Management

President and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Walters is the President and CEO of Blucora, where he was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014.

Prior to joining Blucora, Mr. Walters served as a Senior Partner with Activate, a consulting firm focused on technology, media and digital businesses. From 2015 to 2018, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Digital Media, Inc. Mr. Walters joined Encompass from The Weather Company, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 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.

Mr. Walters is a member of the Atlanta Board of Directors for Year Up, an organization dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for urban young adults by providing them with the skills, experience and support to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Walters holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration of the University of Vermont and an MBA from The University of Chicago.

    Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
    Ms. Bruder, previously served as the Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Airlines Reporting Corporation, or ARC, which is a leading provider of data, products and services to the travel industry, from 2015 through 2017. She served as the President of Global Strategic Services, LLC, a boutique strategic advisory firm, from 2014 through 2015. Prior to that, she was employed by Commercial Metals Company (“CMC”), a publicly traded global company with sales and operations in more than 40 countries, from 2007 through 2013. At CMC, Ms. Bruder served as the Senior Vice President of Law, Government Affairs and Global Compliance, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2009 through 2013 and the Deputy General Counsel from 2007 through 2009. Earlier in her career, she served in various legal roles at CARBO Ceramics Inc., American Airlines, Inc., Continental Airlines, Inc. and the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP. Ms. Bruder has a Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations with a minor in Economics from the University of Wyoming.
      President of TaxAct

      Campbell brings more than 20 years of technology industry experience. Most recently as the Managing Vice President for Capital One’s Consumer Auto business division where he was responsible for setting business vision and strategy, while delivering exceptional experiences for consumers and dealers. Prior to Capital One, Campbell served in a variety of executive roles at Intuit, including leading Product, Innovation, Strategy and Analytics in the tax space. Prior to Intuit, Campbell held several positions of increasing responsibility at Amazon Web Services, Dell and HP. Under his leadership, Amazon Web Services launched over 200 new services, helping to make Amazon the top provider of cloud services worldwide.

        Interim Chief Financial Officer

        A member of the Blucora team since 2018, Carsley has held a number of leadership roles inside the company including as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and as CFO of its Avantax Wealth Management business unit. Her Blucora experience also includes having served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Integration Management Office where she helped with the successful acquisition and integration of 1st Global.

        Ms. Carsley’s distinguished career has included senior roles at leading companies, including serving as Chief Financial Officer for the Specialized Devices and Applications business group at Microsoft Corporation. While at Microsoft, she also held the roles of Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, Director of Strategic Corporate Finance, and Director of Portfolio Management responsible for overseeing the investment management of the company’s multi-billion-dollar portfolio.

        Prior to joining Blucora, Carsley held various leadership roles at LPL Financial Holdings, including as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Treasurer as well as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff. Before that, she was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Bluewater Global Ltd., a boutique investment firm. Earlier in her career, Carsley was Assistant Vice President of Financial Security Assurance Inc. and as Assistant Portfolio Manager with JPMorgan Chase.

        Ms. Carsley received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Skidmore College and holds a Series 27 certification.

          President of Tax-Smart Innovation

          Mike Hogan is responsible for driving the company’s cross-platform vision and strategy for innovation, including how to best capitalize on the significant tax-smart opportunities seen ahead. Most recently with GameStop, where he was Executive Vice President of Strategic Business and Brand Development, Hogan helped transform the company to a diversified retail business to include digital gaming, technology brands and licensed collectibles. His career also includes having held senior management roles at Dean Foods as the Chief Marketing Officer and Frito-Lay as Vice President of U.S. and then International Marketing.

            Chief Business Operations and Development Officer

            Todd Mackay previously served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of TaxAct since May 2018. Prior to that he served as the Company’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, responsible for Blucora's mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and corporate and business partnerships. Prior to joining Blucora in 2015, Mr. Mackay served as an advisor to the Company’s executive team focusing on strategy and M&A, and spearheaded the acquisition that brought HD Vest into the Blucora family. 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.

              President of Wealth Management

              Mr. Vasquez is an accomplished wealth management senior executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, including tax-focused wealth management. He served as President and CEO of Cetera Financial Specialists and a member of the executive leadership team of Cetera Financial Group and its predecessor firms for 12 years beginning in 2004. Prior to that he held senior roles in other leading financial services firms, including GE Capital and Societe Generale. Most recently, Mr. Vasquez has been the President, Owner and Area Developer of CareBuilders at Home of Illinois, an organization that provides personalized caregiving services to the senior population across the Chicago area. Mr. Vasquez serves on the Morningstar Mutual Fund Trust board of trustees and previously served on the Advisory Board for Schwab Advisor Services, Year Up Chicago, as well as a Trustee of the Illinois Teachers Retirement System.