Cecily Mak heads Corporate Operations at Flipboard, Inc. where she oversees legal and certain broader team functions, with support for business development, finance and partner relations. Cecily is responsible for all of the company’s legal matters, including those related to corporate governance, fundraising, securities law, commercial agreements and transactions, litigation, intellectual property development and licensing strategies, and supporting Flipboard's joint venture and M&A transactions.
Before joining Flipboard, Cecily served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel to Rhapsody International Inc, a joint venture between Viacom International and RealNetworks, Inc. with investment from Best Buy Stores, Inc. and Universal Music Group. While at Rhapsody Cecily played a key role in content relations and management, launched the company’s first patent mining program, lead the acquisition of the company’s largest domestic competitor, and played a leadership role in the company’s international expansion, all while growing and developing a highly specialized legal team. Before Rhapsody, Cecily was with the global in house legal team at RealNetworks, Inc. and as an associate at Shartsis Friese, LLP. Cecily was recently honored by Digital Media Wire as one of their “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment” and was nominated as one of Billboard Magazine's Women in Music in December 2011. In addition to publishing a book on digital content licensing, she is a regular contributor to a range of magazines, legal periodicals and book releases.
Cecily serves as an advisory board member of several organizations including Digital Entertainment World and Open Aura. She is a graduate, adjunct professor and mentor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.