CEO and Chairman of the Board, AOL
Chairman of the Board, IAB Education Foundation
Tim Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in New York City and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Today, AOL serves nearly 400 million consumers every month across the globe, and maintains partnerships with thousands of the world's leading companies. AOL owns, builds and operates global media brands and provides technology and services to over 10,000 other brands and media companies. Under Tim’s leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015.
Prior to joining AOL, Tim spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and Senior Vice President of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Tim started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Tim has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline.
Tim serves on the board of The Priceline Group, Inc., The Paley Center for Media, the New York regional board of Teach for America, the Waterside Charter School in Stamford, CT, as Chairman Emeritus for the Ad Council, and as a trustee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also acts as an advisor to the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm driven by former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, General Stan McChrystal. Additionally, Tim is the chairman of the IAB Education Foundation, a new non-profit working to improve diversity and close the skills gap across the digital media and advertising landscape. An ardent champion of community service, Tim was honored by the Ad Council with their 60th Annual Public Service Award in 2013.
Tim is a graduate of Connecticut College and Lawrence Academy. He has served as a trustee for both.
Vice President, Product Management
At Yahoo, Dennis Buchheim contributes his 13 years of experience in ad tech to his role leading product management for display ads, programmatic platforms, and measurement and insights. Dennis started his career designing and developing consumer and enterprise software products at industry stalwarts Apple and Oracle. He later co-founded and led product management and marketing at iHarvest, which launched award-winning tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing web content, before being acquired by Interwoven in 2001. He then served as Inktomi’s GM of paid inclusion and, after Yahoo acquired the company, he expanded this business before going on to lead product marketing for Yahoo’s publisher partners. Dennis joined Microsoft in 2007 to launch syndication of advertising and web search products, was promoted in 2009 to be GM of display monetization, and then led product management for Microsoft’s ad exchange, ad network, and Atlas tools. Prior to rejoining Yahoo in 2013, Dennis was responsible for program management for display advertising overall at Microsoft.
President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing
Coca-Cola North America
Wendy Clark leads the Sparkling Category Business Unit as well as the Strategic Marketing organization, including Brand Strategy and Innovation; Media Connections, Investments and Assets; Content and Design for Coca-Cola North America.
Cited by AdAge magazine as “one of the most important women in marketing”, Wendy’s efforts have been widely recognized, including: New York Women in Communications Matrix award (2014); Fast Company magazine top ten list of innovative Business Disruptors (2011); Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Advertising Woman of the Year (2011); American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement (2007) and the first client-side marketer to be a jury president at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity (2015).
Wendy is an advisory board member of IDEO.org, a board member of the American Beverage Association and serves on the board of trustees for the Atlanta International School.
Editorial Director James Cooper oversees all print and digital editorial functions at Adweek, the leading source of news for marketing, media and advertising professionals. It delivers insightful, forward-thinking content across various platforms, including a weekly print magazine, an iPad app, daily newsletters, social media, original videos, events and awards. Adweek is a must-read for CMOs, creatives, media buyers, content creators, agency heads and anyone looking to stay informed about the media and marketing landscape. Cooper started at the Adweek magazine group as a reporter at Mediaweek in 1998 and rose to executive editor before shifting over to the same role at the new Adweek in October 2012. Before Mediaweek he was the programming editor at Cablevision Magazine and a staff writer at Broadcasting & Cable. He graduate from Kenyon College and received a Master's degree in journalism from Boston University. Based in Manhattan, Cooper lives in Westchester County New York with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Daboll has more than 25 years of experience in the science and business of advertising effectiveness. He has spent his career developing and implementing analytical models and testing systems to measure consumer response to advertising. As CEO of Ace Metrix, Peter has led the company in developing innovative metrics and methods for helping advertisers make better, more impactful video creative. Peter was also the CEO of Bunchball, Chief of Insights at Yahoo!, and president and CEO of comScore Media Metrix. Peter is the author of “AD-itude: Using Data to Inspire Extraordinary Creative” and has received numerous industry awards recognizing his leadership in advertising research including a 2011 Great Mind award from the ARF, and is a regular contributor to media outlets and advertising industry associations.
Global Chief Executive Officer
Starcom Mediavest Group
Laura Desmond was one of the youngest CEOs when appointed to lead SMG globally in 2008, but that was only the first of many marks she has made on the agency and communications business since. She is regarded throughout the industry as a game-changer, a true innovator and the lead architect in building the media agency of the future.
