Brian P. McAndrews, MBA '84
Independent Board Director
Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group
Brian McAndrews is an experienced operating executive and successful former public company CEO, who is currently serving on public and private boards and is a venture partner with Madrona Venture Group, the leading venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. McAndrews’ past and present public board experience includes the New York Times Company, Clearwire, Fisher Communications, and Blue Nile. He also currently serves on the boards of private companies Seamless and AppNexus, which are backed by Spectrum Equity and Technology Crossover Ventures, respectively.
Mr. McAndrews joined Madrona in 2009; he identifies and leads the firm’s investments, recruits talent, mentors portfolio company CEOs, and serves on several portfolio company boards. Prior to joining Madrona, he was senior vice president at Microsoft Corporation, leading the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions (APS) Group from August 2007 through December 2008. Mr. McAndrews served as CEO of aQuantive Inc., one of the fastest- growing global digital marketing companies in the world, from 1999 to 2007. In August 2007, Microsoft acquired aQuantive for $6 billion, its largest acquisition at the time. aQuantive had 50 offices in 20 countries and included three business units: Razorfish, Atlas, and DRIVEpm.
Prior to aQuantive, Mr. McAndrews worked for ABC Inc., a broadcasting and communications company, holding executive positions at ABC Sports, ABC Entertainment, and ABC Television Network, and served as a product manager for General Mills Inc., a leading consumer products manufacturer.
Mr. McAndrews was named Advertising Age’s first-ever Digital Executive of the Year and was designated as one of the 30 most influential executives in the advertising, marketing, and media world in Adweek’s 30th anniversary issue. For the latter, he joined Oprah Winfrey, WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell, and Rupert Murdoch, among others, being honored, as a person whose work reshaped the business and whose vision will be felt broadly across these industries for years to come.
He earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.