SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has appointed Brian Sharples to its board of directors. Mr. Sharples, the co-founder and CEO of HomeAway, brings vast technology brand and entrepreneurial leadership.
"Brian is an incredibly successful entrepreneur who understands the passion and mindset of the small business customers that GoDaddy serves," said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. "I'm excited to have Brian join the board. His deep technology and subscription business model expertise will be invaluable as GoDaddy accelerates its growth in the U.S. and internationally."
"As an entrepreneur, I'm inspired by GoDaddy's vision to help small businesses succeed by building powerful digital identities," said Brian Sharples. "I know first-hand the importance of having the right digital strategy when you're building a venture and I look forward to helping GoDaddy further its vision to help small businesses around the world."
Mr. Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. Today, HomeAway is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries.
Prior to HomeAway, Mr. Sharples was CEO of IntelliQuest Information Group, where he pioneered the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of IntelliQuest to WPP Group.
An expert in technology brand strategy, Mr. Sharples has counseled several major brands, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He currently serves on the board of directors for RetailMeNot, Fexy Media, and Twyla. He is an investment advisor to venture capital firm, Institutional Venture Partners, and private equity firm, Tritium Partners. Mr. Sharples is also a passionate entrepreneur and is currently involved with several startups.
GoDaddy employs approximately 5,000 people and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. U.S., with other facilities in Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa and California in the U.S. Globally, GoDaddy has locations in Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, The Netherlands and in the U.K.
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About GoDaddy GoDaddy's mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With 14 million customers worldwide and 62 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business. To learn more about the Company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.
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