John S. Clendening
Mr. Clendening brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial services and consumer goods industries to Blucora. In addition to serving as President and Chief Executive Officer at Blucora, he also serves on the Board at Betterment.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Clendening was Executive Vice President and Co-Head of the Investor Services Division at Charles Schwab & Co, where he was instrumental in repositioning the firm as a high-value wealth management company. During his 11 years at Charles Schwab, Mr. Clendening also held a number of roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President, Shared Strategic Services and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Charles Schwab Bank.
Previously, Mr. Clendening also worked as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Consumer Banking Group and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Credit Card Division for First Union Corporation. In addition, he has served in leadership roles at eMac Digital LLC, Living.Com, The Coca-Cola Company, Frito-Lay, Inc. Division of PepsiCo, SEARS Specialty Merchandising Group and Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.
Mr. Clendening received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard.
Eric Emans has served as Blucora’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since August 2011. Before accepting these roles, he served as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer beginning in January 2008. Mr. Emans joined InfoSpace in 2003 and has held roles including Corporate Controller, Manager of Revenue Assurance, and Senior Manager of Finance.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Emans served as Director of Operations at Corbis Mobile where he was responsible for mobile business operations. He began his career at Deloitte and Touche LLP where he served as an auditor.
Mr. Emans holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Washington University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Mark A. Finkelstein
Mark A. Finkelstein was appointed Blucora’s Chief Legal and Administrative Officer in September 2014. He oversees the company’s legal, compliance, and human resources departments, and serves as an advisor to senior management and the Board of Directors on legal and corporate strategy matters.
Previously, Mr. Finkelstein served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Emeritus Corporation. At Emeritus, he was responsible for all legal affairs and corporate development.
Prior to joining Emeritus, Mr. Finkelstein served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Novellus Capital Management, an asset management firm, in addition to being a strategy advisor for private investment management firms in the United States and Europe. Mr. Finkelstein is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Banking System, Inc.
From 1986 to 2006, Mr. Finkelstein practiced law with Graham & Dunn P.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, complex financing strategies, and other corporate transactions.
Mr. Finkelstein received his B.A. with high honors in economics from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Mr. Stevenson is Blucora’s first enterprise-wide Chief Marketing Officer leading marketing efforts for Blucora and its business units including TaxAct and HD Vest. He brings the company deep experience in data and analytics and performance marketing through digital channels and new-media platforms.
A tested marketing leader with stops at Mckinsey & Company, HomeAway Inc. and Capital One, Mr. Stevenson comes to Blucora after having served most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Catalina Marketing Corporation where he lead corporate strategy. With nearly 15 years’ experience in corporate marketing strategy, he has worked in multiple industries straddling both business-to-business and business-to-consumer, with much of that experience in the financial services industry.
Mr. Stevenson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University receiving his Masters of Business Administration.
Ms. Turay was appointed Blucora’s Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2016. An enterprising and visionary human resources and organizational effectiveness executive with more than 20 years business experience in human capital leadership, Ms. Turay will lead Blucora’s efforts in the design, development, and execution of human resources strategies and initiatives, including talent management, learning and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, succession planning, organizational transformation, and change management.
Most recently Ms. Turay served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Development for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. At Jackson Hewitt, she served as the executive leader and chief strategist for the human resources, learning and development, and payroll teams. Ms. Turay also served in roles such as Senior Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Sales, and Vice President Talent Management and Development at Harry & David. She has also held successful roles as Chief People Officer for Gibson Guitar Corp, Vice President Human Resources at Musician’s Friend, and Vice President Talent Management, Training and Organizational Development at Rentway, Inc.
Ms. Turay received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Baldwin-Wallace University in addition to earning a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University.
