Board Nominee Bios
Alisa Bowen is general manager of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, the company’s consumer digital business group, a position she has held since December 2010.
In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategy, development and operations for market-leading products, including WSJ.com, Barrons.com, SmartMoney.com, AllThingD.com and their mobile applications. In addition to WSJDN, she also supervises FINS.com and the company’s digital classifieds business.
Prior to joining Dow Jones, Ms. Bowen had been senior vice president and head of business operations for Reuters Media at Thomson Reuters. In nearly 10 years at the company, she was the global head of consumer publishing and was responsible for global product development, general manager of Reuters.com and a business analyst and media strategist.
Ms. Bowen has an MBA from the London Business School and an undergraduate degree from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She currently serves on the board of the Online Publishers Association.
As AOL’s Chief Revenue Officer and President of AOL Advertising, Ned Brody oversees AOL’s global O&O advertising and ad network business, sales, and advertising and publishing products. In addition to overseeing the AOL Advertising sales force, Ned oversees the AOL Advertising.com group which consists of Advertising.com, Advertising.com’s Sponsored Listings, ADTECH, Video (inclusive of AOL Video, goviral and 5min Media), Pictela and Content Solutions. Ned and his leadership team are focused on positioning AOL as a global partner for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their online brands through premium formats, video, content, networks, platforms and monetization.
Ned previously served as AOL’s Executive Vice President of Paid Services, where he led the company’s paid services division including management of dial-up and premium broadband subscription services as well as the development of new paid services.
Prior to joining AOL, Ned was founder and CEO of ARPU, Inc. a company that focused on increasing the average revenue per user for companies like McAfee, Dell, and AOL. ARPU had been designed as a spin-out of AOL, where he worked as Senior Vice President of Premium Services from 2003-2004.
Earlier in his career, Ned was a Partner, founder of the Internet Practice and Head of the San Francisco office for Mercer Management Consulting. He left Mercer to join Looksmart, an early search monetization company, where he first ran ecommerce and major partnerships and then became the CFO.
Ned holds a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife Toni and their twins in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.
Jean-Paul Colaco joined Hulu as Senior Vice President of Advertising where he is responsible for all advertising sales and operations as well as innovating on advertising products and services. Before joining Hulu, JP spent over 12 years at the Walt Disney Company, where he last served as Senior Vice President, Business Development reporting directly to CEO, Bob Iger. Previously, JP was President and General Manager of Radio Disney worldwide, a music intensive radio network for kids and families. JP’s experience also includes McKinsey and Co. where he served as a consultant focused on strategic planning for entertainment and high technology companies. JP earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario in Canada where he was President of the Students’ Council. JP received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Michael Keriakos is the co-founder and President of Everyday Health. Keriakos oversees Everyday Health’s revenue generating activities including business development, marketing, and advertising sales. Prior to founding Everyday Health, Keriakos served as Director of Sponsorships at Beliefnet, Inc.; developed and implemented a customer acquisition program for iVillage, which generated 4,000 customers and six figures in revenue; and developed and implemented marketing strategies for TheStreet, Doughnet, GovBargains, and Dietsmart where he helped establish and implement Dietsmart’s online marketing programs.
Keriakos also served as the Director of Business Development and Membership Acquisition for FamilyPoint, which was acquired by iVillage for $30 million.
Keriakos graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Paul Palmieri is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Millennial Media. Paul has spent the past 17 years building businesses in and around the wireless technology and media industries, and as a founder, corporate executive, investor, industry leader and entrepreneur, his work has had a profound impact on the growth of the mobile industry.
Paul has built Millennial Media - called the “Silent Giant” in mobile - into the independent leader in mobile advertising and data. He is also well known for his influential role in mobile entertainment and advertising, having led the mobile multimedia business for Verizon Wireless where he served as an executive for five years. His establishment of new and successful business models has been credited with playing a key role in the birth of the now thriving app economy, mobile display advertising market, text interaction, and the mobile game industry.
Paul was honored as the 2011 Executive of the Year in media and entertainment by the American Business Awards (the Stevies), and he was previously named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Maryland in 2010. Millennial Media was named the top digital media company as the 2010 Overall winner for OnMedia, and the winner of the 2010 Stevie award for most innovative company. The company has more than 200 employees worldwide and is based in the Canton section of Baltimore with offices in NY, London, Singapore, SF, DC and LA.
