Board of Directors
The INRIX Board of Directors is a governing board with a diverse group of directors representing a variety of related industries. The board members offer business council and expertise in Engineering, Software Technology, Wireless Internet, Automotive and more.
Bryan Mistele (INRIX), Chairman
Bryan Mistele is the Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, a leading provider of real-time traffic information, connected car services and analytics worldwide. INRIX is at the forefront of connecting cars to smarter cities and serves more than 200 customers in more than 40 countries around the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion.
Prior to INRIX, Mistele was an executive at Microsoft, responsible for successfully building and managing four businesses within the company, including Microsoft’s Automotive, Mobile Services, Real Estate and Personal Finance/Investing business units. Prior to Microsoft, Mistele worked at the Ford Motor Company.
As a leader on technology and transportation issues, Bryan has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project, as a member of the United States Department of Transportation’s ITS Advisory Committee, and as a board member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Bryan currently serves on the board of the Discovery Institute, a leading think-tank in the Pacific Northwest.
Bryan holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Ajay Agarwal (Bain Capital Ventures), Director
Ajay is Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. Bain Capital Ventures is the Boston-based venture capital arm of Bain Capital. Founded in 1984, Bain Capital and its affiliates have invested in over 230 companies with such notable successes as Doubleclick, Gartner Group, and Staples. Bain Capital Ventures invests across all stages of a company’s growth from providing seed capital through offering late stage growth equity. Bain Capital Ventures and our early stage companies benefit from the broader resources of Bain Capital, including over 400 investment professionals across North America, Europe, and Asia, $37 billion of assets under management, and the knowledge from 20 years of successful venture investing.
Ajay focuses on early stage software, wireless, and consumer internet investing. Before joining Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay spent over seven years as a senior executive at Trilogy Software, a privately-held enterprise software company based in Austin, Texas. As head of Sales and Marketing, Ajay grew Trilogy’s annual revenues to $300 million and led Trilogy’s product direction. Prior to Trilogy, Ajay was a consultant with the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company. Ajay holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brian Ascher (Venrock Associates), Director
Brian is a Partner at Venrock Associates. Venrock is a premier venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, New York, Cambridge, MA, and Israel. Originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family, Venrock continues an eight-decade tradition of partnering with entrepreneurs to establish successful, enduring companies. Having invested $2.4 billion in 437 companies resulting in 124 IPOs and 129 M&A exits over the past 40 years, Venrock’s investment returns place it among the top tier venture capital firms that have achieved consistently superior performance. With a primary focus on technology, healthcare, and energy, portfolio companies have included Adify, Adnexus Therapeutics, Apple Computer, Centocor, Check Point Software, DoubleClick, Gilead Sciences, Idec Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, Intel, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Sirna Therapeutics, StrataCom, and Vontu.
Brian joined Venrock in 1998 as a Kauffman Fellow, after holding marketing and product marketing positions at Intuit, Inc. He had responsibility for launching several versions of the market-leading software product Quicken and the Quicken.com website. The job led to a passion for the user experience for Brian, one that he continually applies to consumer and software ventures. He also brings strategy skills gained at the Monitor Group and investment banking deal experience from Robertson, Stephens & Company to his portfolio companies. In 2009, Brian was named to Forbes’ Midas List, which ranks the top venture capitalists in technology and life sciences and was chosen as an Always On VC100 for the VCs who have backed the most profitable winners in the last four years.
Brian graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Diane Irvine, Director
Diane brings to INRIX 30 years of business leadership experience growing companies and building successful consumer businesses. Diane most recently was Chief Executive Officer of leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry Blue Nile, Inc. Under Diane’s executive leadership, Blue Nile revolutionized the consumer experience for purchasing diamonds and jewelry, becoming the world leader and a highly regarded consumer brand. In her 12 years at Blue Nile, Diane guided the business from its early days as a start-up to a publicly traded company with nearly $350 million in revenue.
John Connors, Director
As a member of the company’s Board of Directors, John brings to INRIX a wealth of experience in corporate finance and operations from his 16 years at Microsoft as well as his current work at Ignition Partners where he invests principally in business software and services.
Prior to joining Ignition, John spent sixteen years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005 he was senior vice president of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
John also held a variety of positions including vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before serving as CIO, he held a number of positions within and outside finance, including Corporate Controller, General Manager of worldwide financial operations, Director of business operations of Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and Director of business operations of the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.
