Michael Fertik founded Reputation.com with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. Credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM), Fertik is lauded as the world's leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.
Michael was most recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology sector a global leader.
He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, a recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award and through his leadership, the Forum named Reputation.com a Global Growth Company in 2012. Fertik is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and Newsweek. He frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, "Wild West 2.0” and “The Reputation Economy” (Crown, forthcoming in 2013).
Fertik founded his first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his JD from Harvard Law School.
Shrey Bhatia is responsible for Reputation.com’s Sales, Marketing and Product organizations globally. He comes to the position with more than twenty years experience in building and managing world-class teams in the enterprise software, storage and cloud computing space.
Most recently, Bhatia served as senior vice president, worldwide field operations at Zscaler, the world’s largest stand-alone cloud security provider. There, he built field organizations across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to that, Bhatia grew IronPort’s international revenues from 0 to a $250 million run-rate by building and managing operations across 40 countries. Bhatia has held executive and strategic roles at Cisco Systems, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco) and Veritas Software (acquired by Symantec), GE and GE Capital.
Bhatia earned his MBA at Harvard University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University.
Howard Bragman is a renowned public relations expert and industry forecaster. Bragman has a multifaceted role at Reputation.com, where he uses his image-crafting and crisis management expertise to raise awareness about the importance of managing one’s online image. He also serves as a consultant on the development of the company's reputation-building solutions.
Bragman founded the LA-based PR agency, Fifteen Minutes, which he continues to be involved in as chairman. Prior to founding Fifteen Minutes, he started Bragman, Nyman, Cafarelli, now PMK/BNC, which he and his partners sold to Interpublic Group. Earlier, he was a vice president at industry giant Burson-Marsteller.
Vice President of Research
Tom Dignan leads Reputation.com’s technical research. Prior to joining the company, Dignan was vice president of engineering at Hands-on Mobile, where he managed a cross-functional international team responsible for building infrastructure and applications for mobile devices.
Dignan has also led engineering teams at Yahoo!, Earthlink and Excite@Home, and has proven expertise in architecting large-scale consumer Internet systems. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Dignan received his PhD in high-energy physics from Harvard University and spent time at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center as a postdoctoral scholar.
Vice President of Sales
Brent Franson joined Reputation.com as a member of the original management team in 2007 and currently serves as Vice President of Sales. Franson has contributed extensively to the company’s growth, overseeing the sales organization, generating revenue, and acquiring new business while also playing a significant role in the development of Reputation.com’s core product line and the creation of entirely new revenue streams.
Additionally, he regularly speaks at conferences and to the press about online reputation management, and he serves as an expert consultant to Fortune 1000 companies and high-profile individuals.
Prior to assuming his current role at Reputation.com, Franson spent several years building a full-service international search engine technology agency, which ultimately grew to include offices in Philadelphia, Denver, Mountain View, and Bangalore.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Phillips brings over two decades of financial and operational experience to Reputation.com, and is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s global financial operations. Phillips has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and fund raising. Phillips has spent his entire career in Silicon Valley, and his leadership spans early-stage start-ups through public companies. Most recently, Phillips served as the chief financial officer of RichRelevance, Inc.
Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
Chris Sundermeier is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Reputation.com. He comes to the company after representing various Silicon Valley Internet and technology companies for more than a decade as a litigation partner at Cooley LLP. There, Chris focused on disputes involving complex commercial contracts and technology agreements, securities, fiduciary duty, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property.
Mr. Sundermeier graduated magna cum laude with his law degree from Boston College, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Sundermeier taught philosophy at multiple universities and colleges around New York City while working on a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Fordham University. He also holds an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from Creighton University.
Vice President, International and Worldwide Business Development
Ankur Bhatnagar is responsible for Reputation.com’s international sales and worldwide business development. He brings with him a wealth of experience in strategic partner sales, channel sales, business development, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Reputation.com, Bhatnagar led the Cisco Security Business Development team. Earlier, as part of the IronPort acquisition by Cisco, he spent almost 4 years in Europe, where he first built out the Systems Integrator channel (20+ partners) focused on large enterprise accounts and later, managed the entire Cisco Security Channel (450+ partners).
Prior to Cisco and IronPort, Bhatnagar was a strategy consultant at Bain and Co’s San Francisco office advising executives of Fortune 500 technology leaders.
Bhatnagar received his MBA from Harvard University and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University with academic honors. He is an avid sports fan - especially of Lionel Messi and “the beautiful game” – and loves to go running whenever he has time.
Director of Business Development
Jamie Saxe is the Director of Business Development at Reputation.com. In this role, Saxe is responsible for consumer channel distribution, strategic technology partnerships and corporate development.
Saxe is a frequent public speaker on behalf of the company who has filed multiple patents on privacy and reputation topics. Prior to joining Reputation.com, Saxe was the co-founder of an online start-up and he worked in management consulting at PwC's PRTM Management Consultants and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Saxe earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University.