A world-class mix of the industry's best and brightest.
Tod Sacerdoti
VP, Display & Video Ad Products
Bob Safian
Editor, MD
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Robert Safian is editor-in-chief and managing director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2009, Safian has also served as an executive editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its chief editor for six years.

Under Safian’s direction, Fast Company has garnered a reputation for highlighting the “new” in business while keeping reverence to “tried and true.” Whether exploring a startup in Detroit or the tech scene in Palo Alto, an innovator in Singapore or an iconoclast in Mumbai, Fast Company consistently adopts a fresh and honest take on business. By presenting stories of the people behind innovative business thinking, it gives hope to millions of workers, entrepreneurs, and leaders that meaningful change is possible.

Safian has appeared on CBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and other TV networks and has been a featured speaker at events ranging from SxSW Interactive to the Cisco Systems CIO Summit, the United Nation’s Global Accelerators Council
to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.

Safian began his career with a seven-year tenure at The American Lawyer, where he rose from summer intern to executive editor. He joined SmartMoney in 1994 and moved to Fortune in 1997. Money was a National Magazine Finalist four times under Safian's leadership and he played key roles in securing National Magazine Awards for The American Lawyer, SmartMoney, and TIME. He joined Fast Company in 2007
Robyn Safran
Group Manager
Qasim Saifee
Senior Vice President, Monetization Platform
Kya Sainsbury-Carter
VP, Global Partner Service, Microsoft Advertising
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Kya Sainsbury-Carter, VP of Global Partner Service for Microsoft Advertising, leads strategic partner relationships and management across global Agency Holding Companies, global Syndication and Distribution partnerships and internal One Microsoft engagements. Kya has held various Sales and Operations leadership roles within both Search and Display over the 10 years with Microsoft, prior to which she led Client Services for MarketSmart Interactive, a Search agency in Raleigh, NC and was the VP of Product Management at Art.com; she also spent 6+ years at Compaq and HP in roles across Latin America eCommerce and Enterprise Storage; in prior lives Kya was a financial analyst, a restaurant manager, a deadhead and a passionate international traveler and today she lives in Bellevue with her husband Neil of 19 years and her two sons. Kya earned her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her undergraduate degree from University of Arkansas.
Karen Salama
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Karen Salama is the CEO and Founder of High Potential Ventures, LLC, producer of BRAND U Events. BRAND U Events is a talent accelerator whose mission is to cultivate and empower high-potential mid-level executives to become next generation thought-leaders.

A marketing and communications leader, Karen has over 15 years experience building in-house and global practices, as well as managing, developing and implementing initiatives across multiple industries and disciplines, including Entertainment, Retail, Global Affairs, Education, Not-for-Profit, Arts, Travel, Health Care and Startup Ventures.

Karen’s passion for cultivating tomorrow’s thought leaders has only grown throughout her career. Prior to starting her own business, she spearheaded a collaboration between the not-for-profit organization Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) and NY Knicks basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire, to develop education programs for “at-risk-youth” in Israel. She also partnered with CFHU on the rebranding of a worldwide innovation and entrepreneurship initiative entitled, “The Next Einstein.”  

Karen also served as Director of Marketing for the documentary IMAX 3-D film, JERUSALEM, distributed by National Geographic and winner of the 2014 Giant Screen Cinema Awards for Best Film, Short Subject and Best Cinematography.

Throughout the course of her career, Karen has had the privilege of working with many other notable organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, J.Walter Thompson, American Express, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, The Asia Society, Christies Auction House and Wine Spectator Magazine.
Laura Salant
Senior Director, Research & Insights
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Laura brings 20 years’ of digital advertising research experience to the Insights team and Undertone’s clients. Former roles include leadership of the Strategic Research practice at About.com; serving as a brand-direct consultant to clients in CPG, Retail, Tech, Healthcare, Finance, and Media; and Associate Publisher, Strategic Planning at Scientific American.
Known for providing actionable insights, Laura has been a featured speaker at ANA Digital & Social, Marketing 2 Moms, ePharma, DTC Perspectives, Advertising Week NYC and Internet Week NY. She is a former Research Committee Chair of the Association of Magazine Media and has a B.A. from Rutgers University.
Sheryl Sandberg
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Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sheryl is the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.
Aline Santos Farhat
EVP, Global Marketing
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Joining Unilever in 1989 as a marketing trainee, Aline has worked across Local and Global Marketing and held a number of senior marketing positions within the company. Her highlights include being in the Global Marketing team responsible for creating Dove’s brand positioning over a decade ago which is committed to widening the definition of beauty for women and encouraging young people to develop a positive relationship with beauty. More recently as SVP Global Laundry, Aline led Unilever’s biggest Home Care brand, OMO. This included launching the successful Dirt is Good campaign, leading OMO to become the largest detergent brand in the world.
In 2016 Aline was additionally appointed to lead the Global Diversity and Inclusion agenda within Unilever. Aligned with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commitment to improving the health of one billion people across the world, supporting the wellbeing of our employees, and to providing a workplace that is free from discrimination.
Russell Sapienza
Partner, Entertainment, Media & Communications Advisory
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Russell is a senior partner in PwC’s Advisory Practice with 34 years of experience in the media, entertainment, communications, and financial services industries. He has several distinct roles in the firm:

• Lead Partner for various global media & entertainment clients.
• Advisor to PwC's entertainment, media, and communications industry leadership team.
• A senior member of PwC’s Advisory practice, focusing in areas such as business strategy, revenue growth, new business design and launch, business process controls, compliance (in areas such as consumer privacy) and risk management.

During Russell’s 25 years with PwC, he has focused on the media, entertainment, communications sectors. His practice works with clients to implement and execute the operational, financial, and management structures necessary to achieve revenue growth objectives.
Scott Sappenfield
Senior Director, Sales Planning & Shopper Marketing
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Scott Sappenfield is a Senior Director, Sales Planning & Shopper Marketing for Ubisoft leading its U.S. retail strategy and planning. For more than 10 years, Sappenfield oversaw award-winning marketing campaigns for top video game franchises including Just Dance, Far Cry, Rocksmith, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. He is a two time Effie award winner for his work on Just Dance and Rocksmith.

Sappenfield’s video game industry experience is balanced by his work with CPG marketing where he worked at The Clorox Company on the Brita and Clorox Anywhere brands. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Outside of marketing video games, Sappenfield enjoys other bro-tastic endeavors such as watching Michigan sports and home brewing semi-delicious beer.
Eric Sass
Editor, Publishers Daily
Kim Sater
Director, US Consumer Marketing
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Kim has been with Mary Kay since 2005, leading global teams in Market Research and Strategic Intelligence prior to joining the US market team in 2010 as Director of Consumer Marketing. She and her team are responsible for social media, advertising, public relations, content marketing, MaryKay.com and Consultant Personal Websites, email marketing, product catalogs, and other Mary Kay print and digital marketing tools. Before joining Mary Kay, she spent most of her career with Lee Jeans, where she served many roles, including VP of Brand Marketing and VP of National Accounts, handling JCPenney. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina. She is actively involved in volunteer work with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas and leads the Executive Board for the KidSwing Golf Tournament, benefiting the hospital.
Reshma Saujani
Founder & CEO
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Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Programs and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Started in 2012, the organization has grown to reach 40,000 girls in every state by the end of 2016. This year, Girls Who Code will run 78 Summer Immersion Programs and 1500 Clubs. The results speak for themselves: 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science.
Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for NYC.
Bart Saunt
Head of New Business
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Bart Saunt is Head of New Business at Universal Music Group and Brands U.S.A. Saunt leads new business initiatives and is responsible for the management of all business development plans and activities at UMGB. Through research and insight based strategies, Saunt identifies core opportunities for prospective brand partnerships. Prior to UMGB, Saunt served as VP of Strategic Marketing and Brand Development at Universal Music Enterprises where he secured successful partnerships with Sonos, Samsung, Gatorade, Philips amongst others. Before his time at UME, Saunt played integral strategic marketing roles at EMI & Virgin Entertainment Group. As a self-proclaimed technology buff, Saunt connected with Nokia Technologies after reading about their forthcoming Ozo VR camera launch and suggested producing a ground-breaking music video with one of the world's most creative artists to demonstrate the camera’s unique capabilities – Nokia agreed.
Kathleen Saxton
Founder & CEO
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Kathleen Saxton is the founder and CEO of bespoke headhunting firm, The Lighthouse Company.

After a 360 degree journey in the media and advertising sphere, touching Sky Television, Capital Radio, EMAP Advertising, Carlton Screen, PHD, Saatchi & Saatchi and Virgin Radio, Kathleen moved into professional headhunting.

In 2009, Kathleen set up The Lighthouse Company with a vision to create the modern search firm that clients had been asking for. Today, The Lighthouse Company represents some of the most talented individuals globally and ensure they connect to and flourish within visionary, brave and ambitious businesses. Listing Facebook, Twitter, Mashable, The Guardian, Snapchat, ITV, Dentsu, Omnicom, WPP and many others as clients – the Lighthouse know what it takes to find New World Leaders for today’s modern world.
Pam Scheideler
Partner, Chief Digital Officer
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As Chief Digital Officer of Deutsch’s Los Angeles office, Pam runs the day-to-day operations of the more than 200-person digital team. An integrated production veteran with over 15 years of software development experience, Pam leads all digital work on behalf of brands including Volkswagen, Taco Bell and Target.

