Laura Yecies is a software and Internet services industry veteran with twenty-five years of experience leading top brands such as SugarSync, ZoneAlarm, Yahoo and Netscape.
Laura Yecies is Cofounder and CEO of Context Engines, Inc a seed stage startup. Yecies has been CEO of two venture-backed startups. Most recently Yecies served as CEO of Catch.com and after achieved a successful exit for investors selling the company to Apple. She joined SugarSync in Q4 2008 to expand the company and initiate an aggressive business and product growth phase. During her four plus years at SugarSync she dramatically increased the companies revenue and user base and signed several strategic partnerships. SugarSync was acquired by J2 Global.
Prior to SugarSync, Yecies was general manager of the ZoneAlarm consumer and small business division at Check Point Software, responsible for all facets of business development, marketing, sales, and product. Previously, at Yahoo, Yecies served as global general manager of the Yahoo Mail division.
Earlier, Yecies was vice president of the Netscape browser division at AOL where she was responsible for the development of Netscape 7.0 and the launch of the Netscape browser in 23 languages. Prior to Netscape, she led marketing programs and Latin American sales at Informix Software Corp.
Earlier in her career Yecies worked as an international risk analyst at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation — and as a lecturer in International Marketing at Santa Clara University.
Yecies has served on the boards of several community non-profits, volunteered in the US State Department TechWomen program and has volunteered as a translator with medical teams in Guatemala
Yecies received her MBA from Harvard, plus an MSFS from Georgetown School of Foreign Service with honors in international business diplomacy. She received her A.B. Magna Cum Laude in Government from Dartmouth and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French.
2012 Stevie Awards for Women in Business — Silver Medal for Female Executive of the Year.
Inc. 500 — Top Female CEO of 2012
2011 Stevie Awards for Women in Business — Gold Medal for Female Executive of the Year