Meet the Classified Ventures Leadership Team:
President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Classified Ventures, LLC, Dan Jauernig is responsible for the company's strategic direction, business development initiatives and oversight of the operations of its two business “verticals,” Apartments.com and Cars.com. He is also a member of Classified Ventures' Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.
Jauernig joined Classified Ventures in April 2000 from the former Toronto-based Newcourt Credit Group, Inc. an NYSE publicly listed $25 billion global financial services company acquired by the CIT Group in November 1999, where he served as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, he was responsible for the finance, credit, human resource, public relations, internal audit and technology functions as well as the company’s capital structure, including numerous equity offerings and Newcourt's largest joint ventures. Jauernig participated and served as a director in several of these, including Dell Financial Services, a joint venture between Dell Computers and Newcourt that created a $2 billion lender that underwrites and funds all of Dell Computer's financed sales.
Jauernig is currently a director of Torstar Corporation, a $1.5 billion broadly-based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TS.B), and HomEquity Bank (TSX: HEQ), a federally regulated Schedule I bank that operates Canadian Home Income Plan, the largest reverse mortgage lender in Canada. He also served as a director of the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, a Junior A hockey team representing a not-for-profit Catholic high school.
Jauernig received a Bachelor of Mathematics Honors Degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is also an accredited Canadian Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and a United States Certified Public Accountant.
Jauernig is married with three children. He enjoys biking, coaching hockey and skiing.
Senior Vice President and President of Cars.com
As Senior Vice President and President of Cars.com, Mitch Golub is responsible for the daily operations that have transformed the company into a leading online automotive destination. Golub's primary focus continues to be on the development of Cars.com's strategic direction, ensuring the company's sales, finance, marketing, product development, media and business development areas are all closely aligned with the company's vision and positioned for sustainable growth.
Golub joined Cars.com in July 1997 as the organization's first employee after a successful 21-year career with the Tribune Co. While with Tribune, he leveraged his extensive background in editorial management to lead the company's new business initiatives, including the creation and management of start-ups in print, broadcast and online. Golub also held a leadership role in Tribune's emerging New Media Group, where key accomplishments included the launch of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel website and the creation of Digital City South Florida, now a part of America Online. In recognition of his contributions, Golub received the Tribune Co.'s first Values Award, presented in appreciation of business achievements demonstrating creativity and entrepreneurialism.
As a result of his expertise and pioneer status, Golub has participated in a variety of industry panels, workshops and speaking engagements. He has been a regular featured speaker at Auto Remarketing's annual iRemarketing Summit, the Forrester Automotive Summit and EyeforAuto. Additionally, Golub provides frequent commentary and analysis to publications such as Automotive News, Auto Remarketing, NADA's Auto Exec and Used Car Dealer Magazine and has addressed consumer interests in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Apartments.com
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Apartments.com, Dick Burke manages all of the business operations for the organization including the sales, marketing and finance sectors as well as the product development, production, customer service and technology departments.
Preceding his appointment as General Manager, Burke served as Senior Vice President of Administration and Corporate Development for Classified Ventures, LLC, which owns Apartments.com, Cars.com and HomeGain.com. Under this position, Burke oversaw the company's Corporate Services division, comprising corporate technology, legal, human resources, communications, recruiting and facilities as well as HomeGain.com, the company's online real estate business. In addition, Burke led the company's corporate development initiatives, playing an integral part in successful acquisitions such as Apartment Home Living.
Burke signed the papers that formed Classified Ventures, LLC in 1997 and represented the company the same year in its acquisition of Visual Properties, the predecessor of Apartments.com. Burke joined the organization on a full-time basis in October 1998 as Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Classified Ventures, LLC, Burke practiced law at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. and preceding that at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Burke received a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross in 1986, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. He is married with two children.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bob Gallagher is responsible for the overall financial management at Classified Ventures, including the company’s financial reporting. He also oversees multiple corporate functions including Controller, Treasury, long-range planning and financial systems, facilities, as well as other strategic initiatives.
In addition to his CFO duties, Gallagher serves as a member of the Senior Management Team at Cars.com and oversees the Operations function, a 170-person team that has responsibility for fulfillment, customer service, account management, and sales operations. Gallagher also oversees the Corporate Technology team at Classified Ventures with responsibility for network operations, data center, storage, telephony, and help desk. He also leads enterprise-wide efforts to continuously improve productivity and the competitiveness of the company’s business support functions.
Gallagher joined Classified Ventures in 2005. In addition to a public accounting background, Gallagher has over 20 years of experience in various financial leadership roles with Ameritech, Andersen Consulting, and other internet companies.
Gallagher is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also currently serves as a board member of NIU’s Alumni Association.
Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
As Chief Legal Officer, Michael Cronin is responsible for oversight of all legal matters, including intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, IT licensing, corporate governance and compliance matters, as well as scaling the Legal department to the company's growing needs.
Cronin joined Classified Ventures in 2007 as Senior Counsel and has worked on sweepstakes evaluations, affiliate and channel sales agreements, employee relations, and acquisitions and divestitures. In addition, he guided cross-functional teams in designing and rolling out major Cars.com and Apartments.com product initiatives, while managing legal risks proactively and helping to achieve time-to-market goals.
Cronin has 14 years' experience with technology firms as in-house counsel. Prior to joining CV, he worked for Level 3 Communications, Inc., as a senior staff attorney responsible for contract drafting, state and federal regulatory compliance, and customer/vendor dispute resolution. He earned his B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago and his J.D. from John Marshal Law School, also in Chicago.
Vice President, Human Resources
As VP of HR, Denise is responsible for the strategy and oversight of our Benefits and Compensation, Recruiting, Organizational Development and Employee Communications teams. Working cross-functionally to support all businesses, Denise leverages HR as a strategic function, building dynamic leadership programs and initiatives to empower managers and encourage internal career movement, creating a company culture that attracts and retains the best talent.
Denise joined Classified Ventures in 2012. Prior to working at CV, Denise served as Chief Human Resources Officer for proprietary trading firm Sun Trading LLC, where she reengineered the talent acquisition model, introduced new total compensation platforms, built training and development programs and defined strategic plans as part of the senior management team. With 25 years of HR experience, Denise has primarily held senior internal HR leadership roles across a variety of industries including publishing, ecommerce, software development and financial services, as well as experience in human capital consulting and executive search.
Denise earned her Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois (Champaign) and her organizational development /human resources-concentrated MBA from Northwestern University. She serves on the board of the Illinois Technology Association and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in Evanston where she created and now teaches a career development course for engineering students at the McCormick School of Engineering. Denise lives in Chicago with her husband Don and their three children, Paulina, Brody and Susanna.