Chris Todd | President & CEO
Chris is responsible for leading Theatro’s overall direction, strategy, and growth plans. Chris is a “rollup your sleeves” type leader who is passionate about the strategy of a business. Chris believes that most every idea can be a winner…it’s all about figuring out the strategy angles to drive success! As a co-founder, Chris has been instrumental in guiding Theatro from an early innovative concept into a fast paced growth company.
Chris has 25+ years of experience in senior executive positions with small start-ups and large multinationals in a diverse array of industries, including software, networking and apps for leading hardware and software companies including Cisco Systems, AppTrigger, Metaswitch, Extreme Networks and Newbridge Networks. Chris graduated with a BBA from SMU.
Based in Dallas, Mr. Jaggers has been a General Partner of Sevin Rosen Funds, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on high technology businesses, since 1989. In that role, he has been an investing General Partner, the firm’s Administrative General Partner, and, most recently, Managing General Partner since 2006.
Before joining Sevin Rosen, Mr. Jaggers was an investment banker, working with small, rapidly growing technology companies, and, before that, was a software developer.
Mr. Jaggers currently serves on the Board of FourthWall Media, a provider of software and data services for the cable television industry, and has in the past served on numerous public and private company boards. He is the immediate past Chair of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, where he continues to serve on the Board, and is an Emeritus Trustee of Rice University, where he served as a Trustee from 2011-2015. He is Chair of the George R. Brown School of Engineering Advisory Board at Rice, and served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association from 2006-2010.
John Jaggers earned a B.A. and an M.E.E. in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1973 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1979.
Judith M. O’Brien
Judith M. (Judy) O’Brien is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of King & Spalding and leads the firm’s Emerging Company practice. She has over 35-years of experience working with technology companies during their critical stages of development, providing a broad array of legal services. She has incorporated hundreds of technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, LSI Logic and Juniper Networks, and served as their principal outside general counsel as they grew from a start-up to Fortune 500 status. From November 2006 through December 2010, Ms. O’Brien served as executive vice president and general counsel of Obopay, Inc., a provider of mobile payment services. From February 2001 until October 2006, Ms. O’Brien served as a managing director at Incubic Venture Fund, a venture capital firm. Ms. O’Brien was a lawyer with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where, from February 1984 to February 2001, she was a partner specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Ms. O’Brien holds a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a J.D. degree from University of California School of Law at Los Angeles.
Mr. Desai is a partner at CPMG, Inc. CPMG is an investment firm that employs a concentrated, value-oriented approach to investing in publicly traded and private operating companies. Prior to joining CPMG’s predecessor, Cardinal Investment Company, Mr. Desai worked as an analyst at WhiteHorse Capital Partners, L.P. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PROCEPT BioRobotics Corporation, Theatro Labs, Inc., ESN Venture Holdings LLC, Lifeblue Incorporated, and Travel Research Advisors LLC. Mr. Desai holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Previously responsible for driving all Palo Alto Networks’ direct and indirect sales engagement activities in the Americas ($1.8B, 70% of all sales), as a Board member John utilizes his sales and go-to-market expertise to help drive Theatro’s growth. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, he served as Vice President of Avaya’s Global Channel organization where he was responsible for leading the customer-focused and partner-engaged go-to-market strategy for Avaya’s global sales and channel organization.
Prior to Avaya, John held senior theater-level positions with direct and channel leadership roles at Cisco, Extreme Networks, and Redback Networks, which was acquired by Ericsson. John has over 35 years of technology sales leadership experience across multiple industry verticals and is currently an independent sales/GTM advisor. He sits on the board of Cherwell software (a KKR-funded SaaS growth company) and supports several other growth companies for LLR (a mid-market private growth equity firm) and independently.
John holds a Masters in Finance and Banking from Hofstra University and a BA degree in Mathematics from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He and his family have lived in Colorado for over 25 years.
Dean Nelson joined Sageview in 2014 and is based in Greenwich. He currently serves on the board of 360insights, Aceable, Brandwatch, CallRail, Theatro, and Womply. He is a former director at Reflexis.
From 2000 through 2013, Mr. Nelson was founder and head of KKR Capstone, an operating team focused on improving performance in KKR’s portfolio companies and providing late stage due diligence support to KKR’s investment teams. In addition to leading KKR Capstone, Dean served as CEO and President of Primedia Inc. and as Head of Worldwide Operations and Technology at First Data Corp. He also served on KKR’s Portfolio Committee. In addition, he has been a member of several boards of directors, including Del Monte Corporation, Dollar General Corporation, Primedia Inc., Sealy Corporation, Toys “R” Us Inc. and Yellow Pages Group.
Prior to KKR, Dean was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group for 15 years, serving as a Partner and head of the firm’s Chicago office.