Publishing’s Problem Solvers: Digital media has taken the publishing industry by storm. Both large and small publishers must constantly evolve in order to stay afloat in the ever-changing environment. The traditional way of doing things no longer guarantees survival — in fact, it more than likely guarantees failure. At the Digiday Publishing Summit, hear from those solving the problems — both old and new — with which publishers today are dealing and how they are working to move the industry forward.
Tom is charged with leading the successful execution of business strategy through industry-leading digital execution and implementation of its supporting technologies. Prior to joining the company, he was the director of new media technologies for the White House, leading the team to provide a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties, and enabling the amplification of the President’s message.
Kristine Welker, CRO, Hearst Digital Media
Kristine Welker was named CRO of Hearst Magazines Digital Media in 2010. She is responsible for the branding, marketing and monetization of the company’s magazines sites, social extensions and pure-digital destinations. Before joining HDM, Kristine was the founding publisher of Hearst’s CosmoGIRL Magazine, which launched in 1999.
Janet Balis, publisher, The Huffington Post
Janet Balis is publisher of The Huffington Post. In her role, she leads revenue strategies for the global, cross-platform brand with a focus on innovative new offerings like HuffPost Live, the new streaming video experience. Immediately prior, Balis served as head of sales strategy, marketing and partnerships for AOL, guiding solutions for key clients and agencies, trade strategy like the Digital Content Newfronts, and branded entertainment.
Ryan Mannion, CTO, Politico.com
Ryan Mannion joined Politico prior to its 2007 launch. As CTO, Ryan is responsible for the technical operation of the company but also focuses on innovative strategy, which includes consumer-facing products such as Web and mobile devices, as well as the system infrastructure and scalability. Ryan has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in strategy, leadership, software development and design.
Rick Webb, marketing and revenue consultant, Tumblr
Rick Webb currently serves as a consultant to Tumblr on marketing and revenue, a mentor to Tech Stars NY, and as a venture partner at Quotidian Ventures. Rick is the founder and CEO of Secret Clubhouse, a tech coworking space in Williamsburg, NY. In 2001, Rick co-founded The Barbarian Group, where he served as its COO for the first 10 years of the company's existence. Webb left in 2011 to pursue angel investing. He is an angel investor in Foursquare, Branch, Circa, Percolate, Docracy and others.
Peter Horan, president, Answers Media Group
As a CEO and independent director, Peter has been part of four profitable exits in the last seven years. Peter joined Answers Media Group as president and COO on an interim basis in the spring of 2012. He was previously CEO of IAC Media and Advertising, About.com, Goodmail Systems, AllBusiness.com and DevX. He has also played a role in five major revolutions in media and technology including: home video games; personal computers; cell phones; Windows computing and the internet.
Who Should Attend
Top digital publishing executives
Digital publishing operations and revenue management executives
Digital technology and service providers
Targeting technology providers
Marketing measurement companies
Media and press