Prior to Deutsch, Pam was Head of Production and Operations at Google Creative Lab, where she led both video and interactive production for advertising campaigns and product innovations. Before Google, Pam was Director of Digital Production at JWT NY, responsible for the digital work of more than 30 brands.

Pam got her start in advertising at CP+B, where she rose through the ranks to become VP, Executive Integrated Producer.
Geoff Schiller
Chief Revenue Officer
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With over fifteen years of digital sales and management experience, Geoff Schiller is responsible for driving global media advertising revenue and leading PopSugar’s brand partnership team, who provides brands with best-in-class integrated marketing solutions via their content studio, The Bakery. Most recently, Schiller served as Evolve Media's first CRO, where his responsibilities included oversight of revenue operations, marketing, brand positioning and partnerships across the company's 3 business units: CraveOnline Media, TotallyHer Media and Martini Media. Prior to Evolve, Geoff was Chief Sales Officer at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, overseeing national sales efforts focused on monetizing Hearst’s portfolio of more than 20 digital properties. His early career included sales and management positions at PEOPLE.COM, USATODAY.com, The Excite Network and E! Online.
Philipp Schindler
SVP & Chief Business Officer
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As Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Philipp leads Global Sales & Operations at Google. He has been with the company since 2005, and before that was SVP of Marketing & Sales at AOL Germany. Philipp holds a degree from Germany’s European Business School, was a “Studienstiftung” scholar, and has been recognized as one of WSJ’s Top 25 European Technology Leaders, and Germany’s Most Influential Media Personality by W&V.
Kern Schireson
Executive Vice President, Data Strategy & Consumer Intelligence
Erica Schmidt
Executive VP, Managing Director, North America
Fred Schonenberg
Chris Schreiber
VP of Marketing and Communications
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Chris leads marketing and communications at Sharethrough. Prior to Sharethrough, Chris worked in the Global Communications and Public Affairs Department for Google, helping design and execute communications strategy for key consumer applications and social media initiatives. Earlier in his career Chris worked in content strategy roles for major entertainment brands, including Late Night with Conan O’Brien and CBS Sportsline.
Terri Schriver
Senior Vice President of Enterprise Media
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Terri Schriver is a Senior Vice President of Enterprise Media at Bank of America. Her responsibilities include leadership of global strategic communications planning and media buying for the bank’s client managed businesses. Terri focuses her time on uncovering new ways to capture consumer attention through a value exchange between brands and audiences, constantly mining data and insights to make brands like Merrill Lynch more relevant as a catalyst to engagement.

For the last three years, Terri has also led Bank of America’s real time engagement strategy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Davos is one of many successful content integration programs she created in partnership with publishers, including The Atlantic, New York Times, Conde Nast, Forbes, Reuters and Quartz.
MIchael Schubert
Chief Innovation Officer
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Michael Schubert is the Chief Innovation Officer for Ruder Finn, where he has created multi-channel creative campaigns aimed at both targeted and mass-market audiences for clients ranging from Novartis, Citi, PepsiCo and Mondelez to the White House and the United Nations. Michael brings a unique skill set to today’s communications landscape, founded on many years as an artist, composer, director and strategic brand builder.
Lora Schulson
Chief Production Officer
Jon Schulz
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As Chief Marketing Officer of Viant, Jon is responsible for leading brand and product marketing, as well as new business development and strategic partnerships. He is a recognized industry thought-leader in digital marketing, online media, web, mobile and IPTV.

Jon joined the company in 2008 as Senior Vice President – Head of Global Automotive, and was responsible for growing revenue in the global automotive category by over 40 percent in his first year. During a period of rapid growth and multiple acquisitions, he led business development and strategic partnerships across the enterprise on a global basis.

Jon began his career in Information Technology with systems programming and database experience and spent 12 years in the Marketing Leadership Program at Ford Motor Company. He served as the head of Digital Marketing and CRM for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands where he was responsible for digital and emerging media, dealer digital integration, brand websites and direct marketing.

Jon has an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University and a BS in Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University.
Lyle Schwartz
Managing Partner
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As head of research and marketplace analysis Lyle’s responsibilities include designing, developing and implementing approaches that provide GroupM clients with superior marketplace Intelligence, including both quantitative and qualitative assessment of media and marketing issues. He is also charged with monitoring the current landscape linear and non linear and identifying trends and opportunities for GroupM clients.

Lyle rejoined GroupM from A&E Television Networks where as VP Research he was responsible for directing the research department in providing research and insights to the National and Affiliate Sales teams, programming and marketing for the various A&E endeavors. During his tenure he was involved in the naming, marketing and positioning of it's two new digital channels.

Prior to leaving A&E, Lyle was a 14 year veteran of Y&R( now part of GroupM) where he developed the account planning group within Strategic Media Research.

Lyle is a graduate of Hunter College and lives in Airmont, New York with his wife, Marjorie and his three kids, daughter Brittany, and sons Aaron and Scott.
Jim Scott
Founder and Managing Partner
Brandon Scott Jones
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Brandon was named one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch" in 2015. He is a regular performer at the UCB where you can see him in the shows GRANDMA'S ASHES and ASSSSCAT 3000. He also co-hosts the weekly stand-up/variety show (and podcast!) GENTRIFY (UCB East). Brandon has appeared on GIRLS (HBO), BROAD CITY (Comedy Central) and THE CHARACTERS (Netflix). He can also be seen in the feature films OTHER PEOPLE (Sundance 2016, dir. Chris Kelly) and DON'T THINK TWICE (SXSW 2016, dir.Mike Birbiglia). Other credits include playing various characters on THE LATE SHOW W/ STEPHEN COLBERT (CBS); as a panelist on the show LIE DETECTORS (GSN); and as a commentator in the upcoming comedy DEBATE WARS (SeeSo). Along with Evan Greenspoon, he co-wrote and starred in the web-series BREAKDOWNS (which you can watch here: http://greenspoonjones.tumblr.com/).
Jay Sears
SVP Marketplace Development
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Jay Sears is SVP Marketplace Development for Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI), working with management and business unit heads across the company to expand Rubicon Project’s market. He works across the media owner and advertiser sides of the business globally to advance the company’s work with its top customers.

Sears joined in 2011 as GM, Buyer Cloud. In this capacity, he was responsible for global relations with the buy side including ad holding companies, ad agencies, advertisers, agency trading desks and demand side platforms headquartered in North America.

Prior to joining Rubicon Project, Sears was GM of the ad exchange for PulsePoint (FKA ContextWeb). Prior to joining ContextWeb in 2004, Sears was SVP Business & Strategy Development for EDGAR Online, where he drove the strategy that took the company from an under $1 million entrepreneurial business to a publicly traded NASDAQ company.
Carrie Seifer
President, Investment
John Seifert
Worldwide Chairman & CEO
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John is a 37-year veteran of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. He was appointed Worldwide CEO in January 2016 after leading the revitalization of Ogilvy’s North American operations since 2009, resulting in strong revenue growth, digital transformation, diverse talent recruitment, and outstanding new business development.

John was previously Chairman of O&M’s Global Brand Community, a portfolio of 25 global clients representing over $1 billion in annual revenue. John has worked across the Ogilvy network in a wide range of client leadership and general management positions in Los Angeles, Chicago, Bangkok, Singapore and New York. He has led multi-discipline global brand teams for American Express (“Membership”), BP (“Beyond Petroleum”), DuPont, Siemens, and many others.

John is a frequent lecturer at universities and business forums on the subject of “Enterprise Branding.” He is a passionate student of history, interior design, and neoclassical architecture.
Jennifer Selke
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Fueled by her drive to connect people with meaningful work, Jennifer
Selke is dedicated to helping individuals and work teams improve
engagement and job satisfaction. Her consulting firm, WorkStrengths,
provides corporate trainings that create a strong work culture of
engagement that leads to increased efficiency, productivity and
achievement. Jennifer offers particular expertise in dynamics around
millennials; not only does she coach individuals born in the 80s and
90s, but she trains and educates employers on how to develop, manage,
leverage and retain this oft-misunderstood workforce.

Jennifer’s training as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach augments a
long-standing career hiring, training, and mentoring 150 new employees
every year for Cal Youth and Outdoor Programs at the University of
California, Berkeley. In this role, as well as in her consulting
business, she challenges employees to identify their natural talents
and apply them effectively. Jennifer’s motto: “I help people do what
they do better.” Smart employers understand the benefits of investing
in the long-term success of their employees and how that directly
translates into business success for the company.

