Matthew Forkner is Chief Legal Officer at Pluralsight. In this role, Forkner is responsible for Pluralsight's global legal activities and policies, as well as risk management, corporate ethics and social responsibility, compliance and regulatory affairs. Forkner joined Pluralsight in March 2018 from GoDaddy, where he served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel. Prior to GoDaddy, he practiced law at Silicon Valley law firms Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Fenwick & West, where he advised and represented financial institutions and corporations worldwide on issues including corporate governance, complex corporate transactions, and capital markets offerings.
Bonita C. Stewart brings extensive consumer technology and operational experience to the Pluralsight board, as her career spans over two decades of digital transformation across multiple industries. Since joining Google in 2006, she has driven adoption of digital technologies within the C-suite in the U.S. and globally. Currently, she oversees the company’s Global Partnerships team for the largest U.S. publishers across Search, Mobile Apps, Commerce, News, Broadcast, Telecommunications and Domains.
Prior to Google, Stewart had an extensive automotive career, where she led Chrysler Group Interactive Communications for DaimlerChrysler AG, Dodge Passenger Cars and Minivans brand management and Chrysler Brand Advertising. Stewart spent more than a decade in management at IBM working on software/hardware pricing, sales and PC product marketing. As an entrepreneur, she served as president, COO and co-founder for Nia Enterprises, as well as the founder and CEO for One Moment in Time, a formal wear rental company for women.
Leah Johnson is an experienced communications strategist and the founder and CEO of LCJ Solutions, a communications firm partnering with top-tier brands such as, Conoco Phillips, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Ally Bank, New York Public Radio and many others. She has led teams and advised Fortune 250 CEOs, non-profits and high-level political campaigns on how to define and promote brand value while navigating complex, challenging environments. Before founding LCJ Solutions, Johnson was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Citigroup Inc. where she served as the chief communications advisor to the CEO and applied messaging and problem-solving skills to high-visibility challenges.
Susan has 20+ years of experience as an educator, having taught in grades 1-5, worked as a school and public librarian, and tutored adult learners in Maine and California. In 2014, Susan and her husband, Fritz, created the Onion Foundation, a grantmaking organization with the mission to encourage conservation and stewardship of the natural environment and to promote music and the arts in the state of Maine. Susan also serves on the boards of the Maine Philanthropy Center and Maine Public Radio and Television.
Fritz Onion is a co-founder of Pluralsight, where he served as chief content officer from 2008 to 2014. He is the author of the book Essential ASP.NET published by Addison Wesley, available in both C# and Visual Basic .NET editions, and 'Essential ASP.NET 2.0'. Onion has written several courses and many articles on C++, MFC, COM, and ATL, and was recognized by Microsoft as an MVP for more than 5 years for his contributions to the ASP.NET community. Onion is actively involved in philanthropic initiatives in his home state of Maine. In 2014, he founded the Onion Foundation, a grant-making organization that encourages environmental conservation and promotes music and the arts. He also serves on the boards of Maine Audubon and the Maine Bicycle Coalition.
Monica Skonnard was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, majoring in Spanish Translation and Latin American Studies, from Brigham Young University. At age 19, Monica served a mission in Santiago, Chile for 18 months, where she experienced the joy of serving, giving back and bringing hope to the world. Monica worked as a Spanish translator/interpreter for several years before choosing to be a full-time mother. Monica has served in many leadership capacities in their church and community. Some of her favorite recent projects include helping homeless families move into new housing, and providing supplies to local refugees. Monica is grateful for the opportunity to be on the Pluralsight One board. She believes deeply in the impact technology, and technology skills, can have on people throughout the world.
Arne Duncan is currently a Managing Partner at the Emerson Collective, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of public education, advancing immigration reform, and supporting and scaling social innovation. Having served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2016, Duncan is one of the most notable and highly-regarded thought leaders of twenty-first century education. Duncan championed significant education causes to equalize learning opportunities while a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, including Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that preserved 350,000 teachings jobs through $100 billion in stimulus funds. Pluralsight is the first board that Duncan has been appointed to since leaving office.
Tim Maudlin is a proven authority in leading web-based companies. A certified public accountant early in his career, Maudlin has a strong background in Web and ecommerce and is an experienced advisor and board member for companies across multiple industries. He currently serves as lead independent director, audit committee chair and member of the compensation committee on the board of directors for WEB.com and holds board positions with Alteryx, Frontline Technologies (Education) and DrillingInfo, among others. Maudlin is the former director of ExactTarget, MediaMind Technologies and Newegg, Inc. His profound knowledge in advising companies will be a great asset as Pluralsight continues to innovate and bolster its operations.
Gary Crittenden is a private investor as well as executive director of HGGC, a leading middle-market private equity firm in Palo Alto, California. Previously at HGGC, he served as Chairman, CEO and managing partner. Prior to joining HGGC, Crittenden was the CFO at several large companies, culminating with his role as CFO of Citigroup during the financial crisis from 2007 to 2009. During his time at Citigroup, Crittenden reduced costs, sold or exited unproductive assets and raised nearly $100 billion in equity. His keen focus on value creation and its relationship to building a sustainable business strategy will be valuable to Pluralsight as the company continues to grow its global presence. Gary serves as Pluralsight’s Lead Independent Director.
Head of Social Impact
Lindsey Kneuven is the head of social impact at Pluralsight. In her role, Lindsey leads all global philanthropic initiatives, implementing strategies that align Pluralsight’s product, culture, community, people and brand to make a meaningful impact on the way the world learns. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Lindsey served as the chief impact officer at Cotopaxi. Lindsey also held senior positions at several notable nonprofit and private organizations, including Salesforce.com Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Nuru International. Lindsey was awarded the Leigh Stillwell Award for Excellence, recognized by Utah Business as one of 30 Women to Watch and listed by the Community Foundation of Utah as an Enlightened 50. Most recently, she was awarded a 2017 Women in Tech Award for her inspiration in the technology community.
Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
Brandon Peay is the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Pluralsight. Brandon joined Pluralsight in December 2014 as Head of Corp Dev and FP&A and moved into the role of Chief of Staff to the CEO in June 2015. He accepted his current position in April 2017. Brandon is passionate about Pluralsight’s mission of creating progress through technology that lifts the human condition.
CEO and Advisory Board Chair
Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS). Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 1,000 employees and 1,500 expert authors. As CEO, Aaron focuses on business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, he works closely with the entire executive team in different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning and content acquisition.