04/21/2016 4:55PM EDT
Jan Davis is an active board member and advisor of companies in software, analytics, direct and interactive marketing, and personal information. In addition to her role as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, she serves on the Investment Committee of The Launch Place Seed Fund and for the Minor in Entrepreneurship in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an investor in Triangle Angel Partners and is the immediate past President of its Executive Committee. She serves on the boards of directors of SEAL Innovation, Stealz and ShowingTime.com, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and on the boards of advisors for multiple companies, including AlphaRank, Megalytics, Market Vue Partners, Spring Engage and Three Ships. These enterprises sell products and services to the retail, real estate, marketing services, and information industries as well as to consumers.
As CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting, from 2004 to 2008, Jan led the company to profitability. Revenues doubled, and the number of managed counting devices increased by 136%. ShopperTrak also expanded its international footprint significantly, including forming a wholly-foreign-owned subsidiary in China. Today, the company monitors counting devices in retail stores, malls and casinos in 65 countries and was recently acquired by Tyco.
Before joining ShopperTrak, Jan spent more than 15 years in direct and interactive marketing, including eight years with TransUnion LLC, the international credit reporting giant. She led TransUnion’s online consumer division as president, overseeing the acquisition and integration of TrueLink, an early-stage company with products in the interactive, direct-to-consumer space. Previously, she oversaw TransUnion’s PerformanceData and Insurance divisions, providing marketing data to a broad range of direct marketing companies and marketing lists, scoring models and underwriting data to the property and casualty insurance industry.
From 1991 to 1996, Jan was a marketing consultant in Boston, MA and Warsaw, Poland, working with US, multi-national and Polish enterprises. During this period she served for two years as vice president/new ventures for Customer Development Corporation, a database marketing agency.
In the late 1980s, she co-founded SmartNames, a database marketing information, analysis and services company. In that role, she participated in raising $15 million in venture capital and acquiring four other companies.
Ms. Davis has served on the boards of directors of GSP Retail, Truelink, RCT Analytics Ltd., ShopperTrak, the Illinois Technology Association, and the Chicago Finance Exchange and on the Alumni Council at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She’s served on the advisory boards of RetelTechnologies (purchased by ShopperTrak), GeeYee and Ribstone. She holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and relocated from the Chicago area to Cary NC in 2010.