Troy Young, President of Heart Magazines Digital Media Troy Young is president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this position, Young oversees the digital content, technology, operations, revenue, product and business development strategies for the magazine division’s 26 online brands, which total more than 60 million unique visitors and 640 million page views monthly. Hearst Magazines Digital Media manages 26 websites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as Delish.com, a food site in partnership with MSN; MisQuinceMag.com; and RealBeauty.com. Prior to Hearst, Young, a digital mediaRead More
Tony Weisman CEO, DigitasLBi North America “It's better to be timely and almost-there, versus late and perfect” Throughout Tony’s career as an innovator in the advertising industry, two driving forces have remained constant: his love of the business and his entrepreneurial spirit. As chief executive of DigitasLBi North America, Tony sets the strategic course and vision for the agency’s largest region, with clients that include American Express, GM, Sprint and Taco Bell. After taking the reins as CEO in 2013 just after Digitas, a U.S. digital powerhouse, merged with European-dominant tech agency LBi to become global marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi, the agency hasRead More
Megan Liberman, Editor-in-Chief-Yahoo News Megan Liberman is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo News. In her role, Liberman puts a laser focus on original reporting, social news gathering, video and live events coverage. She was previously the deputy news editor of The New York Times, where she drove some of the most successful digital initiatives, from its blog network to Nate Silver's multi-platform presence, as well as the live streamed coverage of the 2012 elections. Prior to her most recent role, she was the deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine and was responsible forRead More
Amanda Richman,President Starcom USA As president, Amanda Richman oversees the agency’s approach to innovative client-specific activation and investment spanning the agency’s four offices for clients including Bank of America, Kellogg’s, Mars/Wrigley and Samsung. She is charged with providing the marketplace with a unified, non-siloed approach to the invention and execution of consumer-driven contact plans. Previously, Richman served as the president of digital for MediaVest, where she oversaw the capability, team and investment for clients including Coca-Cola, Comcast, Procter & Gamble and Walmart. She also served as Starcom MediaVest Groups’ digital lead for Emerging Markets. Prior, Richman was EVP, managing director ofRead More
Philippe von Borries, CEO and Co-founder, Refinery29 CEO Philippe von Borries co-founded Refinery29 with Justin Stefano from a kitchen in Brooklyn in 2005, to help people discover and define their personal style by connecting and refining the world of style. Philippe leads the Refinery29 product, marketing and commerce teams as well as oversees strategic direction of its content strategy which has been the driving force for the company's tremendous growth and has made Refinery29 a prominent distribution channel for advertisers. Philippe got his start in digital media working at The Globalist, a DC-based international affairs startup. He graduated with a degree in history from Columbia University.
Michal Pasternak is Chief Experience Officer at Huge, where she oversees one of the world's largest and most talented UX teams. She has driven the creation of user-friendly experiences on many of the agency's most prominent e-commerce and media engagements. Michal joined Huge in 2004 as one of the company's first interaction designers and has been instrumental in growing the company's User Experience and Strategy practices. She also helped develop Huge School, a discipline-specific, paid apprenticeship program designed to give talented individuals the skills required to be successful in a career at Huge. Previously, Michal worked at IDEO and Applied Materials,Read More
Evan Ratliff is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Atavist, a media and software company that produces Creatavist, a digital storytelling tool, and The Atavist, a publication of original, award-winning digital nonfiction. The author of two bestselling nonfiction novellas for The Atavist, Evan’s writing also appears in The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He is a three-time finalist for a National Magazine Award, twice as a writer and once as an editor. On the side, he is the story editor of Pop-Up Magazine,one of the most successful live literary events in America, and the co-host of the LongformRead More
As the Creative Director of The New Republic, Dirk has supervised the rebranding of this nearly 100-year-old title on politics and the arts, working alongside Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, to redesign print, web and tablet components. Before joining this brand, he was the Creative Director of the Newsweek Daily Beast Co., where he recently received a gold medal from The Society of Publication Designers for the relaunched Newsweek tablet app. He has served in similar roles at Blender, Maxim, Key, the New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Play, The New York Times Sports Magazine, Premiere and Anthropologie. His work has alsoRead More
Technology and military veteran, Drew Bartkiewicz, is the Co-founder and CEO of lettrs. Formerly an executive of salesforce.com, Mashery, BroadVision, and The Hartford, as well as co-founding CoudInsure and acting as CEO of CyberFactors. A graduate of West Point (BS) and Yale (MBA), he supports future Internet initiatives as part of the World Economic Forum’s council of the Internet and has been involved in technology trends since leaving the military as a war veteran.
Derek is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of USA TODAY responsible for leading the operations, brand revitalization and business growth of the enterprise across all platforms. Derek has deep experience building brands and growing traditional and digital businesses in the financial services, media and entertainment, and publishing industries. From 2011 to 2013, Derek was General Manager, Multicultural Media at AOL Huffington Post Media Group, where he led the overall strategy, audience development, operational and business performance for the launch and management of several new multicultural websites. Derek joined Huffington Post in 2009 as Senior Vice President, Business Development, where he was responsible for structuring strategic partnerships toRead More