Vice President, Digital Video Operations, Condé Nast
Currently Vice President of Digital Video Operations at Condé Nast Entertainment, Larry Baach is a seasoned digital media executive who has worked for prominent brands including VEVO, Universal Music Group, America Online and Time Warner. Early in his career he focused on the non-profit sector where he held positions at both the National Academy of Sciences and at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. He has experience in back, middle and front office information technology, enterprise and consumer architecture and delivery, digital and video marketing and branding, and digital, video, and mobile sales and consumer operations. For nearly four years he was Vice President of Digital and Mobile Media and Marketing at Universal Motown Republic Records Group, and is therefore part of a select group of executives who has ever run a department at a major record label–and in the history of Universal Music Group he is the only label executive ever to have come from the central information technology services area. As Executive Vice President of Product and Technology at VEVO he designed, built, and launched VEVO.com and the VEVO brand at YouTube. VEVO launched as the Number One music video site in 2009 and four years later it remains consistently in the Top 5 within the music entertainment vertical. Baach is excited to bring his expertise and enthusiasm to the Condé Nast family of magazine brands and has already led the 2013 launches of GQ, Glamour, Wired and Vogue onto the new Condé Nast Entertainment video platform.
President & CEO, MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
Mary Berner was named president and chief executive officer of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media in September 2012. Berner recently led the industry in the launch of Magazine Media 360°, a comprehensive multiplatform industry metric. This new metric captures a brand’s digital, mobile, web and video reach, in addition to print. In recognition of her work, Berner was named one of the 2014 Top Women in Media (Folio). Berner has led some of the largest and most successful consumer and B2B media companies and brands in the world, including Glamour, Allrecipes.com, TV Guide, W, Women’s Wear Daily, Brides, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Reader’s Digest Association. Before joining MPA, Berner was president and chief executive officer of Reader’s Digest Association and a member of the company’s board of directors from 2007 to 2011. Berner began her career selling advertising for a neighborhood newspaper in Boston and was then hired to oversee the advertising and marketing department of TV Guide. From there she joined Condé Nast’s Glamour as vice president and publisher. In 1999, Berner was appointed president and chief executive officer of Fairchild Publications. During her tenure at Fairchild, she was named Advertising Age’s “Publishing Executive of the Year” (2004) and inducted into the min Sales Executive Hall of Fame (2006). Berner serves as the lead director for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, and as a director for Cumulus Media Inc., Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and AAB Research. She is a member of the Media and Technology Council for Springboard Enterprises and a board advisor for the New York University Center for Publishing.
President, Marketing and Publishing Director, Hearst Magazines
Michael A. Clinton was named president, marketing, and publishing director of Hearst Magazines in June 2010. Previously, he was executive vice president, chief marketing officer, and publishing director of Hearst. Prior to joining Hearst, Clinton was Executive Vice President of Condé Nast Publications, Publisher of GQ magazine, and held editorial and ad management positions at Fairchild Publications. Clinton has served as Chairman of the Board of Volunteers of America and is former Chairman of the Magazine Publishers of America (his term ended in January). He is also a member of the acquisitions committee of the International Center of Photography, and has served on the boards of The Starlight Foundation and Lifetime Television Network. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Pittsburgh, earned his M.B.A. from Pace University’s LubinGraduate School of Business, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Pace University.
Kevin J. Delaney is the Co-President of Quartz, the global business news site from Atlantic Media found online at qz.com. The site launched in the fall of 2012 and has quickly reached over two million monthly unique visitors. Delaney was named one of MIN’s 20 Most Intriguing People in Media in 2012. Under Delaney’s leadership, Quartz won the Digiday award for Best Design 2012 and the Deadline Club award for Best Mobile App. Additionally, qz.com was among PC Magazine’s Top 100 Websites of 2012, Daily Tekk’s 2013’s Most Interesting News Websites, and TIME’s annual list of the 50 Best Websites. Delaney was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership, and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Delaney was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.
