Paul Schaut


Paul Schaut is a serial CEO turned professional Board Director, focused on bringing his experience to the boardroom and beyond in an “engaged” Board Director capacity.

Mr. Schaut’s background includes 30 years of sales, marketing, CEO and Board experience in technology, data (pre- and post-Big Data era) and digital marketing companies. As an early digital marketing executive and active thought leader in the convergence of technology, data and marketing, Mr. Schaut brings a strong digital perspective to the boardroom of early-stage, mid-stage and later-stage companies. All companies must embrace the digital world in many ways, and Mr. Schaut’s experience in leading and assisting forward-thinking companies in the digital world has been very helpful to the Boards he has served to date – more than 16.

The investors that have recruited and served on Boards with Mr. Schaut include Goldman Sachs, Oak Ventures, Benchmark, IDG Ventures, Canaan, Draper Fisher Jurveston, Grandbanks, and more.

Prior to focusing exclusively on the Board role, Mr. Schaut held several CEO roles, and was actively engaged in more than a dozen M&A transactions and numerous fundraising events, including an IPO and several strategic investment transactions. Mr. Schaut has also been an active participant in providing an experienced sounding board for strategic review, corporate and business development outreach, as well as executive recruiting.

Mr. Schaut’s portfolio approach to Board work with early-, mid- and later-stage companies allows him to maintain a keen awareness of technological innovation, market adoption and corporate evolution in the global adoption of data- and technology-driven marketing. This perspective complements Mr. Schaut’s 17 years of foundational Board governance experience.