Jennifer holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the
University of California, Berkeley and has taught in the School
Psychology program for her alma mater’s Graduate School of Education
since 2005. Every year she also hires, trains, and mentors 150
teenagers and young adults for Blue Camp at UC Berkeley.
Pete Sena
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Lori Senecal
Global CEO
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In her role as Global CEO, Lori oversees CP+B’s global growth and expansion, manages the coordination of the firm's nine international offices and focuses on the agency’s continued global development. Since joining the agency in 2015, Lori has made a tremendous impact on both the business and culture of CP+B, creating a truly modern global agency that is inventive, agile and collaborative, offering consistency internationally with strong local market flair. Lori’s leadership and strong focus on talent has fueled the agency’s development and growth across disciplines and geographies, and recently led Advertising Age to recognize CP+B among the “Creativity Innovators of the Year” while naming Lori among only four “Agency Executives to Watch” in 2016. Over the past year, CP+B has won significant business including the coveted American Airlines, Infiniti, Hershey and Pay Pal accounts, and was awarded the Titanium Grand Prix for its Dominos work at The Cannes Lions Festival (the highest award given for inventive ideas that drive business performance in new ways). The agency continues to create bold firsts and garner world-­-class results for clients by employing a new and broad creative toolbox that capitalizes on expertise in technology, design and manufacturing. Prior to her current role, Lori served as Global Chairman and CEO of KBS. Under her leadership, KBS grew from a 250-­-person domestic agency to over 900 people worldwide and was recognized by Crain's as one of the “Best Places to Work in NYC”, as well as on AdAge’s list of “Standout Agencies” three consecutive years. Prior to KBS, Lori served as President of the flagship New York office of McCann Erickson and previously, as Global Chief Innovation Officer for McCann Worldgroup. In 2014, Lori was named among AdAge's "Women to Watch,” and in 2013 she was honored at the AWNY Game Changer Awards with a Quantum Leap award for leadership and innovation. She is also a Member of the Ad Council Board of Directors.
Carla Serrano
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Carla Serrano is the Chief Executive Officer at Publicis New York. Prior to being named CEO, Carla served as the Chief Strategy Officer of Publicis New York. In her current role, she draws on her background in strategy and leadership to incorporate strategic thinking in all aspects of agency operations.

Carla started her advertising career at Chiat/Day Toronto at a time when account planning was an emerging discipline in North America. She cut her teeth in the business working on iconic brands like Apple and Nissan. Throughout her career, Carla has worked in strategically led creative networks for global brands like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Absolut, and Kraft. She has held many leadership roles that meld strategic leadership with business management, from President of Berlin Cameron United, CSO of TBWA/Chiat/Day, to CEO of Naked Communications.

Passionate about integrated and seamless strategic innovation, Carla is committed to helping clients and brands thrive in this ever-changing marketing landscape.
Andy Serwer
Editor in Chief
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Andy Serwer is the editor in chief for Yahoo Finance, where he oversees all editorial content for Yahoo Finance from breaking news to in-depth stories to original video programming.

Serwer is one of the world’s leading business journalists. Prior to Yahoo, he was the Managing Editor of Fortune for eight years - the longest service of any editor since the 1980s—and worked at Time Inc for 29 years. As Editor of FORTUNE Serwer was responsible for overseeing FORTUNE magazine and FORTUNE.com as well as FORTUNE digital media and FORTUNE’s conferences. From 1997 through 2006, Serwer wrote the groundbreaking business news blog, “Streetlife,” one of the first daily digital newsletters covering the world of finance and business.

Serwer holds degrees from Bowdoin College, BA 1981, Emory University, MBA 1984, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, BS 1985. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College.
Jay Sethi
VP Marketing
Nikhil Sethi
Co-Founder and CEO
Sherilyn Shackell
Founder & CEO
Amit Shah
Senior Vice President - Online Marketing, Mobile & Social
Alexandra Shapiro
EVP, Marketing & Digital, Entertainment Networks
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As Executive Vice President, Marketing & Digital, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Alexandra Shapiro is responsible for the creative oversight of USA Network, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo, which includes consumer and strategic marketing, digital and social strategy, creative, brand initiatives, promotions and business development. Her impressive track record includes marketing campaigns for the award-winning and record-breaking hits MR. ROBOT, MONK, SUITS, GRACELAND, WHITE COLLAR, BURN NOTICE, ROYAL PAINS, PSYCH, COVERT AFFAIRS, CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST and COLONY. Among her accolades, Shapiro was named to the prestigious Advertising Age short list of “Women to Watch” in 2014 for her significant contributions to marketing and was one of CableFax’s 2015 Influential Women.
Rob Shaw
Strategic Partner Development - Sports Media Content
Rachel Shechtman
CEO & Founder
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Rachel Shechtman a fourth generation retail entrepreneur and is the founder of STORY, a New York based concept store known for its editorial, ever-changing approach to retail. Prior to opening STORY, Rachel built a career in consulting, founding Cube Ventures an independent firm known for its skill of strategically combining business models for clients including Bliss Spas, TOMS, Kraft Foods, JC Penney, AOL, and the CFDA.

In December 2011, Rachel launched STORY, a business based on the belief that retail held the potential to be about more than the transaction - it could serve as a channel for branded, community-based storytelling. The store takes the point of a magazine, change like a gallery, and sell things like a store, updating its themes, design, and products every 3-8 weeks. In four years it has created 28 unique retail installations in partnership with companies such as Intel, American Express, GE, Target, Lexus, and Cigna, who serve as sponsors for the experience. Its purposefully adaptable model has brought to life such themes as Color, Style & Technology, Love, Made in America, Home for the Holidays and more, and in that span worked with over 2800 designers and hosted over 350 community focused events. STORY’s model has generated extensive international press and industry recognition; notably highlighted by the New York Times, Ad Age, WWD, and named one of New York’s essential shops by Time Out New York.

Outside of STORY, Rachel remains an active member and thought leader within the start-up community. She currently serves as a trusted advisor to Birchbox, Smarty Pants, MikMak, Bow and Drape, and sits on the Director's Council at Baker Retail Center, the Marketing & Media Committee of the Cooper Hewitt, and the American Express OPEN Digital Advisory Board. In 2016 Rachel joined the Board of Directors of National Retail Federation (NRF). Rachel has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2012, Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List in 2013, Crains’ 40 Under 40 list in 2014, Ad Age’s Most Creative People in 2015, and was awarded the FGI Rising Star Award for Retail in 2014.
Ari Sheinkin
VP, Marketing Analytics
Aaron Sherinian
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
Howard Shimmel
Chief Research Officer
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Howard Shimmel is CRO for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). In this role, Howard oversees day-to-day management of the company’s television and digital research professionals supporting the domestic Turner networks and businesses, based in New York. Most recently SVP of Ad Sales & Sports Research for TBS, Inc., Howard oversaw television and digital research analysis and strategy support for the company’s news, entertainment, animation, young adults & kids and sports advertising sales units.
David Shing
Digital Prophet
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David Shing is AOL’s Digital Prophet, regularly speaking at conferences worldwide, discussing the latest trends and the future of the web, providing his insight on the evolving digital landscape and works across the globe to identify new opportunities for the business.

Prior to moving to New York, David was based in London as VP Media & Marketing for AOL Europe. He originally joined the company as their European Marketing Director.

David has spent more than 15 years helping build successful web technology start-ups and multimedia businesses in the US and Australia and is the holder of several Internet technology related patents.

By night he is an accidental songwriter.
Adam Shlachter
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Adam Shlachter is a sought-after industry expert on topics that include cross-channel media, strategic planning, and campaign measurement. As President of VM1, Zenith’s full-service media agency for Verizon, Adam leads the team’s approach to media strategy, activation, operations and business intelligence across the Verizon business. Adam’s insights have appeared in publications such as Advertising Age, The Wall Street Journal, and Digiday, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events.

Prior to his current position, Adam worked as Chief Investment Officer at DigitasLBi North America, where he was honored as an Adweek Media All-Star in 2014. Adam is a member of the AD Club and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Additional accolades include being named to the Board of Directors of the 212 Interactive Advertising Club in 2011, receiving the President Award’s from the AD Club and being honored by Young Audiences New York for his influence and contribution to the digital media industry.
Jo Shoesmith
Ellyn Shook
Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer
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Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for helping the 379,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR leaders and experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age, fueling Accenture’s differentiation in the market and ability to improve the way the world works and lives.

A member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee, Ellyn is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for its diversity efforts.

Ellyn serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College, the Women's Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard's Kennedy School, and the steering committee of Paradigm for Parity. She is active in Women in America and Ellevate Women’s Network, and is also a member of the HR50 division of World50. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ellyn one of the top 10 CHROs.
Marissa Shrum
Group Strategy Director
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Marissa Shrum is a Group Strategy Director at Mother New York, leading strategic and cultural impact initiatives at the creative agency. Her remit includes brand, creative, content, influencer and cultural leadership strategy across Target’s apparel, home, beauty categories. While she is passionate about bringing substance to the world of style, Marissa has led strategic thinking and making for clients in technology and media verticals, the likes of Google, NBC, SyFy and Microsoft.

