The Association of Magazine Media

Speakers

  • Rich Battista

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Time Inc. 

    Rich Battista became president and chief executive officer of Time Inc. in September 2016. Time Inc. is one of the largest media companies in the world. Its influential brands reach more than 150 million people each month across multiple platforms.

    Most recently, Battista served as executive vice president, Time Inc. and president, brands, where he was the primary steward of Time Inc.’s US brand portfolio. He joined Time Inc. in April 2015 as executive vice president and president of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly. In January 2016, he expanded his role, becoming president, entertainment & sports and video.

    During Battista’s tenure at the company, he led the launch of its first OTT network, the People/Entertainment Weekly Network, and oversaw the formation of the content and digital ad sales alliance between Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports Digital. He also oversaw the launch of Instant, a mobile video platform featuring “The New Famous,” the People Shop e-commerce website and various television projects.

    Prior to joining Time Inc., Battista served as chief executive officer of Mandalay Sports Media. During a period of more than 18 years, Rich held numerous senior management roles at Fox. He also served as chief executive officer of the publicly traded Gemstar-TV Guide International from 2004 to 2008. 

  • Linda Thomas Brooks

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    MPA — The Association of Magazine Media

    Linda Thomas Brooks was named president and chief executive officer of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media in January 2016.

    Before joining MPA, Brooks was Co-founder and President of GearDigital, a data-driven integrated agency and a subsidiary of Wilson RMS. Prior to GearDigital,  she was President of Ingenuity Media at The Martin Agency, and was Executive Director of Media & Marketing at Trilogy, a privately held business technology company. Brooks also served as Senior Vice President for GM MediaWorks, a stand-alone agency dedicated to serving General Motors. During her decade-long tenure with General Motors, she created a new media operation; developed strategy; and created infrastructure for increasing focus on digital and emerging media.

    Brooks developed media and marketing strategies for many well-known brands and companies, including General Motors, GEICO, The American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and Experian. She has served on a variety of industry boards including the American Advertising Federation, Institute for Advertising Ethics and the Audit Bureau of Circulation, now the AAM.  Brooks has also received numerous industry honors, including Advertising Age Women to Watch Award, Advertising Women of New York Impact Award for mentoring and 100 Leading Women in North American Automotive Industry. 

  • Joe Brown

    Editor in Chief

    Popular Science

    Joe Brown is the editor in chief of Popular Science. He has made his career as a science and tech journalist and editor, with a passion for modernizing high-quality magazine-style journalism. Brown joined Popular Science from WIRED, where he ran all of the magazine’s digital operations as executive editor; prior to that he was editor in chief of Gizmodo.

  • Jess Cagle

    Editorial Director

    People and Entertainment Weekly

    Jess Cagle was named editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly in January 2014.  He is responsible for the print and digital editorial leadership of the two brands, with a day-to-day focus on PEOPLE.  Prior to that, Cagle served as editor of Entertainment Weekly (2009–14), where he increased EW’s audience and presence in Hollywood, transformed EW.com into a 24/7 breaking news site and launched the Entertainment Weekly Radio channel on SiriusXM.

    Frequent television appearances on Good Morning America, TODAY, CBS This Morning, and every major entertainment program has made Cagle one of the most recognizable entertainment journalists in the country.  In addition, he has co-hosted the official ABC Academy Awards red carpet preshow six times in the past seven years.  Over the span of his career, Cagle has interviewed Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, including Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Cagle joined Time Inc. in 1987 as a reporter for PEOPLE. In 1990, he helped launch Entertainment Weekly, where he played a key role in defining the brand’'s voice. He covered the entertainment industry as a senior editor at TIME from 2000 to 2002, and returned to PEOPLE as entertainment editor, where he broke some of the biggest celebrity stories. 

