EVP, Digital Strategy & Operations, NBCUniversal
Krishan oversees strategy, ad operations, pricing, planning and advertising partnerships across all of NBCUniversal's Entertainment, Sports and News digital properties, a portfolio with more than 100 million monthly unique visitors.
Bhatia leads the development and operations of NBCUniversal's advertising initiatives for video, data, mobile, 2nd screen, TV Everywhere and VOD as well as the company's advertising partnerships with Comcast's Xfinity products. Additionally, Bhatia is responsible for the ongoing operational and advertising platform integration of the digital advertising businesses of Comcast, NBCUniversal as well as the former MSNBC joint venture, wholly-owned by NBCUniversal since 2012.
From 2009-2011, Bhatia served as Senior Vice President, Advertising Strategy and Operations for Comcast Interactive Media, with operating responsibility for Comcast's digital advertising business. Bhatia originally joined Comcast in 2005 and was a founding executive team member of Comcast Interactive Media. As Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, he was instrumental in creating and growing the digital media business for Comcast. Prior to Comcast, Bhatia was a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton's Global Media & Entertainment Practice in New York.
Bhatia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in international economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
VP, Global Media, American Express Company
Joseph Bihlmier oversees American Express' strategic marketing direction and execution for all communications planning, buying, and strategic media partnerships globally. This includes managing over $300 million in media investments across all channels, developing strategic media partnerships and driving innovative communications plans that achieve brand and business objectives.
During his 14 year career at the company, Bihlmier has been a change agent driving American Express' efforts to develop breakthrough communication strategies and innovations for both brand and product advertising campaigns across 25 countries. He started as the Director of US Digital Media before being asked to run the international media operations in 2002.
For his work, Bihlmier has received numerous internal and external accolades. In 1999, he was named by Ad Age as a leading B2B media strategist and in 2011 he was included among The Internationalist's annual list of "100 Marketing Leaders."
Prior to joining American Express, Bihlmier worked on Madison Avenue for nine years at two Global Advertising Agencies — Young & Rubicam/The Media Edge and McCann Erickson.
He holds a bachelor's in Business and Communications from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Ga. and lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Global CRO, Bloomberg Media Group
Paul is Global Chief Revenue Officer of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.'s global multi-platform media organization that comprises web, mobile, television, digital video, radio, print magazines and live events platforms. Paul, who joined Bloomberg L.P in June 2014, oversees all of Bloomberg Media's advertising sales and marketing efforts worldwide, while working to pursue innovative revenue models, opportunities in new markets and business development strategies.
Prior to Bloomberg, Paul was CEO of WestwoodOne, the largest independent national audio media company in North America. He was recruited by private equity sponsors as a change agent to oversee all business functions and serve on the Board of Directors.
Previously, Paul served as Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer and Group President of Time Inc., where he oversaw the company’s multi-media advertising sales and marketing efforts. As Group President, Paul oversaw Time Inc.’s Branded Solutions, Research and Insights, Content Solutions, MNI and Targeted Media. He previously served as President and Group Publisher of the Style & Entertainment Group including six category-leading brands: People, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, People StyleWatch, Essence and People en Español.
A graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Communications, Paul lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Greg Coleman is President of BuzzFeed, where he also sits on the company's Board of Directors to scale social advertising globally and expand mobile, video and ad products. Coleman has been advising the company since 2010. Most recently, Coleman was the President of advertising technology company Criteo. He has previously held roles as President and Chief Revenue Officer at the Huffington Post and was the EVP of Global Sales at Yahoo! Coleman also served as President of Platform-A at AOL from February to April of 2009 and was formerly Senior Vice President of Reader's Digest Association and President of U.S. Magazine Publishing. At CBS, Inc., he spent 10 years leading advertising efforts for Woman's Day as Vice President and National Sales Manager. Coleman holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and attended the M.B.A. program at New York University. He currently lives in Greenwich Village and is an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern School of Business where he teaches a class on digital marketing and innovation.
