Melissa Frugé

Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
Spredfast

Melissa Frugé

Melissa Frugé is the Chief Legal Officer at Spredfast. Spredfast provides a SaaS social media platform and she is responsible for all legal, risk and data protection matters worldwide. From 2009 to 2016, she was the SVP & General Counsel of HomeAway, the leading marketplace for online vacation rentals, which went public in 2011 and was purchased by Expedia in Dec. 2015. Prior to HomeAway, she served as the General Counsel of Borland, a public software company, and practiced corporate law with DLA Piper in Silicon Valley.

In all of her roles, Melissa has worked closely with senior management and the Board of Directors to advise on key strategic matters covering corporate, intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce, employment, regulatory and other key issues.

Melissa also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Austin Technology Council and the Texas Civil Rights Project. She is on the Board of Advisors to Data.world.

Melissa regularly publicly speaks about, and authors articles on, legal, data protection & cybersecurity, risk and corporate governance issues.

She earned her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. at the University of Southern California.

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