Board of Directors

President and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Walters is the President and CEO of Blucora, where he was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014.

Prior to joining Blucora, Mr. Walters served as a Senior Partner with Activate, a consulting firm focused on technology, media and digital businesses. From 2015 to 2018, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Digital Media, Inc. Mr. Walters joined Encompass from The Weather Company, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2015. Prior to The Weather Company, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Bloomberg L.P. between 2008 and 2012, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group, responsible for operations, strategy, business development, and expansion of the premium web-based subscription businesses. Previously, Mr. Walters was a partner at McKinsey & Co., advising media, entertainment, and investment companies.

Mr. Walters is a member of the Atlanta Board of Directors for Year Up, an organization dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for urban young adults by providing them with the skills, experience and support to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Walters holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration of the University of Vermont and an MBA from The University of Chicago.

    Ms. Hayles, 57, is the former Chief Financial Officer of CIT Group Inc., a U.S. bank and global lending and leasing business, a position she held from November 2015 to May 2017. From July 2010 to November 2015, Ms. Hayles was the Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of CIT Group Inc. and was responsible for all financial and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining CIT Group Inc., Ms. Hayles worked at Citigroup Inc. for 24 years, most recently as Deputy Controller from January 2008 to July 2010. Over her career at Citigroup Inc., her roles included Investor Relations, CFO of e-business, CFO of Global Relationship Banking, and CFO of Citibank Canada. Ms. Hayles began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto, Canada. She was a Canadian Chartered Accountant from 1985 to 2009, and she received her BBA from York University in Toronto.
    Mr. MacIlwaine, 49, currently serves as VP, Chief Technology Officer at Braintree, a subsidiary of PayPal, Inc. Prior to that he served as Chief Technology Officer of Lending Club Corporation, a lending company, from July 2012 to December 2016. From December 2011 to July 2012, Mr. MacIlwaine served as the Chief Information Officer at Green Dot Corporation, a provider of prepaid financial services. From April 2007 to November 2011, Mr. MacIlwaine served as head of global development at Visa, Inc., a credit card processing company, where he led program management and information services, including web application development, data warehousing, business intelligence and mobile development. Mr. MacIlwaine holds a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

    Mr. Aldrich, 47, served as the Chief Product Officer at GoDaddy, Inc. from January 2016 through February 2019, and he previously served as their Senior Vice President, Business Applications beginning in 2012. Before joining GoDaddy, Mr. Aldrich served in various senior management roles at Intuit, Inc. from 1996 through 2008 including Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for the small business division. Mr. Aldrich also served as CEO of Outright Inc., an online bookkeeping service, from 2011 to 2012 when it was acquired by GoDaddy, and as CEO of Posit Science Corporation, a software and services company, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Aldrich holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of North Carolina and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

    Ms. Proctor, 60, is the former Chief Financial Officer of TIAA-CREF, serving in that position from 2006 to 2010. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Ms. Proctor served as Executive Vice President of Golden West Financial Corporation from 2003 to 2005. Earlier in her career, Ms. Procter served as Chief Financial Officer and as a director during an 18-year career at Bechtel, and prior to that she served as finance director of certain divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Ms. Proctor currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Redwood Trust, Sculptor Capital Management, Inc. and SunEdison, Inc., and previously served on the Board of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Dakota and an M.B.A. from California State University East Bay.

    Mary Zappone has served as a director of Blucora since March 2015. Ms. Zappone has extensive experience as an executive, including her current tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Brace Industrial Group, an industrial services company. Prior to joining Brace in October 2017, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Champ, a specialty distributor of consumable automotive aftermarket maintenance parts and accessories, from November 2015 to September 2017. Prior to joining Service Champ, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RecoverCare, a supplier of healthcare equipment, from May 2011 to February 2015. Ms. Zappone worked at Alcoa, Inc. from 2006 to 2011, serving in a variety of roles, most recently as President of the Alcoa Oil & Gas Group, where she was responsible for operations, strategy, business development, and expansion of the aluminum alloy product systems business. During her career, she has also held other senior-level positions at Tyco International, General Electric, and Exxon, and she also worked at McKinsey & Co. where she advised companies in improving operating performance, capital investment, and merger and acquisition strategies. She earned her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and her M.B.A. in Finance at Columbia Business School.