Board Nominee Bios
David Carey was named president of Hearst Magazines in June 2010. As one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, Hearst Magazines publishes nearly 200 editions around the world, including 14 U.S. titles and 20 magazines in the United Kingdom, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited. The company operates more than 24 websites, 10 mobile sites and a variety of digital applications.
Prior to joining Hearst, Carey was group president at Condé Nast, where he oversaw that company’s media properties targeted to business and executive audiences, including Wired and Golf Digest. He was also a member of the company's executive committee and co-lead on all Condé Nast business development efforts.
Carey led the print/digital startup of Portfolio and Portfolio.com, which debuted in 2007, and consistently generated headlines worldwide until its closure in 2009. Before that, he was vice president and publisher of the The New Yorker from 1998 to 2005, returning it to profitability after many years of losses. Carey joined Condé Nast in 1995 as the re-launch publisher of House & Garden.
He was the founding publisher of SmartMoney, a joint venture between Hearst and The Wall Street Journal, which reached profitability after two years and was named “Magazine of the Year” by Advertising Age. Carey started his career at Esquire, and then joined Hearst Magazines in a business development role and became marketing director for Cosmopolitan before the launch of SmartMoney in 1992.
Among other honors, Carey was named industry “Executive of the Year” by Adweek and was selected by Folio as a member of its “Dream Team” of publishing executives. He has also received the Hall of Achievement award from the American Advertising Federation. In 2010, Media Industry Newsletter inducted Carey into its industry Hall of Fame.
Carey serves on the Executive Committees of the American Advertising Federation and the Magazine Publishers of America. He is also a board member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and a member of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Advisory Committee. Carey is a graduate of UCLA.
Louis Cona is chief marketing officer, Condé Nast Media Group (CNMG), which oversees corporate sales, marketing and digital sales efforts for all of Condé Nast’s consumer magazines and Web sites.
Mr. Cona joined CNMG in 2008, from The New Yorker, where he was vice president & publisher since 2005. Prior to The New Yorker he was at Vanity Fair in the same position.
In Mr. Cona’s four years at Vanity Fair, the magazine received two AdWeek Hot List awards and saw a 17% increase in ad pages and a 25% increase in ad revenue. In 2003, he was named Condé Nast Publisher of the Year; and in 2004, Vanity Fair’s record-setting 2,273 ad pages earned him a Condé Nast Top Performance award.
From 1989-2001, Mr. Cona worked at Time Inc., where he spent four years at People, first as a sales representative and then as advertising division manager. Later he moved to InStyle, where he held publisher and associate publisher positions. In 2000, he presided over a record 27.5% growth in ad pages. Before joining Time Inc., he held several positions in ad sales at USA Today and Scholastic.
An active supporter of the publishing industry, Mr. Cona is a member of the board of advisors for the Center for Publishing, and a faculty member of the Summer Publishing Institute at New York University, from which he also received a Bachelor of Science degree.
He lives on Long Island, NY with his wife and three children.
Conroy serves as president of Univision Interactive Media and Enterprise Development for Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. He is responsible for the Company’s interactive business, developing new growth opportunities and building partnerships in the technology space. Before Univision, Kevin spent eight years at AOL in several senior positions, most recently as executive vice president of Global Products and Marketing. Kevin was also chief marketing officer and president of New Technology at BMG Entertainment, a division of Bertelsmann AG and was vice president, marketing at CBS/FOX VIDEO.Kevin has more than 20 years of advertising and media experience, and was recognized by Broadcasting & Cable as a Digital All-Star, and lauded as one of Digital Media Wire’s 25 Executives to Watch. He also serves on the boards of The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Online Publishers Association (OPA).
Elizabeth Harz serves as Senior Vice President of Global Media Sales at Electronic Arts. Elizabeth joined EA in April 2008 and oversees EA’s global media sales team working across EA’s Labels including EA SPORTS, EA GAMES, The Play Label and Pogo.com. Elizabeth works to inspire marketers to connect with consumers through interactive entertainment.
Elizabeth manages the global sales, marketing and operations teams providing industry-leading marketing opportunities for the world’s most popular games including Need for Speed, Madden NFL, The Sims and Pogo. She leads media sales across all EA ad vehicles, including sponsorship and dynamic in-game ads, web advertising, Pogo.com, social networks and mobile games.
Elizabeth has nearly twenty years of media experience both in sales and general management. She has continuously leveraged innovative technology to help marketers reach their customers and prospects in new and effective ways. Prior to joining EA, Elizabeth spent five years at Yahoo! where she served in a variety of positions, most recently as Vice President of Marketing Insights where she was responsible for leveraging Yahoo!’s unique consumer data to provide actionable business intelligence to marketers. She also served as Vice President of Category Strategy responsible for Yahoo!'s vertical team, and as Category Development Officer for the Technology and Telecommunications verticals.