Commanding a staff of over 8,000 employees, across 100 offices globally, Laura attracts diverse talent and executives who bring unconventional thinking to reinvigorate the role of a media network.
She has ushered in and nurtured relationships with some of the biggest and most successful marketers worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Kellogg’s, Honda, Walmart and Kraft Foods. She is also recognized for ushering in a new breed of partnerships that are deeply rooted in co-creation, data and analytics, and creativity fueled by technology, among them, recent partnerships with Twitter, Acxiom, Tencent and Facebook.
Prior to leading the global network, Laura was CEO of SMG-The Americas where she grew Starcom, Mediavest and Spark brands across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Laura first received national recognition when she was CEO of Mediavest from 2003-2007, during which she raked in new business wins and scored the recognition “Media Executive of the Year” from Mediaweek as well as Adweek “Agency of the Year” award several years in a row.
On a personal level, Laura has also been commended for her leadership, mentorship and contribution to the marketing world. She was named “Ad Woman of the Year” (AWNY, 2009), recognized in The Wall Street Journal's Creative Leadership Series (2007) and the "Women to Watch" issue (2006). Laura was also awarded the Advertising Age “Media Maven” honor (2005) and inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement (2005). Forbes named Laura as one of the world’s most powerful women in the world and she was honored by New York Women In Communications (NYWIC) with the prestigious Matrix Award and by Advertising Age as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising.” In addition, Laura served as a 2012 Cannes International Festival of Creativity Titanium jury member alongside the highest regarded group of marketers to judge the best work the industry has to offer. Most recently, she was named by the Chicago Advertising Federation “2014 Advertising Woman of the Year”. Laura is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ad Council and sits on the Board of Directors for Adobe Systems.
During her tenure, Starcom Mediavest Group has earned more honors for its work and talent than any other media network in the world, including being named “Media Network of the Year” at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2014, “Network of the Year” by Festival of Media (2011, 2013, 2014) and ranked No. 1 Global Media Agency by Advertising Age (2010, 2011, 2013). Additionally, SMG was named a leader in the “New Interactive Landscape” by Forrester, and “Most Effective Network” at the North American Effies, making SMG the first media agency to receive these recognitions.
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Ek, a serial entrepreneur and technologist who started his first company in 1997 at the age of 14, co-founded Spotify in 2006 together with Martin Lorentzon.
As the CEO of Spotify, Daniel’s role is to guide the vision and strategy of the company as it grows. Leading the management team, Daniel is also responsible for nurturing a passionate working environment for everyone at Spotify.
Prior to Spotify, Daniel founded Advertigo, the online advertising company acquired by TradeDoubler, having previously held senior roles at Nordic auction company Tradera (acquired by Ebay). Daniel was also CTO at Stardoll, the fashion & entertainment community for tweens.
Daniel was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, where he still lives, although he spent some time living in London where he was able indulge his love for Arsenal. A keen guitarist since he was given his first instrument at the tender age of four, Daniel also enjoys spending his leisure time beating his colleagues at FIFA in the Spotify offices.
Creator and Host
"This American Life"
Ira Glass is the creator and host of This American Life. The program is heard each week by 2.2 million listeners on public radio stations and another 2.2 million download the podcast of each episode, making it the most popular podcast most weeks on iTunes. The program has won the highest awards for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including six Peabody Awards and three Emmys (for a televised version of the show made for Showtime). His staff also created the podcast Serial. Each episode of Serial has been downloaded by over 8 million people.
Director of Product Design
Margaret Gould Stewart currently serves as Director of Product Design at Facebook, where she she leads Business Design for Facebook, creating tools that allow businesses to make meaningful connections with people all around the world. She previously served as Director of User Experience at YouTube and prior to that led Search and Consumer Products UX at Google. Over the course of her career, Margaret has led the design teams for 5 top 10 most visited websites in the world (Tripod.com, Angelfire.com, Lycos.com,Google.com, YouTube.com). She is a regular speaker at conferences like TED and AIGA, has served on the National Design Awards jury, and publishes her thoughts on design and leadership on Medium and her blog, http://www.Fountly.com.
