Alston has more than 20 years of business leadership experience. At the moment, he is the VP of 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. Before that, he led global marketing partnerships at Facebook.
“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. Gene’s counsel and expertise will bring energy to our board and strengthen Ancestry’s commitment to bringing diverse perspectives to the table,” said Mark Thompson, Ancestry board chair.
Prior to Facebook, Alston worked at Pinterest, Groupon, and PayPal where he led teams and was responsible for business development, partnerships, acquisitions, and international expansion.
“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 more people around the world,” said Deb Liu, CEO of Ancestry.
Gene 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.
At the end of March, Ancestry made another addition to its Board of Directors, senior business executive Lorrie Norrington.