  • David Carey

    President

    Hearst Magazines

    David Carey is president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, with 21 brands in print and digital in the U.S., 19 brands in print and 24 digital brands in the UK and close to 300 editions and websites in 31 languages and 78 countries around the world. The company also operates the leading digital marketing services company iCrossing, as well as business process provider CDS Global and holds a majority stake in KUBRA, a customer experience management solutions company. Hearst Magazines and Condé Nast are partners in the publishing services company PubWorx. Carey is a senior vice president and director of parent company, Hearst.

    Previously, Carey was group president at Condé Nast, where he oversaw the company’s media properties targeted to business and executive audiences and launched the Portfolio brand. He was vice president and publisher of The New Yorker from 1998 to 2005, returning it to profitability after years of losses and before that, led the relaunch of House & Garden. Carey was the founding publisher of SmartMoney, a joint venture between Hearst Magazines and The Wall Street Journal, which reached profitability after two years and was named Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age.

  • Gretchen Carlson

    News Anchor and Advocate

    Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. She most recently hosted The Real Story on Fox News for three years, and prior to that co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show, Fox and Friends, for more than seven years. Carlson started her television career in Richmond, Virginia, as a political reporter, and later served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dallas. She moved to the national scene as the co-host of The Saturday Early Show on CBS in 2000 where she also served as a CBS News correspondent. She reported and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that won several national awards. In 2015, Carlson’s first book, Getting Real, became a national best-seller. In January 2017, Carlson was tapped as a columnist for TIME’s online Motto newsletter, focusing on women and empowerment issues.

    In 1989, Carlson became the first classical violinist ever to win the Miss America crown. In 2016, she became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of TIME and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. To that end she plans to testify before Congress about workplace inequality and the prevalence of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that often keep sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy.

  • Michael Clinton

    President, Marketing and Publishing Director

    Hearst Magazines

    Michael A. Clinton was named president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines in June 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hearst Corporation.

    Formerly, Clinton was the executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, a position he had held since January 2001. Clinton joined Hearst in October 1997 as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, and added group publisher responsibility for five titles, including Esquire and House Beautiful, in 1998.

    Clinton oversees the publishing side of Hearst’s 21 titles, including print and digital revenue, corporate sales and marketing, brand development and consumer marketing initiatives.

    Prior to his time at Hearst, Clinton was executive vice president of Condé Nast Publications, where he oversaw sales and marketing. Before that, he spent 10 years at GQ magazine, including six years as publisher.

    Clinton is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Circle of Generosity, which has given away more than $250,000 in angel donations.

    Clinton is also a photographer and traveler and is the author of eight books. He is an avid runner, and has completed marathons on all seven continents.

  • Andrew Clurman

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Active Interest Media

    Andrew Clurman is the chief executive officer and president of Active Interest, a media company comprised of more than 50 internationally renowned print, digital and social media brands, a state of the art video production company and first-in-class events. The company’s five divisions—the Equine Network, Home Group, Healthy Living Group, Marine Group, and Outdoor Group—reach more than 40 million people in 85 countries.

    Prior to starting AIM with Chairman Efrem (Skip) Zimbalist in 2003, Clurman was senior vice president of Time4Media, a division of Time Warner/AOL, serving as president and publisher of Mountain Sports Media and TransWorld Publications. Under his leadership, these two divisions grew to comprise fifteen consumer and trade magazines, an award-winning film and television production unit, and category-leading Internet, book, video/DVD publishing and event marketing businesses.

    Clurman’s career in publishing began at The Vineyard Gazette newspaper.  He later joined Ziff Davis where he was a sales representative, regional sales manager, marketing director and, finally, publisher of SKI and Skiing Magazines. 

    Clurman serves as chairman of MPA’s IMAG Board for Independent Publishers, a board member of Yankee Publishing and a University of Colorado Leeds School of Business mentor.

  • Scott Dickey

    Chief Executive Officer

    TEN: The Enthusiast Network

    In 2014, Scott Dickey brought a 25-year career of managing high-profile global businesses to TEN: The Enthusiast Network (formerly Source Interlink Media), the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel and the world’s largest action and outdoor sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. Prior to joining TEN, Dickey was the president and chief executive officer of Competitor Group, where he was instrumental in leading the development of the company’s media brands as well as the rapid expansion of the company’s flagship asset, the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series.