Vice President, Mobile Products & User Experience
As Vice President of User Experience for WebMD, Benjamin Greenberg builds software that promotes patient wellness and provides decision support to physicians at the point of care. He recently led the design and development of WebMD’s groundbreaking new adherence product, Medication Reminders for Apple Watch.
Some of Benjamin’s most popular mobile products include Medscape’s flagship Clinical Reference application, and the award-winning News and Perspective app Medscape MedPulse, which won The Web Marketing Association’s Best Healthcare Provider Mobile Application for 2014.
Before starting his career, Benjamin received a degree in Network Multimedia, with a focus on Computer Science and Visual Design, from Oberlin College.
Chief Executive Officer
Tony Haile is Chief Executive Officer of Chartbeat, the attention measurement and monetization company that tracks 55 billion pageviews a month over 4,000 media companies including 80% of the top publishers in the US. Media companies in more than 60 countries around the world use Chartbeat to help them understand how people interact with their content and ads. Over the last five years, Tony has led Chartbeat from two guys around one desk to an 90+ person company. He is an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Creative People in Business by FastCompany and 40 under 40 by Crain’s NY Business. Prior to entering the startup world, Tony competed in a round the world yacht race and led and managed polar expeditions in the high Arctic. Startups are similar, with less chance of losing a limb.
Vice President Global Brand Marketing
Mara Hannula is Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, and Marriott’s select service & extended stay brands (Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments.) Ms. Hannula is responsible for leading brand marketing strategies and plans, creative development, brand partnerships and implementing digital, social, traditional and experiential marketing programs. In this role, Ms. Hannula and her team work with various cross functional departments, as well as oversee multiple agencies, to set direction and drive brand business results.
Ms. Hannula joined Marriott in 1996 as Director of Travel Agency Sales. The following year she became part of the company’s emerging eCommerce division where she developed a marketing team and led eCommerce marketing activities for 9 years. These activities included the development of Marriott’s first search engine optimization and paid placement advertising and affiliate marketing programs. Her team’s marketing efforts helped grow revenue on Marriott.com, making it one of the world’s largest retail websites.
Before moving to Marriott International, Ms Hannula worked in product management positions at Black & Decker. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Georgetown University. She currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Jessi Hempel is a senior writer at WIRED covering the business of technology. Before joining WIRED this year, she served as a senior writer for Fortune, where she penned cover stories on Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as IBM and RIM. In the past, she has written in-depth articles on the structural problems that threatened to hinder Twitter’s growth as well as the emerging competition between Facebook and Google over the social web. Hempel also wrote about design and technology for BusinessWeek. She currently lives in New York City.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Hopkins is Chief Executive Officer of Hulu. Mike is a media veteran who brings more than 20 years of video experience to Hulu and has an accomplished track record of both building innovative television products and negotiating landmark distribution agreements. While President of Distribution for Fox Networks, he oversaw Fox Networks broadcast distribution, and the strategy, sales and marketing for Fox's 45 linear and non-linear U.S. cable networks. His team also developed many of the television industry's leading authenticated and digital video products, including BTN2Go, FXNOW, FOX Sports Go, and FOX NOW. Hopkins served as a member of the Hulu board for over two years prior to being named CEO. He has also served on the boards of the National Geographic Channel and the Big Ten Network. Hopkins previously spent time at both The Weather Channel and Harte Hanks. Hopkins graduated with an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor's from California State University, Long Beach. He lives with his wife and daughter in Santa Monica, California.
Chief Revenue Officer
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.
Managing Partner, Digital Investment Lead
Mindshare North America
Jon is Managing Partner, Head of Digital Investment at Mindshare where he oversees a team of media professionals who identify, negotiate, and implement digital brand communications for clients across North America.
Previously, Jon was Senior Partner, Managing Director of Digital Investment at Mindshare where he led Team Unilever in North America. Prior to his time at GroupM, he was General Manager, Digital for Starcom Mediavest Group China, where he oversaw 100 employees across four offices, with clients like P&G, Mars/Wrigley, and Richemont. Jon joined SMG in 2005 where he worked on the Coca-Cola business in North America. He has held previous positions at Google, Carat, and Mullen.
A founding Member of the Mobile Marketing Association China, Jon has sat on a number of award juries, including the Campaign Asia Digital Media Awards, and the Tencent MIND Awards (in conjunction with ONE Awards).