Head of Advertising Partnerships, Flipboard
Christine Cook heads up advertising at Flipboard. She works with advertising sales teams at publishers, and directly with advertisers, to leverage the marketing opportunities within Flipboard.
Christine has 20 years of media advertising experience, 18 of which are in digital. Before joining Flipboard, Christine ran advertising sales at The Daily, the first daily news publication designed exclusively for tablets.
Prior to The Daily, she spent five years at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia where she was Senior Vice President, digital advertising sales and ad operations, spearheading the sales effort in support of MSLO’s Internet business segment and cross platform advertising programs.
She joined MSLO from IAC Partner Marketing, where she served as Vice President, Sales, managing advertising sales marketing and national advertising sales across such IAC sites CitySearch, Evite.com, Expedia, Match.com and Ticketmaster.
Earlier in her career, Christine served as director, luxury advertising at the Financial Times and spent five years at The New York Times Digital in various sales executive roles, including founder of NYTimes.com's first international sales office in London.
A graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Christine lives with her husband in New York City.
Co-Founder & CEO, PubMatic
Rajeev Goel co-founded PubMatic in 2006 to give premium publishers a real-time selling platform for managing their revenue and brand strategy. As Co-Founder & CEO of PubMatic, Rajeev is responsible for all aspects of the company's vision, strategy, and execution. His leadership has helped establish PubMatic as a leader in Real-Time Bidding for publishers and established the company as the leading multi-channel platform for helping publishers drive their programmatic advertising strategies.
As Co-founder & CEO of PubMatic, Rajeev led a career spanning product/engineering, sales, and marketing. While in college, Rajeev co-founded Chipshot.com, an online retailer of custom-built golf equipment. At Chipshot.com, a Sequoia Capital backed company, Rajeev led product management and engineering while growing the company into a $30 million run-rate business. After Chipshot.com, Rajeev joined Diamond Management and Technology Consultants (later acquired by Pricewaterhouse Coopers), where he led IT strategy engagements with CIOs and CFOs at Fortune 2000 companies such as Kraft Foods, Allstate Insurance, and Lowe's Home Improvement. Before founding PubMatic, Rajeev was a Product Marketing executive at SAP, where he was responsible for go-to-market strategy for cloud and mobile solutions.
Rajeev holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Political Science and Spanish from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master's of Computer and Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. Rajeev resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and two boys.
Founder & CEO, LUMA Partners
Terry Kawaja is Founder & CEO of LUMA Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused at the intersection of media and technology. He is a seasoned investment banker with more than 20 years of experience and has advised on over $300 billion of transactions, including some of the most pivotal deals in the media and tech industries. Throughout his career, Terry has leveraged deep industry knowledge to take a strategic approach to deal making rather than chase transactions. The best compliment people say is that he thinks like a principal.
Called the Jon Stewart of investment bankers, Terry is both a recognized expert in the Internet and digital media sectors and also a popular speaker at leading industry conferences, frequently using humor to aid substantive presentations. Terry has a straightforward style and is never afraid to tell it like it is.
CEO, Digital Content Next (formerly Online Publishers Association)
Jason Kint is a 20-year veteran of the digital media industry, he has spent the past seven years leading the evolution of CBS Sports into a multi-platform brand offering premier broadcast, online and mobile sports content as SVP and General Manager of CBS Interactive’s Sports Division. During Jason’s tenure, CBSSports.com strengthened its leadership position in Fantasy Sports and the live streaming of major sports events by breaking industry records for audience, revenue and profit. Jason is recognized for leading the strategy to stream more than 22,000 live video events each year including March Madness Live, the largest live sporting event on the Internet, live online coverage of the Masters Tournament, live streaming of SEC college football and basketball, and Super Bowl XLVII, which set online viewership and social media records.