Marissa has received fellowships from Harvard’s Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy, the Starting Bloc Fellowship for Change, and Vanderbilt’s E. Bronson Ingram Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Social Change. She has held volunteer advisory positions at her alma mater, Vanderbilt University, Enstitute (a national apprenticeship startup), and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Resh Sidhu
Virtual Reality Creative Director / AR + AI / Storyteller / Ideas + Innovation / Strategic Thinker / Speaker / Author
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Resh Sidhu is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality and one of a handful of women driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Resh’s role extends well beyond the scope of creative leadership, she lectures and talks extensively all over the world on designing compelling experiences in VR. She is a motivational speaker and leader, drawing from her years of experience in advertising and marketing. More recently she spoke at Cannes Lions 2016 on Harnessing the Power of VR, inspiring the next generation of creatives to think different. Since joining Framestore’s VR Studio has become one of the most prolific and awarded virtual reality studios. Her influential work is recognized worldwide for its pioneering approach that continues to define and lead the Virtual industry.
Johnny Silberman
Director of Strategy & Innovation
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Evan Magliocca
Dr. Augustine Fou
Ben Silbermann
Co-Founder & CEO
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Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.
Nate Silver
Statistician, Author and Founder
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Nate Silver is a leading statistician and best-selling author known for his unique brand of creativity, journalism and statistical analysis. He is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight, which was acquired by ESPN in 2013. The site relaunched as an ESPN entity on March 17, 2014, and expanded its coverage to include topics such as sports, economics, culture, science and technology, among others. FiveThirtyEight continues to provide data-driven coverage of politics, including forecasts of upcoming elections.

Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. FiveThirtyEight has made Nate the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.

His most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, is a New York Times bestseller. Before he came to politics, Nate established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed a widely acclaimed system called PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers. He is a co-author of a series of books on baseball statistics, which include Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over. Nate has written for ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Baseball Prospectus, Newsweek, The New York Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Silver has earned a series of accolades. Fast Company chose Nate as No. 1 on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013. He was among TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stone’s 100 Agents of Change. In 2012 and 2013, FiveThirtyEight won Webby Awards as the “Best Political Blog.”
Ben Silverman
Ben Silverman Info Events
Ben Silverman, the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show media executive, is Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content. Silverman has executive produced major network and digital platform hits for CBS, NBC, Netflix, and TNT. He is formerly the Founder of international production studio Electus, Co-Chairman of NBC Universal and Universal Media Studios where he produced/created The Office, Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser, and The Tudors. In 2002 Silverman founded Reveille, his first production company, and led the digital for its #1 comedy site CollegeHumor. Silverman also served as VP for New World/Marvel Entertainment, where he developed sitcoms and live-action Marvel Comics projects. To date, he is responsible for over 30 TV series that totals 1000 produced episodes from his time at William Morris Agency. Given Silverman’s accomplished career, he is credited as a pioneer and industry leader in transforming formats, international distribution, and branded entertainment.
Evan Silverman
Evan Silverman Info Events
Evan Silverman is Senior Vice President, Digital Media, A+E Networks®, and oversees digital operations, product, and content for A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, FYI™and LMN®. He helps set the company’s digital strategy, and manages those networks’ websites, mobile, and over-the-top initiatives.

During his tenure, A+E Networks has taken a leadership role in TV Everywhere with more than 55 million TVE app downloads across platforms such as iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, and launched subscription video on demand products Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault. Overall, A+E Networks products have been recognized with multiple Webby Awards and an induction into the Apple iPad Hall of Fame.

Silverman served in a similar role at Lifetime Networks until its acquisition by A+E Networks. Prior to that, he served as executive producer of NBCOlympics.com for the 2006 Torino Games and the 2004 Athens Games. Earlier, he served as Director, Internet Services, at NBA.com, and worked in Media Relations for the NBA and the Utah Jazz.

Silverman graduated from Bates College in Maine. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @EvanMSilverman.
Daryl Simm
Chairman & CEO
Daryl Simm Info Events
Since 1998, Daryl has been CEO of Omnicom Media Group, the media services division of Omnicom Group, Inc.

Daryl joined Omnicom to establish its media business, which started with unbundling media from Omnicom’s creative agencies to create OMD Worldwide, recognized for over a decade as a global leader in terms of billing and award winning creativity.

The organic growth strategy continued by aligning Omnicom’s standalone media agencies under the PHD brand, now the fastest growing global media network and known as the leader in communications planning.

A year ago, the same strategy led to the creation of Hearts & Science, an agency built on the idea of data-informed marketing. It’s off to a promising start.

Underpinning all its media agencies is Annalect, a large data and analytics unit launched in 2010 with a philosophy of open standards. Annalect is a core part of the Media Group’s success and now extends its platform capabilities and utilities beyond media to other Omnicom companies.

Omnicom Media Group operates a number of other media businesses including Resolution, a global search and social provider; an OMG global programmatic platform; Optimum Sports; and Content Collective in the entertainment space.

Prior to joining Omnicom, Daryl spent 13 years at P&G where, after assignments in the US and Europe, he was appointed leader of Worldwide Media and Programming and executive in charge of P&G Productions, at the time a large producer of TV programming.
Jamal Simmons
Democratic Consultant & Co-Founder
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Jamal Simmons has spent over two decades at the nexus between politics and media and more recently technology. He helped elect Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to the presidency and has advised the White House, members of Congress, the Cabinet and corporate, foundation and faith leaders on communications issues. Jamal was the lead interviewer for The Root 100 miniseries (2013) on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV network; a political analyst for CBS News (2010); and a fixture on CNN during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Currently, in addition to appearing on MSNBC and CNN and advising clients, he is a co-founder of CRVIII /krate/, a digital platform that connects Millennial artists, innovators and entrepreneurs. Jamal is an honorary board member of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University. He enjoys writing and traveling and has been to 35 countries on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Jewel James.
Tyler Simmons
Willard Simmons
CTO and Co-Founder
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Dr. Willard (Bill) Simmons, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, is the brain behind DataXu’s core technology, which he developed while earning his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Bill came to DataXu with true rocket science credentials: he developed and tested real-time flight software for guidance, navigation and control of the Atlas family of space launch vehicles. He is an expert in optimal system design and in developing reliable real-time software–skills he put to use when he co-founded DataXu.
Dia Simms
Jeremy Simon
Director of Influencer & Partnership Marketing
Ann Simonds
Tim Sims
VP, Inventory Partnerships
Tim Sims Info Events
Tim Sims is the Vice President of Inventory Partnerships at The Trade Desk, a global demand-side platform in the $5B real-time bidding industry. In his role at The Trade Desk, Tim leads the company's strategy and vision to create cutting-edge supply-side collaborations.

Tim also oversees The Trade Desk's industry-shaping publisher management platform, where advertisers can transact with publishers to buy premium inventory through programmatic channels.

Tim is an adtech veteran, having previously served as director of business development at OpenX, and director of media at Spot Runner.

Tim is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives and works in New York City.
Jose Singer
Vice President, Product Management
Mark Singer
Mark Singer Info Events
Mark is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of the Digital Agency offering within Deloitte Digital. There, he works alongside many talented and creative individuals that help drive meaningful solutions for clients, including work in customer experience, data and insights, design, content creation, digital media, servicing, scaled production, and technology-based engagement platforms.

Mark is a former big agency lead in digital marketing with more than 18 years of experience in marketing, user experience, and customer engagement. He has led award-winning experience and technology programs for several of today’s leading brands. He has been at the forefront of the customer engagement ecosystem since the beginning of his career, focused on helping clients define and implement effective customer experience platforms for awareness, engagement, acquisition, and loyalty at scale.

Mark brings a powerful combination of practical creative abilities mixed with marketing know-how and technological acumen. He has helped transform several of today’s brands into modern multi-dimensional marketers. He has a broad industry experience with globally diverse clients in the Financial Services, Media and Technology, and Consumer Products industries. He earned his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design. He is currently based in New York.
James 'Jim' Sinocchi
Managing Director and Head of Disability Inclusion
James 'Jim' Sinocchi Info Events
As Managing Director and Head of Disability Inclusion, Jim works closely with senior leaders across JPMorgan Chase & Co to establish consistent standards and processes to better support employees with disabilities.

Jim is keenly aware of the issues and challenges facing people with disabilities as he sustained a spinal cord injury early in his business career. He has been active in creating awareness and understanding of living with a disability through his blog, View from the Chair and has served on the boards of Jawonio, an organization focused on the well-being and equality of people with disabilities, the Human Rights Commission, & Abilities Inc, part of Viscardi School – a school for severely disabled students.

He joins JPMorgan from IBM where he led global workforce communications to create awareness and understanding of IBM's Human Resources and Diversity programs, policies and initiatives. He also served as co-chair for the IBMers with Disabilities Global Task Force.
Jack Skeels
Jack Skeels Info Events
Mr. Skeels is a recovering client delivery services executive, whose career included leading Sapient’s 105 person Los Angeles office, several years as a RAND Corporation management scientist and graduate-level marketing professor. A two-time Inc-500 Award winner, Jack’s current mission is to create a revolution in agency management practices, optimal organisation design, and delivery excellence. In the last 5 years, his company has taught Agile-based, self-managed team techniques to over 3,000 agency staff, and over 80 agencies.
Cliff Skeete
Executive Creative Director
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Cliff Skeete is a Executive Creative Director at mcgarrybowen. During his tenure at McGarry he has worked on
Maserati and he is the lead on all of the creative work for the Verizon NFL, NHL, and IndyCar partnerships. So you
can see the theme here with Cliff…sexy cool luxury brands and sports. Which leads into a nice segue into Cliff’s
background. Born and raised in New York, his love for sports started at a young age. He was a three sports star in
high school but excelled on the football field where he was all city for his high school team. After a devastating knee
injury Cliff stayed local for college and attended St John’s University where he earned a degree in marketing and

He landed a job at advertising agency Young & Rubicam, where he was fortunate to have his love of sports and
advertising mix. In his 19 years there (don’t let the lack of wrinkles and good skin fool ya), he was able to work
directly with and for the NBA, NFL, and most recently the NHL. He is a multi Emmy award winner (that’s right he is
of the way to the illustrious EGOT), for his work for the NHL and has received a host of other industry awards and
commendations for the work that he has done.
Samantha Skey
President, CRO
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Samantha Skey is the Chief Revenue Officer at SheKnows Media. Prior to her current role, she served in the same capacity for Recyclebank, where she built the revenue model for their commercial business from the ground up. A frequent presenter and commentator for business and trade media, Samantha\'s recent speaking events include: Internet Week New York 2014, iMedia Content Summit 2014, ad:tech 2014, 2013 and 2012, Adweek 2013, OMMA 2013, Digiday Publishing Summit 2013, SXSW 2012 and the 2011 Gamification Summit.

