Board of Directors

Ms. Hayles, 57, is the former Chief Financial Officer of CIT Group Inc., a U.S. bank and global lending and leasing business, a position she held from November 2015 to May 2017. From July 2010 to November 2015, Ms. Hayles was the Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of CIT Group Inc. and was responsible for all financial and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining CIT Group Inc., Ms. Hayles worked at Citigroup Inc. for 24 years, most recently as Deputy Controller from January 2008 to July 2010. Over her career at Citigroup Inc., her roles included Investor Relations, CFO of e-business, CFO of Global Relationship Banking, and CFO of Citibank Canada. Ms. Hayles began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto, Canada. She was a Canadian Chartered Accountant from 1985 to 2009, and she received her BBA from York University in Toronto.
Mr. MacIlwaine, 49, currently serves as VP, Chief Technology Officer at Braintree, a subsidiary of PayPal, Inc. Prior to that he served as Chief Technology Officer of Lending Club Corporation, a lending company, from July 2012 to December 2016. From December 2011 to July 2012, Mr. MacIlwaine served as the Chief Information Officer at Green Dot Corporation, a provider of prepaid financial services. From April 2007 to November 2011, Mr. MacIlwaine served as head of global development at Visa, Inc., a credit card processing company, where he led program management and information services, including web application development, data warehousing, business intelligence and mobile development. Mr. MacIlwaine holds a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

William L. “Bill” Atwell was appointed as the company’s chairman of the board of directors in March 2017. Mr. Atwell has more than 40 years of financial services experience and is currently a Managing Director at Atwell Partners, LLC.

Mr. Atwell retired as President of Cigna International in May 2012, where he was responsible for Cigna’s global business unit delivering access to superior quality healthcare and innovative financial protection programs to businesses, affinity groups and individuals around the world. He also served for four years as Senior Vice President at CIGNA Healthcare, responsible for sales and health plan operations in the United States. Before being named President of CIGNA International, Mr. Atwell provided consulting and market insights to the financial services industry while also serving on the Boards of USI Holdings Corporation and Fairfield University. Prior to that, he was President/EVP with The Charles Schwab Corporation, responsible for a broad array of individual investment and banking products. Mr. Atwell spent twenty three years with Citibank where he led the company’s retail business in Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Previously, he was CEO of Citibank (Illinois) and Citibank (NYS).

Mr. Atwell is a graduate of C.W. Post College and earned an M.B.A. from Long Island University. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) and as an Independent Trustee of AQR Mutual Funds (AQR Capital Management LLC).

President and Chief Executive Officer

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.

    Mr. Aldrich, 47, has been the Chief Product Officer at GoDaddy, Inc. since January 2016, and he previously served as their Senior Vice President, Business Applications beginning in 2012. Before joining GoDaddy, Mr. Aldrich served in various senior management roles at Intuit, Inc. from 1996 through 2008 including Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for the small business division. Mr. Aldrich also served as CEO of Outright Inc., an online bookkeeping service, from 2011 to 2012 when it was acquired by GoDaddy, and as CEO of Posit Science Corporation, a software and services company, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Aldrich holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of North Carolina and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

    Lance Dunn has more than 28 years of experience in the tax preparation industry, serving most recently as CEO of the TaxACT business prior to its acquisition by Blucora in January 2012. Dunn co-founded the TaxACT business in 1998. Before that, he was vice president of Software Development at Parsons Technology, Inc., where he played a significant role in the development and growth of Parsons' tax program, Personal Tax Edge. He previously served as an accountant for Ernst & Young and TLS, Inc. Dunn is an alumnus of Coe College and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Entrepreneurial Development Center, a community sponsored non-profit business accelerator in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    H. McIntyre “Mac” Gardner was appointed to the board of directors in March 2017. Mr. Gardner brings decades of leadership and operating experience in the wealth and consumer products industries,

    Most recently, he served as the Head of Americas Region and Global Bank Group, Global Private Client at Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2000, Mr. Gardner was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Helen of Troy Limited, a personal care products manufacturer. Mr. Gardner began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1983 in the Corporate and Institutional Client Group (now Global Markets & Investment Banking), as a Financial Analyst in Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions.

    Mr. Gardner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Dartmouth College in 1983.

    Ms. Proctor, 60, is the former Chief Financial Officer of TIAA-CREF, serving in that position from 2006 to 2010. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Ms. Proctor served as Executive Vice President of Golden West Financial Corporation from 2003 to 2005. Earlier in her career, Ms. Procter served as Chief Financial Officer and as a director during an 18-year career at Bechtel, and prior to that she served as finance director of certain divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Ms. Proctor currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Redwood Trust, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group and SunEdison, Inc., and previously served on the Board of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Dakota and an M.B.A. from California State University East Bay.

    Christopher Walters was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014. Mr. Walters is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Digital Media, Inc., which he joined in January 2015. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Walters oversees Encompass’s day-to-day operations on a worldwide basis. Mr. Walters joined Encompass from The Weather Company, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer from March 2012 to January 2015. Prior to The Weather Company, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Bloomberg L.P. between 2008 and 2012, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group, responsible for operations, strategy, business development, and expansion of the premium web-based subscription businesses. Previously, Mr. Walters was a partner at McKinsey & Co., advising media, entertainment, and investment companies.

    Mary Zappone joined the Board in March 2015. Ms. Zappone has extensive experience as an executive, including her current tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Champ. Prior to joining Service Champ, she served as President and CEO of Recovercare, a leading supplier of healthcare equipment, from May 2011 to February 2015. Ms. Zappone worked at Alcoa, Inc. from 2006 to 2011, serving in a variety of roles, most recently as President of the Alcoa Oil & Gas Group, where she was responsible for operations, strategy, business development, and expansion of the aluminum alloy product systems business. During her career, she has also held other senior-level positions at Tyco International, General Electric, and Exxon, and worked at McKinsey & Co., where she advised companies in improving operating performance, capital investment, and merger and acquisition strategies. She earned her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and her MBA in Finance at Columbia Business School.