Board of Directors
Phil Black is co-founder of True Ventures. In addition to Automattic, Phil serves on the board of Sano, HelpShift, ProsperWorks and several other True portfolio companies. He learned the venture trade, and met his future True Ventures co-founder, during his time at Summit Partners and has held the role of general partner at both ABS Ventures and WPGVP, the latter of which is now known as Lightspeed Venture Partners. He raised and invested a small angel fund called Blacksmith Capital prior to True, and wrote the very first check into Automattic, which Matt misplaced for several months. Phil is a product of Oklahoma and a Stanford alum, and has been a member of the board since 2005.
General Ann Dunwoody is a retired general of the U.S. Army and the first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve a four-star officer rank. She served in the Army for more than 37 years, during which time she led and ran the largest global logistics command in the Army, comprising 69,000 military and civilians, located in all 50 states and over 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. Her book, A Higher Standard, was published in April 2015, and she has been on the board since 2018.
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress and the founder and, since 2014, the CEO of Automattic. Additionally, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fortune, among other publications. Matt is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, Matt is an avid photographer, hence the username “photomatt.” Matt has been on the board since 2005.
Toni Schneider was the CEO of Automattic from 2006-2014, led internal teams from 2015-2019, and is a partner at True Ventures. He serves on several boards for technology startups, including Bandcamp, Bigscreen, Handshake, and Hatch in addition to Automattic. Toni started his career as a software engineer working on NASA virtual reality simulators and went on to become a startup founder, an executive at Yahoo!, and a CEO before joining True. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and has been on the board since 2006.
Sue Decker is the CEO and Founder of Raftr, a community as a service platform, and previously served as CFO and President at Yahoo! She also currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway, Costco Wholesale, SurveyMonkey, Vail Resorts, and Vox Media. Her former Board seats include Intel, Pixar, and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). She holds a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has been on the board since 2020.