Karen Francis.

Karen Francis serves as Executive Chairman of AcademixDirect (a Kennet III portfolio company).

Karen joined AcademixDirect in 2009 and led the education technology company to exponential revenue and profit growth.

Prior to AcademixDirect, she was Chairman and CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney, an advertising agency based in San Francisco and owned by global holding company Publicis in Paris, France. Prior to that, she held senior executive positions with Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Internet Capital Group and Bain & Company management consulting.

Karen serves on the Board of Directors of Dynamic Signal and The Hanover Insurance Group and has contributed as an advisor and board director to technology companies for the last fifteen years. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Dartmouth College for nine years and now serves on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board.

Karen holds an MBA from HBS and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. She studied at l’Université de Toulouse, France.