Betsy Atkins is a highly acclaimed public company Board Director, author, and the former CEO and Chairman of Clear Standards. Ms.
Atkins has served on some of the world’s most visible global public company boards. For 20 years, she has worked behind the scenes at
companies like Lucent, HealthSouth, Vonage, Paychex Corp and Secure Computing.
Ms. Atkins started her business career as an entrepreneur, co-founding several successful high technology and consumer companies
including blockbuster Ascend Communications, which grew to $5.4B and was acquired by Lucent in one of the largest mergers in history.
Ms. Atkins is an effective operational leader, having been CEO three times, dramatically scaling, building, and repositioning
businesses resulting in acquisitions and public offerings. She has a strong international and operational perspective encompassing the
full range of experience from explosive growth to restructuring.
Ms. Atkins has been known for her early stage venture capital firm Baja LLC’s technology investments in companies such as Yahoo and
eBay. She has authored several publications on corporate governance, and was appointed by President George Bush as a member of the
Pension Benefit Guaranty Trust Company.
Ms. Atkins is an alumni of the University of Massachusetts, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Trinity College Oxford.