Former Knight Ridder VP & CFO brings extensive media and financial expertise to Mode Media’s board

BRISBANE, CA – September 7 –Mode Media Corporation. (, the leading vertical social media company with the largest online global reach in lifestyle, today announced the appointment of Gary R. Effren, former CFO of Knight Ridder, to the company’s board of directors.

“Gary is a well-respected executive in both the media and financial spaces and brings a wealth of experience to Mode Media,” said Samir Arora, Mode Media Chairman and CEO. “I am pleased to welcome him to the board of directors and look forward to the tremendous value he will add to our organization.”

Effren is a seasoned media financial expert, having served as longtime finance executive and CFO of Knight Ridder, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the top print media companies in the U.S. Prior to his 26-year tenure at Knight Ridder, Inc., Effren started his career in 1978 as an auditor at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (predecessor firm to KPMG).

He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Westinghouse Solar and has previously served on the Board of United Way Silicon Valley for three terms where he was the Chairman of the Audit and Operations Committees, treasurer and member of the Executive committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Rider College and an MBA from the University of Miami in Florida.

Effren joins fellow Glam Board Directors—Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz), Tim Draper (DFJ), Theresia Ranzetta (Accel), Fernando Ruarte (Co-Founder & CTO, Mode Media), and Samir Arora, Glam CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board. Also joining the board today is David Saltzman, Executive Director, The Robin Hood Foundation.

About Mode Media

Mode Media was founded in Silicon Valley in 2004 with a simple, yet powerful idea—that people are the most influential filters for discovering and sharing their most passionate interests. We had a pioneering vision that professional digital content could be both as engaging for consumers and as important to brand advertisers as traditional media—and with the right platform, we could create a next generation media company that could bring the emotion of print magazines and the vivid engagement of television to digital consumers. Our mission is to help people create, discover and share content that they love. At our core, we are an innovative technology company that develops products to enrich the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Today, Mode Media is #1 in Lifestyle globally and a Top 10 Media Property as measured by comScore—reaching more than 244 million global monthly unique users. Mode Media is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Munich, London, Paris, Toronto, Mumbai, Pune and Seoul.

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