Dean's Advisory Council: Mark R. Goldston
Mark Goldston is executive chairman of Pulse Health, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of exhaled breath analysis. He is also chairman and CEO of The Goldston Group in Los Angeles, which focuses on venture capital and emerging growth company investing and providing strategic advisory services to a range of companies. He is the major investor, co-founder and general partner of Athletic Propulsion Labs, LLC, an athletic footwear and apparel company based in Los Angeles co-founded by his 27-year-old twin sons, Adam and Ryan.
From 2001 to 2013 Mark was the chairman, president and CEO of United Online, Inc., one of the world’s most successful public internet conglomerates consisting of NetZero, Juno, FTD flowers, Interflora UK, Classmates, MyPoints and StayFriends. United Online was created in 2001 with the merger of NetZero and Juno Online. Previously, Mark was the first chairman and CEO of NetZero from a raw startup to its IPO in September 1999 and the merger with Juno in 2001. In November 2013, United Online executed a tax-free spinoff of its FTD flowers subsidiary creating two independent public companies – United Online and FTD Companies. Prior to the tax-free separation of FTD and United Online, the company generated $1.8 billion of cumulative EBITDA since 2001, had over 100 million registered users and was one of the world’s largest social networking, internet access and e-commerce companies.
Previously Mark was the president and CEO of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp., president of LA Gear, principal of Odyssey Partners, chief marketing officer of Reebok, and, at the age of 31, was the president of Fabergé. He is a named inventor on 63 U.S. and foreign patents on technologies such as inflatable pump athletic shoes, lighted shoes, spring-propulsion systems and Internet technologies. He is the author of The Turnaround Prescription, a highly acclaimed business book.
Mark earned a BSBA from The Ohio State University in 1977 with a dual major in marketing and finance, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1978 with a dual major in marketing and finance.