Mr. Saylor has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989 and previously served as President from November 1989 to November 2000 and from January 2005 to October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Saylor was employed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a venture manager from 1988 to 1989 and by Federal Group, Inc. as a consultant from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Saylor received an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Saylor is the bestselling author of the book The Mobile Wave.
Mr. Klein has served as President & Chief Legal Officer since October 2012 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Law & General Counsel from December 2007 to October 2012, as Vice President, Law and General Counsel from November 1998 to December 2007, and as Corporate Counsel from June 1997 to November 1998. From September 1993 to June 1997, Mr. Klein was an appellate litigator with the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Klein received a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Zolfaghari has served as President since November 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Zolfaghari served as Chief Operating Officer of ParAccel, Inc., an analytic database company headquartered in California, a position he held from January 2011 to November 2012. Prior to his tenure at ParAccel, Mr. Zolfaghari served as MicroStrategy's Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Operations from December 2007 to January 2011, as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations from August 2006 to December 2007, as Vice President, Worldwide Business Affairs from March 2005 to August 2006, as Vice President & Chief of Staff from July 2003 to March 2005, as Chief of Staff from November 2000 to July 2003, and as Assistant to MicroStrategy's President & Chief Executive Officer from December 1999 to November 2000. Mr. Zolfaghari received a B.A. in English from Gettysburg College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Thede has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer since October 2012 and as Treasurer since November 2008 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer from September 2009 to October 2012, as Interim Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 to September 2009, as Vice President, Worldwide Tax from November 2008 to September 2009, as acting Vice President, Worldwide Controller from March 2009 to June 2009, and as Vice President, Worldwide Tax Planning & Compliance from the time he joined MicroStrategy in June 2008 to March 2009. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Thede served as Senior Director, Tax of Convergys Corporation, an S&P 500 company that provides relationship management solutions, from March 2005 to May 2008, and as Senior Tax Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from August 2003 to March 2005. Mr. Thede also served a total of twelve years with Cincinnati Bell Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, and KPMG Peat Marwick from 1991 to 2003. Mr. Thede is a certified public accountant and received a B.S. in Business from Miami University.
Mr. Xiao has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer since October 2012 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Network and Applications Engineering from March 2012 to October 2012, as Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer from December 2007 to February 2012, and as Vice President & Chief Information Officer from May 2006 to December 2007. From April 1999 to May 2006, Mr. Xiao held various positions of increasing responsibility in the Company's information systems department. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Xiao served as the head of IT operations for Bond and Pecaro, a strategic consulting firm. Mr. Xiao received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Mr. Starke has served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer since May 2014. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Starke served in various capacities at SAP AG, a company that provides enterprise software and software-related services. While at SAP, Mr. Starke served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing & Communications Regions from July 2013 to May 2014, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing Regions from January 2012 to June 2013, and National Vice President, North America Marketing from November 2009 to December 2011. Prior to joining SAP, Mr. Starke served as President & CEO, Europe, Middle East & Africa, of Wunderman, a company that offers brand experience, consumer engagement, and data and insights, from January 2006 to October 2009. Mr. Starke also served a total of thirteen years with Publicis and Bates/141 Worldwide from 1992 to 2005. Mr. Starke received a B.A. in Business Administration from Baden-Wuertemberg Cooperative State University.