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Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas has been a director of McClatchy since August 2016.

She was an early product leader at Amazon.com and has been building innovative digital business models and lasting consumer brands ever since.

Thomas spent seven years leading NPR Digital, and was a driving force behind NPR's successful transformation from a radio-only company to a best-in-class multimedia enterprise.

Thomas was the first non-founder CEO at Etsy from 2008 to 2010, leading the young company through a period of extraordinary growth and into profitability. Under her leadership, Etsy became a trusted global brand and e-commerce platform serving hundreds of thousands of sellers. Subsequently, Thomas served as chief marketing and consumer officer for SmartThings, a pioneer in the consumer Internet of Things arena, where she helped the company navigate its journey from launch on Kickstarter to a $200 million sale to Samsung.

Thomas currently serves on the board of the privately held digital textile printing and e-commerce company Spoonflower. She served three years on the board of online grocery company Relay Foods before its merger with Door-to-Door Organics. Thomas is also an angel investor in several startups.

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