Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief
AOL Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna Huffington is President and Editor-in Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 13 books. She is also co-host of Left, Right and Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable program. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely read, linked to and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.
In 2011, she was named to the TIME 100, TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and recently listed at number 10 on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2009, she was named as one of the most influential women in media by Forbes magazine and to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
Ross Levinsohn, EVP Americas
Ross Levinsohn is the EVP of “Americas” at Yahoo where he oversees the US, Canada, Latin and South American businesses for the Internet giant. He was named to this post in November, 2010, after nearly three years as managing director of Fuse Capital, a technology and media investment firm based in Los Angeles. He is the former President of Fox Interactive Media, the Internet and New Media arm of News Corporation, where he reported directly to Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. President Peter Chernin.
Named by Murdoch in 2005 to head Fox Interactive, he moved quickly to build the division, most notably paying in excess of $500 million for myspace.com. In less than two years, Fox Interactive Media was valued at more than $6 billion according to Murdoch in a speech in October.
His previous operating experience included heading Fox Sports Interactive Media, the digital arm for Fox Sports, including the web site, mobile and interactive tv. There, Levinsohn grew the web business to more than 14 million monthly visitors. His past executive experience includes running the AltaVista-portal Alta Vista Live, running one of the first sports properties on the web, Sportsline, which went public in 1997 and was later acquired by CBS, and serving as Director of Production and Marketing Services at HBO.
Shawn Colo, Co-Founder and EVP, Corporate Development
Shawn Colo co-founded Demand Media in April 2006 and is presently the EVP, Corporate Development where he leads the company’s mergers and acquisitions activities as well as strategic corporate partnerships.
Since the company’s inception, Mr. Colo has led over 30 acquisitions of websites and technology companies in addition to completing over $450 million worth of equity and debt financings for Demand. Prior to founding Demand Media, Mr. Colo was a principal with Spectrum Equity Investors, a $4 billion private equity firm. He holds a BSE in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.
Mr. Colo also sits on the Board of Directors of KCRW, Southern California’s leading National Public Radio affiliate and is a recognized tastemaker for new music from around the world.
Mike Jones, CEO
Mike Jones serves as MySpace’s CEO. In this role, Mike oversees global business operations for MySpace, MySpace Music and MySpace Mobile. He is also responsible for business development, strategic partnerships and support operations across these platforms. Mike brings over 14 years of business development, marketing and management experience to MySpace. A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded and sold numerous businesses, including web development firm PBJ Digital and application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL. Mike also serves as an advisor to private startups and currently sits on the boards of Docstoc, GumGum, MoVoxx, People Media, Tsavo Media and FreeConference. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Marketing from the University of Oregon.
David Krantz, President and CEO
Mr. Krantz directs and leads AT&T Interactive’s overall strategy which is focused on helping consumers to discover local stores and service providers and advertisers to grow their businesses. AT&T Interactive flagship products include YP.com, a top 40 web domain in the United States, and its popular YPmobile portfolio of apps. The company’s expansive consumer reach gives advertisers an opportunity to grow their business through its advertising products and local ad network of premiere publisher sites.
In 2010, Mr. Krantz’s leadership led to nearly $1B of revenue. The company’s growth is fueled by a shift in advertisers nationwide adopting efficient ways to digitally promote their business through AT&T Interactive’s differentiated suite of interactive advertising products.
Before AT&T Interactive, Mr. Krantz held senior executive positions within AT&T, AOL / Netscape, Proctor & Gamble and others. He holds a BS degree in Finance and Management from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from Harvard University.
Michael Paull, EVP Global Digital Business
As Executive Vice President of Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment, Michael Paull oversees the development of the company’s digital business worldwide. He is responsible for working with the senior executive team in designing and implementing Sony Music’s global digital strategy, and is tasked with identifying and developing new and innovative digital products, business initiatives and models with both existing and new business partners. This includes managing global relationships with key business partners including Apple, Amazon, Google/Youtube, Vevo, Verizon, Vodafone, Nokia and Spotify.
Michael Smith, SVP, Corporate Development
As SVP, Corporate Development, Michael is responsible for all equity-related transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, joint-ventures, and later stage investments for AOL. Michael joined AOL in 2005 to focus on strategic growth initiatives for the Digital Services Division. Prior to AOL, Michael worked in professional services and operating roles at companies including Putnam Investments, PaineWebber, PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities and Unity Communications. Michael has a BA in Economics from Andrews University, and an MBA from Stern (NYU).