Amit Seshan joined Blucora as Executive Vice President, Business Operations in June 2015. Within his role, he drives growth and performance across the Blucora portfolio by orchestrating the rhythm-of-business engagement with business units, prioritizing and accelerating strategic growth initiatives reliant on digital transformation, systems & automation. Mr. Seshan is also responsible for operational diligence of the company's future acquisition targets with a view to unlocking performance improvements while integrating them harmoniously into Blucora's operating framework.
Most recently, Mr. Seshan served as CEO of StressCenter Holdings, a private equity backed DR marketer of behavioral health solutions, where he doubled revenue in 6 quarters, and led his team to EBITDA and free-cash flow breakeven in 15 months, culminating in a fresh round of financing. Prior to that role, he served as Senior Advisor (Strategy & Analytics) to the President and SVPs of Match Inc., where he advised on M&A transactions through Match's multi-year consolidation of global dating assets, led the post-buyout integration of Meetic (Match's Pan-European Sub), developed and implemented pricing & growth strategies for Match, PeopleMedia and OKCupid. Mr. Seshan also spent nine years at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm where he led client development and engagements with Fortune 500 telecom, media and technology companies. His experience at McKinsey & Company was weighted towards helping principal investors with sector scanning & diligence, turnaround planning, performance improvement & optimizing sales & marketing. In addition, he has worked in product development for the Ford Motor Company, and served as an oilfield exploration engineer with Schlumberger.
Mr. Seshan received his B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), and his S.M. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Todd Mackay was named as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Blucora in 2015 after advising the company for more than a year. In this capacity he is responsible for Blucora's mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and corporate and business partnerships.
A seasoned technology executive with nearly 20 years' experience, Mr. Mackay has managed operations and finances for privately held, publicly traded, and growth companies. Previously, he was the co-founder of P2B Investor, a crowd funding business providing working capital loans to small and medium sized businesses; served as Executive Vice President in charge of Finance and Corporate Development for Emerge Digital Group, a privately held digital media company where he was responsible for revenue growth from $7.5 million to $50 million in less than two years; and was Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Development and Corporate Treasury for E*TRADE Financial where his leadership help increase revenues of the company from $300 million to more than $2.5 billion.
As well, Mr. Mackay has held various executive positions with Telebanc Financial Corp, Robertson Stephens and Alex Brown focusing on financial institutions and financial technologies.
Mr. Mackay received an A.B. from Princeton University in Economics with an emphasis in Mathematics.
Mr. Baskaran has more than 20 years experience serving in leadership roles within the technology and finance industry, with deep experience in technology-oriented businesses.
Most recently, Mr. Baskaran served as General Manager, North America Credit Cards at Amazon. While serving in that role he was the P&L owner of a large customer centric credit card business that built and served consumers and businesses with multiple products such as the recently launched Amazon Prime Visa Signature Card, and others such as the Prime Store Card, Amazon Corporate Credit Line, and Amazon.ca Rewards Visa Card. Prior to working at Amazon, he served in leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Visa and HSBC Bank, as well as holding positions at Deloitte & Touche as a management consultant, and Dr. Reddy’s Group as an executive in the company’s Latin America International Marketing Group.
Sanjay earned his B Tech in Chemical Engineering from College of Technology, Osmania University and an MBA in Marketing & Supply Chain from Michigan State University.
Roger Ochs is the president & CEO of HD Vest Financial Services®, managing the day-to-day operations and directing the future of the firm, which has approximately 300 employees based in Irving, Texas. He has been with the firm since February 1987 and was named president in 1999. Before becoming president of HD Vest, Mr. Ochs held multiple management positions within the organization, overseeing sales, marketing and technical support for advisors.
Prior to joining HD Vest, Mr. Ochs worked with Prudential-Bache Securities as a financial planner in addition to serving as the vice chair on the Independent Firms Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Mr. Ochs is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association, and is an associate member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, is a Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®) professional, Chartered Life Underwriter, Charted Financial Consultant®, and holds the Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 63, and 65 securities registrations.
Mr. Ochs earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Angelo State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Trinity University, and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law.