Executive Director, Rights and Permissions, Condé Nast
Christopher Donnellan is an attorney with 18 years experience in publishing. He has spent the past 10 years of his career at Condé Nast in the Rights and Permissions departments, which are involved in every use of Condé Nast content, all of which is facilitated by the hard work of the crack team of attorneys and permissions professionals in Donnellan’s group. Prior to joiningCondé Nast, Christopher was Corporate Counsel to Times Mirror Magazines (including Popular Science, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and Golf). He has also acted as Corporate Counsel to the Times Mirror Company, handling all the legal work for Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York Newsday, The Baltimore Sun, The Morning Call, and the company’s academic publishers. He subsequently held the same position at Tribune Company, primarily focused on software development agreements and talent agreements for the Company’s East Coast television holdings. Donnellan attended the YPC in 2011, and wishes all of you the same fantastic week that he enjoyed.
President and CEO, Hearst Magazines International
Duncan Edwards is the President and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, an EVP of Hearst Magazines, and Vice Chairman of the National Magazine Company (NatMag), Hearst’s publishing business in the U.K. He is responsible for all of Hearst’s magazine operations outside of the U.S., which include operations in nearly 60 countries. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Chief Executive of NatMag. He joined NatMag in 1989 and served in various executive roles, including publisher of Company magazine, director of business development, and managing director. During Edwards’ time at NatMag, through a mix of launches, acquisitions, and joint ventures, the company grew from publishing nine magazines in 2000 to twenty in 2009. He spent the early part of his career at the Media Week Ltd. He holds a dual honors degree in Geography and Politics from Sheffield University.
Lecturer, Yale School of Management; Executive-in-Residence, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute; Venture Partner, Lux Capital
Dick Foster is a Lecturer in Management at the Yale School of Management. Foster is an emeritus director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. At McKinsey he was a Director and Senior Partner. While at McKinsey he founded several practices including the technology and innovation practice, the healthcare practice and the private equity practice. From 1995 to 1998 he led McKinsey’s worldwide knowledge development. Foster has written two bestselling books on innovation, capital formation, and capital destruction. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Yale School of Management, he is a member of the Board and the Executive Committees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the W. M. Keck Foundation, and the Trust Company of the West. He is also a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academies and the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the Yale School of Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008. He received his Chemical Engineering B.E. from Yale University, and earned an M.A. and doctorate in Engineering & Applied Science also from Yale.
Founder and CEO, Mezzobit, former COO and digital GM, Newsweek and The Daily Beast
Joseph Galarneau is CEO of Mezzobit, a New York-based start-up that builds web and mobile data interchange tools. He also founded DataNeutrality.org, a data privacy non-profit that promotes socially responsible data collection. Prior to founding Mezzobit, Joe was chief product officer for NewsRight, a consortium of 29 major media companies that created a global marketplace for news content and data. Previously, he served as chief operating officer and digital general manager of The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company, chief technology officer for New York Magazine, and consulted for The New York Times on digital advertising. A frequent speaker on digital media, Joe was an adjunct faculty member at New York University, where he taught digital product management and audience development. He frequently teaches digital media internationally, having visited China, India, and Eastern Europe to deliver dozens of seminars over the past decade. Joe received an MBA from Duke University and a BS in physics from N.C. State University, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper.
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary, NPR
Jon Hart is Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary of NPR. Before joining NPR in 2014, Jon spent 27+ years in private practice (at Dow Lohnes PLLC and then Cooley LLP), representing media and technology companies and nonprofit institutions on everything from intellectual property and newsroom counseling to litigation; from content and technology licensing to corporate governance; from commercial contracts and strategic alliances to data collection and privacy. Jon was on the faculty of the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses from 1994 through 2008 and has taught in the Yale Publishing Course since 2010. He is author of Internet Law: A Field Guide (BNA Books) and speaks frequently on media and technology law. Jon has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of “Washington’s Best Lawyers” (First Amendment and Media); by Super Lawyers (Technology Transactions); and by Best Lawyers in America (First Amendment Law, Information Technology Law, Media Law, and Litigation - First Amendment). Jon clerked for United States Circuit Judge Jerome Farris and United States District Judge Almeric Christian. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Stanford Law School.