Prior to CBS, Jason served from 1996-2007 in various executive roles launching and leading the websites for Sporting News and all of Times Mirror Magazines’ flagship websites under the ownership of Times Mirror, Paul Allen and later Condé Nast. Jason has a deep passion for journalism and evolving venerable brands into their multi-platform digital future.
Head of Media Partnerships, Pinterest
As a member of the partnerships team, Rob works with media, publishing and entertainment companies to develop their Pinterest partnerships. He brings nearly 15 years of business development and partnership development to Pinterest. Rob spent the majority of his career at Google, heading up strategic partnerships with some of the world’s largest news, entertainment and magazine publishing companies. Specifically, he launched Google’s successful AdSense product and led Google’s TV, print and radio initiatives. Most recently, Rob ran business and corporate development at Dstillery, spearheading their LinkedIn and Twitter partnerships. In addition, he has held executive and senior management positions with Scribd and DoubleClick and is an advisor to First Growth Venture Network. Rob holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan.
Kirk McDonald joined PubMatic in October 2011, bringing more than two decades of experience across a range of premier media brands including Time Inc., CNET, Ziff Davis and Condé Nast. As President of the company, Kirk is driving the next stage of PubMatic's growth.
Before joining PubMatic, Kirk was President of Digital at Time Inc., where he brought together the company's digital assets to deliver audience and brand solutions to clients. Prior to this corporate role, he was the Chief Advertising Officer of the Fortune | Money Group, where he oversaw worldwide advertising sales, integrated marketing and the events business. Prior to his leadership position at Fortune|Money, Kirk was Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Client Services for DRIVEpm and Atlas, which were both key units of Microsoft's advertising business. In addition, Kirk spent nine years at CNET, where he was the Senior Vice President of network sales, and developed hugely successful strategic partnerships with the top tier of technology marketers.
Kirk serves on several professional and not-for-profit boards. He was a former advisor on the LUMA Partners board and the Chairman of a small not-for-profit, Camp Interactive, which empowers inner city youth through the inspiration of the outdoors and the creative power of technology.
EVP, Programmatic & Media Partnerships, Scout
Ramsey McGrory is Executive Vice President at Scout where he leads Scout's commerce, membership, events and programmatic revenue. He also leads Marketing and the Scout News Room. Prior to Scout, Ramsey was CEO of AddThis, GM of Right Media at Yahoo!, VP of Sales at Right Media (which Yahoo! acquired in 2007 for $850mm), and a sales director at DoubleClick. Before the Internet, he worked in banking and politics. He is a Persian Gulf War veteran and served in the US Army from 1985-1993.
He has a BA in Economics from the University of the South, and a Master's degree in Management from Georgia Tech. He is active in the William J. Clinton Foundation, CGI and co-founded billions.org. He lives in New York and is married with three children. He lives in New York and is married with three children. He plays tennis and fishes... both aggressively.
President & COO, MediaLink
Wenda Harris Millard
In April 2009, Wenda Harris Millard became President and COO of MediaLink LLC, a leading strategic advisory and business development firm that provides critical counsel and direction to the media, advertising and entertainment industries and to companies and investors that interact with those sectors.
Before joining MediaLink, Ms. Millard was Co-CEO and President, Media for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. She joined MSLO in July 2007 after three years as a member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Millard oversaw MSLO's media businesses, which include publishing, internet and broadcasting. She was the driving force behind creating cross-platform programs for marketers in TV, digital, magazines and radio.
Before MSLO, Ms. Millard was Chief Sales Officer at Yahoo! where she led the team that drove revenue from $700 million to over $6 billion in six years. Prior to Yahoo!, Ms. Millard was Chief Internet Officer at Ziff Davis Media and President of Ziff Davis Internet. Previously, Ms. Millard was a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick. She also served as President and Group Publisher of SRDS, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Family Circle.
Ms. Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.
Co-Founder & CEO, Accordant Media
Arthur F. Muldoon, Jr.
