Board Nominee Bios
Nada Stirratt is Executive Vice President, Digital Ad Sales, MTVN. In this newly created position, Stirratt will be responsible for all of MTVN's digital advertising sales and strategy, further leveraging the company's scale to expand market coverage and create packages and opportunities across the company's brands and platforms. Stirratt has extensive experience in building advertiser and agency relationships, growing online networks, and developing visionary initiatives to drive network profitability. She joins MTVN from Advertising.com, where she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of advertising sales, directing a sales force that generated more than $500 million annually. Prior to that, she was Advertising.com's Senior Vice President and GM of Publisher Services, directing the largest third-party network in the industry, spanning more than 3,000 sites and serving more than 1.5 billion daily impressions. Earlier, Stirratt worked in ad sales and business development for AOL-Time Warner, Moviefone, Allure and Cosmopolitan.
Jack Griffin, President, Meredith Publishing Group
Jack Griffin is the President of the Meredith Publishing Group. He assumed this position in July 2004. Griffin has 20 years of experience in the media industry, including magazines, integrated marketing, custom publishing, interactive media, television and newspapers. Prior to his current position, Griffin served as President of the Meredith Magazine Group. Griffin served as President of Parade Publications, Inc. and Publisher of PARADE magazine. Griffin worked for five years at Meredith prior to Parade Publications, holding a number of sales and marketing roles including General Manager of Integrated Marketing and Custom Publishing, and Vice President of Marketing for the Broadcasting Group. During these years, he expanded Meredith's custom publishing and integrated marketing areas, doubling the custom publishing business in two years. Griffin also played a pivotal role in establishing relationships with Metropolitan Life, Nestle and Sears. Before Meredith, Griffin was with McCall's magazine for five years, serving as Vice President, Sales and Development.
Griffin received his MBA from the Yale University School of Management in 1988 and his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Boston College in 1982. In addition, Griffin is Chairman of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and in 2001 he was inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement. He is on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services and the Yale University Alumni Fund. Griffin and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons, John and David.
Tim presides over Google's North American and Latin American advertising sales and operations teams. His team provides customers with local partnerships as well as centralized sales and services. They work with some of the world's most widely recognized brands and advertising agencies in addition to some of the fastest growing medium-sized companies.
Tim joined Google from Snowball.com, where he was vice president of sales and strategic partnerships. Prior to his role at Snowball.com, he served as director of integrated sales & marketing at Starwave's and Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures, working across the companies' Internet, TV, radio, and print properties. He started his career by co-founding and running a newspaper based in Boston, MA, before joining IDG to launch their first consumer Internet magazine, I-Way.
Tim sits on the boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Advertising Council, and the Advertising Research Foundation, and is a trustee at Connecticut College and Lawrence Academy. He is a graduate of Connecticut College, with a double major in economics and sociology.
Gordon McLeod, President, Wall Street Journal Digital Network
Gordon McLeod is president of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, a suite of digital properties that includes The Wall Street Journal Online (WSJ.com), MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com, Dow Jones Classified Ventures and the recently launched AllThingsDigital.com.
Prior to joining Dow Jones, Mr. McLeod spent six years at Time Inc., most recently as general manager of Time Inc. Interactive, where he had oversight of the Web sites for more than 80 Time Inc. magazines. From 2003 through 2005, he was president of Sports Illustrated's Web sites, including the flagship SI.com, and SI Picture Sales. Mr. McLeod first joined Time Inc. as vice president and general manager of Parenting.com and ParentingTV where he led the launch of the site and the creation of parenting news segments for cable, broadband and out-of-home.
From 1997-2000, Mr. McLeod served as senior vice president and executive producer for Grey Entertainment, a division of Grey Advertising. At the CBS Television Network, he was creative director for CBS News from 1993-1996, leading all image, promotional and trade advertising for the news division. He co-founded and operated Grisanti-McLeod Inc., a strategic and creative agency focused on entertainment and political clients, from 1989-1992.
Mr. McLeod has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves on the Boards of the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and FiLife, a personal finance web startup that is a joint venture between Dow Jones and Interactive Corp (IAC).
