Founder and Chairman
Jirka Rysavy, founder, Chairman and CEO of Gaia, has been Chairman since inception and has served as Chief Executive Officer (except from March 2009 to July 2016). Mr. Rysavy is the beneficial owner of approximately 38% of Gaia outstanding shares. In 1986, Mr. Rysavy founded Corporate Express, Inc., which, under his leadership as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, grew to become a Fortune 500 company with $4.7 billion of revenue. Mr. Rysavy also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Market, a health foods concept, which was sold in 1987 to become the concept and first Wild Oats Markets store. Mr. Rysavy was also Chairman of Real Goods Solar, Inc., founded within Gaiam in 1999 and brought public in 2009. Mr. Rysavy resigned from the board of Real Goods Solar in June 2013 after Gaiam sold its investment.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Warkins became Gaia’s President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Warkins has held various positions within Gaia’s subscription segment, including serving as President since February 2015 and Chief Operating Officer since December 2013. Mr. Warkins previously held the position of Vice President from 2007 to November 2013, responsible for operating and building Gaia's subscription business. From 1999 until 2007 Mr. Warkins served as President of Conscious Media, Inc., a company majority owned by Gaia, and purchased by Gaia in 2007.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Tarell became Gaia’s Chief Financial Officer in July 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Tarell, was Chief Financial Officer of Gaia’s subscription segment since May 2014 and Vice President of Finance since September 2013. From January 2012 until August 2013, Mr. Tarell was Head of Finance and Operations of SET Media, Inc. (acquired by Conversant, Inc.), an online video technology company. From October 2010 until March 2012, Mr. Tarell was Senior Director of Finance at Velti, Inc., a mobile advertising technology company. From 2005 until September 2010, Mr. Tarell was a licensed CPA in California, working in public practice at Armanino LLP.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ms. Bauer became Gaia’s Chief Marketing Officer in July 2016. Prior to this, Ms. Bauer was Chief Marketing Officer of Gaia’s subscription segment since June 2014. From October 2013 to June 2014, Ms. Bauer founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of the marketing firm, Nectarly Consulting. From 2002 until October 2013 she served as Senior Director of Global Product Marketing, in charge of launching Xbox, for Microsoft Corporation and previously, she served as Director of Marketing of Microsoft Corporation, in charge of TV, Music and Video Business. From 1994 until 1999 she served in various capacities at Vivendi Universal Games including Global Brand Manager.