Randall has been the CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau since 2007. Previously, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Director of Intellectual Capital at Booz Allen Hamilton, the international strategy and consulting firm where he also directed the award-winning business journal strategy+business and other electronic and print publications. Earlier, Randall spent six years at The New York Times, where he was the technology and politics editor of the Sunday magazine, daily advertising columnist, and a media and marketing reporter. He is author of Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story. He received a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University and resides in New York City.
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Troy Young is president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, with more than 300 editions and 240 websites globally, including more than 25 titles in the U.S. He is also a senior vice president of Hearst.
Young joined Hearst in 2013 as president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, where he built a continuously growing division that creates and manages the content, technology, operations, product and business development strategies for 20 digital brands in the U.S. The portfolio includes Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s BAZAAR and Delish, as well as Sweet, a collaboration with Snapchat on its Discover platform.
In 2015, Young was named Adweek’s Magazine Executive of the Year, an honor that recognized him for unifying Hearst’s “print and digital brands into a single, well-oiled machine whose traffic has surged,” leading to a 75 percent increase in revenue, and for his development of MediaOS, “a combined CMS, ad sales and data strategy tool for all Hearst properties.” In 2014, Young was inducted to MIN’s Digital Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was named to the FOLIO 100, a list of the most influential and impactful media professionals of the year. Young was also one of MIN’s Most Intriguing People the same year.
A media executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in digital publishing and advertising, Young was previously president of Say Media. Prior to Say, Young held several executive positions at Omnicom’s digital agency Organic, including the role of chief experience officer, where he advised on strategy and created award-winning work for clients including American Express, Virgin Mobile, Sirius XM, Chrysler and Bank of America. He has held numerous advisory roles with digital media, mobile and commerce companies and currently serves on the boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Digital Content Next (DCN).
Kirk McDonald is a media and technology industry leader with over 25 years of experience working with the world’s leading brands, media companies and technology providers. He is the Chief Business Officer at Xandr, the AT&T advertising and analytics company. The company, established in fall 2017 provides a premium advertising marketplace for buyers and sellers across all platforms. As CBO, Kirk is responsible for the go to market functions inclusive of sales, product marketing, and marketing strategy/execution.
Before joining AT&T, Kirk was President of PubMatic, Inc. a leading marketing automation software company sitting at the intersection of media and technology. Prior to PubMatic, Kirk was President of Digital, Time Inc. He also served as Chief Advertising Officer of the Fortune|Money Group, overseeing worldwide advertising sales, integrated marketing, and the events business. He’s previously held senior sales, marketing and client success positions at Aquantive’s DRIVEpm and Atlas Enterprise, CNET, ZiffDavis and Condé Nast.
Kirk has been fortunate to receive many professional awards, including: Ebony Magazine Power 100 2018, Adweek’s 2015 “50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media and Marketing,” Adweek’s 2014 “12 Stars of Ad Tech Who are Building the Future of the Industry Right Now,” Business Insider’s 2014 “The 46 Most Important African-Americans in Technology,” Business Insider’s 2013 “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology,” and Business Insider’s 2012 “THE SILICON ALLEY 100: The Coolest People in New York Tech This Year”.
Kirk’s commentary on key technology trends and the future of media have been published in leading industry and trade publications including WSJ, Huffington Post, Beet.TV, AdExchanger, Adweek, The Drum, and many more.
Kirk currently serves on the Board of Directors for Elanco (NYSE: ELAN), and is a member of the prestigious Executive Leadership Council. He also serves on several other professional and not-for-profit boards including the Ad Council, Advertising Week Advisory Council, and is the co-chair of MOUSE/CI.
Krishan Bhatia serves as EVP, Business Operations & Strategy for NBCUniversal’s Advertising Sales division, reporting to Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising Sales & Client Partnerships. Bhatia oversees the division’s product capabilities, technology platforms and operations as well as the strategy, insights, measurement and analytics functions — spanning its TV and digital portfolio.
Bhatia leads the company’s digital and advanced advertising offerings, under the Audience Studio umbrella, including NBCUniversal’s programmatic, addressable, linear optimization, and social advertising capabilities. He also manages the company’s advertising partnerships, including with Amazon, Apple, Comcast/FreeWheel, Google/YouTube, Hulu, Snap, Twitter, Verizon Media and Vox.