Wenda Harris Millard, President of Media, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Wenda Harris Millard is president of media at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and was previously chief sales officer at Yahoo. A seasoned executive with over twenty-five years of publishing and advertising experience, Millard was formerly Chief Internet Officer at Ziff Davis Media and president of Ziff Davis Internet. Prior to joining Ziff Davis Media, Millard was executive vice president and one of the founding members of DoubleClick, where she was responsible for establishing the DoubleClick brand, oversaw the operations of DoubleClick Media and led the media unit’s 300-person advertising sales organization. Millard has also served as president and group publisher of SRDS, the country’s leading provider of media and marketing information. Before joining SRDS, Millard was senior vice president and publisher of Family Circle, the world’s largest-selling women’s magazine. Previously she had been executive vice president/group publisher of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek magazines, where she pioneered the strategy of marketing their individual magazines as singular brands. Previous career highlights include sales and management roles at leading organizations including Working Woman Ventures, Inc.; New York Magazine; and Ladies’ Home Journal. Active on behalf of the advertising industry throughout her career, Millard is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the Advertising Education Foundation and the Interactive Advertising Bureau. She serves on the advisory board of @d:tech and is a founding chair of “Advertising New York,” the industry’s largest annual gala. She is founding chair of the American Business Press CEBA Awards and past president of the Advertising Club of New York and former chairman of its foundation. She served on the board of directors of True North Communications, until its merger with the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), which created the world’s largest advertising and marketing services holding company. She currently sits on the Trinity College Board of Trustees.
Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College, where she recently received the Gary McQuaid Award for Excellence in Business Leadership.
Martin Nisenholtz, SVP Digital Operations, New York Times Company
Martin Nisenholtz was named senior vice president, digital operations for The New York Times Company in February 2005. He is responsible for the strategy development, operations and management of The New York Times Company's digital properties, including About.com, whose acquisition was announced in February 2005.
Mr. Nisenholtz was chief executive officer of New York Times Digital from 1999 until 2005. Previously, he was president of The New York Times Electronic Media Company from 1995 until 1999. In that role, he was the founding leader at NYTimes.com.
Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Nisenholtz was director of content strategy for Ameritech Corporation, where he was responsible for guiding development of new video programming opportunities and interactive information and advertising services. From 1983 until 1994, Mr. Nisenholtz worked at The Ogilvy Group, where he was a senior vice president and member of the operating committee at Ogilvy & Mather Direct. In 1983 he founded the Interactive Marketing Group (IMG), the first full service unit at a major U.S. advertising agency devoted specifically to interactive communication.
Mr. Nisenholtz began his career in 1979 as an assistant professor and research scientist at New York University, where he participated on the founding faculty of the Interactive Telecommunications Program and worked on pioneering interactive media efforts in the areas of education, healthcare and public information.
Mr. Nisenholtz is an active leader in the advertising and publishing industry and participates in the following organizations: Founder and Executive Committee Member, Online Publishers Association (OPA), Board member and Executive Committee Member, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Board Member, Ad Council, and the Advisory Board for Tacoda Systems, a leading player in the behavioral advertising marketplace
Mr. Nisenholtz is also on the Board of Directors of the Yellow Pages Group, Canada's largest telephone directory publisher.
Mr. Nisenholtz received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication in 1979.
Warren Schlichting, SVP, Corporate Development, Comcast Corporation
Warren Schlichting is responsible for developing strategic partnerships at Canoe Ventures. Most recently, Warren was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. He managed new business opportunities and the development of advertising products designed to take advantage of Comcast’s digital infrastructure, including interactive and online advertising sales activities.
Prior to joining Comcast Spotlight in 2002, Warren served as chief executive officer of Hiwire, a software technology company that allowed Internet radio stations to replace on-air broadcast commercials with targeted local commercials. Hiwire provided software technology and advertising sales services to Clearchannel and other major Internet radio broadcasters in this endeavor. He has also served in executive capacities with the William E. Simon Group and Morgan Stanley & Co.
In 2005, CableFAX magazine listed Warren as one of the cable industry’s “100 Heavy Hitters.” He also has received the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB) President’s Award. Warren graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics.
Jeff Webber, SVP and Publisher, USAToday.com
Jeff Webber has been publisher of USATODAY.com since 2000. Webber also held the additional title of senior vice president/advertising sales for USA TODAY from 2006 - 2008. Prior to 2000, he was vice president/circulation for USA TODAY's eastern region. He joined USA TODAY as general manager of the Houston circulation market in 1985. In 1987, he became general manager of the Boston market. Prior to joining USA TODAY, Webber served in several management roles in marketing and circulation at The Houston Post.
