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Kurt Donnell

President & CEO at Freestar - 2019 Inc. 5000 #1 Fastest-Growing Company

Phoenix, AZ

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I am passionate about building things, solving problems and closing deals with smart people who appreciate a good laugh. I've had the opportunity to lead teams for both private and public companies in a number of different areas, including business/corporate development, legal and digital audience growth. An attorney by training, I now spend most of my time on the business side focused on driving growth and operational excellence. I always appreciate building relationships with new people, so please feel free to send me a note at kurtdonnell@gmail.com. I hope we get to share an adventure soon.

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Jan 2019 - Present

Freestar

President and CEO

• Number 1 fastest growing private company in the 2019 Inc. 5000. • Lead a dynamic team of industry experts that engineer cutting-edge monetization solutions and provide world-class customer service for website owners and app developers. • Combining industry-leading technology, data, and massive scale, we enable busy website owners and app developers to maximize revenue while freeing themselves from the hassles of ad tech.

Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

YogaWorks, Inc.

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel

• Member of management team that completed the first boutique fitness IPO in August 2017 (NASDAQ: YOGA). • Sourced and executed acquisitions of yoga studios and strategic partnerships, driving 40% growth in studio base in a 9-month period following IPO. • Responsible for all company legal affairs, including mergers and acquisitions, contracting, real estate, corporate governance, SEC reporting and compliance matters

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Nov 2012 - Jan 2017

SheKnows Media

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel

• Led corporate/business development initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, licensing, and identification of growth opportunities • Managed audience development team focused on data driven audience acquisition and growth of third party publisher relationships • Head of in-house legal team that handled all company legal matters, including contract negotiation and corporate governance

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May 2010 - Nov 2012

Ballard Spahr LLP

Attorney

• Collaborated with clients and other attorneys to plan and structure mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, and other transactions that effectively fulfilled strategic objectives • Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed agreements related to mergers and acquisitions, manufacturing and distribution, private equity investments, restructurings, and securities transactions • Supervised, coordinated, and performed due diligence reviews of contracts, financial materials, industry information, and other documents to evaluate risks and identify opportunities

Jun 2008 - May 2010

JONES DAY®

Attorney

• Counseled clients and other attorneys on transactional and regulatory matters, including those related to mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, financial reporting, and securities issuance • Assisted clients in identifying, analyzing, and mitigating risks related to proposed activities and transactions • Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed agreements in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, private equity investments, leases, loans, and general corporate transactions • Prepared proxy statements, quarterly and annual reports, and other SEC filings • Performed research, drafted articles, and facilitated presentations related to financial reporting, corporate governance, and other emerging corporate and regulatory issues

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Sep 2006 - Jun 2008

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Attorney

• Performed research and counseled clients and other attorneys on corporate and regulatory issues, including those related to business formation and dissolution, executive compensation, tax law, and securities issuance • Drafted and reviewed agreements and documents related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, corporate and limited liability company formation and dissolution, and private placements of securities • Counseled and assisted clients in preparing proxy statements, quarterly and annual reports, and other SEC filings

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May 2005 - Aug 2005

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Summer Associate

Columbus, OH

May 2004 - Aug 2004

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Summer Associate

Toledo, OH

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