Averon proudly announced that Sheila Lirio Marcelo has joined the Averon Advisory Board, adding to an already stellar roster. Marcelo is the acclaimed founder, chairwoman and CEO of Care.com, the world’s largest online destination to find and manage family care, which serves more than 27 million people in more than 20 countries. Internationally recognized for her humanistic business focus, Marcelo has been lauded for her lifelong support of increased opportunities for women around the world.
“The team at Averon has developed innovative solutions for today’s biggest cybersecurity problems, and I am honored to join the Advisory Board and contribute to this exceptional team improving our world,” Marcelo said. “Averon’s technology offers urgently needed protection for society and social media, from addressing the fake news epidemic to defending our individual online identities. I believe Averon is uniquely positioned to become the global standard for digital identity.”
Marcelo founded Care.com in 2006 and took the company public in 2014, making her one of the few female tech founders to achieve that milestone. She is also the co-founder of LandIt, a digital platform for female career growth, and is a frequent speaker on women in technology, systemic change, female entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Marcelo is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship. She sits on the Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, and the Board of the Philippine Development Foundation. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and advises numerous start-up companies. Prior to founding Care.com, Marcelo was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners and held executive positions at Upromise, helping families save for college, and TheLadders.com, an executive search engine. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.
“Sheila Marcelo’s impeccable track record is highly relevant to Averon,” said Lea Tarnowski, President, COO and co-founder of Averon. “Sheila has brilliantly taken Care.com from inception to IPO and knows exactly what is needed for success each step of the way. As our Averon team creates a new global standard for digital identity, we are proud to welcome Sheila as an advisor. Personally, I’m also delighted to collaborate with another female executive who is raising the bar for everyone.”
Marcelo joins Averon’s other extraordinarily talented Advisory Board members, including:
Emily Ward, former VP and Worldwide Chief Technology Counsel for eBay and PayPal, and co-founder of ChIPs, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in law and technology
John Hjelmstad, WeWork Vice President of Engineering, and former Head of Google Identity
James Kondo, former Vice President of Twitter and Chairman of Twitter Japan
Professor John M. Smith, a top expert on cryptography and cybersecurity, and the Olga & Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering, Applied Science & CIS at UPenn
Ruvan Cohen, former managing director of Citibank’s global credit card business