Laura Yecies is a Silicon Valley veteran with thirty years of experience leading top brands such as Netscape, Yahoo, SugarSync and CheckPoint as well as entrepreneurial startups such as SyncThink and Catch. Currently she is serving as a strategy and marketing consultant for Akili Interactive and Fabric Genomics and has advised several leading health technology companies including Rapid.AI and SleepQuest.
Laura Yecies was previously the CEO of 3 venture-backed startups. Most recently Yecies served as CEO of SyncThink, a neurotechnology company and previously she was CEO of Catch.com achieving a successful exit selling the company to Apple. She led SugarSync from 2009-2013 to expand the company and initiate an aggressive business and product growth phase. During her four plus years at SugarSync she took the company from zero to over $20m in revenue scaled the 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. She as served on the alumni council of Dartmouth College and as an advisory to several health care community startups through HBS Startup Partners.
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. She resides in California with her husband Steven and has four children and five grandchildren.
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