Arthur co-founded Accordant Media in early 2010. Accordant has grown to become a leading independent programmatic media buying company, offering marketers and agencies a powerful real-time audience-targeted advertising system based on fully-transparent, and fully-managed solutions. Accordant ATS™ provides marketers with integrated on-demand media tools and technologies, including Audience Optics™, Accordant's data management platform (DMP), an 8-channel buying/optimization system, Accordant's AIM Analytics™ suite of cross-channel attribution solutions and Accordant DataPoints™ online reporting. Accordant has offices in New York, San Francisco, London and soon Chicago.
Before Accordant, Art was SVP, Global Data Platforms at Aegis Media/Isobar. At Aegis, Art developed its integrated media buying and analytics platform, ad server solutions, and search automation technologies. Earlier in his career, Art was SVP at BzzAgent and VP, General Manager at Avenue A | Razorfish. He oversaw Razorfish's rapid client growth in New York to $200MM+ in billings, ahead of aQuantive's acquisition by Microsoft. Art also launched online products for Corbis, privately owned by Bill Gates, and was a media strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles.
Art holds a BA from Trinity College (CT) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
John Nitti joined Zenith in 2009. Since then, John's leadership has continued to change and grow the agency. In 2010, the Digital and Magazine divisions were merged to offer clients a more robust, content-centric approach to media. Two years later, John was promoted to the new position of President of Activation, where he was charged with trading, investment, execution, and activation for all Zenith craftskills. In that capacity, John formed the National Video group in 2012 to bring together linear, digital, and mobile video. In 2013, the latest implementation was the full integration of all aspects of local activation (Broadcast, Print, OOH, and Digital).
John was promoted to Chief Investment Officer of Zenith in September of 2014. In this position, John will continue his oversight of the Zenith Activation teams while adding many key initiatives for Publics Groupe and the ZO Agency Network to his remit.
Prior to joining Zenith, John was Director of U.S. Media & Sponsorships at American Express for six years, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing traditional and digital media planning and strategy efforts across various business areas for the company.
GM/VP, Display Media, Merkle
Megan Pagliuca joined Merkle in November 2010 to develop and launch the Merkle digital media practice. As vice president and general manager of digital media, Pagliuca built an industry leading team, delivering display, video, and paid social agency services to leading brands such as Metlife, Nestle, Tiffany & Co and Guthy Renker. In her role, Pagliuca is responsible for sales, delivery, partnerships, and product development as well as the growth and profitability of the digital media practice.
Prior to joining Merkle, Pagliuca led the professional services team at the Right Media Exchange, a Yahoo! Company. She was responsible for Right Media's Demand Side Platform (DSP) relationships including brands such as P&G, as well as consulting services. Previously, she led the publisher services team which included the deployment and integration of Yahoo! APAC & EU onto the Right Media platform.
Pagliuca received a Master's of E-Commerce from Bond University, in Queensland, Australia. She also holds a BA from University of San Diego where she majored in Business Administration and Information Systems.
Chairman & CEO, iHeartMedia
Bob Pittman is Chairman & CEO of iHeartMedia, a leading global media, digital and entertainment company which includes iHeartMedia, which has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America, and Clear Channel Outdoor, with over 750,000 displays in over 40 countries.
Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises, and was also COO of America Online, Inc. and AOL Time Warner.
Pittman received AdWeek's first 'Media Visionary' award in 2013. He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; received the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal, the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award and a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award; was recognized in Life's "Five Original Thinkers of the '80s" and as the eighth of Life Magazine's "50 Most Influential Boomers," and named one of Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV" and "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture." Pittman began his career as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi.
Founder & CEO, xAd
Dipanshu "D" Sharma founded xAd in 2009 to lead the industry in mobile location. Today xAd is known as the first global location marketplace, serving 1.5 million advertisers worldwide. D is closely involved with every aspect of the organization’s daily operations, from product planning and market strategy, to the execution and promotion of new technology.