Samantha has served in management positions at The Walt Disney Company and CNET, was the Chief Marketing Officer at Passenger, Inc. and was a long-term member of the executive team at Alloy Inc., where she served as Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing. Samantha holds a BA in comparative literature from Hamilton College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Marla Skiko
EVP, Director of Digital Innovation
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With an extensive media background covering the U.S. consumer spectrum, Marla Skiko discovered her niche in multicultural marketing. Skiko was instrumental in creating and championing the philosophies that define SMG Multicultural, a division of Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) and the country’s leading multicultural entity. Her expertise in marketing, emerging media, content and the understanding of ethnic cultures inspires ideas that connect her clients with the diverse face of American consumers.

A pioneer in the digital space, Skiko drives digital innovation within SMG Multicultural incorporating paid, owned and earned strategies across devices and screens.
Skiko has crafted a strong foothold on multicultural marketing with iconic brands such as Kraft, Kellogg’s, Wal-Mart, Allstate and Burger King, all aiming to boost their connection with the multicultural audiences.
In 2006, Skiko was named a Marketing y Medios “All-Star” for interactive marketing and in 2009, Skiko was named one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” based on her future-focused innovations in the multicultural digital space. Prior to her current role, Marla forged a solid background at Starcom USA and Tapestry, where she serviced clients such as General Motors, Ameritech, P&G, Kraft, Nintendo and Walt Disney World.
Jeremy Skule
Chief Marketing Officer
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Jeremy Skule is the Chief Marketing Officer of Nasdaq, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for all brand, marketing, design, digital and social properties as well as internal and external communications. Mr. Skule brings more than 15 years of global brand building experience including a special emphasis on reputation/issue management, integrated business marketing, strategic communications and investor relations--in both agency and corporate settings.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Skule was the head of marketing and communications at UBS Wealth Management Americas. There he was responsible for all marketing and communications strategy for company’s 7,000 financial advisors in the United States.

Mr. Skule received an MBA from George Washington University and a B.A. from Dickinson College.
Spencer Sloe
Vice President of Advertising Product & Strategy at AOL
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Spencer Sloe is AOL’s VP of Advertising Product & Strategy responsible for the creation of innovative, industry leading advertising products and publishing monetization strategy.

Previously, he was head of operations at The Huffington Post where he created maximum value and drove performance. He also helped operationalize and scale the award winning content marketing department Partner Studio. Prior to The Huffington Post, he was the Head of Product Design & Development at Interactive One. As one of the founders, Spencer was instrumental in the creation of the #1 online platform for the African American community, serving more the 7 million users monthly. Prior to that, Spencer spent three years working at AOL as the Head of the Key Experiences. His team won the first broadband Emmy in 2006 for its role in the development of “Live 8 on AOL”.

Spencer graduated from Colgate University with a major in Psychology. He currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.
Daniel Slotwiner
Director, Advertising Research
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Over the past decade, Daniel Slotwiner has held a variety of positions in the Market Research and Media Measurement industry. Starting with his work at Knowledge Networks, Daniel sought to improve panel management techniques and led many research initiatives concerned with improving representation, retention and weighting practices. This research led to important improvements in the measurement of consumer attitudes over the web and from panels more generally. At Google and Facebook, Daniel's research and responsibilities have focused on media measurement and ad effectiveness. Today, he leads the Advertising Research team at Facebook.
Sarah Sluis
Senior Editor
Brad Smallwood
VP of Measurement Science
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Brad Smallwood leads Facebook’s Measurement and Insights group, responsible for analyzing and optimizing the online and offline impact of Facebook’s advertising. He also oversees the day-to-day management of Facebook’s worldwide ad inventory including pricing, inventory controls and running of Facebook’s marketplace. Prior to Facebook, he was General Manager of Yahoo’s multi-billion dollar display advertising business. He also worked at startups Namezero, AllAdvantage and Revcube, where he developed a series of state-of-the-art ad targeting and ad serving techniques.
Minda Smiley
Minda Smiley Info Events
As a reporter for The Drum, Smiley covers U.S. advertising agencies, brands and publishers. She has written for a number of publications, including the New York Daily News, Advertising Age & Investment News, and received her master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
Adam Smith
SVP, National Sales
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Adam Smith is a sales leader with a proven track record of revenue development and team building. Having been a key sales contributor to some of the most successful publishers over the last decade, he brings expertise in video, social, mobile and emerging platforms.

In his current role, Smith focuses on key account performance and development across the U.S. He works closely with internal leadership teams to create opportunities and ad products for partners that allow them to leverage Vevo’s massive reach and distribution platform.

Previously Regional VP & National Automotive Sales, Smith joined Vevo in early 2010 and quickly became one of the company’s top individual sales performers, helping guide the West Coast sales team. Prior to joining Vevo, Smith spent nearly five years at MySpace, where he was the digital company’s top grossing worldwide seller. He holds an MA in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara.
Jimmy Smith
Chairman, CEO, CCO
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Many people know how influential advertising greats Alma Hopkins, Lewis Williams, Jo Muse, Dan Wieden, John Jay, Jim Riswold, Jon Kamen, David Lubars, Lee Clow, Michael Roth and funk legend, Bootsy Collins have been in the career of Jimmy Smith. However, what many people do not know is that if it were not for Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, David White and Agnes Moorehead – Jimmy might never have considered a career in advertising. Montgomery, York, White and Moorehead played Samatha Stephens, Darrin Stephens, Larry Tate and Endora, respectively, on the TV show, “Bewitched.” Darrin was a creative director and Larry was an account executive. Not only did the show introduce Jimmy to advertising, it unintentionally planted the seed of the idea of branded entertainment.

Throughout his career, Jimmy – a 2012 Fast Company Top 100 Most Creative member, One Club board member and founding member of social activist group, Saturday Morning – has worked his magic in a variety of roles as a copywriter, creative director, author, TV writer, video game creator, film and record producer. His work has been recognized for its fresh advertising approaches (One Show, Cannes, D&AD, ANDY, Clio, Time magazine), its authenticity in video games (ESPN – EA Sports NBA Street), its TV show originality (Emmy nomination – Gatorade Replay) and for its beauty (Stiftung Buchkunst International Book Art Competition, Copenhagen Museum of Applied Arts – Soul of the Game).

In 2013, Jimmy added TV show talent to his list of accomplishments, as he appeared as a judge on VH1’s reality series, “Model Employee.” And in 2016 – thanks to Harman International – his company’s newly formed record label, Amusement Park Music, debuted its first hit single, “Bigger Than Us,” by Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Different On Levels the Lord Allows) featuring Paul Rey.

Yet, with all he has accomplished, he is still pushing the envelope of what is possible.

