Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her first book, Sticks and Stones: The New World of Bullying, will be published by Random House early next year.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
David Bennahum is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Punch! Media. Punch! produces and distributes smart, topical, and irreverent news and entertainment apps for iPad and other touch devices. Prior to Punch!, David founded The American Independent News Network in 2006, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2011. David’s career in new media began as a founding writer with Wired magazine in 1994. His reporting on the rise of the Internet and its impact on our culture was published in The New York Times, New York magazine, and The Economist. David’s business career included guiding online strategy for several Fortune 500 corporations and partnership in a New York-based private equity fund that invested in next generation wireless mobile services. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Major League Baseball Advanced Media
Bob Bowman joined Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, as its first President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000 following two years of work in the Internet space. MLBAM was created in June 2000 when the owners of the 30 professional baseball teams voted to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations under one roof. MLBAM operates the official League site, www.MLB.com, as well as each of the 30 individual team sites.
Prior to joining MLBAM, Bob was President and Chief Operating Officer of ITT Corporation one of the world’s largest and pre-eminent conglomerates. He joined ITT in 1991 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ITT Sheraton, the Boston-based global hotel network. In 1992 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the parent company before being named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995. Following the trivestiture of the Company’s business divisions in 1995, Bob successfully oversaw the growth and operations of the $8 billion conglomerate until its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 1998. During his tenure, Bob and the senior management team at ITT created more than $25 billion of value for the company’s shareholders.
Before joining ITT he served as Treasurer for the State of Michigan from 1983 to 1991. The youngest State Treasurer in the nation at the time of his appointment, during his eight year term he grew the State’s pension system from $6 billion to $19 billion in asset value, and improved the State’s credit rating from BBB to AA.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Rio D. Caraeff serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of VEVO, the leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. He is based in VEVO’s New York City headquarters. VEVO also has offices in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco.
Prior to joining VEVO in 2009, Mr. Caraeff was Executive Vice President of UMG’s eLabs, the division responsible for handling the company’s electronic commerce initiatives, Internet exploitation, and new technology business opportunities worldwide.
Previously, Mr. Caraeff served as General Manager of Universal Music Mobile, the division he launched in 2005. Under his leadership, the company sold over 300 million mobile music units and its business expanded more than 200%.
Prior to joining UMG, Mr. Caraeff’s extensive background included working in new technologies across virtually all areas of entertainment including film, television, music and games for such companies as Sony Pictures Digital, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony 550 Digital Media Ventures, Capitol Records Group, Propaganda Films/PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Generator Digital Post, and Crunch Media Group. Mr. Caraeff also served as Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Fabric, a consultancy firm whose client roster included Sony and Miller Brewing Company.
Mr. Caraeff was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50 (2012), Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 (2011, 2010, 2009), Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business (2011), Evening Standard’s London’s Most Influential People (2011), Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment (2010) and The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation (2003) as one of the top 35 executives under 35 in Hollywood. He was also named one of the top digital executives to watch in 2010 by both the Los Angeles Times and Digital Media Wire.
Chief Political Correspondent
John Dickerson is Slate’s chief political correspondent, the political director of CBS News, and the author of On Her Trail.
Content and Distribution Guru
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Konrad Feldman co-founded Quantcast with the aim of transforming the consistency and performance of online advertising through science and scalable computing. Mr. Feldman has over 15 years’ experience in applying machine learning to the analysis of massive data sets across a diverse range of industries including banking, insurance, telecommunications, utilities and retail.
Quantcast is an audience measurement and targeting company. The pioneer of direct audience measurement, we start with the industry’s most in-depth understanding of digital audiences to help marketers and publishers buy and sell the most effective targeted advertising and drive conversions through the full funnel. Our products let publishers match their audience to the exact consumers an advertiser wants to reach with impression level targeting.
Today, Quantcast directly measures more than 100 million web destinations, collects well in excess of 500 Billion new data records every month and routinely processes more than 10 Petabytes of data every day.
