President and Chief
Francis Lobo joined United Online as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Online on November 5, 2013. At the same time, he became a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Lobo came to United Online from AOL, where he served in various roles over the past nine and a half years. Most recently, he was the President of AOL Services where he managed multiple AOL properties including AOL.com, AOL Mail, AOL Search, AIM and MapQuest. Mr. Lobo was also a member of AOL’s Global Operating Committee. Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Lobo founded VishwaGram Info Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd., a vendor of telecom products and services in India. Before that, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Frank Lynn & Associates, a business-to-business market strategy consulting firm in Chicago. Mr. Lobo received his Bachelors of Commerce from St. Joseph’s College at Bangalore University in India and his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
Neal P. Edwards is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Online. Before his appointment to that position in October 2011, Mr. Edwards served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer since September 2001. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Finance of NetZero, Inc. since December 1999. In addition, Mr. Edwards served as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from June 2007 through September 2007, and as Acting Chief Financial Officer from February 2009 through May 2009 and from April 2011 through the date of his appointment as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining NetZero in 1999, Mr. Edwards was the Chief Financial Officer at Patagonia, Inc. During his career, he served as Corporate Controller at L.A. Gear, Inc. and Decora Industries, Inc. and as an Audit Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Edwards is a Certified Public Accountant and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He began his career as a member of the audit staff with Moore Stephens & Co. in London and Los Angeles.
Executive Vice President
and General Counsel
Gail Shulman is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of United Online. Prior to joining United Online in January 2014, Ms. Shulman was most recently General Counsel for MIPS Technologies, Inc., and served in a variety of roles in the legal department from November 1999 to February 2013. Before joining MIPS Technologies, Ms. Shulman established the legal department of Axil Computer, a subsidiary of Hyundai Electronics. Prior to that, she worked for Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner for more than seven years, where she specialized in corporate matters, licensing and mergers and acquisitions. She has presented various topics for the Practicing Law Institute, Women in Law Empowerment Forum and Center for Applied Innovation. She serves on the advisory board for Blaze Mobile. Ms. Shulman received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
Robert J. Taragan is President of United Online’s Communications Segment. Mr. Taragan joined NetZero in 2000 and served in a variety of executive leadership roles prior to being promoted to President of United Online’s Communications segment in 2008. Earlier in his career, he spent 21 years at Nielsen Media Research, where he served in key management roles including Executive Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of Local Services. Highlights of Mr. Taragan’s tenure at the company include maintaining operating responsibility for producing Nielsen TV ratings in all U.S. television markets, establishing the Nielsen Sports Marketing Service business, managing Nielsen’s local market service during its victorious competitive battle with Arbitron, and implementing the rollout of the People Meter as a new data collection tool. He has been a featured speaker at many industry events, including the Broadcast & Cable Financial Management Executives annual conference, the Radio & Television Research Council, the Television Bureau of Advertising annual conference, the Advertising Research Foundation’s Children’s Workshop and the Electronic Media Workshop. In addition, Mr. Taragan has been a guest lecturer at C.W. Post College, Baruch College and UCLA. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University.
Harold Zeitz joined United Online as President of Classmates in 2011. He has operating responsibility for both Classmates domestic and international business units. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Zeitz was Senior Vice President, Core and Specialty Markets at International Game Technology (IGT), a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. Prior to IGT, Mr. Zeitz served as Chief Operating Officer of the Games Division of RealNetworks and also led the company’s media division. Before joining RealNetworks, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at online brokerage ShareBuilder Corporation, where he oversaw marketing, sales, product development, business development, customer service and technology. Before joining ShareBuilder, Mr. Zeitz served in a variety of leadership roles at AT&T Wireless where, among other initiatives, he led the development and launch of the first national wireless “one rate” off, Digital One Rate. He holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.