In addition to INRIX, John is a member of the Board of Directors of Nike, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, Datasphere, Motif Investing, Splunk, Opscode, Parse and Tier 3. He was also a Board member of Heroku which was sold to Salesforce.com in 2010 and Xensource which was sold to Citrix in 2007.
John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana.
John Johnston (August Capital), Director
John co-founded August Capital in 1995. August Capital is a leading venture capital firm actively investing in entrepreneurial teams throughout the information technology market spectrum. With more than 50 years of combined venture capital experience and dozens of successful IPOs and public company board relationships, August has financed technology companies with an aggregate market capitalization of over $400 billion. These companies generate $75 billion in annual revenue and employ 240,000 people around the world. Early stage investments of the firm’s partners include Microsoft, Adaptec, Compaq, Sun Microsystems, Seagate, Intuit, Sybase, Visio, Actel and ViewLogic.
Prior to co-founding August Capital, John served as a general partner with two venture capital firms, Technology Venture Investors (TVI) since 1988 and Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners (H&Q) from 1983 to 1988. During his venture career, John has invested in more than 25 companies, serving on more than 20 boards of directors. His high-technology venture investments include eShop (Microsoft), Frame Technology, Intuit, Insignia Solutions, Logic Automation (Synopsys), Saros (FileNet), Sybase, Visio and Xilinx. John received an AB in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a past director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.
Kendra VanderMeulen, Director
Kendra is a veteran of the wireless telecommunications industry. She most recently served as Executive Vice-President, Mobile at InfoSpace where she led the team which engineered the turnaround of InfoSpace’s mobile business and the acquisition of several companies. Kendra joined AT&T Wireless in 1994 to lead the formation of the wireless data business. She and her team pioneered the Mobile Internet, leading the development of wireless packet data services and their applications, including WAP. Additionally, she served as senior vice president of Product Development and Strategy, responsible for definition, development, introduction and management of new mobility products.
Prior to McCaw, Kendra served as Chief Operating Officer and President of the Communications Systems Group at Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (now Convergys). Earlier Kendra held a variety of business and technical management positions at AT&T in the fields of software development, voice processing, and signaling systems.
Kendra received a BS degree in mathematics from Marietta College and a MS degree in computer science from Ohio State University. She is the recipient of the 1999 Catherine B. Cleary award as the outstanding woman leader of AT&T. She is currently an active board member and advisor to a variety of companies in the wireless Internet arena.
Mike Gerling, Director
Mike brings to INRIX more than 20 years of experience in the digital mapping industry and the application of location technologies. Previously, Mike served as chief operating officer in North America for leading mapping provider Tele Atlas, which was subsequently acquired by TomTom. He also served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for digital mapping technology pioneer Geographic Data Technology, Inc. (GDT) Throughout his tenures at GDT and Tele Atlas, Mike led efforts to help leading automakers, navigation providers and governments utilize the latest digital mapping and location technologies to improve how people navigate their world. Mike also serves on the board of directors of DeLorme and Northern Stage Company.
Philipp von Hagen, Director
Philipp is member of the Executive Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) responsible for investment management. Porsche SE is a listed holding company, holding the majority of the ordinary shares in the Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest in Europe. The Group’s twelve brands include Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen as well as MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
Prior to joining Porsche SE in March 2012, Philipp was a Director at private merchant bank NM Rothschild & Sons in London where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and equity advisory across Europe. He also held the role of Chief Operating Officer in Rothschild’s German office in Frankfurt am Main. Prior to Rothschild, Philipp had corporate finance roles at two global financial institutions in London.
Philipp holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
Tony Posawatz, Director
Tony brings to INRIX a wealth of automotive experience from his 30 years working at GM and from his current role at Invictus iCAR LLC, an automotive innovation and clean tech consultancy. Before founding Invictus iCAR, Tony served as President and CEO of Fisker Automotive from August 2012 to August 2013.
Previously, Tony was an executive at GM where he helped lead the company’s full-size truck business as well as the automakers Global Electric Vehicle Development program. Under his leadership, he brought the Chevrolet Volt from concept to production – to this day the Volt is the only vehicle to earn Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year” honors in Europe and North America. He is considered one of the auto industry’s leading experts on vehicle electrification, alternative propulsion, connected car and clean tech ecosystems.
Tony is a licensed professional engineer (P. E.) in Michigan and was both a General Motors Undergraduate Scholar (BSME – Wayne State University) and Graduate Fellow (MBA – Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business).