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Amusement Park Entertainment, Mondelēz International’s Stride Gum and FOX brought to the international stage, Heaven Sent. In this epic live event, world renown skydiver, Luke Aikins, jumped from 25,000 feet with no parachute, no wing suit … nothing but the clothes on his back … and landed safely.
As you’ll often hear Jimmy say, “Jesus has hooked a brotha up!”
Mike Smith
Senior Vice President Advertising Platforms, Core Audience; Senior Vice President of Revenue Platforms and Operations
Susan Smith-Ellis
Jasper Snyder
EVP, Research & Innovation: Cross-Platform
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Jasper Snyder is EVP, Research & Innovation at The ARF where he focuses on cross-platform media consumption and measurement. Prior to The ARF, Jasper was with Ipsos’ Strategy Partner Group. He holds a degree in law and French law from the London School of Economics, a master’s in tax law from Queen Mary, University of London, and a Diplome d’Etudes Juridiques from Strasbourg University.
John Snyder
CEO & Co-Founder
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John Snyder is CEO and co founder of Grapeshot. He leads a seventy-strong technology and sales team, with offices in New York, Cambridge, London, and Singapore. Grapeshot applies advanced keyword technology to the programmatic advertising market. John has spent his whole career in the field of information retrieval and keyword technology, with a successful exit of the Muscat search business in 1997, and a series of investments in hi-tech start-ups. He holds a BA Honors degree from the University of Cambridge, where he remains “Entrepreneur in Residence”.
Rich Sobel
SVP, Programs & Services
Jen Soch
EVP Commercial Delivery
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Jen Soch is EVP Commercial Delivery at The Guardian. Her focus is driving integration across the Guardian US commercial operation, including effective delivery of advertising solutions. Previously, Jen held the position of Managing Director, Digital Investment at Amplifi. She has spent over a decade working for media agencies MEC and Mediavest, leading planning and strategy activity for a range of client accounts. Jen is also a ski jumping, saxophone playing, proud mom.
Jessica Sokolowski
VP, Corporate Marketing & Advertising
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Jessica oversees brand strategy, acquisition, CRM, multicultural marketing and trial launches for Frontier Communications. Prior to Frontier, Jessica was VP, Account Director at McCann Erickson, focusing on new business and client management. She also served as the Senior Director of Advertising for Six Flags, Inc., responsible for the brand campaign development, channel integration and the Coca-Cola co-marketing partnership across the US, Mexico & Canada. Prior to that, she climbed the ranks at Doner Advertising and Hart Associates.
John Solomon
John Solomon Info Events
John Solomon has served since November 2015 as the Chief Creative Officer for Circa, an independent digital venture created by Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach millennial consumers on their mobile devices with exclusive video news, entertainment and humor content. Under Solomon’s direction Circa has amassed an audience of millions in the digital and social space, scoring numerous exclusive stories that have appeared across national television. His team also has built several iconic franchises under the Circa brand, including a mobile app set to launch in fall 2016, a virtual reality newscast, a celebrity backseat interview series and a Hollywood humor studio.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Republican Pollster, Washington Examiner Columnist and ABC Political Analyst
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Kristen Soltis Anderson is co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, an opinion research, data analytics and digital intelligence firm. She is also the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up), released by HarperCollins in July 2015. Kristen also is an ABC News political contributor, columnist at The Washington Examiner and is the co-host of The Pollsters, a bipartisan weekly podcast.
Nita Song
President and Chief Momentum Officer
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Nita Song is the President and Chief Momentum Officer of IW Group, a full-service marketing communications company that specializes in the growing Asian American market in the U.S.

Nita joined IW Group in 1991 to lead Asian marketing strategy for the agency’s key clients. In 1996, she made a move to the client-side to join AT&T, as the Director of Marketing and Community Affairs in the Pacific Region. After AT&T, Nita joined Netsperanto, a start-up internet company, where she led the development and marketing of eight ethnic online communities asVP of Marketing. She returned to IW Group in 2000.

As a strong advocate for the Asian marketing industry and community, Nita currently serves on the Board of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF), an industry organization comprised of advertising agency principals, media, advertisers and strategic partners. Additionally, Nita serves on the multicultural advisory council for Nielsen and Comcast.
Carla Sosenko
Lee Sosin
Lee Sosin Info Events
As SVP of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Lee Sosin oversees video strategy and execution, branded content and marketing solutions across all 22 HDM brands including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. Before joining Hearst, Lee was Vice President, Strategic Solutions at Yahoo, where he oversaw the expansion and verticalization of Yahoo’s marketing solutions team. Immediately prior to Yahoo, Lee was the head of Time Inc. Studios, Time Inc.’s branded entertainment, television and film division. In addition to an extensive background in digital video, branded content and media entrepreneurship, Lee has also developed and produced television for TNT, Spike, Cartoon Network, PBS, TV One, and Lifetime Movie Network.
Brendan Spain
VP, Advertising - Americas
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Brendan Spain is Vice President of Advertising for the Americas at the Financial Times. He oversees all client and agency advertising revenue generation as well as content marketing partnerships via FT² across all platforms and verticals.

Since joining the FT in 2008, Spain has worked across advertising sales and digital development in the US and UK.

From 2008-2011, he was responsible for US investment banking clients. He then served as Senior Account Manager and Digital Development Manager for financial products in London.

In 2014, Spain assumed responsibility for client relationship sales in the U.S. and was appointed VP, Advertising in the Americas in April 2016.

Spain is an alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross and lives in Brooklyn.
Karl Spangenberg
Scott Spencer
Director, Product Management
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Scott Spencer is the Director of Product Management for Sustainable Advertising. With over fifteen years experience in developing online solutions for buyers and sellers, Scott heads up Google's efforts to improve online advertising. This includes Google's efforts to make all ad calls secure, to remove the reliance on Flash creatives, and Google's response to ad blocking.

Prior to this role, Scott worked on many of Google's advertising platforms include DFP and the DoubleClick Ad Exchange. Additionally, Scott often represents Google in various industry forums and committees.

Before joining Google, Scott was a management consultant at Integral, Inc. providing strategy analysis to fortune 500 companies on Product Development Process and Customer Satisfaction leverage. Scott holds a BS in Economics from MIT.
Jason Spero
VP of Performance and Programmatic
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Jason Spero is Vice President of Performance Solutions at Google. He is the Global Business Lead for Search, Display, Shopping/PLA, and Analytics offerings. Prior to this, Jason was Global Head of Mobile where he drove strategy and operations for Google’s Mobile offerings on Search, Display, and YouTube. Jason is passionate about the transformative influence of mobility and connectivity.

Jason joined Google in May 2010 as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob where he was Vice President and General Manager of North America responsible for strategy and operations. In this role, he also led the company’s sales, business development and marketing teams.

Jason has more than 15 years of experience in product, marketing and general management functions in mobile at Digital Chocolate and Openwave. He was also an Entrepreneur in Resident at Redpoint Ventures. Jason holds a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Rachel Spiegelman
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Rachel has been instrumental in developing a “creativity first” approach to solving marketing challenges and winning new business at Pitch. She led the adoption of the agency’s ROC mantra or “Return on Creativity,” describing the agency's commitment to delivering marketing innovation as well as business success for all of its clients. Rachel spearheaded the award winning Don’t Donate to the Homeless campaign for the Weingart Center for the Homeless. Rachel also shepherded new work for Pepsi’s 1893 launch, Nestle Water’s Arrowhead, Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” the leading solar panel manufacturer SunPower, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, and the first ever TV campaign for Bonefish Grill. Rachel was recently named to Ad Age’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list and was ranked one of Business Insider’s Most Creative Women in Advertising 2016.
Helayne Spivak
Executive Director
Mitch Spolan
EVP, Marketing Services
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Mitch Spolan has been an Executive Vice President of Marketing Services at Chegg since May 2014. Mitch has more than 19 years of interactive media experience and leadership. Before joining Chegg, Mitch served as Executive Vice President of Global Retail at LivingSocial for 3 years, and spent 13 years at Yahoo! where he was the VP responsible for all North American Field Sales. Mitch is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors for the Ad Council. Mitch has Bachelor of Design and Masters in Architecture, both from the University of Florida, and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Morgan Spurlock
Filmmaker, CEO & President
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Morgan Spurlock is a New York-based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won him Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary.
Since then he has directed, produced and distributed multiple film and TV projects, including the critically acclaimed FX television series, 30 Days, and the films Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Confessions of a Superhero, Czech Dream, Chalk, The Future of Food, What Would Jesus Buy?, Freakonomics,The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan’s Hope and Mansome.
In 2013, Spurlock directed the highest grossing documentary of the year, the 3D concert doc One Direction: This Is Us and returned to television via the CNN original series Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man, which recently won the IDA Documentary Award for bes
Andrew Sriubas
Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development
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Andy oversees OUTFRONT Media’s strategic direction including alliances and partnerships, with a particular focus on driving organic and new-market growth. A large part of this effort relates to our increasing conversion to digital displays and data driven measurement.

Prior to joining OUTFRONT Media, Andy served as chief of strategy and corporate development at Sonifi Solutions, a leading provider of television and broadband connectivity to consumers in hospitality and healthcare environments. A 22-year veteran of the investment banking industry, he has held senior roles at Citicorp Securities, Inc., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette/Credit Suisse First Boston, UBS Investment Bank, and JP Morgan Chase. His expertise was in advising and raising capital for TMT (technology, media, and telecommunications) companies ranging from Viacom to Six Flags, and everything in between. Andy helped build digital distribution networks for the US movie theatre industry as well as for the largest satellite deployed
entertainment system in hospitality.

Andy has been a member of the board of the Boys Scouts Explorers Program (as an Eagle Scout) as well as the YMCA New York Development Committee. Andy lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife and two children where he sharpens his competitive edge, coaching their soccer and baseball teams.
John Stankey
CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group
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John Stankey, CEO – AT&T Entertainment Group, is responsible for the company’s position facing the consumer market segment. He leads strategy, marketing and operations around the development and distribution of a premier entertainment experience.

John oversees AT&T’s entertainment offerings including TV, video and content development, its consumer mobility and wireless products, and its high speed Internet services as well as its advertising business.

John previously served as Chief Strategy Officer, where he led the company’s corporate strategy, M&A, and business development initiatives.

Before that, John served as President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, where he was responsible for serving AT&T's business customers worldwide and all of AT&T’s shared services including capital planning, engineering, network operations, information technology, supply chain and corporate real estate.
Scott Stansfield
Scott Stansfield Info Events
Scott Stansfield is an independent ad-tech innovator, data visionary, TV activation specialist, and one of the driving forces in data-driven media analysis today.

He is the President of Centriply, the DSP for Targeted TV. www.centriply.com

Centriply’s martech platform applies syndicated or proprietary data-- including predictive and behavioral consumer targets, to TV audiences through both geographic and program targeting and creates media opportunities for advertisers nationwide.