Jon is a member of 212, BIMA, MIMC, Boston Idea Group, and the Ad Club.
VP of Sales, East
Alia Lamborghini is Vice President of Sales, East for Millennial Media, and brings over a decade of sales leadership in the ad tech industry.
Alia joined Millennial Media in 2010 after spending eight years as a sales executive with Advertising.com and AOL.
Alia is the Mobile Marketing chair for the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association, and is a founding member of Digital Divas Atlanta. In 2013, she was honored as one of Mobile Marketing’s “Women to Watch.” She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park.
Well known as an authority on popular culture and media, Joe Levy is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone and the host of Incoming on Spotify. Levy is frequently seen on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Wendy Williams Show and VH1, and has served as Executive Editor at Rolling Stone, as well as the Editor of Billboard and Chief Content Officer for Maxim. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he has taught a course on the music of Nirvana.
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.
CMO Lead, Worldwide Enterprise Marketing
Jeff Marcoux is the CMO Lead for Worldwide Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft. Jeff comes from the marketing automation and consulting industry where he led the service, consulting, implementation, marketing, and sales engineering teams. He believes that every touch point with a customer is a marketing experience- from marketing to sales to customer service. Jeff is a marketing growth hacker, martech expert, and brings entrepreneurial innovation to a big tech world. He attended the University of Washington where he received his MBA in Leadership and a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship. Jeff currently sits on the board for the Internet Marketing Association and is a professor of marketing at UC Irvine's extension program for content marketing, transmedia storytelling, and social analytics. In his spare time Jeff does lots of hiking and other fun outdoor activities.
GM of the Performance Marketing Labs
Andy is GM of the Performance Marketing Labs which focuses on driving next gen marketing opportunities that drive stakeholder connection and commercial acceleration. Andy and his team have led this new venture by emphasizing emerging channels and platforms. Among the areas of focus the group drives are strategy, lead gen, channel disruption, insights and analytics, content, social media and customer engagement.
Prior to GE, Andy worked at Kraft Foods as Director, Digital Services, leading a COE for all Digital activity. In this role, he led efforts to create scalable best practices by providing thought leadership in the management and development of a wide range of on-line marketing principles, a pipeline of emerging media opportunities, and driving digital accountability for Kraft brands.
Before joining Kraft, he worked at Send.com, the on-line gift company, as well as Dentsu Corp., Ammirati & Puris, and Lintas.
He is a frequent industry speaker and has received many honors including AdAge Digital Marketers of The Year and B2B Magazine’s Marketers of the Year and the iMedia 25: Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators.
Andy graduated from Indiana University and currently lives in NY with his wife and 2 children.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marissa Mayer is President & CEO of Yahoo. Since July 2012, Marissa has led Yahoo’s focus on being a guide to informing, connecting, and entertaining our users.
Prior to Yahoo, Marissa was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google. During her 13 years at Google, Marissa held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products. She played an instrumental role in Google search, leading the product management effort for more than 10 years, a period during which Google Search grew from a few hundred thousand to well over a billion searches per day. Previously, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MS in Computer Science.
Marissa serves on the board of directors of Walmart. She is also on the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet.
Global Director, Research and Analytics
Jed Meyer serves as Global Director of Research and Analytics at Annalect, part of Omnicom Media Group. Jed is focused on developing models and processes to support and sustain the integration of online and offline data across all Annalect platforms and global markets, creating a single communications planning source. In addition, Jed is responsible for the ongoing global integration, development, and deployment of Omnicom’s research and analytics capabilities, with the aim of assuring consistent access and value to Omnicom clients worldwide.
Prior to joining Annalect, Jed spearheaded Nielsen’s entry into both online ratings and set-top box data. In the early 2000’s he drove Nielsen’s challenge to the then-entrenched market leader Media Metrix (now comScore). Later, Meyer conceptualized and brought to market Nielsen DigitalPlus, a groundbreaking new approach to audience measurement by partnering with local cable companies to incorporate data from their digital set top boxes into traditional Nielsen measurement approaches. On the global level, he has lived and worked in mainland China and championed the China Media 2.0 strategy, moving the company away from legacy product lines and towards a dynamic locally lead joint venture focused on advanced audience analytics.