  • R. Luke DuBois

    Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media

    Tandon School of Engineering, NYU

    R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist and performer who explores the temporal, verbal and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. His work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography, revealing the average sonority, visual language and vocabulary in music, film, text or cultural information.  Exhibitions of his work include: 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; PROSPECT.2 New Orleans; the Aspen Institute; and the Ringling Museum of Art. His work and writing has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic and Esquire.

    DuBois has lived for the last twenty-two years in New York City. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and is on the board of directors of the ISSUE Project Room. His artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in NYC.

  • Michael Federle

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Forbes Media 

    Mike Federle is president and chief operating officer of Forbes Media, where he oversees the company’s media business encompassing content creation, editorial, product development, sales, marketing and corporate functions as well as its intersection with new businesses that Forbes launches. 

    Prior to joining Forbes Media in 2011, he was a co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Techonomy Media Inc, a multimedia company based in New York, in which Forbes acquired an equity interest in July 2011.  

    He is a 25-year veteran of the media industry, where he has held top positions as publisher of Fortune magazine, group publisher of the Time Inc. Business & Finance Network that included media properties such as Fortune, Money, Business2.0 and CNNMoney.com and group publisher of the Bonnier Mountain Group in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Jane Francisco

    Editor in Chief, Good Housekeeping
    Editorial Director, Hearst Lifestyle Group

    Jane Francisco joined Hearst as editor in chief of Good Housekeeping in November 2013. In November 2016, Francisco was also named editorial director of the Hearst Lifestyle Group where she oversees and develops content that caters to the modern woman across multiple platforms for Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day.

    Since taking the helm of this iconic brand, Francisco introduced a fresh take on what Good Housekeeping means to today’s modern woman, by creating engaging multi-platform content that reinforces its core brand strengths, including the Good Housekeeping Institute, the testing laboratories that evaluate products appearing in the magazine and website and award the highly recognized Good Housekeeping Seal.

    Under her leadership, Good Housekeeping was named to Adweek’s Hot List as the Hottest Women’s Magazine in 2016 and one of Advertising Age’s Hottest Magazines of the Year for 2016. Francisco was also honored as a Director-Level Doer for the 2016 FOLIO 100.

    Previously, Francisco was editor in chief of CHATELAINE, the leading women’s lifestyle media brand in Canada, from 2009. Before CHATELAINE, Francisco was editor in chief of Style at Home. Prior to that, she was founding editor-in-chief of St. Joseph’s Media’s Wish from 2004 to 2008, and was appointed editorial director of the company’s Lifestyle Group in 2006.

     

  • Ron Howard

    Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors.  From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films.

    Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, with whom he previously collaborated on A Beautiful Mind, for which Howard earned an Oscar for Best Director and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.  The film garnered four Golden Globes as well, including the award for Best Motion Picture Drama.  Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America.  Howard and producer Brian Grazer received the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for their work on the film.

    Howard’s skill as a director has long been recognized.  In 1995, he received his first Best Director of the Year award from the DGA for Apollo 13.  The true-life drama also garnered nine Academy Award nominations, winning Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.  It also received Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Screen Actor’s Guild.  Many of Howard’s past films have received nods from the Academy, including the popular hits Backdraft, Parenthood and Cocoon, the last of which took home two Oscars. Howard was honored by the Museum of Moving Images in December 2005, and by the American Cinema Editors in February 2006.  Howard and his creative partner Brian Grazer, were honored by the Producers Guild of America with the Milestone Award in January 2009, NYU’s Tisch School of Cinematic Arts with the Big Apple Award in November 2009 and by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with their Humanitarian Award in May 2010. In June 2010, Howard was honored by the Chicago Film Festival with their Gold Hugo - Career Achievement Award. In March 2013, Howard was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. In December 2015, Howard was honored with a star in the Motion Pictures category, making him one of the very few to have been recognized with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Howard is currently working on the second season of Breakthough, Mars, and is directing the first episode of The Genius Series based on the life of Einstein, all for NatGeo.

