Leadership

Executive Team

Michael Saylor
Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Saylor has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989 and previously served as President from November 1989 to November 2000 and from January 2005 to October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Saylor was employed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a venture manager from 1988 to 1989 and by Federal Group, Inc. as a consultant from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Saylor received an B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an B.S. in Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Saylor is the bestselling author of the book The Mobile Wave.


Jonathan Klein
President & Chief Legal Officer

Mr. Klein has served as President & Chief Legal Officer since October 2012 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Law & General Counsel from December 2007 to October 2012, as Vice President, Law and General Counsel from November 1998 to December 2007, and as Corporate Counsel from June 1997 to November 1998. From September 1993 to June 1997, Mr. Klein was an appellate litigator with the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Klein received a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Paul Zolfaghari
President

Mr. Zolfaghari has served as President since November 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Zolfaghari served as Chief Operating Officer of ParAccel, Inc., an analytic database company headquartered in California, a position he held from January 2011 to November 2012. Prior to his tenure at ParAccel, Mr. Zolfaghari served as MicroStrategy's Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Operations from December 2007 to January 2011, as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations from August 2006 to December 2007, as Vice President, Worldwide Business Affairs from March 2005 to August 2006, as Vice President & Chief of Staff from July 2003 to March 2005, as Chief of Staff from November 2000 to July 2003, and as Assistant to MicroStrategy's President & Chief Executive Officer from December 1999 to November 2000. Mr. Zolfaghari received a B.A. in English from Gettysburg College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.


Douglas Thede
Senior Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Thede has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer since October 2012 and as Treasurer since November 2008 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer from September 2009 to October 2012, as Interim Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 to September 2009, as Vice President, Worldwide Tax from November 2008 to September 2009, as acting Vice President, Worldwide Controller from March 2009 to June 2009, and as Vice President, Worldwide Tax Planning & Compliance from the time he joined MicroStrategy in June 2008 to March 2009. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Thede served as Senior Director, Tax of Convergys Corporation, an S&P 500 company that provides relationship management solutions, from March 2005 to May 2008, and as Senior Tax Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from August 2003 to March 2005. Mr. Thede also served a total of twelve years with Cincinnati Bell Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, and KPMG Peat Marwick from 1991 to 2003. Mr. Thede is a certified public accountant and received a B.S. in Business from Miami University.


Peng Xiao
Senior Executive Vice President &
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Xiao has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer since October 2012 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Network and Applications Engineering from March 2012 to October 2012, as Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer from December 2007 to February 2012, and as Vice President & Chief Information Officer from May 2006 to December 2007. From April 1999 to May 2006, Mr. Xiao held various positions of increasing responsibility in the Company's information systems department. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Xiao served as the head of IT operations for Bond and Pecaro, a strategic consulting firm. Mr. Xiao received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.


Marcus Starke
Senior Executive Vice President,
Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Starke has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer since May 2014. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Starke served in various capacities at SAP AG, a company that provides enterprise software and software-related services. While at SAP, Mr. Starke served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing & Communications Regions from July 2013 to May 2014, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing Regions from January 2012 to June 2013, and National Vice President, North America Marketing from November 2009 to December 2011. Prior to joining SAP, Mr. Starke served as President & CEO, Europe, Middle East & Africa, of Wunderman, a company that offers brand experience, consumer engagement, and data and insights, from January 2006 to October 2009. Mr. Starke also served a total of thirteen years with Publicis and Bates/141 Worldwide from 1992 to 2005. Mr. Starke received a B.A. in Business Administration from Baden-Wuertemberg Cooperative State University.

Board Members

Michael J. Saylor

Mr. Saylor has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989 and previously served as President from November 1989 to November 2000 and from January 2005 to October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Saylor was employed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a venture manager from 1988 to 1989 and by Federal Group, Inc. as a consultant from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Saylor received an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Saylor is the bestselling author of the book The Mobile Wave.


Robert H. Epstein

Mr. Epstein has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since January 2006. Mr. Epstein is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Takeda Lace, Inc., a company that provides consulting services on all aspects of the textile business and has also engaged in trading and distribution for various Asian textile manufacturing firms. From May 2002 to October 2007, Mr. Epstein was President and Chief Executive Officer of Takeda Lace USA, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based textile manufacturer Takeda Lace Co., Ltd. From October 2001 to May 2002, Mr. Epstein pursued various business opportunities, including serving as a consultant for Warnaco Inc., an apparel manufacturer. From June 1978 to October 2001, Mr. Epstein served in various positions at textile manufacturer Liberty Fabrics of New York, Inc., concluding his tenure as Division President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Epstein received a B.S. in Psychology from Columbia University and did coursework at the Stern School of Business at New York University.


Stephen X. Graham

Mr. Graham has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since April 2014. Mr. Graham is currently President of CrossHill Financial Group, Inc., a private merchant bank and advisory firm that he founded in 1988, and has been a General Partner of CrossHill Georgetown Capital, L.P. since 2000 and CrossHill Debt II, L.P. since 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Graham was a Principal with Kidder, Peabody & Co. and held positions with Merrill Lynch & Co. and Arthur Young & Co. (which later became part of Ernst & Young LLP). Mr. Graham was a member of the board of directors of TNS, Inc., a former New York Stock Exchange-listed, global data communications and interoperability solutions company, from 2003 until the company’s acquisition by Siris Capital Group, LLC in February 2013. While a member of the board of directors of TNS, Inc., Mr. Graham served as Chairman of the audit committee through 2011, and as Chairman of the board of directors from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Graham also served as a member of the board of directors of Speedus Corp. from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Graham also previously served as a member of the board of directors of Credit Management Solutions, Inc., a former Nasdaq-listed, credit processing software company, and several private companies. Mr. Graham received a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Jarrod M. Patten

Mr. Patten has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since November 2004. In 1996, Mr. Patten founded RRG and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer since inception. RRG is an independent international consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of enterprise-wide cost control strategies that heighten operational controls, increase transparency, ensure cost compliance and extend cost accountability for RRG’s geographically diverse client base. Mr. Patten received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University.


Carl J. Rickertsen

Mr. Rickertsen has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since October 2002. Mr. Rickertsen is currently Managing Partner of Pine Creek Partners, a private equity investment firm, a position he has held since January 2004. From January 1998 to January 2004, Mr. Rickertsen was Chief Operating Officer and a partner at Thayer Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm. From September 1994 to January 1998, Mr. Rickertsen was a managing partner at Thayer. Mr. Rickertsen was a founding partner of three Thayer investment funds totaling over $1.4 billion and is a published author. Mr. Rickertsen serves as a member of the boards of directors and audit committees of Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. and Apollo Tactical Income Fund Inc., each of which is a closed-end management investment company, and Berry Plastics Group, Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of value-added plastic consumer packaging and engineered materials. He also serves on the board of directors of Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation, an integrated producer of value-added primary aluminum products and rolled aluminum coils. From April 2003 to January 2010, Mr. Rickertsen was a member of the board of directors and audit committee of Convera Corporation, a publicly-traded search-engine software company. From September 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Rickertsen was a member of the board of directors of UAP Holding Corp., a distributor of farm and agricultural products. Mr. Rickertsen received a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.