His team provides a unique way for agencies to scale their clients' audience targeting by applying best-in- class data from digital and mobile sources, then layering geographies and media types, and finally activating at scale with automation.
Bret Starr
Bret Starr Info Events
CEO and founder of Starr Conspiracy a 45-person B2B branding and marketing agency, Bret also possesses certification and master skills at SCRUM, Lean, Six-Sigma, and several other business im- provement methods. A serial business-tinkerer, Bret learned to empower his whole agency in order to accomplish an amazing boost in performance and achieve a world-class Net Promoter Score of 60.

Among the many techniques that Bret will share how changing the fundamental structure of client interaction actually liberates teams and the client to achieve amazing results. Brett will be accompanied by one of their key clients.
Pete Stein
General Manager
Pete Stein Info Events
Pete Stein is General Manager of Fullscreen’s brand services group. Stein leads comprehensive strategy and execution for clients across Fullscreen’s media management and sales, influencer marketing group, social video management, custom content development, production and distribution as well as experiential marketing. He also oversees the integration of social media studio McBeard, which provides clients rich and engaging multi-platform content across all social media channels.

A seasoned executive in transformative marketing strategies, Stein joins Fullscreen on the heels of a yearlong post as Executive in Residence at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage media and technology companies in New York. Stein previously served as Global CEO of Razorfish, a digital agency focused on marketing and business transformation, where he oversaw more than 2,500 employees around the world. Prior, he oversaw strategy and operations of the company’s New York and Boston offices as East region president, working with top clients including Mercedes-Benz, Citibank, UNIQLO, Unilever, Ford Motor Company and Starwood Hotels.
Eric Steinert
EVP and Chief Revenue Office
Eric Steinert Info Events
Eric Steinert is the EVP and Chief Revenue Officer of Adspace Mall Networks, the leader in digital/video mall media.

Steinert has been with Adspace for over a decade. He began in Business Development where he cultivated relationships with the nation’s most prominent mall developers, ultimately growing the Adspace footprint to over 300 properties. Recently, Steinert transitioned to CRO where he is responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing.

Prior to joining Adspace, Steinert served as VP, Retail Markets at MasterCard International, where he managed various retail classes of trade. Previously, he was Director of Trade Marketing at News America Marketing.

Steinert holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He lives in Rye Brook, New York with his wife and two sons.
Adam Steltzner
Lead Engineer on the Mars Curiosity Rover
Brian Stempeck
Chief Client Officer
Brian Stempeck Info Events
Brian Stempeck is Chief Client Officer for The Trade Desk, and oversees all of the company’s relationships with agencies and advertisers. Stempeck leads The Trade Desk’s New York City office and specializes in educating agencies about the evolving world of real-time bidding, and helping them develop and manage online marketing strategies for clients.

Stempeck has spent the majority of his career in online media. He started his career as a political journalist with E&E Publishing on Capitol Hill, and launched E&E’s online video division in 2006. While receiving an MBA degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Stempeck placed first out of 1,200 entrants worldwide in the 2007 Innovation Challenge, which presented American Express, Hilton and Shell with new marketing strategies.

Prior to joining The Trade Desk, Stempeck worked for Unilever in brand management on the Dove brand, and at Bain & Company, the strategy consulting firm. At Bain & Co., he advised Fortune 500 clients in the retail and pharmaceutical sectors on their online marketing strategies, and also worked for Bain’s private equity practice.
Lincoln Stephens
Co-Founder and CEO
Lincoln Stephens Info Events
Lincoln Stephens is a former Advertising Account Management Executive (Carol H Williams, Martin Retail, and TraceyLocke) turned activist, muckraker and social entrepreneur. In his professional career, Stephens has worked with top brands such as Frito Lay, Quaker, Pepsi, Cadillac, Hummer, Chevrolet, and Coca-Cola.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Lincoln is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communications and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business at Full Sail University.

In November 2008, he decided to quit his job to pursue his passion for mentorship and co-founded a non profit organization called the Marcus Graham Project. The organization which is focused on bringing more diversity to the advertising industry through mentorship, exposure and career development, has been featured in Advertising Age, Black Enterprise Magazine, Savoy Magazine, and on CNN and NBC.
Andy Stevens
SVP, Research & Insights
Andy Stevens Info Events
Andy Stevens is senior vice president of research & insights, and works closely with Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ sales leadership and marketing to develop strategies to drive incremental growth by demonstrating ROI to clients and partners.

Previously, Andy served as VP of Strategy and Research at ShareThis, a Silicon Valley-based company with offices in Palo Alto, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. He worked with Fortune 500 companies, helping them translate social data and insights into consumer activation and marketing strategies.

Prior to that, he was Director of Strategy at AOL in New York and at Capgemini Consulting in London and Paris, where he led an e-CRM practice, advising organizations on how to structure themselves in an e-commerce driven market.

Andy is also a published writer, having authored articles on the real-world implication of social sharing and its monetary value for brands.
Jay Stevens
Chief Revenue Officer
Jay Stevens Info Events
Based in Adform's London office, Jay serves as Adform's Chief Revenue Officer responsible for the company's global revenue number. Before joining Adform he was General Manager, International at The Rubicon Project where he managed the company's global expansion initiatives and owned the P&L for all markets outside of North America. Previously he served as VP EMEA at MySpace where he was the company’s first employee outside of the United States and oversaw the social network's operations throughout the European region. Jay brings more than 15 years of digital media and online marketing experience to his current role. He has been recognized as ExchangeWire’s Ad Tech Personality of the Year in 2015, one of AdAge’s Top 20 Interactive Marketers in the US, and hailed as the 5th most influential UK Digital Marketer by Revolution Magazine.
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Lance Still
SVP of Strategic Initiatives
Lance Still Info Events
Lance Still is an innovative marketing executive with a history of pushing the boundaries of integrated marketing and branded content. Still began at DC Comics where she handled licensed promotions including turning Eggo Waffles into a Bat Signal to promote the theatrical debut of Batman and Robin. As EVP of Promotional Marketing at New Line Cinema, Still created breakthrough campaigns for blockbuster trilogy Lord of The Rings, the breakout hit Wedding Crashers, and the theatrical release of Sex and the City, one of the most coveted lifestyle brands in entertainment.During her tenure at The Weinstein Company, Still broke new ground again creating The Lexus Short Film Series, an international campaign that discovered new directors from around the world to bring the Lexus brand essence to life. Ms. Still now heads A+E Networks’ Branded Content division, focused on changing the narrative between brands and traditional advertising campaigns and leveraging the power of the A+E Networks.
Dr. Horst Stipp
EVP, Research + Innovation
Dr. Horst Stipp Info Events
Horst Stipp is part of the ARF’s Research and Innovation team, and focuses on the needs of global members, as well as ARF’s global strategy. He also leads the the original “neuro” research project. He joined the ARF as EVP of Global Business Strategy in 2011. Prior to that, Horst Stipp was senior vice president, Strategic Insights & Innovation in the Research department of NBCUniversal in New York, where he oversaw strategic marketing and consumer research for NBCU’s TV networks as well as the new digital platforms. Horst received his Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University and has been involved in media research for over 30 years. His publications, in English and German, cover a wide range of topics, from advertising effectiveness and branding to the development of the media in the digital age. He has presented on these topics at conferences in the U.S. and Europe. He also taught a seminar on media metrics at Columbia University’s Business School.
Nada Stirratt
Chief Executive Officer
Nada Stirratt Info Events
Nada Stirratt is the chief executive officer of Verve. Leveraging two decades of global experience across digital, data and technology, she is leading Verve to the forefront of the location-powered mobile marketing landscape, transforming how advertisers connect with consumers to deliver successful business outcomes. In 2015, Nada was named one of Business Insider’s 30 most powerful women in mobile advertising.

Prior to Verve, Nada held a number of senior leadership positions at MySpace, Viacom, Advertising.com, AOL and most recently as chief revenue officer at Acxiom. She serves on the board of Blue Star Families, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military families.
Gerhard Stochl
Group Publisher
Gerhard Stochl Info Events
Gerhard Stochl is a Group Publisher at VICE Media, the world’s leading youth media company. In his role, Gerhard oversees VICE’s culture and style platforms i-D, The Creators Project and the recently acquired Garage globally.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University and a Master’s Degree from NYU.

Outside of the office, Gerhard runs the Chinatown Soccer Club, a crew of downtown creatives who meet year-round for friendly soccer games in New York City's Lower East Side.

Originally from Vienna, Austria, he lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.
Lora Stock
Group Director Social and Content Strategy
Megan Stooke
Megan Stooke Info Events
Megan Stooke was appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Maven this past June. A start up within General Motors, Maven is a mobility brand that has been launched to service the changing needs of the global urban consumer in the rapidly transforming automotive industry.

Prior to joining Maven, Megan was the General Director of GM’s Global Marketing. She was responsible for GM’s Global Media Operations, Branded Entertainment, Global and US Auto Shows, Brand Licensing and Agency Management. Of note, Megan led the recent globalization of General Motors media business including the consolidation of more than 40 media agencies worldwide, to the global appointment of the Dentsu Aegis Network for all paid media. She also played a key leadership role in the globalization of Chevrolet’s Brand efforts and the development of “Find New Roads” as the Chevrolet Brand Purpose and operationalizing this across the world.

