VP, Business Development & Strategy
Brett brings almost a decade of financial services industry experience in technology, media and telecommunications to Videa. In his current role, Brett handles both supply & demand and strategic partnerships, overseeing strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and contract negotiations.
Prior to Videa, he worked with Rothschild and Berylson Capital as well as held leadership positions at Cerberus Capital Management. Brett is currently an advisory board member for BWG Strategy, a council member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and a member of TVB.
Brett graduated cum laude from Babson College with a concentration in finance and applied statistics. When he’s not devising strategies for Videa, you might find Brett masterminding his game strategy in the hockey rink or on the golf course.
Global Director, Enterprise Growth
Stephanie Agresta is an award-winning, digital-first PR professional who helped pioneer the field of social media communications. Today she works with senior executives to grow their online presence to showcase digital thought leadership, build online influence, and align their social channels with organizational objectives. Named #6 among digital creators, innovators, and strategists by PR Week, Business Insider also cited her as one of the top 25 advertising executives on Twitter.
A strategic counselor, instrumental in developing digital and social media initiatives for major brands such as Comcast, PayPal, P&G, Samsung, PepsiCo and Microsoft, Stephanie has previously served in senior executive roles at world-class agencies including Publicis Communications, Weber Shandwick, and Porter Novelli. In July 2018, Stephanie joined Qnary, an executive reputation technology platform and solutions company that empowers the voice of the professional in every region of the world. In her role as Global Director of Enterprise Growth, Stephanie is responsible for developing relationships with Fortune 500 firms keen to leverage their global teams of innovators to drive corporate reputation and business results.
A long-time supporter of the SXSW Interactive festival, Stephanie launched the Social Media Lounge in 2008, a networking hub for digital media influencers at the conference. Stephanie has previously been named to PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” roster and published Perspectives on Social Media Marketing, co-authored with B. Bonin Bough.
Journalist, Media Critic & Author
Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of twelve books, including five national bestsellers. His high-profile interviews and commentary have been a staple of our culture for decades, providing a roadmap for where society has been and where it’s going. In ranking him as America’s premier media commentator, the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, “No other reporter has covered the news communication business as thoroughly.”
For Ken’s latest book, Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else), he decided to “follow the money” of the advertising and marketing industry and reports on the many newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations – as well as digital enterprises - it supports. Googled: The End of the World as We Know It was a New York Times bestseller and named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by BusinessWeek. His other national bestsellers include Greed and Glory on Wall Street, Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway; and World War 3.0 Microsoft and Its Enemies. Ken has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, been named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, has for several decades been a National Judge of the Annual Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, and was selected one of the 20th century’s top 100 business journalists by a distinguished panel of his peers.
Editor & Co-CEO
The Conversation US
Maria Balinska is the Editor and co-CEO of The Conversation US. An award winning journalist, she worked for most of her career at the BBC in London where for the last 10 years she led the World Current Affairs Radio unit, overseeing specialist programming on international affairs for six radio networks and the web. She returned to the U.S. on a Nieman Fellowship and before joining the Conversation she ran her own digital journalism startup looking to pioneer different ways of covering the world for American audiences. She is also the author of The Bagel: the history of a modest bread (Yale University Press 2008) described by the New York Times as “thought-provoking and fact-filled” and the American Scholar as a “gem of culinary and social reportage."
Investor, TV Host & Author
Bonin Bough is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in his field, the producer and host of The Cleveland Hustles, and the author of TXT Me (646) 759-1837. Throughout his illustrious career as one of the youngest C-suite executives in a Fortune 50 company, Bonin has spearheaded some of the industry’s largest global marketing campaigns across digital, mobile, television, print, and experiential, including the premier of the first ever 3D printed food product, the customizable, real-time 3D printed Oreo at SXSW.
Bonin’s prominence as a transformative activator has helped reinvigorate traditional marketing by combining innovative tech via breakthrough brand campaigns including Oreo, Honey Maid, Pepsi, Gatorade, and countless other billion dollar brands. He is seen as one of the top mobile marketers in the world, having been named “Mobile Marketer of the Year” by the MMA. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement and has been listed in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40”, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”, The Adweek 50 and PRWeek Power List.