    Howard’s recent films include the critically acclaimed documentary The Beatles – Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.

    Howard also produced and directed the film adaptation of Peter Morgan’s critically acclaimed play Frost / Nixon.  The film, which was released in December 2009, was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, and was also nominated for The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the PGA.

    Howard’s portfolio includes some of the most popular films of the past 20 years.  In 1991, Howard created the acclaimed drama Backdraft, starring Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell and William Baldwin.  He followed it with the historical epic Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.  Howard directed Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo in the 1996 suspense thriller Ransom.  Howard worked with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Kathleen Quinlan on Apollo 13, which was re-released recently in the IMAX format. 

    Howard’s other films include RUSH, In The Heart of the Sea, based on the true story that inspired Moby Dick; Made In America, a music documentary he directed staring Jay Z for Showtime; his adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels Inferno, Angels & Demons, and The Da Vinci Code staring Oscar winner Tom Hanks; the blockbuster holiday favorite Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey; Parenthood starring Steve Martin; the fantasy epic Willow; Night Shift starring Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton and Shelley Long; and the suspenseful western, The Missing, staring Oscar winners Cate Blachett and Tommy Lee Jones. 

    Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning films and television shows, such as the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Fox’s Emmy Award winner for Best Comedy, Arrested Development, a series which he also narrated, Netflix’s release of new episodes of Arrested Development, NBC’s Parenthood, and NatGeo’s Breakthrough, MARS, and Genius.

    Howard made his directorial debut in 1978 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto.  He began his career in film as an actor.  He first appeared in The Journey and The Music Man, then as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show.  Howard later starred in the popular series Happy Days and drew favorable reviews for his performances in American Graffiti and The Shootist.

    Howard and long-time producing partner Brian Grazer first collaborated on the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash.  The pair co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 to create independently produced feature films.

  • Christine Hunsicker

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Gwynnie Bee

    Christine Hunsicker is the chief executive officer and founder of Gwynnie Bee, an online clothing rental subscription service exclusively for women sizes 10-32. In 2011, Hunsicker set out to launch Gwynnie Bee to tackle the limited access to trendy fashion for the majority of women – 67% of the population is size 14+ and yet they represent only 16.6% of apparel spending. Gwynnie Bee is a substantial buyer of plus size clothing in the United States with over 3,000 different styles and 150+ select brands available. After four years and over 3 million boxes delivered to members, the company has grown to over 350 employees, operating out of four offices across the US and India. In addition to filling an essential need for members, Gwynnie Bee presents brand partners with opportunities to plug into their growing membership and the unique feedback loop of consumer insights. These supply-side opportunities don’t stop with access to data. Gwynnie Bee has not only helped straight-size brands to expand their size range but has also worked with international brands to launch their collections in the United States. Prior to her time at Gwynnie Bee, Hunsicker worked as chief operating officer of startups Right Media and Drop.io, which sold to Yahoo! and Facebook respectively.

  • Bonnie Kintzer

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Trusted Media Brands, Inc.

    Bonnie Kintzer became president and chief executive officer in April 2014. She joined Trusted Media Brands, Inc. from Women’s Marketing Inc., the leading marketing services company serving emerging brands targeting women. Previously, Kintzer held a number of senior executive positions at The Readers Digest Association and was responsible for a number of the company’s largest publishing and digital properties, including Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home, The Family Handyman, RD.com and Allrecipes.com. In addition, she oversaw the hugely successful launch of EveryDay with Rachael Ray. Kintzer received an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a member of the board of directors of Women’s Marketing Inc.

  • Stephen M. Lacy

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Meredith Corporation

    Steve Lacy is chairman and chief executive officer of Meredith Corporation, the leading media and marketing company reaching more than 100 million American women monthly. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms—including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video—to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.

