In 15 countries around the world, The Knot Worldwide’s leading global family of brands inspire, inform and celebrate our communities as they move through life’s biggest milestones. From the proposal to the wedding day, creating a home to starting a family together, we’re there for them every step of the way.
Mike Beach is the Chief Financial Officer of The Knot Worldwide and joined the company in 2019 as the result of the merger between WeddingWire and the XO Group. Mike joined WeddingWire in 2015 as CFO and was instrumental in scaling the company’s operations and profitability, as well as leading the merger efforts with XO. He has previously held positions as COO and CFO in various technology companies including Blackboard, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB). Mike began his career at Ernst & Young and is currently an advisor to City Light Capital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the James Madison University.
Dhanusha Sivajee joined The Knot Worldwide in August 2014. As Chief Marketing Officer, Dhanusha is responsible for The Knot Worldwide’s brand and audience-building strategies across all user segments, including engaged couples, parents, small business communities and other advertising partners. Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Dhanusha served as Chief Marketing Officer of the AOL Brand Group and was responsible for driving audience growth across AOL’s portfolio of digital brands including TechCrunch & Engadget. She has also held senior-level marketing and content development positions at Bloomberg and HBO, where she led all consumer and go-market strategies for Bloomberg’s suite of mobile apps (including the award-winning Bloomberg Businessweek & Bloomberg TV iPad apps) and HBO’s industry-leading digital product, HBO GO.
Dhanusha received a B.S. in international management from the University of Manchester, England and an M.B.A. from Duke University.
Jessica Finnefrock is the Executive Vice President of Global Business Operations, responsible for finding ways to unlock new growth, drive alignment on strategy and build out our foundational infrastructure to help The Knot Worldwide scale. She is the executive in charge of the The Bash and The Bump businesses. Prior to joining The Knot Worldwide, Jessica was Senior Vice President of Product Development at Liaison International, a high growth graduate admissions software and services company. Jessica spent 11 years at Blackboard as the senior executive in charge of product development and product strategy for Blackboard’s flagship teaching and learning product. She has extensive experience managing large teams across multiple office locations.
Jessica holds a B.A. in history from The Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. in history from George Mason University.
Andy Ivanovich serves as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Finance at The Knot Worldwide, responsible for planning and accelerating the company’s global growth. In this role, he oversees corporate development, partnerships, financial planning & analysis, and strategic finance. Andy was formerly an investor at Spectrum Equity, where he worked with growth-stage software and internet companies, including WeddingWire. Prior to Spectrum, Andy was a senior consultant at Oliver Wyman FS, advising financial services clients across North America and Europe on transformational strategic initiatives. He previously spent time as an investor at Susquehanna Growth Equity and as a developer at a cellphone software startup.
Andy graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Operations Research and Engineering.
Emily Markmann is the Chief HR Officer, responsible for the design and execution of The Knot Worldwide Global Talent Strategy directly impacting company performance and business growth. Emily is responsible for all aspects of global human capital for nearly 1,800 employees across 13 countries serving global brands including WeddingWire, The Knot, Bodas.net, The Nest, The Bump, Gigmasters and more. Emily drives a high-performing organization through innovative, culture-rich talent acquisition and talent management programs aligned with strategic corporate objectives.
Emily brings 25 years of experience in leading global award-winning, progressive HR initiatives and strategic business operations at high-growth technology companies. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Talent & Culture at Clarabridge, she led talent acquisition, talent management and employee experience programs, domestic and international office expansions, and multiple M&A transactions. Prior to Clarabridge, Emily served as Vice President, Human Resources at Vangent and held various HR leadership positions at Appian and MicroStrategy.
Born in Argentina, Emily is native to Northern Virginia, and earned her Bachelor of Arts at Francis Marion University in South Carolina.
Gregorio Martínez is the Chief Technology Officer at Bodas.net, leading the technical team for projects in Europe and Latin America for WeddingWire. Before working for Bodas.net, Gregorio was the Chief Technology Officer at emagister.com.
Gregorio holds a B.S. degree in computer engineering from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
Andrew Olek is responsible for The Knot Worldwide’s legal affairs as the company’s General Counsel, a role he has held since 2013. His amazing team helped lead the acquisition of Bodas.net, Permira’s $350M investment, and the combination of WeddingWire and XO Group. He is proud of the company and legal team’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Prior to joining The Knot Worldwide, Andy held in-house legal roles at Merkle Inc. and Blackboard Inc. Before that, he was a Corporate and Intellectual Property attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLC. Previously, Andy served his country in the U.S. Navy, leading sailors and driving ships around the world.
Andy holds a B.S., with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.S. in Information Technology from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a registered patent attorney.
Nina Pérez is the Chief Executive Officer at Bodas.net and leads the projects in Europe and Latin America for The Knot Worldwide. In 2008, she co-founded Wedding Planner S.L and was its Chief Executive Officer until it became part of WeddingWire. Previously, Nina was the Strategic Alliances Manager of Grupo Intercom and the Operations Manager at emagister.com.