Principal, Explanation Graphics
Born in England, Nigel Holmes studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and then freelanced for magazines and newspapers for 12 years before coming to America in 1978 to work for Time magazine. He became graphics director at Time, where his pictorial explanations of complex subjects helped readers understand otherwise abstract numbers and difficult scientific concepts. In 1994, he founded his own business, Explanation Graphics, and has worked with a variety of clients including American Express, The Smithsonian Institution, and United Healthcare. He also does graphics and illustrations for publications such as Scientific American, National Geographic and The New York Times. Holmes has written seven books about (or including lots of) information graphics, including The Book of Everything (2012), and Instant Expert (2014), both published by Lonely Planet.
Director, Dorothy Kalins Ink, and Founding Editor of Metropolitan Home and Saveur
Dorothy Kalins has been an innovator in magazine editorial and management for decades. In 2001 Kalins joined Newsweek as Executive Editor where she helped direct the magazine’s National Magazine Award–winning coverage of 9/11. Kalins was the first woman ever named Adweek’s Editor of the Year; she was awarded the prestigious Matrix Award from Women in Communications for her work in magazines. In 2010, she accepted the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from WIPP. In 2013, Kalins was inducted into the Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in Food & Beverage. Kalins was the founding editor-in-chief of Metropolitan Home, the leading baby boom design publication, which won the National Magazine Award for general excellence in 1990. Kalins was named vice president and editorial director of the Meredith Design Group, responsible for the editorial direction of Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home, and Country Home. Kalins became founding partner and editor in chief of Meigher Communications, where she founded Saveur in 1994, relaunched Garden Design as a national consumer magazine and other special interest magazines and newsletters. In its first five years under her direction, Saveur received 17 nominations and won three National Magazine Awards. In all she has produced eight books developed from her magazines. In 2006, Kalins launched Dorothy Kalins Ink, editorial consultants. As director, she and her team work on book and magazine projects both here and abroad, producing and writing cookbooks and consulting on editorial positioning, management, staffing and redesign. She has produced three award-winning books with John Besh, two with David Tanis, Hero Food with Seamus Mullen, and in 2013, The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook. Kalins has produced three book projects all to be published in fall 2015: V is for Vegetables, with Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony; Zahav, a definitive work on Israeli-American cuisine with the award winning Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov; and Besh Big Easy, her fourth book with New Orleans chef John Besh. Kalins is an editorial consultant to Panna, a leading edge video cookbook for the iPad and chair of the Journalism Committee of the James Beard Foundation.
Publisher, Chief Revenue Officer, Wired and Ars Technica
Kim Kelleher was named Publisher, Chief Revenue Officer of Wired and Ars Technica in September 2014. Her career in media, marketing and advertising spans over twenty years. Before Wired, Kim was president of Say Media, where she oversaw the company’s business strategy including global sales, marketing, production, communications, media solutions and content operations. Prior to Say Media, she was worldwide publisher of Time. During her tenure, she was named Advertising Age’s Publisher of the Year in October 2011. Kim also served as vice president and publisher of Sports Illustrated, where she was the first female executive to lead Sports Illustrated advertising sales in the history of the brand. Previously, she was vice president and publisher of Self and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, the industry’s premier award for outstanding young advertising professionals. Kim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in New York with her husband and two sons.
Founder/Chairman, Kreisky Media, LLC
Peter Kreisky is an expert on the strategic transformation of traditional publishing companies for the digital age. An internationally-recognized expert, Kreisky speaks frequently on the topic of digital transformation at media conferences around the globe, including in the U.S., Europe, South America, India, China and Russia, and is quoted frequently in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. Through his strategy career at McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Mercer Management Consulting, CBS Inc., Time Warner and the Kreisky Media Consultancy, Kreisky has served more than 50 clients worldwide across hundreds of assignments. Kreisky Media Consultancy is his international strategy advisory and consulting firm that counsels clients on digital transformation – strategy at the intersection of media and technology, working in either a Senior Advisor or Project Leader role, or through customized Innovation Workshops tailored to address transformation issues. More recently, Kreisky Media Ventures has successfully founded new print, digital and television enterprises in partnership with both traditional media companies and technology start-ups. Peter Kreisky holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and an MBA from Stanford Business School. He previously taught at Stanford University, Columbia and NYU.
