Board of Directors
Julie Wainwright founded The RealReal in March 2011 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairperson of our board of directors since March 2011.
Previously, Ms. Wainwright served as Chief Executive Officer of SmartNow.com, an online health and wellness company, from February 2008 to January 2011, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bellamax, a photo-editing software company, from August 2003 to November 2006 and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of OntheFrontier, a firm providing strategic consulting for emerging growth countries, from 2001 to 2002. Prior to OntheFrontier, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Pets.com, an online pet supply company, from February 1999 to January 2001. Ms. Wainwright holds a B.S. in General Management from Purdue University.
Gilbert L. (Chip) Baird III has served on our board of directors since June 2018. Mr. Baird co-founded and has been the co-head of PWP Growth Equity, the middle market private equity group of Perella Weinberg Partners Capital Management, since February 2012.
Mr. Baird also serves on the boards of a number of private companies. He has also previously served as a director of RE/MAX Holdings, an international real estate franchisor company, from July 2013 to February 2015. Mr. Baird holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Rob Krolik has served on our board of directors since January 2019. Mr. Krolik currently serves as the General Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Burst Capital, a venture capital investment firm, a position he has held since October 2018.
Previously, Mr. Krolik served as the Chief Financial Officer of Yelp, an online platform company that connects people with local businesses, from July 2011 to May 2016. Mr. Krolik also serves on the boards of a number of private companies. Mr. Krolik holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Mr. Krolik also serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.
Michael A. Kumin has served on our board of directors since May 2017. Mr. Kumin has worked as an investment professional at Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, since 2002 where he currently serves as a Managing Partner.
Mr. Kumin has served on the board of directors of Wayfair, an ecommerce home goods company, since June 2011, and Yogaworks, a yoga studio, brand and teaching company, since July 2014. Mr. Kumin also serves on the boards of a number of private companies. Mr. Kumin holds a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.
Mr. Kumin also serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Niki Leondakis has served on our board of directors since April 2019. Ms. Leondakis currently serves as President of The Wolff Resident Experience Company, a real estate hospitality company, a position she has held since February 2019. Previously, Ms. Leondakis served as the Chief Executive Officer of Equinox Fitness Clubs at Equinox Holdings, a luxury fitness company, from March 2017 to July 2018, as Chief Executive Officer of Hotels and Resorts at Two Roads Hospitality, a lifestyle hotel hospitality company, from [November] 2012 to March 2017, and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants from September 1993 to November 2012. Ms. Leondakis holds a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant Management and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Ms. Leondakis was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her executive skills and understanding of quality customer experience.
James R. Miller has served on our board of directors since May 2019. Mr. Miller currently serves as Strategic Advisor of AREVO, a computer software and 3D printing company, a position he has held since January 2019. Previously, Mr. Miller served as the Chief Executive Officer of AREVO, from February 2018 to January 2019, and Vice President, Global/Worldwide Operations of Google, an internet service and products company, from July 2010 to February 2018. Mr. Miller has served on the board of directors of Wayfair, an ecommerce home goods company, since July 2016, and DocuSign, an electronic signature company, since March 2014. Mr. Miller also serves on the boards of a number of private companies. He has also previously served on the board of directors of Corporate Eco Forum, a corporate sustainability organization, from July 2008 to June 2018. Mr. Miller holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.