Board Nominee Bios
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).
Mark Howard is Chief Revenue Officer at Forbes Media. In this role, he is responsible for the U.S. and European digital and print sales organization, marketing and advertising solutions. Previously, he was SVP of Digital Advertising Strategy.
Mark also held the position of SVP and VP of Digital Advertising Sales for Forbes Media, overseeing the global sales team in its online sales efforts as well leading the Western Region team in its integrated sales efforts. He was also charged with developing the corporate digital sales strategy, which included new product development, the creation and development of audience segmentation programs and strategic planning.
Mark joined Forbes Media as a Regional Sales Manager in 2002. During his time at Forbes, he has also served as West Coast Digital Sales Director and Western Region Director of Integrated Sales.
Prior to joining Forbes Media, Mark held sales positions at Inc. and Fast Company magazines, as well as E-Trade Financial. He began his career as a media planner at Anderson & Lembke.
As Senior Vice President of Digital Advertising Sales, Sales Strategy, and Client Solutions at Discovery Communications, Suzanne McDonnell is charged with leading Digital Advertising across the extensive Discovery portfolio, including Discovery Networks, Revision3, and Emerging Products & Platforms.
McDonnell leads her team with advertising strategies and partnership opportunities that span convergent experiences, web originals, live programming, and branded entertainment. Prior to joining Discovery Communications in 2012, McDonnell served as Senior Vice President, Digital Fusion at Viacom Media Networks. McDonnell led Digital Fusion, a client-centric innovation team that fused insights, technology and creativity to drive engagement and create deeper, more meaningful connections between advertisers and their shared fans.
Previously, McDonnell held agency leadership roles at Berlin Cameron, Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett. She holds a B.S. in Economics from Colgate University. McDonnell is based in Discovery’s New York office.
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).
Jim is currently SVP, Head of Sales for AOL Advertising, based in New York City. Jim manages the national team responsible for selling on-line advertising to advertising agencies and national business through a staff of 600+ responsible for $1B+ in revenue. Jim is on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Ad Club.
Jim Norton was Team Manger for Google's Agency Activation Team based out of the Cambridge office. The team was responsible for managing mid-tier business across over 180 national advertising agencies. The team sells and services Google's complete suite of advertising products, including search, display on the Google Content Network, YouTube, Feedburner, as well as Google's test products off-line with TV and Radio. Jim was at Google since the Fall of '06, where he started as Senior AE on the Northeast TechBtoB team.
Prior to Google, Jim spent 4 years as Sales Manager at WLVI-TV, Boston's WB, a Tribune Broadcasting station. Jim managed a team responsible for TV ad sales to agencies and direct clients.
Jim has also held various sales and marketing positions including Brand Marketing Manager at Miller Brewing Company and radio sales at Kiss 108FM, Boston.
Jim is a 'Triple Eagle' having graduated from BC High ('86), Boston College (Communications, '90) and BC MBA (Marketing, '01). Jim lives in Cohasset, MA with his wife, Katie, and 3 sons, Jack, Ryan and Charlie.
In addition to being an avid runner, cyclist and rookie tri-athlete, he is an active parishioner at St. Anthony’s Parish in Cohasset and coach for Cohasset Little League.
Leslie Picard is President of Time Inc. Branded Solutions, the integrated full-service multi-platform sales, marketing and creative organization that serves Time Inc.’s largest advertisers.
Ms. Picard and her team harness the power of Time Inc.’s brands – which engage more than 135 million consumers monthly across an array of platforms, including mobile and tablets, television, video and events -- to deliver custom integrated marketing programs that deliver measurable results for clients.
Most recently, Ms. Picard introduced to the marketplace a suite of next generation advertising solutions that leverage social media and audience targeting techniques, as well as a new service, ShopperLink, which develops shopper marketing programs for advertisers.
During her tenure, Ms. Picard also facilitated a partnership with Smithsonian Media to include its properties among Time Inc.’s sales and marketing offerings, delivering additional scale and assets to advertisers. Ms. Picard also collaborates closely with American Express Publishing to create unparalleled programs for luxury advertisers. Time Inc. Branded Solutions is a consistent winner of industry awards and accolades, including being named MIN’s Marketing Team of the Year 2010.
Ms. Picard previously held the title of President, Time Inc. Corporate Sales & Marketing, and prior to that, Senior Vice President, Time Inc. Corporate Sales & Marketing.
Before joining Time Inc., she was the Vice President and Publisher of Bon Appétit, where she successfully repositioned the magazine as a premiere luxury brand. Previous positions at Condé Nast included: Vice President of Corporate Sales—where she oversaw corporate accounts representing 75 percent of the company’s total advertising revenues; Advertising Director for Vanity Fair; and Corporate Advertising Director for the Condé Nast Media Group. Prior to Condé Nast she was an Advertising Manager for Primedia’s New York Magazine.