Senior Editor, Atlantic Monthly
Corby Kummer edits articles on politics and public affairs and writes a regular food column. He is also the editor of The Atlantic Food Channel, a blog devoted to food. He has been called “a dean among food writers in America” by The San Francisco Examiner. As a reporter and a writer he takes his work very seriously. Kummer has been a restaurant critic for New York Magazine and Boston Magazine. He is the winner of five James Beard Journalism Awards (most recently in 2008), and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Less than a year after its launch, The Atlantic Food Channel was nominated in 2010 as best magazine department on the Internet. Kummer graduated from Yale University in 1979.
Glamour magazine reaches one out of every eight American, with 12.2 million print readers and 9 million unique users online. Under Cindi Leive’s leadership,Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including the top honor, Magazine of the Year, a new category added in 2010 to recognize both print and digital excellence. Leive is the author of Glamour’s Big Book of Dos & Don’ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman, and has been a women’s lifestyle contributor for the TODAY show. She also serves on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation and is a former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. She was named the “Most Powerful U.S. Fashion Magazine Editor” by Forbes, has been on Crain’s list of “Top 40 Under 40”, and was named one of the most powerful women under 40 in New York by Gotham magazine. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College.
Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Publisher, ThoughtCatalog.com
Alex Magnin serves as Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Publisher of the millennial culture site ThoughtCatalog.com. In 5 years, Thought Catalog has grown independently into a comScore top-100 publisher, with over 50 million global unique readers per month. In 2014 Alex was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for media. Prior to Thought Catalog, Alex was on the founding team of Martini Media, the first and now largest media network for high-end audiences. Alex has additionally served 3 years on the board of Every Person Has A Story, a non-profit using social media to increase donations for local NGOs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at OysterLabs, a mobile development firm. He studied at Wesleyan University.
Principal, McKean Media, San Francisco
Kevin McKean has spent the last 20 years working to make digital publications profitable through smart content and business strategies. In recent years, his interests have focused on how to shape content & sales offers to build digital subscriber revenue – a source of income that still eludes many digital publications. As VP/Editorial Director for seven years at Consumer Reports, he oversaw all content for the magazines, newsletters, video feeds and online sites that attracted more than 8 million paying customers yearly, more than 3 million who paid exclusively for digital access. Before that, McKean was CEO at InfoWorld and VP/Editorial Director at PC World, Executive Editor at Forbes.com, founding editor of Money.com, a writer and senior editor for Money and Discover magazines, and national science writer for The Associated Press. He is also a cum laude graduate of Yale University, class of 1974.
Associate Publisher, The Atlantic
Bill Mulvihill joined The Atlantic in October 2014 as Associate Publisher based in New York City. Mulvihill joined the brand as it was closing in on a year for record audience and advertising growth. As associate publisher, Mulvihill oversees the global sales team and leads sales efforts across all platforms. Mulvihill has spent his career in publishing, and joined The Atlantic after more than three and a half years with Vanity Fair at Condé Nast, most recently as its national advertising director. Prior to joining Vanity Fair, Bill Mulvihill spent three years as East Coast Ad Director for Entertainment Weekly at Time Inc. Mulvihill also held leadership positions at Cookie Magazine at Condé Nast Publications, as well as The Week Magazine. Mulvihill started his career at Chicago Tribune, where he held a variety of sales roles across divisions from 1998-2004. Mulvihill received his B.S. in Communications at Illinois State University. He currently resides in Manhattan.