Chief Revenue Officer
Rich Calacci is the Chief Revenue Officer for Pluto TV, bringing decades of repute as a tenured leader and executive in the worlds of sports and media. At Pluto TV, Rich is responsible for developing comprehensive, multi-faceted strategic initiatives designed to attract and drive revenue s. As CRO, he leads our nationwide sales force, dedicated to implementing hyper-growth through client direct sales, programmatic execution and platform partnerships with Roku and Sony. Rich’s career spans decades across esteemed sports institutions CBSSports.com and CBS Interactive and as Chief Revenue Officer for Bleacher Report. Following an acquisition of Bleacher Report by Turner Sports in 2012, Calacci took on the role of SVP, Turner Sports Sales up until his move to Pluto TV in 2018.
Rich is a graduate of Wabash College, an All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American selection in football and serves as an emeritus on the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he is a Board Member of The Bridge Golf Foundation, and an advisor to Bustle Media Group and Inverse Media.
Chief Strategy Officer
Doug Campbell is Chief Strategy Officer for Telaria. With over 25 years of experience in growing profitable digital businesses, Doug is responsible for identifying, evaluating and implementing new strategic opportunities that align with Telaria's business objectives and growth initiatives. He is also responsible for leading acquisitions, growth and strategy development across the company’s business.
Most recently, Doug was a Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, where he helped to define and drive strategic growth organically as well as through M&A. Prior to Nielsen, he was the Chief Operating Officer of eXelate where he helped increase revenue tenfold, and led operations including sales, data science and the data exchange business. He led the sale of eXelate to Nielsen in March 2015.
Prior to joining eXelate, Doug worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and at WorldNow, a provider of technology applications and revenue solutions for television broadcast, as a Senior Vice President responsible for Strategic Development, Mobile and Local Advertising.
Doug holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MBA from Columbia University.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Chachko is the CEO of Throtle. Paul has been a formative member of the marketing community for over 30 years. He is credited with being the first to add demographic, behavioral, lifestyle, and geographic data to commercial email marketing and most recently he spearheaded the creation of an industry leading marketing automation platform that allows for acquisition marketing and customer relationship management. He holds several patents in the use of data and technology.
Prior to Throtle Paul was the Founder and CEO of V12 Group and was the Founder and CEO of Datagence, a multichannel direct marketing services company. Prior to that, he was the Founder and CEO of ConsumerNet, a leading Internet consumer database company (sold to 24/7 Real Media in 1999). Paul has also served as Chief Executive Officer for Infinata, an eCRM software company (sold to Financial Times in 2010). Paul was also Founder and Chairman of Financial Information Group (sold to KKR in 2013). A recognized innovator, he has been invited to share his experiences and insights through speaking engagements for scores of events and various technology councils and he is has been the recipient of numourous awards including: Stevie Award, America Business Bronze award, two times SmartCEO Future 50 and others.
Chief Revenue Officer
Jenn Chen is the Chief Revenue Officer at Connatix, a next generation video platform for publishers. At Connatix, Jenn leads the growth and expansion of the publisher development and buyer teams. Previously, Jenn was the VP/GM of Programmatic at Sizmek where she scaled the global programmatic business over 500% in 4 years, and drove the integrations of several strategic acquisitions. In addition to her accomplishments in the digital space, Jenn is also the Co-founder and President of Givology, a nonprofit platform which connects donors to students in developing countries.
Director, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, IBM Research AI
David Cox is the IBM Director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a first of its kind industry-academic collaboration between IBM and MIT, focused on fundamental research in artificial intelligence. The Lab was founded with a $240m, 10 year commitment from IBM and brings together researchers at IBM with faculty at MIT to tackle hard problems at the vanguard of AI.
Prior to joining IBM, David was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences and of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he held appointments in Computer Science, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Center for Brain Science. David's ongoing research is primarily focused on bringing insights from neuroscience into machine learning and computer vision research. His work has spanned a variety of disciplines, from imaging and electrophysiology experiments in living brains, to the development of machine learning and computer vision methods, to applied machine learning and high performance computing methods. Recently, he led the ARIADNE project, a multidisciplinary, multi-university research project spanning Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, NYU and the University of Chicago. The project aimed to apply advanced techniques in functional and structural brain imaging to guide the development of new biologically-inspired machine learning methods, and resulted in some of the largest combined structure-function neuroscience datasets ever collected.
