Board of Directors

Board of Directors

George Arison

George Arisonfounded Shift Platform, Inc., in December 2013, and served as Chief Executive Officer of Shift Technologies, Inc., until August 2022. He currently serves as CEO of Grindr, Inc. (NYSE: GRND), the world’s largest social network and dating application for LGBTQ+ community

George is passionate about building companies and technology products because they allow him to prove out his strongly held view that impossible things are actually possible. In addition to Shift, George co-founded Taxi Magic (now known as Curb), which invented the use of mobile devices for on-demand services. He is an investor and mentor to numerous startups and founders, including Zero, Shipper, Carrot, TravelBank, Eden, Fathom, and Pulsar AI. He has twice been named to Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, and has worked at Google and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Born in Georgia, a republic in the Soviet Union, at the height of Communism, George came to the United States on his own in 1992, fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend a prep school in Maine. Afterwards, he studied political philosophy at Middlebury College. In addition to entrepreneurship, George has a deep interest in politics and policy-making. He has started a think tank and ran a political campaign in his native Georgia, and authored a book about Georgia’s democratic transition. George lives in Palo Alto with his husband and their children.

Toby Russel

Toby Russell co-founded Shift with a passion for building companies that leverage user-centered technology to respond to consumers’ needs. A seasoned startup founder, he co-founded pioneering ride-hailing app Taxi Magic (now known as Curb) in 2007, which invented the use of native mobile applications for on-demand services in one of the first and most popular travel applications in the iPhone ecosystem. As Managing Vice President at Capital One, he led a digital transformation across the company and the industry, including developing new technology to enable retail mobile payments and creating a completely new consumer mobile and desktop banking experience. And during his tenure as Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he set strategic direction for the world’s leading companies.

In addition to his work in the private sector, Russell has spent time in public service, leading a $12 billion renewable energy and efficiency investment program for the U.S. Department of Energy, one of the largest CleanTech deployment programs in the nation’s history. He also served as the Director of Research on U.S. Senator James Jeffords’ re-election campaign in 2000. Fluent in Russian and Spanish, he holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, as well as a BA in Political Science, Russian and Economics from Middlebury College. He is the proud father of two girls and enjoys surfing in California, where he lives.

Adam Nash
Adam Nash has been an investor in Shift since 2014 and joined the Board of Directors in 2020. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Acorns, a financial technology & services company that specializes in micro-investing, and is an adjunct lecturer in Computer Science at Stanford University. From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Vice President of Product & Growth at Dropbox, a leading provider of cloud-based storage and collaboration applications. Prior to Dropbox, Nash was the President and Chief Executive Officer of consumer investing platform Wealthfront, and Vice President of Product at LinkedIn. In addition, he has held strategic and technical roles at eBay, Preview Systems, and Apple. He holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Leadership Development, Compensation and Governance Committee
Victoria McInnis
Victoria McInnis is a retired financial veteran of the automotive retail industry. McInnis held various positions with General Motors Corporation prior to her retirement in August 2017, including Vice President, Tax and Audit March 2015 to August 2017, Chief Tax Officer from 2009 to March 2015. She led a global team and worked in Europe, Canada and the US. McInnis holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from University of Western Ontario, Canada, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from University of Windsor, Canada.
Member of the Audit Committee
Chair of the Leadership Development, Compensation and Governance Committee
Kellyn Smith Kelly
Kellyn Smith Kenny has been recognized by Fortune, Adweek, Brand Innovators, and HotTopics for marketing innovation, effectiveness, and leadership, where she is featured as a Top 100 Most Innovative CMOs in the World, Top 50 CMO, Top 20 Most Tech Savvy CMOs, Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing, and Working Mother of the Year. Most recently she served as the global Chief Marketing Officer at Hilton Worldwide, where she led a 700-person team responsible for the multi-billion dollar company’s 18 brands, from January 2018 to June 2020. Prior to Hilton, she served as Vice President of Marketing at Uber, and before that held senior positions at Capital One and Microsoft. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.
Member of the Leadership Development, Compensation and Governance Committee
Kimberly H. Sheehy