    Since joining Meredith in 1998, Lacy has been instrumental in transforming it into the multiplatform company it is today. He oversaw the launch and rapid growth of the company’s digital business and the aggressive expansion of its brand licensing and marketing services activities.  Most recently, Lacy has led the acquisition of many popular media brands – including Allrecipes, Shape and Martha Stewart Living – as well as a significant expansion of Meredith’s television footprint by adding stations in the Phoenix, St. Louis, Mobile and Springfield, MA markets.  

    He is currently chairman of the board for MPA – The Association of Magazine Media.

  • Cynthia Leive

    Editor in Chief

    Glamour

    Cindi Leive is the editor in chief of Glamour magazine and glamour.com, which together reach one out of every eight American women, with 10 million print readers and 15 million unique users online. Under her stewardship, the magazine has launched a monthly digital edition, popular special editions, apps, and books—including two New York Times best-sellers; Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off; a digital video network featuring original programming inspired by Glamour in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment; and The Girl Project, a global philanthropic initiative.

    Glamour is the most celebrated women’s magazine in America today, having won more than 170 journalism awards. A major force in the industry, Leive has been a women’s lifestyle contributor for NBC’s Today Show, frequently discussing women’s issues ranging from fashion to politics. She serves on the board of directors for The International Women’s Media Foundation and is a former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

    Prior to joining Glamour in May 2001, Leive served as editor-in-chief of Self magazine. Before Self, she was deputy editor of Glamour for 11 years. Leive began her career in publishing at The Paris Review and The Saturday Review. 

  • Declan Moore

    Chief Executive Officer

    National Geographic Partners

    Declan Moore is chief executive officer of National Geographic Partners, the world’s largest purpose driven media company committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge, exploring the frontiers of science, exploration, and conservation through compelling, awe–inspiring and impactful visual storytelling.

    Before assuming this role in November 2015, Moore was chief media officer of the National Geographic Society, responsible for its global media across print, TV and digital platforms. He was also responsible for corporate partnerships, consumer products, travel, licensing, the in-house photography and video agency and the Society’s membership program.

    Moore began his career with National Geographic as product manager for international video in 1995 and progressed to the international publishing division in 1999, where, as director of marketing and business development, he created marketing programs for the global network of National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler magazines, as well as National Geographic books and electronic media.

    Prior to joining National Geographic, Moore worked for The Franklin Mint. He began his career at Dublin-based JC Walsh and Sons, and worked as product manager for the VW/Audi franchise.

  • Adam Moss

    Editor in Chief

    New York

    Adam Moss was named editor in chief of New York magazine in March 2004. During his tenure, he has overseen an ambitious digital expansion, with the magazine and digital properties widely recognized for editorial excellence. During Moss’s tenure, New York and nymag.com have won 34 National Magazine Awards.  

    In his first year at New York, Moss completed an extensive renovation of the now 48-year-old magazine, launching new columns, ushering in new writers and photographers and increasing political and business coverage. He later reimagined the print magazine as it moved to biweekly frequency, adding features and columns and an increased emphasis on photography and visual storytelling.  

    In 2006, Moss oversaw a year-long relaunch of the magazine’s website transforming it into an up-to-the minute news and information site. He directed and expanded the development of Vulture, Grub Street, The Cut and Science of Us. Monthly unique users at the sites have grown to over 24 million per month.

    Before joining New York, Moss was the editor of the New York Times Magazine, as well as assistant managing editor of the paper.  He has also served as founding editor of 7 days, a New York weekly magazine. Before that, he worked at Esquire and Rolling Stone.

  • Alan Murray

    Chief Content Officer, Time Inc. and Editor-in-Chief, Fortune 

    Alan Murray is chief content officer of Time Inc. In this role, Murray oversees Time Inc.’s editorial policies and standards and is responsible for its commitment to quality journalism and storytelling. He is focused on harnessing the collective power and scale of all Time Inc.’s brands to produce and distribute content on every platform.

