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Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
AOL
@timarmstrongaol

Tim Armstrong is Chairman and CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in New York City. Today, AOL serves over 220M global consumers and is a leader in the digital content, video, and advertising industries. AOL owns and operates some of the largest and most influential brands and platforms on the internet, including AOL.com, AOL Mail, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Adap.tv, Advertising.com and AOL On. Under Tim’s leadership, AOL was spun out from TimeWarner in 2009 to become an NYSE-listed public company.

Prior to joining AOL, Tim served as President of Google's Americas Operations and served on the company's global operating committee. Prior to Google, Tim served as an executive of multiple internet and media companies, including Snowball, Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures, and Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation. Tim has started or co-founded multiple companies during his career.

Tim serves on the board of Priceline, a publically traded NASDAQ company. Tim is a graduate of Connecticut College where he has served as a trustee and Lawrence Academy where has also served as a trustee. Tim is currently on the Board of Directors of Waterside Charter School in Stamford, CT. An ardent champion of community service Tim was honored by the Ad Council with their 60th Annual Public Service Award in 2013.


Jeff BenjaminJeff Benjamin
Chief Creative Officer
JWT North America
@jeffb

Jeff Benjamin, former Partner and Chief Creative Officer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, joined JWT in 2012 as Chief Creative Officer, NA.

During his career, Jeff has navigated clients through the interactive landscape with great success, creating some of the world’s most famous campaigns. His ability to lead multi-national marketers to break new ground opens up endless possibilities for brands.

The work Jeff has created for brands such as Domino’s Pizza, Coke Zero, Microsoft, Kraft, and Best Buy are among the most successful marketing campaigns of all time.

Jeff has been recognized by every major industry award show, winning the Grand Prix at Cannes in 3 different categories, Best of Show at the One Show, and the Grand Clio at the Clio Awards. He served as the Cyber Jury President at Cannes in 2010, has been profiled in Fast Company and The New York Times, appeared in the ‘Creativity 50’ and is regularly called upon by television networks to comment on the state of the industry.


Katie CouricKatie Couric
Global Anchor
Yahoo News
@katiecouric

Katie Couric is the Global Anchor of Yahoo News, the number one online news source in the world, where she reports on live world events, anchors groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and is the host of the digital series World 3.0 and Now I Get It. She is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, and is the New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives. Couric is also an executive producer and narrator of the critically acclaimed documentary, Fed Up, which focuses on the alarming spread of childhood obesity, released in spring 2014.

Her steady rise in television news was affirmed over her unprecedented 15-year run as Co-Anchor of NBC News’ Today (1991-2006) and by becoming the first solo female anchor of a national nightly news broadcast, as Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (2006-2011). At CBS News, Couric was also a contributor to 60 MinutesCBS Sunday Morning, and CBS News primetime specials.

Couric joined the Disney/ABC Television Group in August 2011. 2012 saw the premiere of her eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, Katie. The show ran for two acclaimed seasons, during which time she also served as a special correspondent for ABC News, contributing to ABC World NewsNightline20/20Good Morning America, This Week, and primetime news specials from August 2011 to December 2013.

In addition to her career as an anchor and broadcast news reporter, Couric is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives and the co-author of two successful children’s books, The Brand New Kid and The Blue Ribbon Day. She also wrote a monthly column for Glamour magazine, featuring interviews with dynamic female role models, including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Her Royal Highness Queen Rania of Jordan.

Couric began her broadcast journalism career as a desk assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Over the next 10 years, she worked as an assignment editor, associate producer, producer, and political correspondent for CNN, and reported for WTVJ in Miami, Florida and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., before joining NBC News in 1989 as deputy Pentagon reporter. In June 1990, she was named NBC’s first national correspondent.

Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. She lives in New York with her husband, John Molner.


Mayur Gupta
Global Head, Marketing Technology & Operations
Kimberly-Clark
@inspiremartech

 


Nancy Hill
President and Chief Executive Officer
4A’s
@nhhill

 


Bob LiodiceBob Liodice
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of National Advertisers
@ANAmarketers

Bob Liodice was appointed president and chief executive officer of the ANA (Association of National Advertisers, Inc.) in 2003. Bob was previously executive vice president, responsible for member relations and business development with a primary focus on strengthening relationships with ANA member companies and broadening the membership base. He joined the ANA as senior vice president in 1995.

Prior to the ANA, Bob was vice president of global marketing and sales for Grupo Televisa, a major worldwide broadcaster. Previous experience includes more than 15 years in marketing and financial management at Kraft General Foods, including having served as category marketing manager for the Jell-O and Bakers brands.

He is a member of the boards of directors of The Advertising Council, Advertising Research Foundation, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, Advertising Educational Foundation, Advertising Week and the World Federation of Advertisers.


Sheldon Monteiro
Chief Technology Officer
SapientNitro
@sheldon_tm

 


Dawn OstroffDawn Ostroff
President
Condé Nast Entertainment


Dawn Ostroff is president of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that focuses on the development, production, and distribution of original television, feature film, and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands.

Prior to joining Condé Nast in the fall of 2011, Ms. Ostroff launched and led the new CW broadcast network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros., beginning January 2006. As president of entertainment, she was responsible for all aspects of the CW’s creative efforts, including programming, digital initiatives, branding, and marketing, and developed a multitude of groundbreaking hit series—among them, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and America’s Next Top Model. In an effort to engage the digital CW generation across multiple platforms, Ms. Ostroff and her team developed cutting-edge strategies for leveraging interactive content and revenue opportunities.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Ostroff served as president of UPN Network, a subsidiary of CBS, where she oversaw all areas of the network’s business—programming, digital, branding, marketing, sales, finance, research, legal and publicity, and more.