Chief Marketing Officer
National Geographic Partners
Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners. In this role she oversees the company's overall brand vision, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the National Geographic brand and related entities around the world. Jill was tapped as CMO of National Geographic Partners in 2016 after a long tenure at MasterCard, bringing with her a depth of consumer insights expertise that put her in a powerful position to help revitalize National Geographic’s world-renowned brand. With Jill at the helm, her team embarked on a massive re-working of the brand strategy, harnessing the power of the iconic “yellow border” and refocusing on the brand’s mission: to explore, and further peoples’ understanding of the world. Under her leadership, the brand is taking bold approaches to communications and marketing, including the Clio award-winning 2017 Super Bowl commercial for National Geographic’s first-ever scripted series Genius. Today, National Geographic enjoys a world-wide following of millions of fans in 172 countries and has become the most popular brand on Instagram. Prior to her time at National Geographic, Jill was Executive Vice President of Global Consumer Marketing at MasterCard, where she oversaw the firm's global consumer strategy including the Priceless Platforms, global content strategy, and consumer segment inspired marketing.
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy Fain is a digital marketing veteran with 20 years of experience across advertising, marketing, and media companies. After graduating Yale University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he began his career advising blue chip companies on how to use the internet to better understand their businesses. He then moved to Digitas where he helped those same companies use internet technologies to better serve and learn about their customers. After obtaining his MBA from Columbia University, Jeremy moved to the media side of advertising. While at the International Advertising Bureau (IAB), he helped solve intrinsic structural problems that advertisers, agencies and publishers faced when buying and measuring online advertising. Among the many standards and solutions he was responsible for, Jeremy mediated the industry's current “Standard Terms and Conditions 3.0” as well as the VAST and VPAID video advertising standards. In 2009, he began to specialize in the emerging technology of real-time-bidding. First, he ran monetization strategy at CBS Interactive, launching the first premium publisher exchange. He then joined Rubicon Project and became the SVP of Accounts, running all of North American revenue for the programmatic pioneer. In 2015 he decided to build Cognitiv, the first Deep Learning programmatic marketing company, with two of his childhood friends. Cognitiv now powers IBM Watson Advertising and many other audience and buying capabilities for advertisers.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Federle is Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media and a director on the Forbes Media, LLC, Board, where he oversees the organization and drives the company’s performance, strategic planning and worldwide growth. Since July of 2016, Mike served as Forbes Media’s President and COO with responsibility for the company’s media business, its intersection with new businesses, content creation, editorial, product development, sales, marketing and corporate functions. Prior to joining Forbes Media in 2011, he was a Co-Founder, President & COO of Techonomy Media Inc, a multimedia company based in New York in which Forbes acquired an equity interest in July 2011. Mike is a 25-year veteran of the media industry where he has held top positions including Publisher of Fortune magazine and Group Publisher of the Time Inc. Business & Finance Network, owner of media properties such as Fortune, Money, Business2.0 and CNNMoney.
Bank of America
Anne M. Finucane is Vice Chairman at Bank of America and Chairman of the board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe. As a member of the executive management team, Anne is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts. She focuses on the company's outreach to shareholders on social and governance issues, implementing innovative ways to deploy capital and expanding on environmental business opportunities in support of the responsible growth strategy. In addition, she oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing and communications.
Anne has received numerous professional and public service accolades. Most recently, she was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List, Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List, and AdWeek’s 2016 Power List: Top 100 Leaders in Marketing, Media & Tech. In 2013, she received the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award and the International Women’s Media Foundation Leadership Award. She was named the 2013 Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York, and American Banker magazine annually names her as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”
Chief Executive Officer
John Fitzpatrick is the CEO of Force Marketing, the automotive marketing company he co-founded in 2007. As of 2017, the firm has made the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for 9 years in a row. Force Marketing’s service solution is one that has evolved from having a focus on direct marketing into one that offers clients a fully-fledged multi-channel marketing platform. The company has been honored with various awards including The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Pacesetter Award in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Force Marketing was named to the list of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in the U.S. in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
John also founded the Fitzpatrick Realty Group in 2012, and through that, has purchased three commercial office buildings in Atlanta, including the current headquarters for Force. John is a longtime supporter of Bright Futures Atlanta, an organization aimed at improving the lives and education of youth in inner-city Atlanta, and has served on the Board since early 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer
Connor Folley is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Downstream, a retail technology company based in Seattle, WA. Co-founded by a pair of Amazon veterans, Downstream’s Amazon marketing platform applies machine learning to provide brands with an overwhelming competitive advantage on Amazon. As someone who has led teams internally at Amazon and on the agency side, Connor’s understanding of Amazon and its unique demands is one of a kind. The world’s largest consumer brands have sought his ability to decode the confounding black box that Amazon represents and hundred more use Downstream's technology to drive share on the platform.