Prior to xAd, D spent time developing technology at Nokia that involved early access to the internet via mobile devices and short range radio. In early 2000, D founded V-Enable which was an early pre-cursor to SIRI voice search technology. D is also responsible for co-founding several companies including RockeTalk—India's fifth-largest mobile-traffic site—and Kadonk—the top Microsoft Project Viewer. D's credentials also include TeleFusion's "Technology Leader of the Year" (2003), SiliconIndia's "Top 10 CEO's for Mobile (2013), and a finalist for Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" (2014). D currently sits on the board of directors for Kadonk, WikiSeer, TwinPrime and the Mobile Marketing Association as a global board member.
SVP/GM, Marketing & Technology, MediaLink
Matt leads MediaLink's marketing and technology solutions practice, providing the strategic direction and the operational know-how today’s marketers and media companies need to successfully navigate the intersection of marketing and media with technology and data.
Prior to MediaLink, Spiegel served as SVP/GM of the Americas for MediaMath, where he led its enterprise technology revenue operations in North and South America. Prior to MediaMath, he held multiple roles at Omnicom having first joined the company when Omnicom acquired Resolution Media, the search marketing business he founded. Later as CEO of Omnicom Media Group Digital, Spiegel developed the business model, launched, and initially ran Accuen Omnicom's trading desk. Spiegel started his career in advertising sales and has nearly 20 years of digital media experience.
MD, Emerging Media, Kantar Media
Dina Srinivasan is a seasoned entrepreneur in ad tech. Currently, Dina leads digital strategy at Kantar Media SRDS, where Kantar Media is surfacing Publisher guaranteed direct and private exchange ad opportunities to the planners and buyers at 800+ subscribing agencies.
Dina is founder of Effidia, the company that brought the industry transparency around a Publisher's direct and third-party ad opportunities. Previously, Dina founded the first platform that enabled cross-network text messaging and web to phone social messaging in the United States. Dina holds a J.D. from Yale University.
Neil Vogel is CEO of About.com (an IAC Company), the largest source for expert content on the Internet that helps users answer questions, solve problems, learn something new or find inspiration. Neil also serves as Chairman of the Board of Recognition Media, which he co-found in 2004 and served as CEO through 2012. Recognition Media owns and produces awards shows and media properties including the Webby Awards, Internet Week, the Netted.net daily email, and The Telly Awards. Neil is also a Venture Partner at FirstMark Capital.
Prior to Recognition Media, Neil served as Chief Corporate Development Officer at Alloy Media + Marketing and Vice President in the Investment Banking group at Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co.
Neil received a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bob Walczak, GM & VP, Product
Bob Walczak is PubMatic's General Manager and Vice President of Product. Bob joined PubMatic as VP of Mobile in June 2012, moving quickly to become the General Manager of Emerging Media, where he was responsible for driving the expansion of PubMatic's Emerging Media offerings across mobile and oversaw the company's launch of video. Bob has overseen the company's growth in a range of areas while maintaining a focus on developing technology solutions and securing partnerships that have helped drive PubMatic's mobile and video offerings. At the heart of Bob's approach lies a commitment to providing publishers with a platform that has the ability to drive a holistic revenue strategy across every ad, every screen, and every channel. A veteran entrepreneur with extensive experience leading digital marketing and advertising startups, Bob is the founder and former CEO of Ringleader Digital where he helped launch the industry's first third-party ad serving technology platform as well as introduce new ad formats for mobile web.
Program VP, Digital Media & Entertainment, IDC
Karsten Weide is the Program Vice President, Media & Entertainment, at IDC. He heads up IDC's consumer research, which covers mobile consumer applications and platforms, consumer video, the connected home and gaming. His own research practice covers the new media, including online and mobile advertising, ecommerce, and consumer behavior and attitudes. He is a veteran of the consumer Internet industry with many years of experience. Karsten is a two-time winner of IDC's Research Quality Award and is also a recipient of IDC's Research Innovation Award.
