Chad Cohen, CFO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

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Chad Cohen has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2015. Mr. Cohen is the Chief Financial Officer of Adaptive Biotechnologies, the leader in combining next generation sequencing and expert bioinformatics to profile T-and B-cell receptors of the adaptive immune system. Prior to Adaptive, he served as CFO for Zillow Group where he built out the company's finance functions and ultimately led them through nine acquisitions and their 2011 IPO. In 2013, he was named Puget Sound Business Journal’s CFO of the year. Before Zillow, Mr. Cohen worked for Ticketmaster Entertainment, Ernst & Young and Novellus Systems. Cohen has previously served on a number of Boards, including his current company, Adaptive Biotechnologies, up until his appointment as CFO, and was Audit Chairman for Ticketfly until its acquisition by Pandora in October 2015. Mr. Cohen graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is licensed (inactive) as a CPA in California. Mr. Cohen was chosen to serve on our Board of Directors based on his deep financial knowledge and significant public company CFO experience.

Daniel Levitan, Co-Founder Maveron

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Dan is a transplant from New York, a fact given away the second he says "cawfee". He lives in Seattle now, having brought with him twenty-five years of experience in venture capital and investment banking (specializing in consumer and retail business). Please don't call him an "ex-investment banker," and let's leave it at that.

In 1998 Dan saw an opportunity to help innovative companies reach their full potential. That's when he launched Maveron with a guy named Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer of a coffee company named Starbucks.

Dan has led many Maveron investments, including Cranium, Potbelly Sandwich Works, and Pinkberry. He's also directed a number of successful exits over the last ten years, including Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments Inc., NASDAQ: GPN), Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), Cranium (acquired by Hasbro, NASDAQ: HAS), Quellos (acquired by Blackrock, NASDAQ: BLK), Good Technology (acquired by Motorola, NASDAQ: MOT), and Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY). Dan currently serves on boards of directors for Allbirds, Arivale, Pro.com, PlutoVR, and Trupanion. He is also a board member for The Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. He enjoys helping future entrepreneurial leaders, and has participated as a judge and mentor for several years in the annual Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition.

Incredibly, Dan does have personal time, which he devotes to his wife and two daughters. He also loves Duke basketball, which can't fairly be held against him. And give him props: he's climbed Mount Kilimanjaro once and Mount Rainier twice, solidifying his love for Marmot and the Pacific Northwest.

Dan graduated from the Horace Mann School and received a BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Darryl Rawlings, CEO

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Each day, Darryl Rawlings leads more than 500 pet-loving professionals in the U.S. and Canada to one shared purpose and a singular goal: to help the pets we love receive the best veterinary care. It’s the passion driving everything we do, enabling dogs and cats to lead long, healthy and happy lives.

Rawlings has established himself as a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs. As founder and chief executive officer of Trupanion and founder and member of NAPHIA, Rawlings is setting high standards for a growing industry, expanding public awareness of medical insurance for cats and dogs, and expanding the market across North America.

His passion for pet health runs deep. When he was 14, his family dog needed surgery that could have lengthened her life for another 12 years. The cost was beyond his parents’ means and they left the veterinary hospital without her. He vowed that someday pets would have even better medical insurance than people do. And Trupanion has fulfilled that promise with medical insurance for cats and dogs that is remarkably better than most human health insurance.

Trupanion covered its first pet in Canada in 2000 and expanded to the United States in 2008. Since expanding to the U.S., Trupanion has established itself as a market leader and now provides medical insurance for cats and dogs in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In July 2014, Darryl took this a step further, and lead the company through an IPO. Trupanion is publicly traded on NASDAQ.

Under his leadership, the company continues to experience consistent growth, with revenue growth in excess of 25% in each of the past 39 quarters. Trupanion now covers more than 350,000 pets.

Rawlings is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. His family includes his wife Caroline, two sons Sam and Bennett, bulldogs Tristen and Priscilla, cat Halle and bird Q.

Glenn Novotny, Founder and Owner of Glennhawk Vineyards and Emerald Pet Products

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Glenn Novotny is the Founder and Owner of Glennhawk Vineyards and Emerald Pet Products. He is also the Managing Director of Glennmont, LLC and GMMR, LLC, which are two real estate development organizations based in Danville, CA. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Edge Systems, and serves on the Board of Directors of Radio Systems, Trupanion, Inc. (NYSE: TRUP), Reeb Millwork, and Bay Alarm.

Glenn was an Operating Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners, a San Francisco based private equity firm, investing in medical devices, life sciences, and healthcare companies from 2008-2015. Glenn worked at Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT) for 17 years; as President and COO from 1990 to 2003 and CEO from 2003 through 2007. Glenn was instrumental in taking Central Garden & Pet public in 1993 and growing it from sales of $200 million to $1.7 billion through organic growth and over 40 acquisitions to create the largest pet supply and second largest garden supply company in the U.S. He also worked at Weyerhaeuser Corporation from 1970 to 1990 in a variety of operating, strategic planning, sales and executive management roles, including serving as CEO of Weyerhaeuser Garden Supply from 1988 to 1990.

Glenn has served on numerous boards, in both public and private companies, and has significant entrepreneurial experience. In addition to the boards he currently serves on, he has previously served as a board member of Central Garden & Pet, Pet Food Express, VeriTainer Corp., AngioScore, Ditan Corporation, Confirma, Freedom Innovations, and Nexus BioSystems. He also has substantial Mergers and Acquisitions experience in several industries and completed over 75 transactions in his career.