Prior to Yahoo! she spent twelve years at CNET, ZDNet and PC Magazine holding various sales and general management positions before leaving CNET as SVP of Sales. Elizabeth began her career in non-profit, orchestrating citizen exchanges between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Online media pioneer, Jeff Hirsch has spent the last 14 years building successful media companies and establishing a reputation as an Internet guru. As CEO of AudienceScience, Jeff has been instrumental in assembling, and is responsible for steering one of the strongest management teams in the industry with deep domain expertise in technology, data and media. An accomplished and sought after advocate of the space, Jeff travels around the world espousing the virtually unlimited potential of online marketing and of AudienceScience’s esteemed position in the ecosystem.
Jeff has held executive leadership positions at leading media, advertising and promotions companies. In 1988, he founded Xymox Systems, Inc. (now Xytech Systems), which he ultimately sold in 1995 after steering the company to a position on the 1994 Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies. In addition to his expertise in incubating companies for strategic growth, Jeff has held sales and marketing management positions in various start-up and later-stage technology and media companies.
Prior to joining AudienceScience, Jeff was SVP of business development for ValueClick, Inc. where he orchestrated building and strengthening the company's cross-divisional publisher relationships. Jeff joined ValueClick from Fastclick, where he served as chief revenue officer for over four years. While at Fastclick, Jeff was instrumental in building and establishing the company as a premiere Internet advertising network business that was purchased by ValueClick in 2005 for over $210M.
Jeff holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with high honors.
Greg McCastle works on the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) at AT&T as Senior Vice President-Advanced Ad Solutions. His directive is on selling AT&T’s suite of products (AT&T UVerse IPTV, AT&T Mobility, AT&T Broadband, and AT&T Local Search) to top Fortune 1,000 advertisers, interfacing with large national brands and their advertising agencies to promote AT&T products as an integral part of the advertising and marketing mix. Agencies that McCastle concentrates on include global holding companies with U.S.-based operations such as WPP, Omnicom, Publicis Groupe, Interpublic and Havas.
Before joining the company in early 2009, Greg was Executive Vice President/General Manager for TV and digital media at Westwood One. Prior to that, he ran Ad Sales at the Weather Channel Companies, News Digital Media, Fox Sports Net and Raycom Sports.
David J. Moore is Chairman of Xaxis and President of WPP Digital. In both roles, he seeks to accelerate Xaxis’ and WPP Digital’s growth worldwide.
Dave has over 35 years of experience in media and technology. He finds new ways of making technologies work for marketers – from the early ad networks to search engine marketing, behavioral targeting, and today's opportunity: big data. He founded and led 24/7 Media’s (now Xaxis) growth from start-up to a leader in digital marketing and ad technology. He is a seasoned executive with expertise in all facets of the digital advertising industry. He is a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB’s) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Previously the IAB’s Chairman from 2009 to 2011, Dave has been an active member since 2002. He also serves on the boards of DASL and DTSI, which are both joint ventures with Dentsu in Japan and Korea; the Board of Directors of the Advertising Education Foundation (AEF), and on the Board of Directors for Visible Technologies, an industry leading provider of social media monitoring and engagement solutions.
Dave is a triathlete and has run the last 12 NYC Marathons.
As Chief Client Officer, Dave Morris is responsible for driving the revenue strategy for CBS Interactive. This includes the management of advertising programs across the company, as well as overseeing a go-to-market sales strategy that supports the company’s revenue plan. As CCO, Morris works closely with his counterparts at CBS TV to develop exciting cross platform opportunities for CBS' customers.
In addition, Morris sits on the board of directors at the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Morris joined CNET Networks in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Network Sales, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate sales accounts. CNET Networks was acquired by CBS Corporation in June 2008.
A veteran of Time Inc., Morris has more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and publishing experience. Prior to CNET Networks, Morris was President and Publisher of Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, where he led the publication and website to record profits and audience numbers.
Prior to Entertainment Weekly, Morris was Publisher of Sports Illustrated. As Publisher, he also directed the advertising sales for the magazine’s bonus editorial sections (including SI Golf Plus), SI’s custom publishing arm, Sports Illustrated Presents, as well as its home on the Internet, SI.com. Before becoming a Time Inc. veteran, he was a sales representative for Parents magazine and a media planner at SSC&B (now Lowe Worldwide).
Peter Naylor is the Executive Vice President of Sales for NBC News Digital. He oversees advertising sales for the company’s digital properties including NBC.com, NBCSports.com and NBCOlympics.com, CNBC.com, SyFy.com, Oxygen.com, Bravotv.com, USANetwork.com, AccessHollywood.com, and the Universal Audience Platform.
Peter spearheaded the launch of the Universal Audience Platform, a “first party” online ad network of NBCU owned-and-operated digital properties reaching 60 million unique users each month.
