Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Jan-Christopher Nugent, Nogin’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, has over 20 years of experience in eCommerce. Mr. Nugent had been the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nogin since July 2010. Prior to founding Nogin, Mr. Nugent was the Chief Executive Officer of Gunnar Optiks from January 2007 to July 2008. Mr. Nugent served as the SVP of Sales and Marketing for Digital River and from December 2005 to January 2007 and as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BUYNOW/Commerce 5 from April 2002 to December 2005. Prior to Commerce5, Mr. Nugent was VP of North American Sales for The Fantastic Corporation, which went public via initial public offering in October of 1999. Mr. Nugent holds a Bachelor of Science of Business Finance from Chapman University. Mr. Nugent is qualified to serve on the Board due to his significant experience building and scaling e-commerce software as Nogin’s co-Chief Executive Officer since its inception and because, as a founder of Nogin, he is essential to the long-term vision of the Company.
President and Co-CEO
Jonathan Huberman, Nogin’s President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, has over 25 years of high-tech business leadership experience. He was previously the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Software Acquisition Group Inc. I, II and III, all blank check companies. Software Acquisition Group Inc. III merged with Nogin in August 2022. His previous two SPACs merged with Otonomo Technologies Ltd., a cloud-based software provider, and CuriosityStream, a global streaming media service that provides factual content on demand.
From 2017 to 2019 Mr. Huberman was Chief Executive Officer of Ooyala, a provider of media workflow automation, delivery and monetization solutions, He sold Ooyala’s three core business units to Invidi Technologies, Brightcove (Nasdaq: BCOV) and Dalet (EPA: DLT), major players in the same sector. Previously, Mr. Huberman served as the Chief Executive Officer of Syncplicity, a SaaS enterprise data management company, which he sourced and acquired from EMC and engineered an exit to Axway (EPA: AXW). Prior to this, from 2013 to 2015, Mr. Huberman was the Chief Executive Officer of Tiburon, an enterprise software company serving the public safety sector, which he sold to Tritech Systems, and before that he was the Chief Executive Officer at Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a consumer and distributed enterprise storage solutions provider. After Iomega was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2008, Mr. Huberman served as President of the Consumer and Small Business Division of EMC.
In addition to his experience leading these technology companies, Mr. Huberman spent nine years as an investor for the Bass Family interests where he led investments in private and public companies. He also had senior roles leading the operations of the technology investments of the Gores Group and Skyview Capital. Mr. Huberman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Geoff Van Haeren
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Geoffrey Van Haeren, Nogin’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, has over 22 years of experience in ecommerce. Mr. Van Haeren had been Nogin’s President since October 2020 and Chief Technology Officer since inception. Prior to joining Nogin, he served as the Chief Technology Officer for CAbi Clothing where he worked with the executive team to develop and deliver a next generation SAAS based MLM platform. From January 2006 to August 2009, Mr. VanHaeren served as the Vice President of Technology for Digital River. Prior to his tenure at Digital River, Mr. VanHaeren served as the Chief Technology Officer of Commerce5, where he co- founded the company. Mr. Van Haeren is qualified to serve on the Board due to his significant experience building and scaling e-commerce software as Nogin’s President and Chief Technology Officer and because, as a founder of Nogin, he is essential to the long-term vision of the Company.
Wilhelmina Fader has served as the Managing Director of the Baker Retailing Center at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania since March 2017. She previously served as the chief financial officer for several organizations, including INTECH construction from June 2004 to June 2009, Chestnut Hill Academy from July 2009 to July 2011 and the Germantown Friends School from July 2011 to June 2016. Ms. Fader was previously the Associate Vice President of the Facilities and Real Estate Services Division at the University of Pennsylvania from April 1998 to June 2004. Ms. Fader holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Fader is qualified to serve on the Board due to her retail expertise and her significant experience serving as the chief financial officer of numerous companies.
Eileen Moore Johnson
Eileen Moore Johnson is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Light & Wonder, a position she held since June 2020. Ms. Moore Johnson was previously the Regional President of The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s and The LINQ casino resorts for Caesars Entertainment from August 2013 to June 2020. During her tenure of over twenty years at Caesars Entertainment, she also served as Regional President and General Manager of the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Southern Indiana from November 2009 to August 2013, as Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s New Orleans from April 2007 to October 2009 and served on the Corporate Gaming Team from December 2003 to April 2007. She also served as Executive Assistant to the chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Caesars Entertainment from October 2002 to December 2003. Ms. Moore Johnson currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a founding Board Member of Global Gaming Women. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. We believe Ms. Moore Johnson is qualified to serve on the Board due to her extensive experience in executive leadership and business.
Hussain Baig has over 25 years’ experience in technology and operations and has served as a Senior Advisor to Navigate Ventures since January 2022. He previously served as the Global COO and CIO of Enterprise Technology of HSBC from February 2016 to October 2021. From August 2013 to January 2016, Mr. Baig served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for Risk at Barclays. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr Baig served in several capacities at Lloyds Banking Group from March 2007 to August 2013, including Chief Operating Officer for Technology and CEO Global Services. Mr. Baig holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester University. Mr. Baig is qualified to serve on the Board due to his extensive experience as a technology executive and leadership experience in the operations of global, complex organizations.
Deborah Weinswig is the founder and CEO of Coresight Research, a provider of research and advisory services to brands and investors, where she has served since February 2018. From 2014 until February 2018, she served as Managing Director for Fung Global Retail and Technology (“FGRT”), the think tank for the Fung Group. Prior to leading FGRT, Ms. Weinswig served as Chief Customer Officer for Profitect Inc., a predictive analytics and big data software provider, and in a number of roles with Citigroup Inc., most recently as Managing Director and Head of the Global Staples and Consumer Discretionary team at Citi Research. She currently serves on the board of directors for Xcel Brands, Inc., a publicly traded consumer products company (where she also serves on its audit committee), CHW Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company that recently announced a pending merger with Wag Labs, Inc., a pet services marketplace company (where she also serves on its audit committee), Guess?, Inc., a publicly traded apparel and accessories company, and Primaris REIT, a publicly traded real estate company which owns and manages retail properties. In addition, Ms. Weinswig serves on the board for Kiabi, a private French retail company specializing in ready-to-wear apparel, on the advisory board for a number of accelerators and on the board for a number of philanthropic organizations including Goodwill Industries New York/New Jersey, Street Soccer USA and Retailers United. Ms. Weinswig is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ms. Weinswig is qualified to serve on the Board due to her experience and expertise in retail innovation, especially as it relates to data and technology, as well as her knowledge of the global retail landscape and prior service on boards of directors.