Jed is a member of the Board of Directors for the Advertising Research Foundation and the Media Research Council and was named to Broadcasting & Cable’s 2012 Digital All-Stars. He also serves as the Board Chair for the Prospect Park YMCA in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA from Columbia University.
Host, "Late Night with Seth Meyers", NBCUniversal
Co-Creator, Star, Writer, Executive Producer "The Awesomes", Hulu
Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Meyers was named one of the 2014 TIME 100, Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Meyers also hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy® Awards.
Meyers began his TV career with Saturday Night Live in 2001, where he was a cast member for thirteen seasons. Meyers acted as head writer for nine seasons and “Weekend Update” anchor for eight seasons. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy® for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. Meyers also garnered ten additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television.
A graduate of Northwestern University, he studied and performed at iO Theatre before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland. His acclaimed show “Pick-ups and Hiccups” with partner Jill Benjamin toured Europe and eventually caught the eye of SNL.
Meyers has recently joined forces with SNL alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader to create a docu-parody series for IFC named Documentary Now! Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.
Meyers currently resides in New York City.
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue 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 CRO, Morris works closely with his counterparts at CBS TV to develop exciting cross platform opportunities for CBS' customers. In addition, Morris is a board member and Vice Chairman at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).
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.
Partner & Group Creative Director
Matt is partner and Group Creative Director at 72andSunny, where he helps lead the company’s commitment to experimentation with art, technology, and entertainment.
During his five and half years at 72andSunny, he’s worked across many brands, including the iconic collaboration between K-Swiss and Kenny Powers of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” to create “Kenny Powers, MFCEO” as well as creating the fully integrated launch campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
He currently leads the creative charge on all things Google, including the relaunch of the Google's Search App which invited New Yorkers to rediscover their city through bespoke OOH placements all throughout the city; YouTube’s Proud to Play film, which celebrated equality in sports during the World Cup; and the recent Made With Code: Holiday Lights project, which gave Google’s initiative to get teenage girls into coding a national stage at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Prior to 72andSunny, Matt spent three years at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland working on Nike and EA.When Matt is not finding new and interesting ways to work with brands to solve creative problems, he can be found dreaming up his next art project.
VP, Developer Experience
Howard leads brand programs, developer engagement and content marketing for IBM Cloud. This new business unit offers public, private and hybrid cloud solutions and had revenues of $7.7 billion over the past 12 months - while growing more than 60 percent in first quarter 2015. Howard joinedIBM in 2013 to lead the Digital Strategy and Innovation team in the corporate marketing group, which was responsible for developing the IBM Studios in New York, London and Tokyo. This internal incubator merges marketing with product development by launching lean start-up teams that bring together designers, developers, strategists and digital marketing experts from 26 internal IBM groups and 15 agencies.
Howard joined IBM from Ogilvy, where he was the Senior Partner leading digital strategy and platforms on the global IBM account. In that role he collaborated with IBM management to develop key digital strategy programs, and helped launch the IBM Studios in partnership with global leaders from IBM’s marketing, CIO and product teams.
Prior to Ogilvy Howard held executive positions in several agencies and startups, including founding the boutique agency Local Theory. He has developed global creative and strategy for clients including Pepsi, Nissan, Nokia, National Geographic, and Fremantle Media.
Michael I. Roth is Chairman and CEO of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG), one of the world's largest organizations of advertising and marketing services companies. Prior to serving in his current role, Roth was a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Since assuming leadership of Interpublic in 2005, Roth has righted the company’s financial course and moved to make it an industry leader by defining new models that provide value to clients in a rapidly-changing media and marketing environment.
Prior to his current role, Roth was Chairman and CEO of The MONY Group Inc., a financial services holding company that provides a wide range of protection, asset accumulation and retail brokerage products and services through its member companies. Under Roth's leadership, The MONY Group diversified its business mix, broadened its distribution channels and enhanced its ability to compete in today's financial services marketplace.
Roth is a member of the Board of Directors for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Ad Council and Ryman Hospitality Properties. He sits on the Leadership Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Board of Directors of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). In addition, he is a Director of The Baruch College Fund and The Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable.
A certified public accountant, Roth holds an L.L.M. degree from New York University Law School and a J.D. from Boston University Law School. He is a 1967 graduate of the City College of New York.
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.
Mr. Rothenberg received an undergraduate degree in Classics from Princeton and currently lives in New York City.
