The Association of Magazine Media

Speakers

  • Jack Bishop

    Chief Creative Officer

    America's Test Kitchen

    Bishop was part of the original team that started America’s Test Kitchen, beginning with the launch of Cook’s Illustrated in 1993. Jack directed the launch of Cook’s Country magazine in 2005 and the building of the company’s book publishing division.

    Jack is the tasting lab expert on our television shows, and he leads the creative teams working on the company’s TV shows, magazines, books, websites, and online cooking school. ​

    Jack is the author of several cookbooks, including Vegetables Every Day and The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook. Jack’s wife, Lauren Chattman, is a cookbook author and former pastry chef. They have two extraordinarily well-fed daughters.

  • Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

    Chief Executive Officer and Publisher

    MIT Technology Review

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the chief executive officer and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's media company. MIT Technology Review's analysis, features, interviews and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

    Bramson-Boudreau is leading the growth, expansion and modernization of MIT Technology Review's media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. She also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum. 

    Bramson-Boudreau has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

    Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Bramson-Boudreau was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

  • Jonathan Dorn

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Active Interest Media

    As Active Interest Media’s lead on digital, video, marketing services, and online education, Jon Dorn works with teams across the company’s 50 brands and 85+ websites. He oversees several central teams, including Catapult Creative Labs, AIM Studios and AIM U. He’s previously served as AIM’s editorial director, head of product development and digital senior vice president. Prior to that, as the longtime editor in chief of Backpacker, he led the brand to five National Magazine Awards, including General Excellence for both print and digital. Dorn lives and plays in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, two daughters, and Bronx, a 100-pound Bernese mountain dog. He serves on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and volunteers with Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit that provides wilderness mentoring to at-risk teens.

  • Adam Grossman

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Boston Red Sox & Fenway Sports Management

    Adam Grossman leads all marketing and communications efforts for the Boston Red Sox. In this capacity, the Cleveland, OH native oversees the club’s marketing, media relations, corporate communications, social media, and creative services departments. Grossman’s teams also work closely with the Red Sox’ ticket and sponsorship sales functions to build ticket sales marketing programs and integrated corporate partnerships. Grossman began his career with the Red Sox in 2002 as a summer intern and was named Special Assistant to President/CEO Larry Lucchino in 2004. He was promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2008. Prior to his current role, Grossman served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins for three seasons from 2009 to 2011. A 2002 cum laude graduate of Duke University with a degree in public policy, Grossman was one of eight members selected to the 2014 Eisenhower Fellowships program, an organization chaired by General Colin L. Powell. While at Duke, he co-founded a student-led organization to improve the Durham Bulls Youth League, and spearheaded a $450,000 renovation project to refurbish two baseball fields in Durham’s inner city. Grossman and his wife, Candy, reside in Brookline with their daughters, Stella and Luiza.

  • Daniel Hallac

    Chief Product Officer

    New York Media

    Daniel Hallac joined New York Media as chief product officer in 2017, overseeing the company’s product design, product management, technology, business development, and analytics functions, for brands including New York Magazine, Vulture, the Cut, Grub Street, Select All, and the Strategist.

    Prior to his current role, Hallac held various roles at Bloomberg, most recently serving as the global head of product for Bloomberg Media’s digital team, where he led the product group in the re-launch and growth of Bloomberg’s award-winning digital properties, including Bloomberg.com and Businessweek.com.

    Hallac earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Politics from Brandeis University and has resided in the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

  • Simon Leslie

    Founder and Joint Chief Executive

    Simon Leslie

    Simon is founder and joint Chief Executive of Ink, the global leader in Travel Media. Working with the world’s largest airlines, and travel brands, Ink’s media reaches just shy of a billion-real people every year. His talk is about change, and not allowing market conditions, people or one’s own stupidity to get in the way of success. In a world where print continues to struggle, Ink’s titles continue to deliver double digit growth.