Kimberly H. Sheehy currently serves as an independent board member and chair of the respective board audit committees at CVB Financial Corp., Shift (formerly Carlotz) and Evolv Technologies. Ms. Sheehy served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee for Switch Inc., a public high growth technology infrastructure company, from December of 2017 until December of 2022. Ms. Sheehy is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years of successful experience across the telecommunications, technology, SaaS, data center, software development and REIT industries. Throughout her distinguished career as an executive, she held senior leadership positions, including the position of CFO at StackPath from 2015 to 2017, and the position of CFO at CyrusOne from 2012 to 2015, and she worked for 16 years with integrated communications provider Cincinnati Bell, where she rose to the position of Vice-President of Finance, Investor Relations and Treasurer from 2007 to 2012. She began her career as a Senior Staff Auditor and Tax Manager with Ernst & Young. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Public Accountant. In 2013, she was named CFO of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal.

Chair of the Audit Committee
Luis Ignacio Solorzano

Luis Ignacio Solorzano is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Acamar Partners, an investment management firm that in 2019 raised a $305 million NASDAQ-listed SPAC through Acamar Partners Acquisition Corp and which subsequently merged with CarLotz Inc. Mr. Solorzano has more than 20 years of investment experience across various sectors and geographies. Mr. Solorzano has served on the boards of various public and private companies, including CarLotz, Dufry, Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, Aerodom, InverCap Holdings and Viakem.

Mr. Solorzano began his career with BankBoston Capital, where he spent 4 years making private equity investments and corporate loans across Latin America. In 2001, Mr.Solorzano joined Advent International becoming a Partner and Managing Director in 2008. He served as Chairman of the Latin America’s Investment Committee and during his tenure at Advent, Mr. Solorzano participated in various investments and management activities encompassing various of Advent’s private equity funds. He was a key executive involved in the raising of three funds for a cumulative c. $5 billion, and he played a leading role in 15 investment transactions in various sectors, including retail and consumer, financial services, industrials, information technology and infrastructure. Mr Solorzano also played a significant role in supporting portfolio companies in the design and implementation of various strategic, operating and financial value creation initiatives.

Mr.Solorzano’s investment experience covers both the Americas and Europe. One of these investments was Advent’s acquisition of a majority stake in Dufry. Mr. Solorzano co-led this transaction and played a significant role in the execution of Dufry’s operating plan, Dufry’s IPO process, and the negotiation, execution and integration of several add-on acquisitions made by Dufry in various geographies. Mr. Solorzano graduated with a degree in Economics (cum laude) from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

James E. Skinner

James E. Skinner was the Vice Chairman of Neiman Marcus Group (NMG), a $4 billion luxury fashion retailer, until his retirement in 2016. Jim had also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for NMG between 2010 and 2015. During his 15 years with NMG, Jim has had responsibilities for numerous areas including: finance, accounting, strategy, business development, distribution and logistics, real estate and construction, investor relations, legal, and information technology.

Prior to NMG, Jim was with CompUSA, a $6 billion pioneer in computer retailing. Jim held various positions at CompUSA, including executive vice president and chief financial officer. Jim joined CompUSA shortly before the initial public offering and left after the sale of the company in 2000. Jim began his career with EY, an international professional services firm, where he served for sixteen years, including the last four years as a partner.

Jim is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Texas.

Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate (NYSE: ACRE).  Jim has previously served on the board of Fossil Group (NASDAQ: FOSL),  and Acamar Partners (NASDAQ: ACAM). Jim has experience serving as Chairman of Audit, Compensation, Finance, and Governance/Nominations Committees  Jim is also on the Advisory Board of RevTech, an incubator/accelerator focused on retail technology.

Member of the Audit Committee