Prior to joining IDC in 2006, Karsten’s career was focused on identifying and developing new technologies and applications in the Internet industry. He founded the U.S. affiliate of MediaAnalyzer, a European online market research company specializing in advertising research. Prior to MediaAnalyzer, He served as new media consultant to Internet startups. Before coming to the U.S., he was in charge of setting up both the German operations of Yahoo! as well as Yahoo!'s European product management. Prior to Yahoo!, he held positions with Europe Online and Ziff-Davis. Karsten holds a Master's degree from the University of Hanover, Germany.
Founder & CEO, Upstream Group
Doug Weaver is a highly‐regarded strategist and opinion leader in the world of online advertising. Over the past 16 years he's worked with over 600 leading companies, including Facebook, Yahoo!, Apple, Fox Sports, USA TODAY, CBS Digital Media, YuMe, The Wall Street Journal, NBCUniversal and many others.
Online marketing and sales people know him through many different venues. Doug is a frequent moderator, host and speaker at the iMedia Summit series; he's keynoted leading conferences hosted by the IAB, PubMatic and AdMonsters. He is the author of The Drift, a blog that directly reaches nearly 7,000 industry executives and is syndicated and referred to by thousands more. He has trained thousands of Internet salespeople through both public and private sales workshops.
After a 15‐year career in print advertising sales with companies like Hearst and Condé Nast, Doug became advertising director and the first east coast hire for Wired Magazine in 1994, and sold some of the Web's first ads on the company's Hot Wired site. He then served as vice president of sales for Firefly Network. Doug was elected to the Board of Directors for the Internet (now "Interactive") Advertising Bureau.
Doug's company, Upstream Group, is based near his home in Vermont, which he shares with his wife of 25 years, Sharon Richards. They have two grown daughters, Lucy and Madeline.
Bill Wise has spent over a decade unleashing the potential of revolutionary advertising technologies, overseeing more than $3 billion in mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings. He comes to Mediaocean from his role as CEO of media systems provider MediaBank, one of Mediaocean’s two founding companies along with Donovan Data Systems (DDS).
Prior to MediaBank, Bill served as SVP/GM of ad platforms and global exchange at Yahoo!—a role he achieved after serving as president of Right Media, which he helped guide to Yahoo! acquisition in 2007. His other executive leadership positions have driven success at companies including DoubleClick, MaxOnline, and Ask, which became part of IAC Advertising Solutions.
Bill is on the board of directors of AddThis and the Ad Council. Business Insider ranked him as a top digital professional three times, and in 2013 he was named Ernst & Young New York Entrepreneur Of The Year in technology. Bill is a sought-after speaker and frequently writes articles for AdWeek, Advertising Age, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He holds a BS in Accounting & Business from the University at Albany and is a CPA.
Joe Zawadzki is a respected pioneer in the online marketing industry, known especially for establishing the demand-side platform sector. With his deep experience in audience targeting and optimization, ad networks and exchanges, and real-time bidding Joe is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences, roundtables and major events.
After a decade representing buyers at top-tier agencies and Fortune 500 companies, Joe Zawadzki saw the need to reshape the online marketing landscape by integrating technology, data, analytics, and marketing best practices into a single media platform. He founded MediaMath in 2007, launching a technological revolution with the first demand side platform (DSP).
Previously, Joe was Founder, President, and Chairman of Poindexter Systems / [x+1], incubated Right Media, and as managing member of Occam's Razor, shaped AOL's yield management and DoubleClick's buy-side optimization strategy.
His early career was spent as an investment banker. He remains an active New York technology investor.
Joe holds several patents in the area of online methods for dynamic segmentation and content presentation. He is a graduate of Harvard University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Daria, and their children Dune and Jack, born on the summer and winter solstices respectively.