  • Jeff Levy

    Director, Consumer Marketing

    Harvard Business Review Group

    Jeff Levy is the Director of Consumer Marketing for Harvard Business Review Group, where he leads global consumer marketing for the brand (HBR magazine and HBR.org). He is responsible for strategy and execution around subscriber acquisition, engagement and retention utilizing digital and traditional media. Under his management, HBR has reached the highest growth levels in customers and engagement in the company's history.

    Prior to HBR, Jeff was the Director of JewishBoston.com, Boston’s second largest non-profit, and was the Founder and VP, Marketing of Mother USA/Tunefly, a subscription digital music platform. He has also held senior marketing positions at Comcast, AT&T, and Media One.

  • David Liu

    Cofounder and Chairman

    XO Group Inc.

    David Liu is cofounder and Chairman of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; www.xogroupinc.com), a leading technology and media company that helps millions of couples navigate and enjoy life's biggest moments together through industry-leading digital brands that include The Knot and The Bump.

    In 1996, Liu and his business partners (including wife Carley Roney) predicted that Internet technology would enable the perfect solution to the frustrating, antiquated process of planning a wedding. Their vision: a bridal media brand that would reinvent the $70+ billion wedding industry by appealing to modern couples and providing 24/7 access to stylish editorial content, modern wedding advice, thousands of local professionals and an online community. The Knot has become the nation’s leading digital wedding resource with more than 12 million unique visitors per month to TheKnot.com and more than 3,000 app downloads per day.

    Under Liu’s leadership, XO Group Inc. expanded its reach to serve its audience across multiple lifestages from brides to newlyweds to first-time parents, adding The Nest and The Bump to its brand network. The company has extended these brands across multiple media platforms spanning magazines, books, mobile applications, TV shows and social media as well as a massive merchandising arm that includes gift registry services.

    Since founding XO Group Inc. in 1996, Liu led the company from an Internet start-up to a publicly traded multimillion-dollar media leader in the wedding and lifestyle category, raising more than $150 million in public and private financing along the way. Liu also led the acquisition and integration of the company’s closest competitor, WeddingChannel Inc., uniting two leaders in the online bridal industry.

    In 2008, Liu was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Media category. In 2011 he received the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award. Currently, Liu serves on the boards of MOCA and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA). He lives with his wife and three children in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Nicco Mele

    Director

    Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy

    Nicco Mele is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He took over leadership of the Center in 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David the New Goliath and co-founder of EchoDitto (now Echo & Co.), a leading internet strategy and consulting firm. Mele also is a board member of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

  • Malcolm Netburn

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    CDS Global

    Malcolm Netburn is chairman and CEO of CDS Global. Since joining the company in February 2007, Netburn has provided thought leadership to the various industries served by CDS Global and has been a featured speaker at conferences throughout these industries.

    Netburn has more than 35 years of experience with magazine, newspaper, book and media companies. Before joining CDS Global, he was a founding partner of Netburn McGill, a New York-based consulting firm that he helped establish in 1986.

    A graduate of The George Washington University, Netburn previously served in executive roles at Chemical Week Associates, Hart Publications, the Christian Science Monitor, the National Wildlife Federation and Scholastic. He was the 2013 inductee into the Media & Content  Marketing Association (MCMA) Hall of Fame.

  • David Nussbaum

    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

    America’s Test Kitchen

    David Nussbaum is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of America's Test Kitchen, the leading food and cooking media brand in the US.  ATK features two top-rated TV shows, two highly regarded magazines, three subscription-based websites, an online cooking school and a vibrant cookbook business. Nussbaum joined ATK in October 2015.

    Previous to that, he served as the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of F+W Media, from 2008 to October 2015.  Before that, Nussbaum was an operating partner at ABRY Partners, one of the top Private Equity companies in the world. Going back even further, Nussbaum was the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Penton Media.

    Nussbaum has served on boards for both Summit Business Networks (now part of American Lawyer Media) and Thomas Nelson Publishing (now a division of Harper Collins).