Glenn received a BA from Chadron State College in Nebraska and graduated from the Harvard Business School Program for Executive Management Development.

Hays Lindsley, Perot Investments

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Hays Lindsley oversees private investments for Perot Investments, an investment office for the Perot family in Dallas, Texas. Hays has been with the Perots for thirty-one years. He earned an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt in 1980, and a JD/MBA from the University of Texas in 1984.

Howard Rubin, Director

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Prior to joining Trupanion as its Chief Operating Officer, Howard Rubin was the founding Chief Executive Officer of BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, the first national network of advanced-care veterinary facilities solely focused on acquiring specialty veterinary hospitals and emergency clinics.

BrightHeart's specific emphasis was on building partnerships with referring veterinarians and pet owners to provide the highest standards and widest range of options in pet care.

Mr. Rubin is widely considered to be among the nation's leading authorities on the economics and operations of veterinary practices. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI), which was created to improve the economics of veterinary practices through a joint effort of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, together with key members of the animal health industry. Under Mr. Rubin's leadership the NCVEI collected information and performed research studies to empirically establish best practice models for veterinary practice. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rubin developed NCVEI's innovative educational materials, training programs and benchmarking tools that have helped more than 15,000 veterinary practices throughout the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands to significantly improve their operating efficiencies, as well as their financial performance. Mr. Rubin lectures extensively on the economics and operations of veterinary practice to both veterinarians and members of the animal health industry.

Prior to his leadership role at NCVEI, Mr. Rubin served as Chief Executive of Cardiopet Inc., the largest provider of telemedical services in the animal health industry, which supported nearly sixty percent of U.S. veterinarians and practitioners in twenty foreign countries. Under his direction, Cardiopet founded The Veterinary Referral Centre in Little Falls, NJ, one of the first comprehensive, multi-specialty veterinary hospitals in North America. Subsequently, Mr. Rubin was a Divisional Vice President of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a leading veterinary diagnostic company, after it purchased Cardiopet.

Mr. Rubin is currently an Emeritus member after having served on the Board of Overseers of the Veterinary College at Tufts University, and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He is the Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice (VSIPP) 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award winner. Mr. Rubin was honored by the AVMA in January 2008 at the AVMA's Annual Leadership Conference for his "exceptional service and leadership" while leading the National Commission, and for his contributions to the improvement in the economics and operations of veterinary practices. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference and a Board Member of the AVMA GHLIT Pet Insurance Advisory Council.

Mr. Rubin started his career as a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse. From there he spent much of the next ten years working in venture capital, raising money and buying, selling and operating businesses. His first involvement in animal health came over twenty years ago as a Director of GeneLink Australia Inc., a company that developed a breeding hormone and delivery system for sheep and a formulated treatment for calf scours. He earned a BA in Economics and Political Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis.

Michael Doak, Director

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Michael Doak has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2014. Mr. Doak has served in various leadership roles at entities associated with RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd., a global provider of reinsurance and insurance services, since June 2010, most recently as President of RenaissanceRe Ventures U.S. LLC, Senior Vice President of RenaissanceRe Ventures Ltd and Director of Longhorne Holdings LLC and formerly, as a Director of DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd. since June 2010. Prior to that, he served as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, an investment bank, from September 2005 to May 2010.

Mr. Doak holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Mr. Doak was chosen to serve on our board of directors based upon his experience advising insurance and high-growth companies and his financial and investment expertise.

Murray Low, Professor, Columbia Business School

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Murray Low was a crucial advisor at Trupanion's inception and now serves as Chairman of its board of directors. An argument could be made that Murray also should give a first-person testimonial for the value of Trupanion's product and service, as his terrier, "Lucky," for awhile was not, and generated significant claims activity.

"Lucky was lucky we had pet insurance!" Murray says. The black toy poodle pictured with Murray is Lucky's little sister, Maggie.

Professor Low (Murray has been a professor at Columbia Business School since 1990) is a professor of executive education at Columbia Business School. Since January 1996, he has been president of Low & Associates, a consulting firm. Professor Low received a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robin Ferracone, CEO, Farient Advisors

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Robin Ferracone is CEO of Farient Advisors, a performance advisory and strategic compensation firm. Previously she was at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. At Marsh McLennan, she was President of the Global Human Capital Business, domiciled in 40 offices around the world, including Latin America, Brazil, Europe, India, and China.

A Harvard Business School graduate, Robin was named to the prestigious NACD Directorship 100, her seventh time receiving this award, making her one of the most influential people in corporate governance and in the boardroom. As the author of the book "Fair Pay, Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay," she is highly regarded for her expertise in performance measurement and linking executive compensation with corporate strategy. She is also an experienced director having served on a number of boards, including her current appointments on the board of an Oaktree Capital mutual fund, WildAid, a non profit organization focused on reducing the demand for endangered species products. Previously, she was on the Board of Trustees of Duke University, where she earned her BA in Economics and Management Science, and on the board of PayScale, Inc. (a private equity backed cloud-based compensation data and software company). She also served as a Non-Executive Chairman of A Breed Apart Veterinary Centers, which was sold to VCA, Inc.

Robin is the author of numerous articles, including a regular Forbes contributor, a frequent presenter for prominent organizations, and testified before a Congressional sub-committee in Washington, D.C. regarding the salary of the President of the United States.

She resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and cat.