Bhatia took on his role at NBCUniversal after Comcast acquired the company in 2011 and initially led the integration of Comcast’s and NBCUniversal’s digital advertising businesses. He joined Comcast in 2005 as a founding executive team member of Comcast Interactive Media, where he played an instrumental role in creating and growing the digital media business for Comcast through acquisitions and partnerships.
Prior to Comcast, Bhatia was a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Global Media & Entertainment Practice in New York, advising many of the world’s leading media and technology companies.
Bhatia serves as a board member of OpenAP, TrustX, Digital Content Next (DCN) and the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG).
Rita Ferro was named President, Advertising Sales for The Walt Disney Company in February, 2017. Ms. Ferro had served as Executive Vice President of Media Sales and Marketing for Disney Channels Worldwide for nearly seven years. In appointing her to her new position, Disney consolidated all advertising sales functions and ad revenue-generating strategies for all of the company’s domestic entertainment, news, kids, digital and radio businesses under her. She also runs ad outreach for Disney’s online, mobile and social properties. The move put one person in charge of selling all the Disney entertainment-TV assets, as more advertisers insist upon being able to buy ads across a company’s various media properties, rather than having to negotiate separate deals for each of the various broadcast, cable, and digital outlets under a media conglomerate’s umbrella. Disney recently had different senior ad-sales executives for ABC, Freeform and Ferro’s portfolio. She reports to Bruce Rosenblum, newly appointed president of business operations.
“We are combining the unmatched power of the Disney-ABC portfolio of brands, franchises and shows to create a one-stop shop for our advertising clients,” Disney | ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood said at the time of Ms. Ferro’s appointment. “This new, simplified structure will create innovative and targeted opportunities that showcase the quality and reach of our content. Rita has done a tremendous job developing unparalleled relationships with clients and marketers and building the best kids and family sales team in the media industry.”
With its move, Disney is building a structure mirroring that of rivals such as NBCUniversal, Time Warner’s Turner or 21st Century Fox, all of which have placed the majority of their media brands under the oversight of a single executive.
Gina Garrubbo is President and CEO of National Public Media (NPM), the corporate sponsorship subsidiary of NPR owned in partnership with PBS and WGBH. In this key role, Garrubbo leads NPM in delivering corporate sponsorship revenue to NPR and the public media system.
Garrubbo has spent more than 20 years growing marketing and sales teams, launching brands, and building companies, with extensive experience in traditional and digital media. Prior to joining NPM in 2015, Garrubbo was CEO of Garrubbo & Company, advising clients such as SheSpeaks, MediaBizNet and Swissclear Global. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Hearst Magazines’ Totally Global Media, where she built a first-of-its-kind global digital advertising platform across Hearst and its publishing partners’ digital properties worldwide. Garrubbo was also one of the key executives responsible for building women.com, one of the first websites for women, and for making BlogHer into the largest multi-platform community for women in social media. She was Executive Vice President of Revenue for Oxygen Media and Divisional Vice President of Sales for Discovery Communication. Her earliest years in the media business include stints with Wells, Rich, Greene, McCann-Erickson, and ABC Television in the Advertising Sales and Affiliate Relations divisions.
Garrubbo sits on the Board of Directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), where she has been a Co-Chair of the Audio Committee since 2017. During her first term as an IAB Board member in 1999, Garrubbo helped create some of the first guidelines for brands and publishers in the digital space and today continues to drive advancements in the industry with a focus on digital audio. For her significant contributions to the IAB and digital advertising field, she was honored with the IAB Service Excellence Award in 2019.
Garrubbo has spoken at CES, IoT World, Advertising Week, Digiday’s Content Marketing Summit and RAIN’s Podcast Business Summit. She is a board member of Tappp (an OTT video service) and Glen Highland Farm.
Jean-Philippe (JP) Maheu
Jean-Philippe (JP) Maheu leads our global Agency Partnership and Brand Strategy teams. He joined Twitter through the acquisition of Bluefin Labs where he was the CEO of the leading SocialTV analytics company. Under JP’s leadership, Bluefin achieved remarkable sales traction with leading brands and strengthened its market leading position. Twitter’s acquisition of Bluefin Labs led AdAge to name JP as one of the eight great digital hires of 2012.