He also leads the sales efforts of emerging digital platforms around Social TV like BravoNow, NBCLive, Syfy Sync, Oxygen Connect, and Sunday Night Football Extra, as well as mobile experiences for each brand on smart phone and tablet platforms.
Peter sits on the boards of the IAB (current Chairman) and The Online Publishers’ Association (current treasurer). He also serves on the Digital Marketing Board of Governors for dmg world media. In addition, he was a founding board member of 212, a New York interactive media trade association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and English from Denison University in Ohio.
Mike Perlis is President and Chief Executive Officer at Forbes Media. Mike joined Forbes from SoftBank Capital, where he served as a Venture Partner. Before joining SoftBank, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ziff Davis Publishing and was responsible for the worldwide management of these pre-eminent technology publishing properties and related products worldwide. Mike dramatically repositioned the core Ziff Davis brands from a PC focus to an internet-centric position. He directed the partner relationship for content and brand development with ZDNet.
Before joining Ziff Davis, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer at TVSM from June 1996 to September 1998. From 1989 to 1994, he served as President of the Playboy Publishing Group, overseeing all publishing and related product activity worldwide. He was responsible for the launch of the Playboy new media initiative (playboy.com) and managed its direct marketing businesses.
He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of IDG Peterborough, publisher of Gentlemen's Quarterly and built the Rodale Active Sports Network (including the founding of Men's Health and the acquisition of Runner's World). He has early roots in the technology-publishing arena. Mike began his career in media and co-founded New England Publications in Camden, Maine.
James Pitaro is Co-President of Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG), the interactive entertainment segment of The Walt Disney Company.
In his role, Jimmy oversees Disney Online, which serves as the online, mobile web, and social media gateway to everything Disney. Disney Online produces number one ranked community-family and parenting web destinations, made up of Disney.com and the Disney Family network of web sites, which includes Disney Family.com, FamilyFun.com, Kaboose.com, and Babyzone.com. He also oversees DigiSynd, which manages The Walt Disney Company’s brand presence in the social media space.
Prior to joining DIMG, Jimmy served as Vice President of Yahoo! Media where he was responsible for guiding the strategic growth and continued development of Yahoo!’s media properties. Prior to that role, he was Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Sports where he was credited with leading the web site to its position as the number one online sports destination. Previous to that role, Jimmy served as Vice President and Head of Business Affairs for Yahoo! Music, where he was instrumental in making it the web’s number one music site.
Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law School.
Randall Rothenberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer of IAB, the trade association for interactive marketing. IAB represents over 500 leading interactive companies. Its members include Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, The New York Times, Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal, CBS, Cars.com, Yelp, and scores of other ad-supported digital media companies, which are responsible for selling more than 86 percent of online advertising in the U.S. To support the growth of the interactive advertising and marketing industries, IAB serves as the industry’s public policy and lobbying organization, market and consumer research center, training and development base, and hub for the development of technical standards and operating best practices. IAB has 40 affiliate associations around the world.
Randall led the IAB from 2007 through 2010, and rejoined the association in March 2011, after a stint as Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Time Inc. Prior to his IAB role, Randall was the Senior Director of Intellectual Capital of Booz Allen Hamilton, the international strategy and technology consulting firm, where he oversaw business development, knowledge management, and thought leadership activities, and directed the award-winning quarterly business magazine strategy+business, Strategy+Business Books, www.strategy-business.com, and other electronic and print publications published by Booz Allen for senior business executives. Previously, he served as the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to Booz Allen, he spent six years at The New York Times, where he was the technology editor and politics editor of the Sunday magazine, the daily advertising columnist, and a media and marketing reporter. For 10 years, he was a marketing and media columnist for Advertising Age, and he continues to blog on the subject at www.randallrothenberg.com. Randall is the author of Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994), a critically-acclaimed chronicle of the birth, evolution, and death of a single advertising campaign.
Tina Sharkey, BabyCenter's Chairman and Global President, is a pioneer in the development of leading consumer media brands and new media applications that bring value to consumers' lives. She has more than 20 years of experience in the evolution of new media, ranging from the introduction of HDTV to the forefront of Web 2.0.
Tina has been featured as a Top Leader in Technology by Businessweek, Fast Company, USA Today and Advertising Age, and currently serves on the boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and ad:tech.
Tina has led BabyCenter to become the web's number one global interactive parenting and pregnancy destination, reaching more than 25 million parents across 22 markets worldwide every month. She has also positioned BabyCenter as the established leader in providing mom insights and innovative interactive marketing solutions to the world's leading brands.
Tina is also a strong believer in BabyCenter's emotional connection to moms and its role in guiding them on their journey through motherhood. As part of that effort, she has been an advocate for new global mobile health initiatives that will empower women to take a more active role in their own health and the health of their children.