Andy Vogel, SVP
Andy Vogel is the Senior Vice President of Digital & Mobile for Tribune Company. In his role, he is responsible for all digital, mobile, branded and converged media executions across the Tribune portfolio that includes 8 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and 23 broadcast television stations, including WGN America on national cable and KTLA.
Andy is a pioneer in developing revenue strategies for new and emerging businesses. He has held senior level business development, technology marketing and sales positions in the software, Internet, automotive retailing and newspaper industries. He created the first group online sales function for Gannett Company, and ran digital strategy and sales for Journal Communications and the paid subscription website PackerInsider.com (at the time the second largest paid subscriber base after ESPN Insider).
As General Manager of hyper-local media pioneer Backfence.com, he grew multiple city sites with zero marketing spend utilizing early social media and grassroots marketing. He was part of the start-up team at cars.com launching over 100 affiliate sites, and ran business development for Nextron, a Silicon Valley based software developer for the Telco industry. He sits on the North American Board of the Mobile Marketing Assoc. and Chairs its Mobile Publishing Committee.
Andrew Cleland, Venture Partner
Comcast Interactive Capital Group
Andrew Cleland is a Venture Partner with Comcast Interactive Capital Group where he sources, evaluates and executes consumer internet deals for Comcast Interactive Capital, particularly in the areas of digital media, ad tech, games, and education. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Time Warner Investments, where he sourced, evaluated, and executed venture investments on behalf of Time Warner in early-stage media and technology companies, focusing particularly on the following areas: new online and offline advertising models; videogames and virtual worlds; social media networks and applications; content aggregation, syndication, and recommendation; emerging monetization models (new ad formats, virtual goods, microtransactions, “offers” platforms, user data arbitrage, etc.); and mobile/wireless.
Jorge Espinel, EVP Strategy and Corporate Development
Jorge Espinel is EVP, Strategy & Corporate Development of News Corp.’s Digital Media Group. Prior to News Corp., Jorge was a partner at Velocity Interactive Group (recently renamed Fuse Capital), a leading digital media investment firm in New York City. Prior to Velocity, Jorge was head of AOL’s Corporate Strategy and M&A. He joined AOL LLC in 2002. During his tenure, Jorge’s responsibilities included driving corporate development activities, crafting business strategies, managing AOL’s key strategic relationships, and leading the M&A team. He was a close advisor to both the CEO and CFO on operating and product issues. His team executed the recent acquisitions of Third Screen Media, Tacoda, Adtech, Yeda and Quigo. He also played a key role in developing the overall turnaround plan for AOL during Jonathan Miller’s tenure as CEO.
Jorge worked early in his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton’s premier media and entertainment practice. He specialized on cable & broadcasting, magazine publishing and digital media. During his tenure, he advised a broad range of the leading media companies, including Viacom, NBC, EMI, Universal, Hearst Magazines and Bertelsmann.
Jorge earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, and a BA in International Relations from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lance Johnson, Head of Corporate Development, USA
Lance focuses on M&A and portfolio company operations at MIH Group, which is owned by Naspers. Prior to joining MIH, Lance was responsible for the monetization of Nokia’s services worldwide as VP, Sales & Marketing, at Nokia Interactive/Navteq based in New York City. Lance started his career at Yahoo!, where he held a variety of senior roles in London and Munich. He holds an honors degree in economics and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.
Zander Lurie, SVP, Strategic Development
Zander Lurie is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for CBS Corporation. He has strategic planning responsibilities across the company, serving at the center of CBS’s next-generation content initiatives. He oversees CBS’s efforts to explore authentication and other new, additive methods of distribution and monetization. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CBS Interactive since CBS acquired CNET Networks in June 2008.
Lance Maerov, SVP Corporate Development
Lance Maerov co-heads WPP’s Corporate Development team in North America. His primary responsibility is to identify, negotiate and execute acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. He began his work for the Corporate Development Group in March 2005 in New York after WPP’s acquisition of Grey Global Group. In this role, Lance has completed many of the Company’s key digital investments and acquisitions.
Before joining WPP, Lance worked at Grey Global Group as its head of corporate development and made over 20 venture investments on behalf of Grey through its Grey Ventures subsidiary. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. He is based in New York City.