Ms. Picard attended the University of Rhode Island where she received a B.A. in Political Science and German. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.
Penry Price is the vice president of global sales for LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions business. In this role he oversees the large global team responsible for building the strategic partnerships necessary to raise awareness of and drive revenue for the company and its customers. His deep knowledge and passion for the advertising ecosystem plays a significant role in the transformation of LinkedIn’s advertising business as it evolves into a content marketing platform for brands.
Penry joined LinkedIn from Dstillery (formerly Media6Degrees), where as President, he provided direction for the ad tech firm’s partnerships and managed day-to-day revenue and marketing operations. Prior to his tenure at Dstillery, he held many top sales positions at Google. There, he led the North American Sales and Account Management teams before leading business strategy and global partnerships with advertising agencies – a part of Google’s business that represented 30% of its global revenue. He ended his seven-year tenure at Google as Vice President of Global Agency Sales and Partnerships.
Penry spent his early career in a variety of sales and sales management roles at Wenner Media and Hachette Filipacchi.
Penry holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College. In 2008, he was named to the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement, which includes people who have demonstrated great leadership in the industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) and the Board of Directors of Dstillery. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Outward Bound USA, and sits on the Board of Governors of dmg Media.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer, Drew Schutte leads the digital revenue strategy for Condé Nast and serves as the primary liaison between CNTechnology, CNMG and Condé Nast’s iconic media brands.
Previously, Mr. Schutte was Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Condé Nast Digital. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Publisher of The New Yorker, after serving for 7 years as Vice President and Publishing Director of Wired Media. At Wired Media, he oversaw not only Wired magazine, but also Wired Digital, and Wired brand extensions such as NextFest, the Wired Store, and Wired Home. During his tenure, Wired magazine was named to AdWeek's "Digital Hot List."
In November 2005, Mr. Schutte launched the Wired Store, an annual holiday shopping destination for tech enthusiasts. Mr. Schutte was also responsible for the creation of the acclaimed Wired NextFest and was instrumental in the creation of the spin-off magazine, Wired Test, a must-have buyers’ guide for consumer electronics and gadgets. Before joining Wired in 1995, Mr. Schutte worked at Business Week, Inc., PC Week, and PC Magazine.
Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, operates in 25 countries. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes eighteen consumer magazines, two trade publications and twenty-seven websites that garner international acclaim and unparalleled consumer engagement.
As president of Cablevision's Local Media group, Tad Smith is responsible for Cablevision Media Sales, the company's advertising sales division, as well as the company's media and programming properties that are focused specifically on the communities Cablevision serves. These properties include Newsday Media Group with assets such as Long Island's leading daily newspaper Newsday, its popular website, Newsday.com, and am New York, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City. Also part of the Local Media group are Cablevision's News 12 Networks, consisting of 12 local news, weather and traffic channels, and MSG Varsity, a suite of television and interactive services dedicated to covering high school sports and activities across the tri-state area.
Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Smith worked for Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a worldwide provider of business information. An accomplished veteran of both print and electronic operations, he most recently served as chief executive officer of the company's U.S. division, Reed Business Information (RBI), where he had leadership and operational oversight for a number of well-known brands, including Variety, Daily Variety, Publishers Weekly, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. He also was responsible for developing and running RBI's digital media businesses, including its extensive e-commerce operations.
Previously, Mr. Smith was senior vice president of e-commerce for Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive global Internet strategy for the company. From 1996 to 1998, he was with BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of global publisher Bertelsmann AG, where he served as head of the company's merchandising unit, and managed strategy, acquisition and restructuring for its North American business units, including Arista Records, RCA Records, BMG Direct Record Clubs and BMG Music Publishing. Mr. Smith began his business career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., a leading global management consulting firm advising corporations, industry, governments and institutions.
He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the R.W. van de Velde Prize. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Smith also served on the Dean's Leadership Council of the Woodrow Wilson School.
He won Folio's Executive of the Year in 2008, min's Top Executive of the Year in 2007, and Media Business' Top Innovator in 2007, and was inducted into the Digital Media Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jon Steinberg is the President & Chief Operating Officer of BuzzFeed and is responsible for all business management, company operations, finance, and social advertising operations. Steinberg joined BuzzFeed in June 2010 growing the company from 15 employees to over 300. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed has grown into a global and profitable social advertising business that works with over half of the top 100 brands. Steinberg was named one of AdAge's Media Mavens in 2012.
Steinberg was previously Strategic Partner Development Manager on Google’s SMB (Small Medium Business) Partnerships team. Prior to Google, Jon was the Director of Business Development at Majestic Research and the founder of iBuilding, a commercial real estate software company backed by Tishman Speyer Properties, Benchmark Capital, and 12 Entrepreneuring.
He is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Paley Center Media Council. He lives with his wife, two little kids, and cat on the Upper East Side.