    Murray also serves as editor-in-chief of Fortune, a position he has held since August 2014. He oversees Fortune’s print and digital operations as well as Fortune’s conferences, including Fortune Global Forum, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Fortune Brainstorm Green and the Fortune Most Powerful Women series. Under Murray’s leadership, Fortune has tripled its digital audience, quadrupled its presence on social media, quintupled its video views and cut the average age of Fortune readers by a decade.

    Murray’s diverse background includes serving as president of the Pew Research Center, hosting an eponymous show on CNBC and spending more than two decades at the Wall Street Journal, where he served stints overseeing digital operations and the Journal’s Washington bureau.

    Murray began his journalism career as the business and economics editor of the Chattanooga Times. He also worked at the Congressional Quarterly in Washington and at the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in Tokyo on a Luce Fellowship. 

  • Richard L. Plepler

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Home Box Office, Inc. 

    Richard Plepler is chairman and chief executive officer of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 131 million subscribers in over 60 countries and its programming into over 180 territories.  He was named to this position in January 2013.

    Renowned worldwide, the HBO and Cinemax services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, streaming services HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels.

    In March 2015, as a special guest at an Apple event, Plepler announced from stage the industry-breaking HBO NOW® – the network’s highly anticipated standalone premium streaming service.  HBO NOW® launched the following month and began providing audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S.  Internationally, HBO has streaming services in the Nordic region, several countries in Latin America and plans to launch in Spain by year-end.

    Under his leadership, HBO’s original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically respected programming on television.  This was recognized with a record 43 Primetime Emmys in 2015, the most of any network in 43 years.

  • Joel Quadracci

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Quad/Graphics

    Joel Quadracci guides the overall strategic growth and success of Quad/Graphics, continuing the tradition of family leadership begun in 1971 by his father, the late Harry V. Quadracci. Quadracci held various sales and strategy roles before becoming president and chief executive officer in 2006, and chairman, president and chief executive officer in 2010. Quadracci radically transformed the company through the 2010 acquisition of Worldcolor, creating North America’s second largest provider of print, digital and related media services. He continues to lead Quad’s evolution from a critical commodity vendor to a trusted business partner who can help clients orchestrate and measure the effectiveness of their marketing initiatives across multiple digital and traditional channels.

  • David Remnick

    Editor

    The New Yorker

    David Remnick was named editor of The New Yorker in 1998. He joined the publication in 1992 after ten years with The Washington Post, where he was the Moscow bureau chief.

    He is the author of several books, including King of the World, Resurrection, and Lenin’s Tomb, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism. His most recent book, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, was published by Knopf in 2010. Since joining The New Yorker, he has written more than a hundred pieces for the magazine. He also serves as the host of the magazine’s national radio program and podcast, The New Yorker Radio Hour, which airs weekly. Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker has become the country’s most honored magazine, with a hundred and fifty-six National Magazine Award nominations and forty-one wins, and, in a first for a magazine, two Pulitzer Prizes. In 2016, Remnick was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

  • Maria Rodale

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Rodale Inc.

    Maria Rodale is the chief executive officer and chairman of Rodale Inc., a global voice for health and wellness with a mission to inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them.

    She is an activist and a businesswoman who has made promoting the benefits of an organic lifestyle both her personal mission and her business. In 2013, she created and launched Rodale’s, an online shopping destination that offers healthy solutions for a happy life. She also started Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen, a blog that offers a digital experience of the contemporary kitchen table.

    Rodale joined the family business in 1987, first working in circulation and direct marketing and eventually leading Rodale’s in-house direct marketing agency. In 1998, she served as director of strategy and led the company’s first integrated brand division, Organic Living. She joined the Rodale board in 1991 and was elected chairman in 2007.

    The author of several books, Maria is known for her 2010 title Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World and Keep Us Safe.

  • Jim Rutenberg

    Media Columnist

    The New York Times

    Jim Rutenberg was named media columnist for The New York Times in January 2016. He is also a contributor for The New York Times Magazine.

    Previously, Rutenberg was a chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine (2014-2016). He served as the national political correspondent for The New York Times (2010-2014), co-leading The Times' daily coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign.