Nina holds a PDD from IESE Business School.
After getting married in 2005, Tim set out to make wedding planning less stressful and frustrating. Together with his co-founders, Jeff, Lee, and Sonny, they threw four desks into his empty living room in Chevy Chase, Maryland and created WeddingWire, which became a leading global vertical marketplace serving the wedding industry, helping millions of engaged couples plan, execute and celebrate the most important day of their lives. WeddingWire grew to 1,000 employees worldwide and owned leading wedding brands in North America, Europe, South America and India. In 2019, Tim became CEO of The Knot Worldwide, which oversees leading global wedding brands, including The Knot, WeddingWire, Bodas, Hitched, Matrimonio and more. Previously, Tim co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998. While at Blackboard, Tim pioneered many of Blackboard’s flagship products and strategic initiatives, bringing technology into the classrooms of colleges, universities and school districts across the world. During his tenure as a co-founder at Blackboard, the company raised over $100 million in capital and was taken public on the Nasdaq in 2004.
Tim holds a B.S. in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in engineering management from Tufts University.
Lee serves as The Knot Worldwide’s Chief Operating Officer and President of Company Subsidiaries. Lee is responsible for overseeing business operations, revenue growth and retention strategies. Prior to the merger, Lee was a co-founder, Board Director and COO of WeddingWire Inc. Prior to WeddingWire, Lee served as the head of Worldwide Sales for Parature Inc. (acquired by Microsoft for ~$100M), a software-as-a-service company in the customer support and service industry. At Parature, Lee led efforts to convert the commercial industry to adopt cloud-based software solutions. Preceding Parature, Lee co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998 which went public in 2004 (NASDAQ: BBBB) and subsequently taken private by Providence Equity Partners for $1.6B in 2011. While at Blackboard, Lee served a variety of roles including Director of Sales and Regional Director of Asia Pacific and Latin America business operations.
Lee holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a M.Eng. in operations research and finance from Cornell University.
Zohar Yardeni joined The Knot Worldwide as Executive Vice President of Product in August 2018 from Facebook where he was a Product Manager leading several teams in the Local organization. Prior to Facebook, Zohar led the product team as well as design, content, and data as Chief Product Officer at Knewton and Vice President of Product at ZocDoc. Previously, Zohar ran several startups including CallStreet, an earnings call transcription service which he founded and subsequently sold to FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS). Zohar also served as Global Head of Product Management at Thomson Reuters, where he led a team working to reinvent a multibillion dollar platform of financial applications and websites.
Zohar received a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Prior to joining The Knot Worldwide, Angel Llull Mancas was appointed Vice President and Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, at Booking.com, in September 2018. He was responsible for the business across the Asia and Oceania markets, which includes leading operations, product & business development, and executing business strategy across one of Booking.com’s fastest-growing regions.
Angel joined Booking.com in 2012 and has served in a variety of regional leadership roles. He was Senior Regional Director for North America, based in San Francisco for over 6 years. Prior to this role, he was the Regional Manager for Spain, Portugal, Africa, and easter Europe.
Before joining Booking.com, he served as CEO for IBB Hotels where led strategy, business development and drove financial results for different companies within the group. Prior to this, Angel was a Senior Business Development Consultant at Horwarth International in Barcelona where he led mergers and acquisitions.
Angel has graduated from Stanford Business School in Strategy and Business Management, he has a MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and a Masters in Hospitality and Travel Services Management from EADA Business School in Barcelona.
With a keen interest in learning and development, Angel also actively gives lectures in different Masters and University programmes. He speaks Spanish, English, French and German.
Jeremy’s career has been rooted in eCommerce since its inception. He has worked in eCommerce in over 50 categories, including apparel, technology, housewares, baby gear, and writing, personal care and gifting. He is experienced in both direct to consumer and business to business ecomm, and has partnered with all of the major retailers and online marketplaces around the world. Jeremy’s formula blends demand creation and CRM with detailed business strategy and operational execution. He has built and ran multi-billion dollar eCommerce division P&L, while optimizing margins and building global organizations of several hundred people to fuel growth.
Prior to TKWW, Jeremy, along with former colleagues from Newell Brands, co-founded Alchemy-Rx, a strategy, marketing and eCommerce agency. Jeremy was at Newell Brands for 5 years, where he served asCEO for the Global eCommerce division. eCommerce at Newell grew from under $100M to over $2B globally during his tenure, with contributions from several popular and relevant brands to engaged couples and new parents (e.g. Calphalon, Oster, Graco). Prior, Jeremy led eCommerce for Jarden Corp, which was later acquired by Newell. Earlier in his career, he spent time at 1800Flowers.com, Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.
Matt Rook serves as Executive Vice President of Engineering for The Knot Worldwide and brings over 20 years of experience building B2B and B2C products. He is responsible for overseeing the global technology platforms that power both couple and vendor experiences across our brands. Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Matt worked in both the finance and private startup spaces.
Matt holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is based out of our NYC office.
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