President of the Company from March 2018 through June 2021. Before founding Fluent, LLC, Mr. Conlin served as Sales Director, U.S. of Clash Media, a global digital advertising network. Mr. Conlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. John’s University.
Donald MathisIndependent DirectorMr. Mathis has been a member of the Fluent Board of Directors since 2015. Mr. Mathis is currently Senior Vice President, Strategic Development at Comcast NBC Universal where he has been since 2017. He has been a member of Board of Advisors of Omniangle Technologies, a privately held company involved in business intelligence and information security since 2013. Mr. Mathis is the co-founder of Echelon AI, a New York-based privately held artificial intelligence start-up where he worked from 2015 to 2017. He was a senior Adviser and Director, Digital Counterterrorism, a public-private consortium and non-governmental organization focused on countering violent extremism and terrorist recruitment in the digital domain from 2016 to 2019. Mr. Mathis was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Kinetic Social from October 2011 through April 2016. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and is Commander in the U.S. Navy (currently inactive reserve).
Carla NewellIndependent DirectorMs. Newell joined the Fluent Board of Directors in October 2020. She has served as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer at Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, since 2016. She has also served as Chair the Ancestry Enterprise Risk Management Committee and served on multiple international subsidiary boards during her time at Ancestry. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Newell served as a strategic advisor to emerging companies, such as Ondine Biomedical, a Canadian developer of light-activated photo-disinfection systems for hospitals, and Coalesce, an early stage software company providing AI-based business research and analysis tools. From 2000 to 2014, Ms. Newell served as Operating General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures ("TCV"), a leading technology-focused venture capital and private equity firm, where she also served as TCV's designated director and member of audit and compensation committees on multiple private company boards. Prior to joining TCV, Ms. Newell was a Partner at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigan, a leading technology-focused law firm, from 1996 to 2000, and a Partner and Associate at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, a Silicon Valley and San Diego based law firm that is now a part of DLA Piper, from 1985 to 1996.Independent Director
Barbara Shattuck KohnIndependent DirectorMs. Shattuck Kohn joined the Fluent Board of Directors in December 2019. She was a Principal at Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC, a strategic advisory and investment banking firm from 2012 to 2018. Since 2004, she has served as a director of Penn National Gaming, Inc., where she serves as a member of the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Shattuck Kohn also serves as a director of Emblem Health, one of the nation's largest non-profit health plans. She has previously served as a director of Computer Task Group and a division of Sunlife Financial Corporation. Prior to joining Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC in 2012, Ms. Shattuck Kohn was a Managing Director of Morgan Keegan – Raymond James. Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. was acquired by Raymond James Financial from Regions Financial Corp. and was the successor to Shattuck Hammond Partners, an investment banking firm Ms. Shattuck Kohn co-founded in 1993.Financial ExpertIndependent Director
David A. GraffIndependent DirectorMr. Graff joined the Fluent Board of Directors in 2022. Mr. Graff is currently Google’s Vice-President, Global Policy and Standards, responsible for implementing content and behavioral policy across all Google products. Prior to Google, Mr. Graff served as the CEO of Online Intelligence, a technology start-up. Previously, Mr. Graff was Chief Legal Officer for a private equity backed Edison Schools, Inc. where he managed the company’s IPO and served as corporate secretary and securities compliance officer. Mr. Graff serves on the board of advisors to CapitalG, Google’s independent growth fund, consulting on investments and issues related to digital fraud and abuse. In addition, he currently sits on the Board of Visitors for The Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Graff is a co-founder of Trilogy Films, an award-winning independent film and television production company, which has produced several films and television series, including “The Way I See It”, and “Good Trouble: The John Lewis Story”. Mr. Graff holds Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1989, and a Juris Doctorate. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.Independent Director
Richard C. Pfenniger, Jr.Independent DirectorMr. Pfenniger joined the Fluent Board of Directors in 2022. Mr. Pfenniger is a private investor with significant executive and operating experience in life science, healthcare and education fields. Mr. Pfenniger served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of Continucare Corporation, a provider of primary care physician services, from 2003 until the company was acquired in 2011. Prior to Continucare, Mr. Pfenniger served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Whitman Education Group, Inc., as well as an executive officer of IVAX Corporation, serving as its Chief Operating Officer and its Senior Vice President – Legal Affairs and General Counsel. Mr. Pfenniger currently serves as a director on several health, pharmaceutical and medical company boards, including: OPKO Health, Inc., Asensus Surgical, Inc., Cocrystal Pharma, Inc., and Sema4 Holdings, Inc. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida and is a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Pfenniger received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University.Independent Director