    Before that, Rutenberg had been an investigative correspondent focused on presidential and national politics (2008-2010); a White House correspondent (2006-2008); City Hall bureau chief (2005-2006); a presidential campaign correspondent covering political media (2003- 2004) and a business correspondent covering the media industries (2000-2003).

    Rutenberg came to The Times from The New York Observer in 2000. He was a staff reporter (1996-1999) and a stringer from 1994-1996 for the New York Daily News.  He was also a general assignment reporter at the New York Post (1993-1994) and began his career as a reporting intern at the Manhattan Spirit in 1992. 

  • Robert A. Sauerberg, Jr.

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Condé Nast

    Robert A. Sauerberg Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Condé Nast, attracting more than 100 million consumers across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands in the U.S.

    Under Sauerberg’s leadership, Condé Nast’s total digital revenue has doubled and mobile advertising revenue has more than tripled. The company has also earned more prestigious awards across more categories than any competitor, including a record 119 National Magazine Awards.  In 2011, Sauerberg led the creation of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) to develop film, television and premium digital video programming. 

    Prior to his appointment as president in July 2010, Sauerberg served as group president and executive vice president of consumer marketing.  He also served in a number of leadership roles at Fairchild Publications, Inc., including chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

    Earlier in his career, Sauerberg spent 18 years with The New York Times Company in senior finance and administrative roles in the newspaper and magazine divisions, culminating in his being named chief financial officer of The New York Times Magazine Group.  He also spent several years at The New York Times regional newspapers in Atlanta, Alabama and California, where he was in charge of financial operations and integrating new businesses. 

  • Wendell Scott

    Senior Vice President, Multimedia Sales

    ESPN

    Wendell Scott is senior vice president, multimedia sales, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales. In this role, he oversees multimedia sales teams in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and leads the company’s multicultural sales efforts along with managing sales for ESPN’s syndication and event properties.

    Previously, Scott served as vice president, multimedia sales, where he oversaw the New York-based sales team and developed new and incremental business by selling multimedia programs across all ESPN-branded entities.

  • Marvin R. Shanken

    Founder and Chairman

    M. Shanken Communications

    Marvin R. Shanken, Chairman of M. Shanken Communications, Inc. has built one of America’s most influential groups of lifestyle publications—including award-winning Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate—all by sharing his personal pleasures with readers.

    After graduating from the University of Miami, he earned an MBA from American University in Washington, DC. This led to an early career as an investment banker specializing in real estate and finance. As a partner at a small Wall Street firm, he financed a number of vineyards in Northern California, which led him to become fascinated with the subject of wine. In 1972 he indulged that very interest and paid $5,000 to buy Impact, a little-known wine and spirits industry newsletter. Today Shanken’s Impact Newsletter is read in more than 200 countries.

    In 1979, Shanken purchased Wine Spectator when the original owner was about to fold it.  At the time, the publication was a small free newspaper covering California wine. Wine Spectator is now the world’s leading authority on wine, delivering expert reviews of 18,000 wines annually and reaching more than 3 million readers worldwide. The brand hosts the web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of high-profile signature events, including the prestigious New York Wine Experience, which is run as a charitable event that has given out over 600 scholarships to students pursuing careers in wine and hospitality.

    In 1992, Shanken launched Cigar Aficionado as the definitive lifestyle magazine for men. Dubbed “The Good Life Magazine for Men,” the print publication and its accompanying website (CigarAficionado.com) focus on luxury lifestyle topics such as golf, travel, alcohol and accessories, reaching more than 1.6 million readers. Cigar Aficionado also sponsors The Big Smoke, the country’s premier event for cigar smokers. The brand spearheads an annual fundraiser event in New York called a Night to Remember, raising over $20 million for prostate cancer.  Among other philanthropic events is the Els for Autism Pro-Am cohosted by Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado.  Now in its ninth year, this has raised more than $9 million, used to build a school for 300 autistic children.