Senior Vice President, VaynerExperience
Kim Garcia currently serves as Senior Vice President of VaynerExperience at VaynerMedia. Seen as a “go-to” executive throughout her 15-year career, she has continually been tapped to lead special projects, priority campaigns and high-profile initiatives.
In April 2017, Kim launched VaynerExperience, the agency’s first foray into digitally driven Live Events and Brand Partnerships, by identifying an opportunity to capitalize on the true convergence of Social and IRL (in real life) experiences. At the helm of the new division, she is responsible for creative vision and strategic positioning, P&L, hiring and mentorship, new business development, strategic partnerships and ticket sales.
Kim joined VaynerMedia in 2012, reporting directly to CEO Gary Vaynerchuk, and quickly rose through the ranks from Group Director to her previous position as Senior Vice President of Entertainment, a vertical she launched and grew to more than 50 employees. Educating the team – which spanned account, strategy, creative, media and production - on entertainment life cycles, planning, vernacular, metrics and network dynamics, she oversaw business development, internal processes and staffing, profitability, scoping and client management. Prior to VaynerMedia, Kim served as Director of Consumer Marketing at Discovery Communications, where she ran all phases of business to business and creative marketing and advertising efforts across on-air, digital, print, social and partnerships.
Chief Executive Officer
Marc Goldberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Trust Metrics. In his 20-plus years in the media industry, Marc has been on multiple sides of the aisle. He started at the agency side of JWT and Zenith Media. He then went over to the sales and publisher side as GM at Howstuffworks, CEO at dailyRx and the SVP of Business Development at About.com. Now he is in the ad tech sector as the Chief Executive Officer of Trust Metrics.
Marc serves on Advisory Boards and advises multiple start ups including The 614 Group, Plated.com and Cups. He is also an Advisory Board Member at Rutgers University Design Thinking Certificate Program. He has participated as a mentor for Techstars NY, 500 Startups, and Entrepreneur Round Table Accelerators.
Chief Executive Officer
Digital Asset Trade Association
Alanna Gombert is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Asset Trade Association. Prior to this Alanna served as Global Chief Revenue Officer for MetaX, where she oversaw product creation, strategy, and go to market including the adChain and adToken dApps. Prior to MetaX, Alanna served as SVP, Technology & Ad Operations, IAB, and general manager, IAB Tech Lab. There she was integral in the development of the industry response to ad blocking with LEAN, OpenRTB 3.0, and played a significant role in the creation of ads.txt, which provides power to publishers to publicly declare legitimate inventory sellers. She also broadened the Tech Lab’s global reach with rapid growth in Japan, China, and Europe. Before the IAB Tech Lab, Alanna was general manager, Digital Supply Investment, at Accuen/Omnicom Media Group. Previously she was head of digital sales and strategy at Condé Nast and founder of CatalystDesk, Condé Nast’s digital media trading platform. Alanna joined Condé Nast in March 2013 from Google by way of Admeld, where she ran the trading desk, agency, and demand - side platform relationships and helped grow RTB from an idea into an industry mainstay. Her early career included stints with Right Media (acquired by Yahoo in 2007), Nielsen, DoubleClick, and in the finance world with JP Morgan Chase and Commerzbank.
Ventures in Blockchain
Anne is a skilful leader and influencer with over 20 years' experience in the commercial management and governance of digital platforms, leading the matrix teams and organisation that underpins them. Specialising in the creation of strategic marketing propositions for technology and media companies spearheading business growth based on programme implementation, technology integration and product innovation, 3rd party alliances and organisation evolution. With over 20 years experience in the commercial management of digital platforms, most recently she served as SVP Sales Marketing & Ad Technology, BBC Advertising from 2009 to 2017 - a division of BBC Worldwide that handles the BBC’s commercial business outside of the UK. Anne was responsible for the global proposition and positioning of BBC Advertising and leading the Advertising technology strategy. Prior to this at Microsoft MSN Anne held a number of senior management roles leading the global sales marketing strategy for Microsoft Advertising, The positioning plan for the launch of Microsoft Search (Bing). Introduction of the key account client management strategy and the global launch of digital advertising at Cannes Lions through the first digital sponsorship.
Anne was Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of IAB Europe and is currently supporting the roll out of IAB Europe Transparency & Consent Framework alongside her advisory work in the commercial adoption of Blockchain by ad and marketing technology companies. With a BSc from Durham University she is also studying for a MA in Leadership and Sustainability at IFLAS at the University of Cumbria specialising in the principals of governance and is a member of Council for University of Bath.