Before UPN, Ms. Ostroff served as executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Television, where she headed up programming and production, scheduling and acquisitions, including Lifetime Original Movies, prime-time series, specials, documentaries, and sports, as well as all programming for Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. In the five years that Ms. Ostroff led Lifetime Entertainment (1996–2002), the network rose from sixth place to become the #1-rated cable network in prime time.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Ostroff held senior roles at 20th Century Fox Television, Michael Jacobs Productions (at Disney) and the Kushner-Locke Company. She began her career working at several local channels in news as an on-air reporter and a producer.

Ms. Ostroff has a BS in journalism from Florida International University and resides in New York City with her husband and their four children.


Bob PittmanBob Pittman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Clear Channel
@PittmanRadio

Robert W. Pittman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel, a leading global media, digital, and entertainment company, which includes Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, which has a greater reach than any other radio or television outlet in the United States, reaching over 245 million listeners every month, and Clear Channel Outdoor, with over 750,000 displays in over 40 countries across five continents, including 48 of the largest markets in the United States. He is also a founding member of Pilot Group, LLC, a New York private investment firm.

Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV and has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises. He was also COO of America Online, Inc. and later of AOL Time Warner.

Among many honors, Pittman received AdWeek’s first ‘Media Visionary’ award in 2013 and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He received the International Radio and Television Society’s Gold Medal, the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, and a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award. He was recognized in Life’s “Five Original Thinkers of the ’80s”, Advertising Age’s “50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV” and “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture.” Mr. Pittman began his career as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi and went on to successfully program a number of radio stations, including WNBC in New York, in his early 20’s.


Randall RothenbergRandall Rothenberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
IAB
@R2Rothenberg

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.


Vivek Shah
Chief Executive Officer
Ziff Davis, Inc.
2014 IAB Board of Directors
@vshah

Vivek Shah is CEO of Ziff Davis, a leading digital media company specializing in the gaming, technology and men's lifestyle categories, reaching over 100 million unique visitors per month. Ziff Davis sites include IGN.com, PCMag.com, AskMen.com, ComputerShopper.com, ExtremeTech.com, Geek.com, LogicBuy.com, TechBargains.com and Toolbox.com. Ziff Davis B2B is a leading provider of online research to enterprise buyers and high-quality leads to IT vendors.

Shah was formerly group president, digital at Time Inc., overseeing its news, business and sports properties, including Time.com, Life.com, CNNMoney.com, SI.com, FanNation.com, Golf.com and SIKids.com. Prevously, Shah served as president of the Fortune/Money Group, which included the magazines Fortune, Money and Fortune Small Business and the website CNNMoney.com.

Shah has been named Online Publisher of the Year by MIN, Innovator of the Year by BtoB’s Media Business and inducted into MIN's Digital Hall of Fame. Shah was also named to Crain’s Forty under 40 list. He has a B.A. in political science from Tufts University.


Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey
Award-Winning Actor, Director, Screenwriter, and Producer



Perhaps no one in Hollywood works harder to defend the value and integrity of the arts quite like KEVIN SPACEY. A lifelong artist, Spacey began his acting career in Jr. High School and High School drama classes. He later attended the Juilliard School of Drama and began his professional career on the New York stage, which eventually propelled his career into film.

Spacey has won Academy Awards® for his performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty,” which also garnered him a BAFTA Award. Additionally, he has been nominated for six Golden Globe Awards®, most recently for his role in “Casino Jack.” Spacey’s illustrious film credits include “Swimming with Sharks,” “Se7en,” “LA Confidential,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Negotiator,” “K-Pax,” “The Shipping News,” “Superman Returns,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Shrink,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” “Horrible Bosses,” and “Margin Call.”

Spacey’s production company Trigger Street Productions, which he runs with his producing partner Dana Brunetti, has produced multiple award-winning movies for film and television. Their films include “The Social Network,” which won a Golden Globe® for Best Picture and received multiple Academy Award® nominations. They also produced the Sony Picture’s film, “21,” and the independent features “The United States of Leland,” “The Big Kahuna,” and “Fanboys.” Trigger Street’s next feature film for Sony Pictures is “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, directed by Paul Greengrass.

For television, Trigger Street produced two films for HBO, “Recount” and “Bernard & Doris,” both of which garnered double-digit Emmy Award® nominations and a Best Film of the Year Emmy for “Recount”.

Since 2004 Spacey has served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London. He directed its inaugural production “Cloaca”, before appearing in “National Anthems”, “The Philadelphia Story”, “Richard II”, “A Moon for the Misbegotten”, which subsequently transferred to Broadway, “Speed-the-Plow” with Jeff Goldblum, and “Inherit The Wind.” Spacey most recently toured all over the world with the Sam Mendes production of “Richard III”, which was part of the third year of the Bridge Project between the Old Vic and BAM.

Spacey currently serves as executive producer and stars as Francis Underwood, the beguiling, charismatic and ruthless House Majority Whip, in the Netflix original series “House of Cards”. For this work he won a Webby Award and was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Critics Choice Award. The series is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, in association with Media Rights Capital, and was been nominated for 9 Emmy Awards in its first season; winning 3 of those awards including Best Director.

In 2014, Spacey was named one of Forbes "Most Powerful Celebrities," and was the first Internet star to make the list.