Michael Walrath founded Right Media in 2003 and was CEO of the company before its acquisition by Yahoo! in July 2007. Currently, he is responsible for the operations of Yahoo!’s advertising marketplaces (includes display, search and exchange products), B2B marketing and product marketing, ad policies and enforcement..
Guiding and following through on Right Media's vision to create a more open, fair environment for online advertising, Michael helped to transform the industry and introduce a new sector: the exchange marketplace. Prior to Right Media, Michael spent 3 years at DoubleClick (and later MaxWorldwide) where he was director of direct marketing and SVP of strategy and development. In 2001, he was responsible for the creation of DoubleClick Direct, the company's direct marketing offering.
In addition to his work at Yahoo!, Michael is executive director of the Walrath Family Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to social and environmental change. Michael is non-executive chairman of Atlas Films, an independent film company dedicated to driving awareness and social and environmental change via mass market films.
Mike was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond.
Bill Todd, General Manager, ValueClick Media
Bill Todd joined ValueClick in 2000 and has held numerous sales management roles throughout his tenure with the company, including director of eastern sales, vice president eastern sales and most recently senior vice president, sales North America. He was promoted to general manager in October, 2008. As general manager of ValueClick Media, Bill Todd oversees all operations of one of the world’s largest and most diversified online display advertising networks.
Prior to joining ValueClick Mr. Todd was a senior account executive at leading radio representation firm Katz Radio in New York, where he sold national spot radio across 2,000 stations in the U.S.
Mr. Todd is an active member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and serves on its Sales Executive Council and its Lead Generation and Networks and Exchanges Committees. A frequent speaker at interactive marketing conferences throughout the U.S., he is an active participant in several regional interactive marketing associations, including 212, BIMA, CIMA and PhIMA.
Mr. Todd holds a bachelor of science degree in business communication from St. John’s University.
Scott Howe, Corp. VP, Advertiser & Publisher Solutions Group, Microsoft
As corporate vice president, Scott Howe has global revenue and cost responsibility for all existing and emerging businesses in the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions (APS) group. Joining Microsoft through its acquisition of aQuantive Inc. in 2007, Scott previously served APS as vice president, global services and business development. In this role he successfully integrated teams and talent to drive deep focus and special expertise for products and functions that required global centralized direction, including specialist sales, client services operations, trade marketing, advertising display product marketing, yield management and sales enablement.
A seasoned veteran in the online advertising space, Scott served aQuantive as the senior executive in charge of DRIVEpm and Atlas sales and service globally. He launched DRIVEpm in 2003, and under his leadership, DRIVEpm quickly established itself as one of the largest online advertising networks. The combination of DRIVEpm’s sophisticated targeting capabilities and premier partners have created spectacular results for DRIVEpm’s current base of advertisers and publishers.
Prior to his involvement in DRIVEpm, Scott spent more than four years as the vice president, general manager of Avenue A | Razorfish. He also spent six years with the Boston Consulting Group and two years in investment banking with Kidder, Peabody and Co.
Scott holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and an AB in economics from Princeton University. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Cathy, and has three young children, Lauren, Kyle and Campbell.
Vivek Shah, Group President, Digital, Time Inc.
Vivek Shah is group president, digital for Time Inc.’s new, business and sports properties, which include Time.com, Life.com, CNNMoney.com, SI.com, FanNation.com, Golf.com and SIKids.com.
Shah formerly served as president of the Fortune | Money Group, which included the magazines Fortune, Money and Fortune Small Business and the website CNNMoney.com. Prior to that, Shah served as president of digital publishing of the group where he oversaw the launch of CNNMoney.com, the Web’s largest vertical business site.
Previously, Shah was the general manager of the group, functioning as its senior financial and business development executive, helping to develop and implement strategy and manage day-to-day operations. Prior to that, Shah was the vice president of new business ventures of the group, where he was responsible for launching and managing a portfolio of new businesses.
Shah has been named Online Publisher of the Year by MIN and Innovator of the Year by BtoB’s Media Business. Shah was also named to Folio magazine’s Thirty under 30 list and Crain’s Forty under 40 list. He has a B.A. in political science from Tufts University.