Tovo Labs, Quartile and Rise-Alliance
Rob Griffin drives integrated innovation at the intersection of marketing technology and changing consumer behavior. Focused on responsible data practices, AI automation, and dynamic personalization Rob helps clients turn digital transformation into a competitive advantage. Rob is a co-founder of multiple start-ups from Tovo Labs and RISE Alliance to scaling Quartile, an Amazon Marketplace platform. Combine this with over twenty years in digital, Rob brings a unique perspective to evolving business needs. Previous roles include Chief Innovation Officer for independent agency Almighty and Global Head of Digital Product Development for Havas. While at Havas, Rob launched their search practice as well as other specialty divisions. Rob believes that the traditional AOR model is shattered and is dedicated to helping clients take ownership of their data and technology. Rob can be found on Twitter at @telerob
John has spent most of his career driving superior business performance for marketers by combining data, technology and services into easy to use solutions for large companies.
He is one of a few global technology leaders whose career track has included leadership assignments at big data, ad tech, marketing tech, analytics and ecommerce companies like DoubleClick, GSI Commerce (purchased by eBay) and R.L. Polk. The foundation of his business experience came from growing up in marketing driven, best-in-class consumer packaged goods companies like J&J and Pepsi.
His role with Deloitte Digital includes working with clients to automate their full funnel marketing activities to optimize the customer experience (CX) regardless of where the consumer is on their journey with a brand by leveraging best in class data, analytics, CRM, Martech and Adtech solutions.
John is often asked to speak on the latest technologies available to the marketer to improve their overall CX competitiveness because of his knowledge and experience in the space.
Former FBI Executive Assistant Director
As President of CrowdStrike Services, Shawn leads a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals who aggressively and effectively investigate and mitigate targeted attacks on computer networks. Under his leadership, CrowdStrike has been engaged in significant proactive and incident response operations across every major commercial sector, protecting organizations’ sensitive data and networks. Shawn retired as FBI Executive Assistant Director (EAD) in 2012, where he oversaw half of the FBI’s investigative operations, including all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide and the FBI’s critical incident response to major investigations and disasters. During his 24-year career he held a wide range of operational and leadership roles at FBI Headquarters and four FBI Field Offices.
Serving in multiple positions relating to cyber intrusions since 1999, Shawn was the Bureau’s outspoken top agent on cybersecurity issues, boosting the FBI’s cyber investigative capabilities. In addition to his last position as EAD, he served as both Deputy Assistant Director and Assistant Director of the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters; Supervisor of the FBI Cyber Crime Squad in Baltimore; and Chief of the Computer Investigations’ Unit within the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC).
During his tenure, Shawn oversaw major computer crime and cyber investigations spanning the globe, from denial-of-service attacks, to major bank and corporate breaches, to nation-state sponsored intrusions. Shawn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Chief Operating Officer
Rob Holland is Chief Operating Officer of Bluecore, a five-year old, 170+ employee SaaS start-up based in New York City. Bluecore’s Retail Marketing Platform powers unique interactions by unifying customer and catalog data, thus empowering the world’s top retail marketing organizations to take meaningful, immediate action on data through the creation of highly targeted audiences for multi-channel use. Rob leads Bluecore’s go-to-market team, which includes: Sales, Marketing, Customer Success and Corporate Partnerships as well as the finance team. Prior to Bluecore, Rob was GVP, General Manager of Advertiser Solutions at Oracle Data Cloud and was General Manager of the CPG business at Datalogix. Rob also had leadership positions in product management at Nielsen and financial roles at Safeway and The Clorox Company earlier in his career. Rob holds a BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Global Senior Vice President, Business Development
Lung Huang leads all data strategy and data partnership engagements that support initiatives in people-based marketing on behalf of Merkle and the Denstu Aegis Network. As the leader of Merkle’s business development team, Lung is responsible for expanding the global footprint for Dentsu Aegis Network’s M1™ platform, for which he is also a member of the global executive management team. He plays a leading role in establishing commercial terms and data privacy rules when it comes to working with legal teams across the world.