Prior to Quantcast, Mr. Feldman received his BSc in Computer Science from University College London (UCL). Then, while enrolled as a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at UCL, Mr. Feldman co-founded his first company, Searchspace, which helped the global financial services industry detect terrorist financing and money laundering.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Greenberg is Chief Executive Officer of CollegeHumor Media, where he is responsible for the leadership, strategy, and day-to-day management of CollegeHumor.com, Jest.com, Dorkly.com, Sportspickle.com, and their related mobile and social applications. He also oversees CollegeHumor Media’s TV development and production groups and its licensing division.
During his tenure, he has grown revenue and traffic 40 percent year-over-year. The sites now reach over 17 million monthly visitors and serve 100 million monthly video views. CollegeHumor is also the 7th largest channel on YouTube with 2.7 million subscribers.
Previously, as President, Digital, of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, he was responsible for 10 digital properties (including RealSimple.com, MyRecipes.com, CookingLight.com, and AllYou.com), which reach 16 million combined monthly unique visitors and achieved over 50 percent year-over-year growth.
In 2009, Paul was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 50 Digital Power” executives while serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of TV Guide Digital. During his four-year tenure at the leading entertainment and video content portal, he increased the site’s traffic from 4 million monthly uniques to 21 million.
Paul is also very involved in the New York start-up community as a mentor for TechStars, First Growth Venture Network and Entrepreneur's Roundtable.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He currently resides in New York City.
Head of Global Strategic Partnerships
As Head of Global Strategic Partnerships, Kim Kadlec is focused on building alliances with leading, large-scale organizations to strengthen and grow the audience for AOL's brands and platforms worldwide.
Kim draws upon extensive experience of building brands on a global scale. Before joining AOL, she spent eight years with Johnson & Johnson, steering the company's global media and marketing presence — focused on innovation, content and technology as a way to determine optimal media investment strategies.
Prior to J&J, she was Vice President, Branded Entertainment with NBC Universal, where she launched the company's first division dedicated to integrating brand storytelling into TV programming.
Kim is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Farmer School of Business at Miami University (Ohio), and sits on the Board of DoSomething.org.
Senior Vice President, Research, Analytics, and Measurement
Sherrill Mane joined the IAB in 2007 as our first SVP Industry Services. Sherrill has led industry efforts to establish metrics and build measurement systems that facilitate the growth of interactive media. Sherrill is responsible for numerous IAB initiatives, including fostering greater awareness of interactive advertising opportunities in the traditional media agency community. She oversees the creation of market-making research and the collateral materials associated with findings that grow the business. Since 2011, Sherrill has been the IAB lead on the groundbreaking cross ecosystem collaboration with the agencies (4A’s) and marketers (ANA) known as Making Measurement Make Sense (3MS). Previously, she spent 14 years at Turner Broadcasting Sales, holding a variety of senior advertising sales support positions for the News division, most recently as Senior Vice President of Market Strategy. Earlier in her career, she held diverse positions at Nielsen Media Research and Group W Satellite Communications. Sherrill draws on her experience in TV and digital sales marketing to lead IAB’s Sales Executive Council. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Her graduate studies focused on the social psychology of mass media.
In 2012, Sherrill was named a Media Maven by Advertising Age.
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Elizabeth is responsible for global digital marketing, social media, marketing communications, public relations, corporate communications, and reputation management on behalf of the Four Seasons brand. With an ever-expanding portfolio of hotels in more than 35 countries, building the brand’s reputation and leadership in the luxury sector through strategic marketing activities is both challenging and rewarding.
“I started my career in retail operations many years ago, and gained a real appreciation for the work and attention to detail that make great customer service possible,” says Elizabeth. “Four Seasons, with its combination of quality, top talent, and a passion for excellence, is a dream brand to promote, because it truly does bring the best to bear in creating memorable experiences for our guests the world over; experiences that are rooted in an exceptional service culture.”
