Board of directors

Board of directors

Board of directors

Robert LoCascio

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, LivePerson, Inc.

Robert P. LoCascio has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors since our inception in November 1995. In addition, Mr. LoCascio was our President from November 1995 until January 2001. Mr. LoCascio founded our Company as Sybarite Interactive Inc., which developed a community-based web software platform known as TOWN. Before founding Sybarite Interactive, through November 1995, Mr. LoCascio was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sybarite Media Inc. (known as Ikon), a developer of interactive public kiosks that integrated interactive video features with advertising and commerce capabilities. Mr. LoCascio was named a New York City Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2001 and 2008. Mr. LoCascio is the winner of the 2015 Smart CEO Circle of Excellence Award. Mr. LoCascio received a B.B.A. from Loyola College.

Peter Block

Author, Consultant, and Partner in Designed Learning, Inc.
Peter Block has been a director since July 2010. Since 1997, Mr. Block has been President of Peter Block Inc., a management consulting group, and a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Mr. Block to build organizational development skills. Mr. Block is also a best-selling author of several books about organizational dynamics, community and accountability. Mr. Block is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Among other national awards, he also received the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contributions, the Association for Quality and Participation President’s Award, and he was entered into Training Magazine’s HRD Hall of Fame. Mr. Block holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Administration from the University of Kansas and an M.S. degree in Industrial Administration from Yale University.

Kevin C. Lavan

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Controller of IMG
Kevin C. Lavan has been a director since January 2000. Since February 2016, Mr. Lavan has been the CFO of Autoclear LLC, a designer, builder and distributor of security systems. From January 2015 through February 2016, Mr. Lavan was an independent consultant to the media and entertainment industries. Between April 2010 and December 2014, Mr. Lavan was a Senior Vice President, Worldwide Controller of IMG, an international and diversified sports, entertainment and media company. From July 2008 to April 2010, Mr. Lavan was Chief Financial Officer of Paradysz Matera Company, Inc., a direct marketing and digital marketing agency. From August 2007 until July 2008, Mr. Lavan was an independent consultant. From November 2004 until August 2007, Mr. Lavan served advertising agencies affiliated with MDC Partners, Inc. in various capacities. Between October 2000 and November 2004, Mr. Lavan served as an independent consultant to marketing services organizations. In addition, between January 2001 and September 2002, Mr. Lavan was President and Chief Operating Officer of NowMarketing, Inc., formerly known as Elbit VFlash, Inc. From March 1999 until October 2000, Mr. Lavan was an Executive Vice President of Wunderman, the direct marketing and customer relationship marketing division of Young & Rubicam Inc. From February 1997 to March 1999, Mr. Lavan was Senior Vice President of Finance at Young & Rubicam. From 1984 to February 1997, Mr. Lavan held various positions at Viacom Inc., including Controller, and Chief Financial Officer for Viacom’s subsidiary, MTV Networks. Mr. Lavan is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Lavan received a B.S. from Manhattan College.

Jill Layfield

Chief Executive Officer, Tamara Mellon
Jill Layfield has been a director since November 2016. Since July 2016, Ms. Layfield has been co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tamara Mellon, a luxury footwear company. Since November 2004, Ms. Layfield served in various roles at Backcountry.com, including as President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2011 to December 2015. In addition, from January 2015 through December 2018, Ms. Layfield sat on the board of directors of Camber Outdoors, and from April 2016 through April 2018, Ms. Layfield sat on the board of directors of SmartPak Equine. Ms. Layfield received a B.A. degree in Communications - Journalism from Santa Clara University. Ms. Layfield is recognized as an innovator and industry expert in combining organizational change and advanced technologies to retool customer care for the digital, mobile era.

Fred Mossler

Former Zappos Visionary, Entrepreneur, and Investor
Fred Mossler has been a director since May 2017. Since June 2016, Mr. Mossler has been an independent consultant. From August 1999 to June 2016, Mr. Mossler worked in various senior leadership positions at Zappos, including Senior Vice President of Merchandising and helped Zappos grow into a company with more than $1 billion in gross merchandise sales before it was bought by Amazon in 2009. From September 1991 to August 1999, Mr. Mossler worked in various positions at Nordstrom. In addition to Mr. Mossler’s career in e-commerce and retail, he assisted with the launch and building of, and currently serves on the Board of, Downtown Project, a company dedicated to helping revitalize part of downtown Las Vegas through investment in small businesses; tech startups; real estate; and arts, culture, and education. Mr. Mossler founded Honus Capital LLC, a hands-on investment fund for Las Vegas-area entrepreneurs. He also co-founded the popular Mexican restaurant chain Nacho Daddy. Mr. Mossler graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in Business.

William G. Wesemann

Independent Consultant
William G. Wesemann has been a director since November 2004. Since October 2002, Mr. Wesemann has been an independent consultant. In addition, since January 1, 2015, Mr. Wesemann has served on the Board of Directors of Mylo Development LLC, a startup focused on a consumer application for people who take a lot of pictures. Between January 2001 and October 2002, Mr. Wesemann was Chief Executive Officer of NextPage, Inc., a provider of document management systems. Between August 2000 and January 2001, Mr. Wesemann was Chief Executive Officer of netLens Inc., which was acquired by NextPage and offered a peer-to-peer platform for creating distributed applications. Between May 1996 and May 2000, Mr. Wesemann was Vice President of Sales of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc., a leader in computer-telephony integration. Mr. Wesemann received a B.A. from Glassboro State College (now called Rowan University).