Ancestry welcomes Gene Alston to its Board as Independent Director

– USA, UT –  Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced the appointment of Gene Alston to its Board as an Independent Director, effective immediately.

“We are excited to welcome Gene to our board of directors. He brings a wealth of industry experience to the role with a focus on high growth, disruptive consumer internet companies,” said board chair, Mark Thompson. “Gene’s counsel and expertise will bring energy to our board and strengthen Ancestry’s commitment to bringing diverse perspectives to the table.”

Deb Liu, CEO added, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gene first at PayPal and again at Facebook. Gene is a thought leader and innovator, and he will bring his breadth of experience in consumer technology to Ancestry as we continue to accelerate growth and empower journeys of personal discovery for millions of more people around the world.”

About Gene Alston

Gene Alston is currently the VP, Commerce Business and Operations at Facebook, where he is responsible for all strategy and teams for commerce products across Facebook’s family of apps, revenue, and client satisfaction globally.

Gene Alston has more than 20 years of business leadership experience and before his current role, he led global marketing partnerships at Facebook. Before Facebook, Alston was at Pinterest, Groupon, and PayPal where he led teams and was responsible for business development, partnerships, acquisitions, and international expansion.

Alston holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington and a J.D. and MBA from the University of California Los Angeles. Before returning to graduate school, Alston served as a Naval Officer stationed on the USS Worden.

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With our unparalleled collection of more than 27 billion records and over 18 million people in our growing DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding of their lives. For over 30 years, we’ve built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen us as the platform for discovering, preserving, and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.

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