Before joining Merkle in 2017, Lung was the head of strategic partnerships at 84.51° (A Kroger Company), where he managed client relationship development, industry engagement, and media data strategy. He also played a critical global role for dunnhumby, a customer data science company owned by retailer, Tesco, where he led the partnership development and commercialization strategy in media, advertising, payments, and analytics. Lung was formerly Vice President at Arbitron Inc. and had his start at Young & Rubicam’s The Media Edge. Lung Huang earned his BA in Business from the University of Kansas, where he currently sits on the advisory board for the business school.
Chief Data Officer
Bob Ivins is Chief Data Officer at NCC Media where he leads development and implementation of the company’s advanced television and media offerings.
Bob has played a pioneering role in the development of the data-driven advertising ecosystem over the past three decades, holding executive roles at comScore, Mindshare, Comcast, Yahoo and Nielsen. He served as the first Chief Data Officer for media agency Mindshare where he led the firm in putting data at center of the company, linking real time insights to marketing that adapted on the fly. As VP, data products at Comcast, Bob led the development of the Audience Interconnect database underlying Comcast Spotlight’s cross-platform ad offering. Prior to Comcast, he was SVP/MD, Europe for comScore where he led the company’s Europe operations from launch to pan-European leader in web measurement and web analytics.
Bob got his start in the digital ad space in the mid-nineties as VP, research for advertising startup I/PRO where he developed some of the world’s first tools to measure the effectiveness of online advertising.
Former Assistant Secretary, DHS; CNN National Security Contributor
Juliette Kayyem is a world-renowned security and emergency preparedness expert in the public and private sector. Recently, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Zemcar, a lifestyle company focused on connecting busy parents with qualified drivers to solve their family’s transportation needs. The author of the best-selling “Security Mom”, she represents Zemcar's audience -- an active, working mother with three kids who cares about their safety and is on the mission to transform rideshares. She is currently also a regular on-air national security analyst and contributor for CNN and a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School.
Juliette most recently served as President Obama's Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. And before that, she served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Caroline Klatt is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Headliner Labs, the leading chat marketing platform for retail and e-commerce companies. Caroline has been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for retail and e-commerce, is an advisor to the C-suite and innovation leaders at leading retail brands, and a regular columnist and speaker on the topics of digital sales, mobile marketing and machine learning.
Caroline honed her expertise in digital marketing and e-commerce at leading retailers including Fab.com, Ralph Lauren and Collective Brands, and as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York working with fortune 500 retailers and global financial institutions.
Director, Shorenstein Center
Harvard Kennedy School
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. Nicco is also a board member of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
Chief Executive Officer
Nielsen Catalina Solutions
Matthew (Matt) O’Grady is Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen Catalina Solutions, responsible for driving performance and innovation for NCS and its clients. Matt’s vision is helping to transform the advertising industry and its measurement by applying purchase-based analytics to improve advertising effectiveness, targeting and providing revenue growth and sales accountability for all media platforms.
Matt brings over 10 years of experience with Nielsen, including as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the local media business where he led strategy, development and enhancements for all local television and audio clients. He was also the Global Leader of Nielsen’s first cross platform product and strategy team where he was responsible for all cross-platform audience measurement solutions including television, mobile and Internet.
Matt has worked closely with industry associations including the Media Ratings Council, IAB, Direct Marketing Association, Media Behavioral Institute, TVB, Radio Advertising Bureau, National Association of Broadcasters, COLTAM and COLRAM. Prior to joining Nielsen, Matt was President of Claritas, and held management positions with Equifax, AT&T and the Daniel Yankelovich Group. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Chief Operating Officer
Dave Oliveria is Chief Operating Officer for TruSignal. In this capacity Dave leads TruSignal’s sales, client development and operations teams, and implements TruSignal’s strategic direction. Dave brings over 20 years of experience leading revenue and operational teams across media, digital and SaaS organizations.
Prior to TruSignal Dave served as CEO of Balihoo, an enterprise focused SaaS local marketing platform. Dave has also held executive sales and leadership roles at companies leveraging the latest technology and innovative business models including Yahoo, Demand Media and Mediaocean’s Mbuy division.
Dave earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University.
Former Chief Marketing Officer Worldwide
Omnicom Media Group
Jennifer Razor is the former Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Global of Business Development at Omnicom Media Group, Worldwide. She was with Omnicon for ten years where she won major clients including P&G, Warner Bros., and GSK (not the current pitch!), totaling $6.3 billion in wins in her tenure at Omnicom. Prior to Omnicom, Jen spent six years at IPG running new business for part of their media arm, winning roughly $2 billion in new business.
