Fond Executive Team


Taro Fukuyama

CEO & Co-Founder

Taro co-founded AnyPerk in 2012 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Born and raised in Tokyo, Taro is a Y-Combinator graduate and part of the first Japanese team ever to be admitted to the program. He studied Law at Keio University in Tokyo and was named one of Business Insider’s “Silicon Valley 100: The Coolest People in Tech Right Now” in 2014. And yes, he helped found AnyPerk in a Taco Bell parking lot.

Mark Richter

VP of Sales

Mark joined Fond in 2016 and serves as the VP of Sales. He is responsible for building and scaling a highly productive sales organization. Prior to Fond, Mark built and led high performance Sales, Sales Enablement and Sales Operations teams at Salesforce.com, Cisco Systems, Datameer and Sonicwall. Mark holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Nichole Jordan

VP of Customer Success

Nichole Jordan joined Fond in 2016 and serves as the VP of Customer Success. She is responsible for the customer lifecycle and support. Prior to Fond, Nichole was the Senior Director of Customer Success at C3 Energy, where she managed software deployments, utility account management and program support. Nichole holds a B.S. Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and is active in several non-profits focused on providing scholarships and services to communities in need.

Michael Stapleton

VP of Marketing

Michael joined Fond in 2014 and serves as the VP of Marketing. He is responsible for building brand awareness, shaping go-to-market strategy and driving growth. Prior to Fond, Michael worked as the VP of Marketing at Gild, where he was first introduced to the HR technology space. Michael holds a B.A. in English from Reed College. An active Reed alumnus, he serves on the Alumni Board of Directors and leads young alumni fundraising for the college.

Francois Thrower

VP of Finance

Francois Thrower joined Fond in 2016 and serves as the VP of Finance responsible for finance, legal and accounting. Prior to Fond, Francois was VP of Finance at Comprehend Systems, Inc. and VP of Strategic Finance and Sales Operations at ServiceSource, Inc. Along with finance he has also led pricing, sales finance, HR and customer operations. Francois holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School where he concentrated in Finance.

Kendal Willis

Director of Employee Experience

Kendal joined Fond in 2016 and serves as the Director of Employee Experience and she is responsible for leading the company’s people strategy across the entire employee life cycle. Prior to Fond, she was the global Director of Human Resources Compliance at Salesforce. Kendal holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Throughout her career, Kendal has been recognized for her contributions in creating engaging, inclusive and meaningful work environments.