Executive Director, Content Sales & Licensing Condé Nast
Candice Murray leads the Content Sales and Licensing team at Condé Nast, a division of the Condé Nast Licensing organization. In this role, she is responsible for developing strategies that generate and grow revenues from Condé Nast’s vast archives, via both B-C and B-B efforts, as well as through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Murray spent 14 years in the content licensing space working at multiple agencies, including Corbis, Jupitermedia, and LicenseStream. Murray’s roles focused on Sales, Sales Management, Business Development, Marketing and Content Strategy. In her most recent role at LicenseStream, she worked with publishers to evaluate the state of their content, ready it for monetization, build marketing plans, and ultimately launch content licensing businesses that utilize their underlying technology platform. Murray holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Michela O’Connor Abrams
President, Dwell Media
Michela O’Connor Abrams is President of Dwell Media, the award-winning media company founded in 2000 by Lara Deam. Michela’s thirteen years of leadership at Dwell has led to General Excellence at the National Magazine Awards, finalist in the corporate category for the prestigious National Design Awards, finalist for Folio’s Eddie and Ozzie Awards, and national recognition for both circulation growth and newsstand sales. In 2005, she conceived and launched Dwell on Design. Now in its tenth year, it is the largest design show in the U.S.—expanding in 2014 to include Dwell on Design NY and hosting 31,000++ design professionals and enthusiasts at Dwell on Design LA. She has led the development and growth of Dwell Media’s digital platforms including web, mobile, and tablet products, which were recognized as “#1 Most Innovative” in Affinity Research’s August 2011 survey. Michela herself was recognized as a “Corporate Visionary” among Folio’s 2014 Top Women in Media list. In 2012, she was honored with EWIP’s prestigious “Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award”. A few past recipients include Gloria Steinem, Maria Rodale, Lynn Povich, and Eleanor Clift. In 2005, Media Industry News honored Michela as their “Sales Leader of the Year,” and in 2011 she was recognized as an honored Alumni of the Year by her alma mater Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appétit magazine
Adam Rapoport is Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit magazine, its website bonappetit.com, and Editorial Director of Epicurious. Before coming to Bon Appétit, he was GQ’s Style Editor, where he covered food, travel, fashion, design, film and music for 10 years. He edited the restaurant section at Time Out New York for 3 years and worked as an editor and writer for the James Beard Foundation’s publications office. Rapoport is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and their son. He really likes dry-aged, bone-in ribeye steak.
Founding editor of People, Managing Editor of Life, and Editorial Director of Time Inc.
Richard Stolley has been a reporter, writer, bureau chief, senior editor, and managing editor at Time Inc. since 1953. He was the editor of three photographic histories, including the best-selling Life: Our Century in Pictures (1999). In 2013, he was a major contributor to the book Life: The Day Kennedy Died. In 1974, Stolley became the founding managing editor of People, and after eight years moved over to the managing editorship of the monthly Life. He then was editorial director of all Time Inc. magazines before being named senior editorial adviser in 1993. Stolley is the past president of the Overseas Press Club and the American Society of Magazine Editors. He is also a current member of the board of the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM and the board of advisers at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, from which he earned a B.S. and an M.S. in journalism. He continues to write stories for such Time, Inc. publications as Time, Fortune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly and People.
Global Head, Digital Media and Operations, Fast Company & Inc. Media
Steven Suthiana is the Global Head of Digital Media and Operations at Mansueto Ventures, publisher of award-winning Inc. and Fast Companymagazines and their associated websites, Inc.com and FastCompany.com. As part of Senior Management, Steven provides leadership in digital operations, account management, international and programmatic monetization, product management, business development, and general management. Prior to Mansueto Ventures, Steven worked at NeuLion Inc. where he was in charge of the digital advertising ecosystem including sales development, account services, and the management of over 150 Collegiate Sports and Entertainment websites. Concurrently, Steven spent time at Universal Sports, a division of NBC Universal. Steven is an active member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), where he is a Co-Chair of the Display Creative Guidelines Working Group. In addition, Steven serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Wharton Future of Advertising Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Amy Wrzesniewski is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude with highest honors and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her current research, which has been published in a variety of academic journals, involves studying how employees shape their tasks, interactions, and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job. She has engaged in research projects with IBM, Google, Sun Microsystems, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan Hospital System, Ness Technologies, and Burt’s Bees. Wrzesniewski spent the 2012-2013 academic year on the faculty of The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she teaches Organizational Behavior courses in the MBA and Executive MBA programs at the Yale School of Management.