Chief Marketing Officer
Dee Salomon’s experience spans brand marketing, business development, digital media and creative ideation/execution. She applies this knowledge leading a variety of engagements for MediaLink, specializing in content marketing and the technology that underpins it. Salomon also leads MediaLink’s marketing efforts. Before joining MediaLink, Salomon ran the digital media sales group for Condé Nast’s digital properties as SVP, sales and marketing, where she was responsible for the revenue of 26 websites including Style.com, Epicurious.com, Glamour.com, and VanityFair.com.
Prior to working at Condé Nast, Salomon held key marketing positions in the fashion/retail industry including SVP of creative services and advertising at Donna Karan International where she oversaw global marketing for wholesale, retail, and licensed operations. At Anne Klein, where she was SVP of marketing and corporate communications, Salomon successfully helped to restore this venerable brand to its fashion roots, resulting in the sale of the company to Jones New York.
Salomon began her career in investment banking, working both for Hambrecht and Quist in San Francisco and Ladenburg Thalmann in New York.
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect and discover the things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.
Executive Vice President, Global Executive Creative Director, Mobile and Social Platforms
As EVP, Global Chief Experience Officer, Richard guides and leads R/GA’s Global Experience Design (XD) team to help strengthen and bolster R/GA’s portfolio of capabilities (mobile, social, commerce, prototyping, experiential, data visualization, and Internet of Things). The XD team is responsible for the overall user experiences of all communications, products, and services that R/GA launches into the marketplace.
In his more than 13 years with R/GA, Richard has worked on a wide range of clients which includes Nike, Samsung, Google, J&J, and MasterCard. Recently, Richard also spearheaded the R/GA work that won the Mobile Marketing Association’s 2013 Global Mobile Agency of the Year. Richard has received nearly every major industry award, including the Cannes Titanium Lion, the Grand Clio, the International ANDY Awards GRANDY, and the D&AD Black Pencil.
Richard is a sought-after digital thought leader and has served on a number of award show juries such as The One Show, The International Clio Awards, The London International Awards, The Effies, and The Webby Awards. He has also spoken at numerous conferences including SXSWi, Advertising Week, The One Club, and the Mobile Marketing Forum. In the recent years, Richard has published articles in Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Advertising Age, AdWeek, and Digiday.
As an avid follower of startups and emerging digital trends, Richard helps to drive R/GA’s FutureVision program and is a co-founder of the critically acclaimed R/GA Accelerator program, which works with start-ups in the Internet of Things space. Richard currently serves as co-Chair of the Mobile Marketing Association’s Internet of Things Incubation Council and is an executive member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).
Richard has strong ties in the academic world and previously taught “Designing the Future of TV” at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and has been a guest lecturer at Brown University, Parsons School of Design, Miami Ad School, and Howard University. In recent years, Business Insider ranked Richard as #3 in their annual “Most Creative People in Mobile Advertising” survey and AdWeek rated Richard as a top 25 ad voice on Twitter. You can learn more about Richard and his sneaker collection by following him on Twitter, @flytip.
Matthew is responsible for research across the tech vertical for Twitter, including partnering with tech brands, leading tech thought leadership and capturing best practices. Prior to joining Twitter in 2013, he was Director of Insights and Analytics at InsightExpress (acquired by MillwardBrown), where he led the west coast analyst team to produce cross-media brand effectiveness studies. Earlier, he served in the Peace Corps as well as AmeriCorps.
Matthew earned Economics and French degrees from Swarthmore College. He also has his MBA in Marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is @trakimas on Twitter.
Senior Vice President Enterprise, Consumer and Global Wealth & Investment Management Marketing Executive
Bank of America
Meredith Verdone is Senior Vice President, Enterprise, Consumer and Global Wealth & Investment Management Marketing executive at Bank of America, where she currently leads all brand, consumer and small business marketing, as well as enterprise-wide brand and media strategy and consumer research. She is also responsible for Marketing operations and risk management.
Verdone previously held leadership positions across FleetBoston Financial’s Corporate Marketing group and spent 14 years at advertising agencies in New York and Boston leading both Media and Account Management.
Verdone has served as a senior faculty member at the Consumer Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management and currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Ad Council and the ANA.
Verdone attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME and graduated with a degree in Economics.
Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships
Linda Yaccarino is Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal. In this role, Yaccarino oversees all advertising sales and market strategy for the company’s entire television portfolio including two broadcast, 17 cable and more than 50 digital properties. She reports to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal.
Yaccarino joined NBCUniversal in 2011 as President, Cable Entertainment and Digital Advertising Sales for NBCUniversal. In that capacity she was responsible for all cable entertainment and digital advertising sales for the company, including USA, Syfy, Bravo, E! Entertainment, Oxygen, Sprout, Chiller, Cloo, and their respective digital platforms, as well as Fandango.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Yaccarino served as Executive Vice President and COO of Turner Entertainment Advertising Sales and Marketing and Acquisitions. There, she was responsible for all advertising sales, sales marketing and program acquisitions for the company’s television networks TNT, TBS and truTV, as well as overseeing acquisitions for sister networks TCM, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. During her tenure, Yaccarino continually grew Turner Entertainment’s business year-over-year and was a principal architect of the company’s “broadcast replacement” initiative, which elevated Turner Entertainment Networks to a premium position within the marketplace. She was also instrumental in developing and enhancing “inContext,” the industry’s first-ever contextual platform that helps feature the right ad, in the right place, at the right time.
Among her many industry honors, Yaccarino was recognized in 2014 to Variety’s “Power of Women of New York” and The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment: Power 100,” in 2013 to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” by Adweek in 2011 as one of the “Ten Most Powerful Women in TV” and by Business Week as a “CEO of Tomorrow.” Her community and professional affiliations include active involvement with WICT (Women in Cable & Telecommunications) and Penn State University, where she is on the Board at the School of Communications. She resides in Sea Cliff, NY.
The Slate Group
Jacob Weisberg is Chairman of The Slate Group, a unit of the Graham Holdings Company devoted to developing and managing a family of Internet-based publications. The Slate group’s roster includes Slate and Panoply, a podcast network that connects sophisticated listeners with top publishers and thinkers.
A native of Chicago, Weisberg attended Yale University and New College, Oxford. From 1989 until 1994, he worked as a writer and editor at The New Republic. Between 1994 and 1996, he covered politics for New York Magazine. In 1996, he joined the new Internet magazine Slate, where he covered the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns as Chief Political Correspondent.
Weisberg served as Editor of Slate from 2002 until 2008. He has also been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, and a reporter for Newsweek in London and Washington.
Weisberg is the author of several books, including The Bush Tragedy, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2008. With former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, he co-wrote In an Uncertain World, which was published in 2003. His first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.
In addition, Weisberg is a member of the Financial Times A-List board of contributors, and a contributing editor for Vogue. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the PEN American Center, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
He is currently working on biography of Ronald Reagan scheduled for publication by Henry Holt and Company in January 2016.
Chief Executive Officer
Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Susan now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development.
Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Susan was Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Susan began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms.
Susan graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA. In 2015, Susan was named to Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Vice President, Global Research and Analytics
Andrea Zapata is VP of Global Research & Analytics for Vevo. In this role she leads the research efforts for Vevo’s Digital Sales, Content and Programming, Product and Technology and International divisions.
Prior to Vevo, Andrea was Ad Sales Research Lead at Hulu. Andrea has also held various research roles at ESPN, where she gained a rich experience developing insights for emerging ESPN TV and Digital networks.
Senior Vice President, Advertising Products and Research & Development
The New York Times
Michael Zimbalist is Vice President, Research & Development Operations at The New York Times Company. Under his leadership R&D is stimulating innovation and cultural change as NYTC transitions to a multiplatform company. He is also leading Boston.com into its next phase of growth and overseeing mobile technology initiatives for the company.
Since joining the Times Company in January 2006, some of Michael's accomplishments include extending the Times Company's digital activities to new and emerging platforms and managing the companywide launch of new mobile products such as mobile real estate listings at each newspaper site and About.com; overseeing Boston.com and its expansion into local search and community publishing; structuring the strategic alliance with Monster.com in which 17 of the company's newspaper web sites, including NYTimes.com and Boston.com, are co-branding their recruitment sites with Monster's; focusing on new tools and services such as analytics and data mining to optimize content delivery and advertising revenue across all NYTC sites.
Michael has been widely quoted in publications such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on NBC News, CNN and BBC Radio discussing the future of media and advertising.