Currently, Jen is working with a number of companies and involved multiple projects including repositioning companies for acquisition and making introductions for new business opportunities. She is also a founding member of Luminary, a collaboration hub for women to develop, network, mentor, and connect.
Business Advisor and Investor & Former Founder of Results Digital
Jason is a lifelong entrepreneur and in 2011 he founded a performance based digital marketing company named Results Digital. Jason established and grew the company with no outside investment to reach annual billings of $35 million in under 36 months. Results Digital was acquired by MARC USA in 2014 and Jason took on the role of President of MARC USA’s Boston office leading the charge on business development, client solutions and team culture.
He has a passion for leading people and developing business strategies that make a difference for both the brand and customer. With 20+ years of expertise in new customer generation, conversion, optimization and ecommerce, Jason is the person you want leading your strategy and team in the ever-evolving marketing and media landscape.
Jason successfully completed his earn out period in 2017 but continued to help lead the launch of Cogniscient Media before moving on from MARC USA in July of 2018. Currently Jason is serving as Advisor and Investor to a select group of companies ranging from CPG, technology and lifestyle brands.
Journalist, Podcaster & Editor-in Chief
The Chaos Report
Eric J. Scholl is a Peabody Award winning TV and internet executive, producer, reporter and writer who built and launched the pioneering streaming product Yahoo! FinanceVision. He also spent many years at CNN, where he was Lou Dobbs' Executive Producer. Scholl now writes a daily political newsletter “The Chaos Report” and executive produces “A Safe And Special Place”: a podcast on the intersection of politics and the arts. Eric also launched CNBC in Asia, and was managing editor of NHK's English-language business programming. He line produced the PBS program "CEO Exchange" which brought Fortune 500 CEOs before audiences of business school students. Eric also produced the original stage version of Lucy Alibar’s Juicy and Delicious, which became the Academy Award nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild. He co-executive produced Flannel Pajamas (Sundance Film Festival), and co-wrote and co-produced The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo (Rio International Film Festival). He is a graduate of Columbia University.
Founder & Managing Partner
Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies. With over 16 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in enterprise SaaS, IT software and data, marketing technologies and robotics. Rudina’s portfolio of investments include Celtra, CrowdTwist, Inrupt, SocialFlow and Talla. Rudina served as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Harvard Business School for 4 consecutive years and has most recently been named to the 2018 HBS inaugural group of Rock Venture Capital Partners. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College.
Rudina serves as Advisor for GSK Consumer, L’Oreal USA Women in Digital, and on the Philanthropy Board for Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been named a 2017 Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.
Chief Executive Officer
Yona Shtern is the Chief Executive Officer of ParkWhiz and an entrepreneur with an expertise in building and managing successful global brands in e-commerce, telecommunications and fashion retail. Prior to ParkWhiz, he was Co-founder and CEO of Beyond the Rack, recognized as Consumer Brand of the Year in Canada by Strategy for 2014 and the fastest growing e-tailer in North America by Internet Retailer Magazine in 2011. Yona is an active angel investor and serves on a number of advisory boards to start-up companies. He also acts a mentor to entrepreneurs at Founder Fuel and Founders Institute (technology accelerators), is a board member of Startup Canada and he routinely lectures to college and university students on entrepreneurship. Yona is a frequent speaker at international marketing, startup and technology conferences.
Chief Growth Officer
John T. Shea is the Chief Growth Officer of Teikametrics where he helps brands, sellers and agencies maximize profit from Amazon Advertising. John has spent the last 12 years helping direct-response marketers succeed with advertising technology. Prior to Teikametrics John spent 4 years working on display advertising as the VP of Mid-Market Sales at Criteo and five years working on paid search advertising as a Senior Agency Lead at Google.
Former President & Chief Operating Officer
Gretchen Tibbits is a media executive with over 25 years of general management, strategy, branding, acquisition, and finance & operations experience in both digital and traditional media. Tibbits is recognized as an industry thought leader, speaker, and representative of a brand.
Most recently she was the President and Chief Operating Officer of LittleThings which she took to a sale in 2018. At LittleThings, her responsibilities included oversight and mentoring of the 100+ person team in conjunction with the CEO; acting as spokesperson at national and international conferences and to the press; launching the Direct Sales strategy; leading board relations; management of finance & operations; and establishing strategic relationships with other major media companies.
Gretchen has worked for a diverse group of companies including Hearst, StyleCaster, Maxim, ESPN, WorkingWomanNetwork, and Inc. She was recently named to the Folio 100 and is a Digital Hall of Fame honoree.