Since moving to the US in 2005, Megan has held key Marketing leadership positions with GM’s Chevrolet, Cadillac, HUMMER and Saab brands. Prior to her US roles, she worked in Australia for GM's subsidiary; Holden, in various positions, including Marketing Director, Export Director and Sales Director. Early in her Marketing career, Stooke also spent six years with Kraft Foods.
Marc Strachan
Vice President, Corporate Relations and Constituent Affairs, USA
Marc Strachan Info Events
Always thinking forward, and looking for new ideas, Marc Stephenson Strachan brings significant credentials to Diageo. Marc is currently responsible for the development of three-tier initiatives, which drive local market commercial, marketing and corporate relations programming. Marc also provides executive leadership and guidance to the national diaspora of constituents that have an interest in the Beverage Alcohol industry. Marc has held positions as North America Vice president of On Premise Strategy and Multicultural Marketing, Director of Brand Marketing for Ciroc Vodka, and Tanqueray Gin, overseeing the USA marketing and strategic initiatives for the Brands. Marc’s career combines over thirty years of agency and client management experience on a variety of levels. Marc began his career on Madison Avenue as a MAIP Intern at Compton Advertising (now Saatchi). His career has seen stints at NW Ayer, The Mingo Group, Leo Burnett (where he co-founded Vigilante), and BBDO.
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Michael Strober
EVP, Client Strategy & Ad Innovation, Co-Head Turner Ignite
Michael Strober Info Events
Michael Strober is senior vice president of Turner Entertainment Ad Sales, overseeing national advertising sales for TBS and TNT. As part of his overall sales leadership, Strober plays an integral role for the division by closely collaborating with Turner’s Emerging Technology group and investigating advanced advertising opportunities for marketing partners around the TBS and TNT brands. He is based in New York and reports to Frank Sgrizzi, executive vice president of Turner Entertainment Ad Sales & Marketing.

Previously vice president, Turner Entertainment Ad Sales & Emerging Ad Platforms, Strober led the sales efforts to AT&T’s long-term launch sponsorship for the Emmy award-winning Team Coco tablet sync app, as well as contributing to Turner’s overarching first and second screen ad innovations.

He began his career as a media buyer at FCB. Earlier in his career, Strober gained several years of ad sales experience working for Turner Broadcasting as an account executive for Cartoon Network, later crossing over to TBS & TNT as an account executive. He left Turner in 2000 to start his own company, Capture, an interactive advertising service. Strober later joined Gemstar TV Guide as the New York Sales Manager for TV Guide Channel. While at Gemstar, he was promoted to Eastern Advertising Director for the TV Guide magazine and two years later named National Ad Director. He returned to Turner Broadcasting in 2005 within the TBS and TNT ad sales department.

Strober graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY-Geneseo and a master’s degree in business administration from Baruch College. Strober is a member of the International Radio & Television Society Foundation and serves as a Board Director for Touchstream Technologies, a media technology company. He was recognized by PROMAX with a Gold Award in on-air sales promotion for his work at TV Guide magazine.
Lisen Stromberg
Lisen Stromberg Info Events
After a 20-year career in advertising and marketing, Lisen left the industry frustrated by the lack of support and encouragement for women both in the agency world and in the ads they created. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist and author focusing on women and the workplace. Her forthcoming book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing Your Career, reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals. Now Lisen's back to her roots helping make change so the representation of women can be fully realized both in-house and in the world at large.
George Strompolos
Founder & CEO
George Strompolos Info Events
George Strompolos is an entrepreneur and digital media pioneer. He is the Founder and CEO of Fullscreen Media, a global leader in social-first entertainment experiences serving creators, brands and consumers. The company is comprised of multiple divisions, including the world's largest network of online content creators, a talent management group, two award-winning production studios, a live events and touring business, a consumer products group, two premium subscription video-on-demand services and an in-house social media agency. Prior to founding Fullscreen Media in 2011, George worked at Google where he co-created the YouTube Partnership Program, enabling people around the world to generate revenue by creating original YouTube videos, and thus giving rise to a new generation of creative voices and stars. He has been recognized among industry leaders with honors such as AdAge's 2013 40 Under 40 and The Hollywood Reporter's 2014 Silicon Beach Power 25 and 2016's Digital Power 50.
Jon Suarez-Davis
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Jon Suarez-Davis Info Events
Jon Suarez-Davis (jsd) oversees global marketing communications and brand-building initiatives designed to elevate the Krux brand and accelerate growth across key customer segments. He also guides marketplace strategy and internal marketing capabilities for Krux.

Jon joined Krux after six years at the Kellogg Company, where he was Vice President of Global Media & Digital Strategy.  At the Kellogg Company, Jon was responsible for building the media and digital marketing team within the Capability & Commercialization Organization (CCO), and for providing strategic leadership for the Global Marketing organization across paid, owned and earned channels. In addition, Jon led the North America media strategy and social media management teams.
Radha Subramanyam
President of Insights, Research and Data Analytics
Radha Subramanyam Info Events
Radha Subramanyam is President of Insights, Research, & Data Analytics at iHeartMedia where she responsible for developing, aggregating and analyzing consumer data to help support the unique ability iHeartMedia has to provide advertisers with national reach and local activation. She is also building a new team of research professionals who will provide world-class audience and consumer analytics for iHeartMedia market teams and their national and local advertisers and partners. Radha holds a Ph.D. in Radio, Television and Film from Northwestern University.
Lisa Sugar
Founder and President, Author
Lisa Sugar Info Events
Lisa Sugar is the Founder & President of POPSUGAR, a global media and technology company, now the #1 lifestyle brand for young women. Her first book, POWER YOUR HAPPY (Dutton; September 20, 2016), chronicles what she's learned on her journey building the company, which now attracts a monthly audience of over 100M visitors worldwide, as well as 2.5B content views and 250M video views. Prior to POPSUGAR, Lisa served as a media planner at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and at Young & Rubicam and began her career at Showtime and Fox. Lisa graduated with a degree in psychology and English from The George Washington University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and Jack Russell Terrier.
Ryan Sullivan
SVP, Performance Services
Alex Sutton
Global Director, Digital Acquisition
Alex Sutton Info Events
As Global Director, Digital Acquisition at Avis Budget Group, Alex Sutton oversees paid digital media strategy across SEM/ PPC, display, and affiliate for Avis, Budget, Budget Truck, and Payless. In this role he is responsible for maximizing the ROI of highly targeted direct digital campaigns that drive in-market renters to ABG’s owned properties. Prior to Avis Budget Group Alex led digital acquisition for the MY M&M’S & Mars Retail Group divisions of Mars, Inc. and has over 9 years of client-side direct marketing experience across travel, CPG, retail, and media industry verticals. Alex employs a structured test and learn approach to incremental growth and performance and has leveraged consumer insights from 150+ digital a/b and multivariate media tests in the optimization of campaigns. Recent projects also include collective game theory digital attribution and optimization, programmatic visibility tech implementation, and global data restructures.
Andy Swanson
VP, ESports
Andy Swanson Info Events
Andy Swanson is a 17-year veteran of the video game industry. His career began in 1998 in advertising sales at Future US where he eventually became the publisher of PC Gamer, OXM, and PSM in Future's Games Group. In 2007, he joined Ubisoft as Senior Director of Strategic Sales and Partnerships. Later in 2010 he joined GameFly as VP of Digital Business Development. In 2013, Andy was hired by Twitch with his current focus on planning, evangelizing, and executing the strategy around brand sponsorships and integrations within Twitch's esports ecosystem. He also manages sponsorship opportunities around Twitch's Events Group, including TwitchCon, E3, and PAX.
Martin Swant
Staff Writer
Gareth Sweeney
Chief Editor of the Global Corruption Report and Head of the Corruption in Sport Initiative
Gareth Sweeney Info Events
Gareth joined TI in May 2010 as Chief Editor of the Global Corruption Report. Prior to joining TI, Gareth was Deputy Manager of the International Programme at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva, where his work focused on strengthening engagement of human rights defenders with the universal periodic review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN human rights treaty bodies. He was also formerly manager of ISHR’s Information Programme, and Senior Legal Officer at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in Delhi. Gareth holds an MLitt in history from University College Dublin and an LLM in international human rights law from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Alain Sylvain
Founder and CEO
Alain Sylvain Info Events
Alain Sylvain is the founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs, a strategy and innovation consultancy. The company serves
as a strategic planning resource for product developers and marketers, providing (1) innovation and ideation, (2) brand strategy, and (3) general strategic framing. Sylvain Labs’ clients include: Target, Chobani, Pepsico, IAC, AB InBev, Nike, LVMH, AMC Networks, Coca-Cola, GM, AOL, Toys ‘R’ Us, and others.

Prior to Sylvain Labs, Alain was managing director of Redscout. And before that, he was a lead strategist at Mother New York. He has worked with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Google, Diageo, New Balance, and more.

Alain is a frequent lecturer on brands and innovation. He sits on the board of VCU’s Brandcenter and is a guest lecturer for Hyper Island. Alain has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other publications.

Alain works closely with the Global Poverty Project in working to eliminate extreme poverty around the world.