    Currently, Nussbaum is on the advisory board of Compound Ventures, a leading NYC-based early stage technology venture fund and is on the advisory board of Boston University's School of Communications.  Nussbaum is also on the board of IMAG, MPA’s Independent Magazine Media Group.

    Nussbaum was also the founder and president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology (FAST) in Roslyn, NY and the former co-president of the Roslyn Booster Basketball Club.

  • Hayley Romer

    Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer

    The Atlantic

    Hayley Romer is Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of The Atlantic. In this role, she leads The Atlantic’s global sales team, award-winning in-house branded content studio, Atlantic Re:think, and brand marketing for The Atlantic. Through deep passion, relentless foresight, and progressive initiatives, Hayley has driven four consecutive years of record sales and profits for the brand.

    At a time when the media and advertising industry is experiencing mass-disruption and companies are completely restructuring and changing their go to market strategies, Hayley has doubled the advertising revenue for The Atlantic and more than doubled the size of her team. Hayley has helped to establish The Atlantic and Atlantic Re:think as the leader in native advertising for the industry. Native will drive three-quarters of The Atlantic’s digital ad revenue in 2017. In both 2016 and 2017, Atlantic Re:think was named Content Best In-house Content Studio by Digiday.

    Prior to joining The Atlantic in May 2012 as associate publisher, Hayley spent five years at the Condé Nast Media Group. As Executive Director of Corporate Sales, she managed an integrated sales and marketing team across titles such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Before joining Condé Nast in 2007, Hayley spent seven years Forbes Media and began her career in publishing at American Heritage magazine. In 2016 Hayley was named to AgAge’s 40 Under 40 list for her work helping establish The Atlantic as an innovative leader within the media and advertising industry.

    Hayley has two children, son Adler (6) and daughter Pierce (3) and is the wife of Adam Schoenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Hook and Albert, a men’s accessories company.

  • Laura Simkins

    Chief Operating Officer

    AFAR Media LLC

    Laura Simkins is the chief operating officer of Afar Media, a media company devoted to serving the needs of experiential travelers.  Simkins has over 18 years of experience in media with 15 of those spent at launches or start-ups. She was part of the original launch team for Dwell, 8020 Media and Afar. Simkin’s media experience also includes stints at Mother Jones and Health.  She enjoys a good challenge and likes collaborating with teams with diverse talents.

  • André Sterley

    Audits Manager, Technology, Media & Cryptocurrency

    Mazars USA

  • 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, Thomas Brooks came from the other side of the media desk.  She was Executive VP and Managing Director of GM Mediaworks in Detroit, President of Ingenuity Media at the Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, and Executive Director of Media & Marketing at Trilogy, a privately-held business technology company.  She was also the co-founder and president of GearDigital, a data-driven integrated agency and a subsidiary of Wilson RMS.  Her experience in the media business has included creating new organizational structures and strategic approaches for the ever-increasing size and scope of the media landscape.  Thomas 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 is passionate about viewing the media landscape through the lens of the consumer and is an ardent believer in the power of strong media brands to change the world.

  • Eric Thorkilsen

    Chief Executive Officer

    This Old House Ventures, LLC

  • Jamie Trowbridge

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Yankee Publishing

    Jamie Trowbridge is president and chief executive officer of Yankee Publishing and publisher of Yankee magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, New Hampshire Magazine, and other publications and websites.  As a grandson of the founder, Trowbridge is committed to keeping the company, which is based in Dublin, New Hampshire, a successful and independent family-owned business.

    Before joining Yankee Publishing, Trowbridge worked in the publishing field for several years in Seattle, Washington, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Trowbridge is a member of MPA’s IMAG Board for Independent Publishers.  He also serves on the Boards of the N. H. Travel Council, N. H. Business Committee for the Arts, Monadnock Community Hospital and The MacDowell Colony, America’s premier artist residency program.