Her scope of responsibility encompasses the company’s brand-level communications activities in interactive, digital, advertising, promotions, direct marketing, and the Four Seasons magazine and newsletters. Elizabeth also oversees strategic media relations outreach; crisis management; corporate social responsibility initiatives and reputation management.
She joined Four Seasons in 1999 from Hill & Knowlton Canada, where she was Vice President and Practice Leader for the Marketing Communications group. Prior to Hill & Knowlton, Elizabeth was an Account Director with Strategic Objectives Inc., an award-winning consumer media relations boutique agency. She began her marketing career managing media and employee communications for a women’s wear retail chain.
Elizabeth graduated from Ryerson University with a business degree in retail management. Before focusing on communications and public relations, she worked in operations as a sales trainer and sales manager in the retail sector.
When she’s not at the airport suffering through another security line, Elizabeth lives in Toronto with her husband. Her favorite pastimes include cooking up a storm for family and friends, reading the Sunday papers, and spending time in the garden.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He’s the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.
As Editorial Director for Flipboard Josh Quittner works with publishers to help create great editorial experiences that take full advantage of the social magazine. Additionally, his editorial thinking guides the evolution of Flipboard itself.
Inspired by the beauty and ease of print media, Flipboardʼs mission is to fundamentally improve how people discover, view, and share content across their social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Instead of scrolling down a stream or timeline, Flipboard presents the updates, links, articles, and photos that people are sharing like a magazine.
Josh joined Flipboard from Time. Inc., where he worked for many years, most recently as Editorial Director, Digital, for Time Inc.’s News, Sports, and Business Group and wrote about consumer technology in Fortune and Time magazine. Besides editing and writing, he worked with a variety of titles to create digital magazine prototypes for tablet computers. He oversaw development of Time’s iPad version, which debuted with the launch of the tablet in April 2010, then helped with the launch of the tablet versions of Sports Illustrated, Fortune and others.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.
Chief Revenue Officer
Andy Wiedlin is a respected Internet veteran and responsible for leading BuzzFeed’s revenue growth strategy and audience outreach. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, he was the Senior Vice President of Sales at Huffington Post where he pioneered the idea of social news, built a successful sales team, developed a market strategy, and defined social marketing products. Andy got his start in the social space in 2008 at MySpace as Vice President of Sales. From 2003 to 2008, Andy worked at Yahoo! as Vice President of the Northwest Region. Previously he served as Executive Director at iVillage and Vice President of Sales at WeddingChannel.com. Before diving into online in 1999, Andy spent five years with AT&T International/Bell Labs. He spent ten years working abroad, primarily in Japan and Australia. Andy has a Master’s Degree in Pacific International Affairs (with a focus on Marketing and Japanese Language) from the University of California, San Diego.
Chief Creative Officer
Hearst Digital Media
Troy Young is president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this position, Young oversees the digital content, technology, operations, product and business development strategies for the magazine division’s 26 online brands, which total more than 60 million unique visitors and 640 million page views monthly.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media manages 26 websites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as Delish.com, a food site in partnership with MSN; MisQuinceMag.com; and RealBeauty.com.
Prior to Hearst, Young, a digital media executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in digital publishing and advertising, was president of Say Media. He joined Say (previously VideoEgg) in its early stages and shaped its corporate, product and brand strategy, built and led the marketing, sales and editorial organizations, and oversaw acquisitions. Young developed the content portfolio to include fast-growing brands xoJane, Remodelista and ReadWrite and created a groundbreaking advertising approach and engagement pricing model, growing the company to $100 million in revenue.
Before Say, Young was chief experience officer of the Omnicom digital agency Organic, advising on strategy and creating award-winning work for clients including American Express, Virgin Mobile, Sirius XM, Chrysler and Bank of America. He has held board and advisory roles with a number of digital media, mobile and commerce companies, including Refinery29—the digital media and ecommerce website in which Hearst is an investor—BuzzMedia (now Spinmedia), a digital publisher of pop culture and music brands, and ticketing and e-commerce platform CrowdSurge.