In 2011, Millennial Media was ranked #74 on the Inc. 500/5000; the company has raised over 65MM in Venture Capital, and acquired two technology companies in the past three years.
Paul is active in industry leadership, serving as a Board Member of the IAB; the Global Vice Chair of the Mobile Marketing Association, and as a member of the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus Leadership Council. Paul is also an active industry speaker, appearing on networks like CNBC and at conferences like GSMA’s Mobile World Congress.
Paul received a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1992 and lives in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Wayne Powers is Senior Vice President, Advertising Sales for North America. In this role, Powers oversees overall sales, account management, marketplaces and marketing solutions for advertisers as he expands Yahoo!’s industry leading position and drives revenue growth by leveraging its unique combination of science, art and scale.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Powers was President of the Media Group at Time, Inc. where he was responsible for Time Inc. Corporate Sales and Marketing. Powers also oversaw Time Inc. Content Solutions, Media Networks, Inc. (MNI) and Targeted Media, Inc. and delivered unrivaled marketing solutions to clients that spanned print, digital, mobile, and events. He also created and launched the Time Inc. Digital Network and drove integrated sales across all Time, Inc. properties.
Previously, Powers served as President of MNI and Targeted Media at Time Inc., generating record growth at both companies. Media Networks was one of the first integrated sales teams within Time Inc. and Powers led the successful launch of Time Inc.’s digital business. He joined Time Inc. in 1998 as Vice President of Sales at MNI, and led the sales staff to record-level success.
Before joining Time Inc., Powers held several senior level sales executive positions in the consumer packaged goods industry. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Advertising Club and the Board of California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and he has also served on the executive committee for the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA).
Powers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ohio State University.
He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys running, baseball, tennis, and golf. He resides in Connecticut with his wife, Pam, and their two sons.
Vivek Shah is CEO of Ziff Davis, Inc., a leading digital media company specializing in the technology market. Shah was formerly group president, digital for Time Inc.’s news, business and sports properties, which include Time.com, Life.com, CNNMoney.com, SI.com, FanNation.com, Golf.com and SIKids.com.
Previously, Shah 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.
As executive vice president, advertising sales, Discovery Communications U.S., Evan Sternschein oversees Discovery’s advertising sales headquarters in N.Y., as well as the regional sales offices and is responsible for all negotiations with advertising clients and agencies for Discovery’s suite of U.S. networks and digital properties.
Under his leadership, Sternschein has billed $1.5 billion in national ad sales revenue, and most recently, has integrated the television and digital ad sales teams. In 2010, was inducted into the Cable Fax Ad Sales Hall of Fame.
Based in N.Y., Sternschein was promoted from executive vice president advertising sales and network strategies, Discovery Communications. Before that, he was senior vice president, advertising sales. Prior to joining Discovery, he served as executive vice president, sales and marketing solutions at the Excite Network (owners of Excite.com and Iwon.com). During his tenure, Sternschein built the sales department from the ground up, hiring 90 staff and opening offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. In addition, he brought in more than 100 blue chip advertisers, helped the company reach profitability and served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).
Previously, Sternschein spent 12 years in ad sales at ESPN, rising to the level of executive vice president, national sales, ESPN/ABC customer marketing and sales. Among his many accomplishments at ESPN, Sternschein was responsible for generating $2 billion in revenue across all ESPN/ABC Sports networks and properties, and was instrumental in merging the sales departments of ESPN and ABC sports.
Sternschein began his career working at ad agencies McCann-Erickson, Inc. and Wells Rich Greene, Inc. on client accounts, including Cosmair-L’Oreal, Texas Instruments, Nestlé and AT&T (at McCann-Erickson) and Procter & Gamble, Midas, Ford Corporate, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Ralston Purina (at Wells Rich Greene).
Sternschein earned his bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and his master’s degree from Boston University. He currently resides in Long Island, N.Y. with his wife and two children, and sits on the Cable Board of City Meals on Wheels.
As president of ValueClick Media, Bill Todd leads the organization in North America and serves on the executive management team of ValueClick, Inc.
Mr. 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 president in October, 2008.
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 serves on the board of directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).
