Karen Francis Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Investments
  • 1
  • Exits
  • 1

Karen Francis General Information


Ms. Karen Francis served as Executive Advisory Board Member at Kennet Partners. Ms. Francis was an Executive Chairman of AcademixDirect. She is a Board Member of Telenav. She is a Board Member of Metawave. She also served as Board Member at Quanergy. She has served as a director of AutoNation, Inc., the largest automotive retailer in the U.S., since February 2016. She served as Advisor at Lead Edge Capital. She previously served as a director of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. from May 2014 to May 2017. She also serves as an Independent Director and Strategic Advisor to privately held technology companies. She served as CEO of AcademixDirect, Inc., an education technology company, from 2009 to 2014 and as Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2017. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Francis was Chairman and CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney, based in San Francisco and part of the Publicis global advertising and marketing network. From 2001 to 2002, she served as Vice President of Ford Motor Company, where she was responsible for strategic technology investments including in-vehicle telematics, customer relationship management across all divisions, global vehicle export operations, and Ford Direct, the company's online sales initiative structured as a joint venture with Ford dealers. From 1996 to 2000, she held several positions with General Motors, including serving as General Manager of the Oldsmobile division overseeing sales, marketing, strategy and product development, as well as Regional Manager of Chevrolet's Rocky Mountain Region responsible for all dealer operations in eleven states. Ms. Francis holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College. She serves as Executive Advisory Board Member at Kennet Partners. She serves as Board Member at Quanergy Systems

Contact Information

Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • 215 Park Avenue
  • Floor 11
  • New York, NY 10003
  • United States
+1 (212) 000-0000

Karen Francis Investments (1)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
00000 15-Apr-2015 00000 00000 0000 Social/Platform Software Out of Business 00000 0000000
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Karen Francis Exits (1)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
00000 26-May-2017 000 00 00000000
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Karen Francis Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Karen Francis Angel Investor 0 0 New York, NY
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