Gretchen holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from NYU, where she was a Stern Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and a Lawn Resident, and for which she serves on a number of volunteer boards.
Heather Marie Udo
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Heather Marie is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Shoppable. Since 2013 she has won the Women in Digital Award from L’Oreal, was named one of the ten “Most Powerful Millennials in Manhattan” by Gotham Magazine, and one of the eleven “Tech Gurus Changing the Luxury Game” by Refinery29. Shoppable® was a 2014 Webby Award Honoree for “Online Shopping,” a 2016 Webby Honoree for “Technical Achievement,” and named one of the “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Prior to founding Shoppable®, Heather was on the founding team at Affinity Labs, a digital media company that became the largest collection of online professional communities. She played a critical role in their sales efforts and led the company from the ground up to profitability.
She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and the London School of Economics.
Heather Marie has been a live TV guest on Fox Business’ Risk & Reward program and spoken at many technology and retail conferences including Decoded Fashion New York, Decoded Fashion Milan, L2 Business Intelligence, FashInvest New York, and Wharton Business Radio. She has also spoken at private events on innovation for Citibank, Thompson Routers, WPP, and Harvard College.
Vice President, Product - Interactivity
Zane Vella is currently Vice President of Product within Comcast’s Technology, Product and Experience division. He joined Comcast in 2016 upon the acquisition of Watchwith, an industry leading interactive video company he founded in 2006. His team’s role is to bring interactive content and services to Comcast’s video products with a mission to better engage the audience and generate new revenues. Some of initiatives led by Zane include audience voting on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’, Fandango ticketing on movie trailers, and new product development at the intersection of voice, video and commerce. Prior to Watchwith, Zane was a producer and director of concert films and before that, as founder of SmashTV, a pioneer of early webcasting and virtual reality applications. A member of the Television Academy, Zane holds a Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Vice President, Digital Marketing Strategy
Link is responsible for ChannelAdvisor’s Digital Marketing Strategy, serving as a strategic consultant to leading brands and retailers, helping them with the strategy and solutions needed to successfully advertise their products online. A digital marketing and e-commerce thought leader, Link often speaks at industry events and regularly contributes to ChannelAdvisor's blog.
Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor in 2005, he managed online marketing for Art.com and worked as a management consultant helping companies in finance, strategy and organizational design.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Weinstein is the Chief Executive Officer of Curiosity, leading the successful media and publishing company through a period of growth and expansion. In the three years since spinning out of Discovery, Curiosity has built a coveted audience across its 5-star app, website and social presence. Today, more than 70 million people monthly turn to Curiosity to learn, get smarter and simply enjoy the answers to thousands of questions on topics which interest them most – from science & technology to brilliant products, travel, productivity and more!
Prior to Curiosity, Lisa held the role of CEO of Engine Media, the global media services operating unit of the Engine Group. Prior to this Lisa served as President of Global Digital, Data & Analytics, at Starcom MediaVest Group (Publicis Media). She also held roles at MindShare and Group M, in US and Global account leadership. Lisa recently served on the board of Constant Contact, an email marketing software solution for small business owners. She has earned accolades including the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Hall of Achievement, Advertising Age and Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40, Advertising Age Media Maven, Advertising Women of New York’s Women Changing the Game, iMedia 25 Innovators, Adweek Media All-Star and Broadcasting & Cable Next Wave of Leaders. She is an advisor to many start-ups and has served on Google’s Global Media Council, Twitter’s Client Council, Forbes Executive Women’s Board, AAF Board of Directors and the IAB Agency Advisory Board, among others.
Boston City Council
Michelle Wu has been a voice for progressive leadership in the City of Boston, and a champion for inclusion and opportunity for all residents. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28 as an At-Large Councilor, Michelle is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President. Today, she serves as the Chair of the Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation, as well as the Chair of the Committee on Census and Redistricting.
Councilor Wu was the lead sponsor of Boston's Paid Parental Leave ordinance, Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, and Communications Access ordinance, guaranteeing translation, interpretation, and assistive technology for access to city services regardless of English language proficiency or communications disability. She also authored the City’s Community Choice Energy authorization order, enabling Boston to switch residents and small businesses to an alternate electricity contract with higher renewable energy content through municipal aggregation. Councilor Wu has advocated for comprehensive and collaborative transportation policies that improve safety and economic opportunity, as well as address the urgent challenges posed by climate change. Councilor Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.