Prior to Bluefin Labs, JP served in executive leadership positions at Razorfish, Ogilvy & Mather and Publicis Modem. He spent six years with Razorfish, where he ascended into the role of CEO for the last two years of his tenure, leading the vision, strategy and growth of the company. Following Razorfish, Maheu was the chief digital officer of Ogilvy & Mather, where he was responsible for digital growth and innovation across the company’s operating units. More recently, JP was the Global CEO of Publicis Modem, the digital marketing unit of Publicis Worldwide, which is the largest agency within Publicis Groupe.
JP holds a MBA from J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a M.S. in Network & Computer Sciences from Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, France. JP lives in NYC with his wife and two teenage children.
Kim Norris is a senior cable advertising and media executive with over 20 years of experience in general management leading sales, strategy and new ad technology products and data solutions for multiple cable operators. As Group Vice President, Digital & Advanced Advertising Sales, Kim is responsible for leading the sales teams in the Northeast and a robust enterprise wide digital business. An industry thought leader and innovator; Norris has established a record of success running both traditional media sales and incubating and deploying transformative new advertising products at the convergence of media, technology and data.
Prior to Joining Spectrum Reach, Norris was Chief Operating Officer for Viamedia and worked with the company’s 60 MVPD partners across the US on both traditional and OTT and mobile streaming and programmatic advertising monetization with local, regional and national advertisers in 70 DMA’s across the country. While at Viamedia, she successfully launched an addressable platform with Google Fiber in Kansas City and led the company’s programmatic TV platform placemedia.
Previously, Norris held senior sales and product roles at both Comcast and Cablevision. As EVP of Emerging Business & Data Analytics at Cablevision, Norris drove the advanced advertising product roadmap and commercial strategy for set top box data and addressable and interactive television advertising that established Cablevision as an advertising industry leader and innovator. At Comcast she was a Division Vice President for the Northeast television markets following Comcast’s acquisition of ATT Cable. Norris also served as the founding President of the DPAA (Digital Place-based Advertising Association) in the digital out-of-home advertising industry.
Norris has served on advisory committees for television and digital industry groups and several technology companies. Multichannel News and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) named her a “Wonder Woman” in 2013. She is a Cynopsis 2016 ‘Top Women in Digital” and has been recognized by Cablefax as a “Top Woman in Cabletech” 2011-2016 and is a WICT Betsey Magness Fellow. In 2010, she received the “Most Significant Product or Platform” award from ITVT for leadership in interactive and multiplatform television.
Marian Pittman is Cox Media Group’s Executive Vice President. In this role, Marian oversees digital strategy, content and sales efforts for all of CMG’s newspapers, radio and TV platforms. Marian also is responsible for CMG’s Digital Content Desk, Fans First Media, as well as the Washington News Bureau and CMG’s Research division. Previously, she oversaw all content and marketing strategic decision making for CMG’s television markets as VP of News and Marketing.
Marian’s media career includes being station manager for CMG’s flagship WSB-TV, the leading local channel for television news serving the 55 counties in the Atlanta TV market. She oversaw news, programming, public affairs, and engineering. Additionally, during her WSB-TV career, she served as news director and oversaw the daily news operations and long-term planning for over 45 hours of news coverage each week. Under her leadership since July 2006, the station strengthened its dominant position as the news leader in North Georgia.
Marian’s other career highlights include serving as the assistant news director at CMG’s WFTV in Orlando. There, she played a significant role in WFTV’s award winning coverage of Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne. From 2000 through 2003, she was senior executive producer of news at WSB-TV and was chosen and participated in the Cox Executive Leadership Program. She started on the floor crew at CMG’s WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, followed by stints at WHIO-TV in Dayton, OH, WSB-TV in Atlanta, and WFTV in Orlando before returning to WSB-TV in July 2006.
Throughout her career, Marian has been honored with multiple individual and station Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2010 the station was awarded the prestigious Alfred I. duPontAward for journalistic excellence, the Edward R. Murrow award for overall excellence, as well as Best Newscast by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. In 2008, Pittman was awarded Top 10 TV Managers of the Year by Television Week Magazine. In 2007 and 2008 under Marian’s leadership, WSB-TV was awarded Best Newscast, Best Staff Coverage and Pacemaker Award from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association numerous times. She also serves on the COX Fellowship Advisory Board to Emory and The FernbankMuseum of Natural History Corporate Council. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the ABC Affiliate Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless and has been a member of the Radio Television News Directors Association since 2003. Marian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from East Carolina University and currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. with her husband and daughter.