Rik van der Kooi is Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Advertising Business Group (MSA BG). In this capacity, van der Kooi has overall responsibility for building and scaling Microsoft's advertising offerings globally. The MSA BG is the advertising engine that monetizes Microsoft’s consumer assets, generating in excess of US$4 billion annually. The MSA BG defines the advertising product strategy, marketing and sales motion for search, display and emerging solutions across all surface areas, including PC, mobile, tablets, and TV platforms. Offerings include marketer and agency solutions, paid search, data and targeting offerings, the Microsoft Media Network, the Microsoft Advertising Exchange, Atlas, social media, mobile, publisher offerings, and premium brand display solutions. Van der Kooi is also accountable for the success of the combined Microsoft + Yahoo Search Alliance, and has executive oversight over the company's expanding digital ecosystem partnership strategy.
Prior to taking over as leader of MSA BG, van der Kooi served as CFO and corporate vice president of Microsoft's Online Services Division (OSD), where he was responsible for all financial matters for the group. Before that, he had stints as chief financial officer of Windows; general manager of finance and administration for the Sales, Marketing and Services Group in EMEA, based in Paris; and finance director for the Benelux countries. He joined Microsoft in 1999.
Before he joined Microsoft, van der Kooi was chief financial officer of IBC Vehicles Ltd, a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, in Luton, United Kingdom. He held several other finance and business positions within GM's European operations in Spain and the United Kingdom.
Van der Kooi holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona, Spain, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Nyenrode University in The Netherlands. He is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys running, soccer and music.
Denise F. Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer of The New York Times Media Group and general manager of NYTimes.com. Ms. Warren is responsible for advertising sales for The New York Times newspaper and magazines, for NYTimes.com, and for The International Herald Tribune. She is also general manager of NYTimes.com, and leads the business operations of the Web site. As chief advertising officer, a position she has held since June 2005, she has overseen the integration of advertising between The Times on the Web and the paper.
Ms. Warren has spent more than 20 years with the Times Company in leadership roles covering both traditional and emerging mediums, including newspapers, magazines, online, mobile and social networking platforms. She served as president of New York Women in Communications for 2009-2010. A graduate of Tulane University who earned an M.B.A. in communications and media management from Fordham University in 1992, Ms. Warren is a certified public accountant.
She lives in Long Island, N.Y. with her husband, two daughters and their dog, Jeter.
Lauren Wiener is Senior Vice President of Meredith Interactive Media, a position she has held since May 2005. In this role, she leads the company’s digital and emerging media business and oversees the Meredith Women’s Network, which serves more than 20 million women at every life stage and passion point. Wiener is responsible for all sales and marketing, business development, product development and brand communication for five premium Web businesses, including Meredith’s flagship brands – Better Homes and Gardens (BHG.com), Ladies’ Home Journal (LHJ.com) and Parents (Parents.com), as well as three vertical women’s networks focusing on food/shelter, parenting, and health/wellness.
Under Wiener’s leadership, Meredith Interactive’s core competency has expanded beyond content creation to become a powerhouse for generating subscriptions, customer service and email acquisition. She has used Meredith’s digital platforms to significantly increase the Company’s Internet revenues. Additionally, Wiener spearheaded the introduction of the Parents’ Portal (Parents.com) which attracts an average of more than 3 million monthly unique visitors with 40 million page views.
In 2008, Lauren was named to the FOLIO: 40, FOLIO Magazine’s annual list of magazine industry influencers and innovators. Wiener also oversaw the re-launch of BHG.com, the online home of Better Homes and Gardens, which won two min’s Best of the Web awards in 2008 for both Redesign/Relaunch and Team of Year. In 2007, the American Advertising Federation chose Wiener as an inductee into its prestigious Advertising Hall of Achievement.
Wiener joined Meredith in 2003 as Managing Director of Sales and Marketing. Her background includes two posts at Primedia, serving first as Vice President and General Manager of the American Baby Internet Group, and later as Vice President and General Manager of the Seventeen Internet Group. Prior to that, she spent two years as Senior Director of Business Development for Starmedia Network, Inc., where she helped a start-up grow into the largest Spanish and Portuguese new media company. Wiener has also served as Director of Business Development for MTV Networks and as a media consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Wiener earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Meredith is one of the nation’s leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine brands, book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media. Among Meredith media content are such well known brands as Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, Fitness, American Baby, Siempre Muher and ReadyMade – and approximately 200 special interest media titles.