    Whisky Advocate (WhiskyAdvocate.com) is the leading whiskey magazine in the US and hosts multi-city WhiskyFest™ events, which are the longest-running and best-attended whisky festivals in the country.  Celebrating 25 years, this signature event series features the finest whiskies from all around the world, poured by the people — the very living legends — who make them.

    The company has a growing library of Apps including WineRatings+, Xvalues, Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards, and Cigar Aficionado’s Where to Smoke.

    M. Shanken Communications is a family owned business, which takes great pride in the many charitable endeavors is supports, raising over $50 million for over the last 40 years. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Napa Valley, M. Shanken Communications also publishes Wine Spectator Insider, Cigar Insider, Cigar Watch, Market Watch and Shanken News Daily.

  • Charles H. Townsend

    Former Chairman

    Condé Nast 

    Charles H. Townsend was named chairman of Condé Nast in January 2016, after serving as the company’s CEO for 11 years. Townsend has long been an integral member of Condé Nast’s executive management team. He joined the company as publisher of Glamour in 1994, became an executive vice president of Condé Nast in 1995, and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2000.

    Prior to joining Condé Nast, Townsend served as president and CEO of the Women’s Magazine Publishing Division of The New York Times Company from 1986 to 1994. He began his publishing career in Miami, where he owned and operated an independent publisher’s representative company. In 1975, Townsend sold his firm to the Hearst Corporation and joined that company as publisher of Motor Boating & Sailing magazine. He later served as publisher of Sports Afield, then vice president and group publisher with responsibilities for a number of Hearst titles. Townsend concluded his career at Hearst as executive vice president and general manager of Hearst Books and Business Publishing.

    A lifelong competitive sailor, Townsend has served as Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, a trustee and vice chairman of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), and an advisory board member of the World Ocean Observatory. He actively contributes to such causes as the Ocean Reef Foundation and Medical Center, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the South Street Seaport, and the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the leading producer of public service announcements (PSAs) in the United States.

  • Liz Vaccariello

    Editor in Chief

    Meredith Parents Network

    Liz Vaccariello is the editor in chief of the Meredith Parents Network, which includes Parents, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Family Fun, Parents Latina and Ser Padres as well as Meredith’s Hispanic beauty and women’s lifestyle title, Siempre Mujer.  

    With more than 25 years of experience, Vaccariello has worked inside many of the media industry’s most recognizable brands, developing content across multiple channels. Prior to joining Meredith, Vaccariello served as the chief content officer for Reader’s Digest.   Under her direction, she led a print and digital refresh which resulted in years of increased newsstand sales and a double digit growth of unique visitors on the digital site. Her background also includes serving as editor in chief of Rachael Ray Every Day; editor in chief of Prevention; executive editor of Fitness; and editor-in-chief of Cleveland Magazine.

    Vaccariello regularly appears on national broadcast media including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America and Dr. Oz. In addition, she is the author of nine New York Times best-selling books, including Flat Belly Diet! and 21-Day Tummy

    She has received numerous awards and honors over her distinguished career and is a frequent speaker at major summits presented by MPA, Folio, min and Digiday among others. 

  • Pam Wasserstein

    Chief Executive Officer

    New York Media

    Pam Wasserstein has been the chief executive officer of New York Media since May 2016, leading the premium content company on an ambitious expansion in several areas, including video, branded content, live events and e-commerce, while growing audience and revenue at core brands New York Magazine, nymag.com, Vulture, the Cut, Daily Intelligencer, Grub Street, Science of Us and Select All. Before becoming chief executive officer, Wasserstein served in a day-to-day role at the company as co-chair and head of strategy.

    Prior to joining New York Media full time, Wasserstein worked at Tribeca Enterprises, most recently as vice-president, corporate development, spearheading new business initiatives, including the Tribeca Shortlist subscription video-on-demand film service. Before that, she worked at Apollo Global Management, the private equity firm, where she evaluated potential investments and managed existing portfolio companies. She also worked for several years as a corporate lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP.