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Change happens fast. In the past 20 years we have seen more technological innovation than in the 80 years prior. Mobile is overtaking desktop, social is beating search, and messaging apps are challenging email. What's next?
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Arianna HuffingtonFounder; Founder and CEO
The Huffington Post; Thrive Global
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.
In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet, and in 2012 won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. Thrive Global provides trainings, seminars, e-courses, coaching and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings to improve people’s health and increase productivity for both companies and individuals around the world.
She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge U
She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.
Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, both became instant international bestsellers.
21st Century Fox
James Murdoch is CEO of 21st Century Fox, the world's premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay-TV and satellite assets. Mr. Murdoch has held a succession of leadership roles over his nearly two-decade career with the Company, culminating in his appointment to CEO in 2015. Over that period, he has been a key driver of the Company's domestic and international expansion, having previously served as Co-Chief Operating Officer, and, prior to that, as Chairman and CEO for Europe and Asia, as well as Chairman of BSkyB, Sky Deutschland, and Sky Italia, the businesses that now comprise the pan-European Sky group. His significant operational experience also includes tenures as CEO of both BSkyB and STAR, India's number one entertainment broadcaster. As 21st Century Fox's Co-Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Murdoch had a broad purview across the Company's global portfolio of businesses, and direct responsibility for its cable and broadcasting networks and properties. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and CEO, International, and prior to that, Chairman and CEO, Europe and Asia since 2007. Mr. Murdoch has played an integral role in a number of strategic transactions, including the separation of the former News Corp into two distinct Companies, the combination of the Endemol Shine Group joint venture, the acquisition of the YES Network, and, through the creation of Sky Deutschland and the combination of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia and BSkyB, the creation of the European entertainment leader Sky plc. Before joining the Company, Mr. Murdoch co-founded and chaired Rawkus Entertainment, a seminal Hip Hop independent based in lower Manhattan.
Mathias DöpfnerChairman & CEO
Axel Springer SE
Mathias Döpfner is Chairman and CEO of German media group Axel Springer SE in Berlin. Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe and is active in more than 40 countries. Publishing brands include BILD, DIE WELT and BUSINESS INSIDER (acquired in 2015). Since Döpfner became CEO in 2002, revenues from digital activities increased from 117m euro to 2,0bn euro with EBITDA from digital increasing from -12m to 429m euro. Worldwide digital audience expanded to more than 200 million users. Döpfner is a member of the Board of Directors of Time Warner, Inc., of Warner Music Group and of Vodafone Group.
Randall L. StephensonChairman & CEO
Stephenson was named to his current position in 2007. Since then, AT&T has invested to become a global leader in providing integrated communications services to businesses and consumers, from video entertainment, high-speed Internet and mobility, to IP network services and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Sir Martin SorrellChief Executive
Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group in 1985 and has been chief executive throughout.
WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising, media investment management, data investment management, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare communications, direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and specialist communications services.
In the Time 100 “Builders & Titans” he was voted one of the world’s most influential figures in business. He was also nominated for CNBC’s First 25 List (“Rebels, Icons and Leaders”) of people judged to have had the most profound impact on business and finance in the last 25 years. He received a knighthood in January 2000. He was awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications. In October 2015, Sir Martin was named the fifth best-performing CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review.
Julia BoorstinSenior Media & Entertainment Correspondent
Boorstin covers media with a focus on the intersection of media and technology. In addition, she reported "Stay Tuned…The Future of TV," a documentary for the network. Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. In the past, Boorstin was named "TJFR 30 under 30" list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department's delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and for Vice President Gore's domestic policy office. @jboorstin
SY LauSenior Executive Vice President; President
Tencent; Online Media Group
SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent and President of Online Media Group. He joined Tencent in 2006 and heads the Tencent Online Media Group whose holdings include Tencent News, Tencent Video, Tencent Sports, and Penguin Pictures. Under his leadership, Tencent Online Media Group has evolved into a highly integrated media matrix with one of the most esteemed media positions in China. SY’s accomplishments at Tencent Online Media Group won him "Media Person of the Year" in 2015, a highly prestigious honor awarded by the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. With over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet industry, SY Lau has been recognized as a global entrepreneur, media master and technology evangelist. His influence extends across a range of fields including the new economy, Internet trends and digital media. @SengYeeLau
Barry DillerChairman and Senior Executive
IAC and Expedia, Inc.
Diller is the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and the Chairman and Senior Executive of Expedia, Inc. Since December 1992, beginning with QVC, Mr. Diller has served as chief executive for a number of predecessor companies engaged in media and interactivity prior to the formation of IAC. Prior to QVC, Diller served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox, Inc. and served for 10 years as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Paramount Pictures Corporation. He was responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting Company in addition to Foxs motion picture operations. In March 1983, in addition to Paramount, Diller became President of the conglomerates newly formed Entertainment and Communications Group, which included Simon & Schuster, Inc., Madison Square Garden Corporation and SEGA Enterprises, Inc.
Nathan BlecharczykCo-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Blecharczyk is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace that connects people with unique accommodations in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Blecharczyk oversaw the creation of Airbnbs engineering, data science, and performance marketing teams and currently plays a leading role in the companys business and product strategy. He became an entrepreneur early on, running a business while he was in high school that sold to clients in more than 20 countries. He earned a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions before co-founding Airbnb. As a guest, Blecharczyk has stayed in hundreds of homes using Airbnb and he is also a host in San Francisco, where he lives with his family. @nathanblec
Chuck RobbinsChief Executive Officer
As CEO, Robbins leads an Executive Leadership Team focused on Ciscos vision to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. Under his leadership, Cisco is empowering its customers to create and deliver value as every country, city and company becomes digital. In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Cisco, Robbins led the company’s Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the companys investment areas and strategy shifts. He also sponsored the security and collaboration businesses at the executive level and was a key champion for the Sourcefire and Meraki acquisitions. @ChuckRobbins
Andrew BosworthVP Advertising and Pages
Andrew, or Boz as most know him, graduated from Harvard in 2004 before working as a developer on Microsoft Visio for almost two years. He joined former student Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook in January of 2006 where he created News Feed. He also created many early anti-abuse systems, some of which are still in production. After working briefly on site speed and site reliability Andrew created and ran a program called bootcamp to help grow the engineering team and maintain its culture. Following that he lead the integration of the Messages and Chat products and improving stability. He also directly led the Groups, Messenger and Video Calling teams. At different times, he has been the engineering director overseeing Events, Places, Photos, Videos, Timeline, Privacy, Mobile Monetization, and Feed Ads. He is currently the VP of Ads and Pages overseeing the engineering, product, research, analytics, and design.
Dave Finocchio launched Bleacher Report in 2008 with three good friends who shared a common belief that the most knowledgeable and insightful fans deserve a meaningful voice in sports media. Since then, it's become the second-largest digital sports publisher with a loyal monthly audience of more than 60 million.
Dave transformed the site both in terms of internal operation and external reputation. In 2012, Turner acquired Bleacher Report, calling on Dave to provide high-level direction for the rapidly evolving company. Through his leadership, the company now sees more social engagement across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram than any other publisher in the U.S. Its video content and editorial caliber have grown significantly, and its companion mobile application, Team Stream, is among the most widely downloaded of any such offering in the industry. @DaveFinocchio
Ann LewnesEVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Adobe Systems Incorporated
As executive vice president of global marketing, Lewnes is responsible for Adobes corporate brand, corporate communications and integrated marketing efforts worldwide. She drives the companys corporate positioning, branding and identity, marketing campaigns, public relations, social media and field marketing programs to ensure strong connections with customers and constituents. As champion of Adobes brand to employees and the community, she also oversees Adobes internal communications and community relations efforts including the Adobe Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives around the world. Prior to joining Adobe in November 2006, Lewnes served as vice president of sales and marketing at Intel Corporation. At Intel, Lewnes helped build global demand for the Intel brand from consumers, business professionals, and key computer channels. She managed the highly successful Intel Inside program and oversaw several groundbreaking campaigns, including the launches of the Pentium and Centrino processor brands. @alewnes
Miguel McKelveyCo-founder and Chief Creative Officer
McKelvey is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeWork, where he directs all architecture, design, and construction activities. McKelvey is a multi-disciplinary designer and entrepreneur with diverse experience in architectural design, construction management, and web development. Prior to WeWork, McKelvey created the design framework and led the national retail roll-out for American Apparel (170 stores), and was involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, Versation, and English, Baby! @MiguelMcKelvey
Peter MooreChief Competition Officer
With his tremendous personal passion for sports, competition and games, Moore leads EA’s newly formed Competitive Gaming Division enabling outstanding competition through great games, talented players and experiences for the EA player community. Moore is focused on bringing to life new global competitions for EA franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL and Battlefield. Moore previously served as COO of EA. He also previously held the position of President of EA SPORTS, overseeing the delivery of some of the top-selling sports videogames from franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL, NCAA Football and NHL. Moore has 30+ years of experience in gaming, entertainment and consumer products. He has held leadership positions at Microsoft Corp., SEGA of America, and Reebok International Ltd. @petermooreEA
Lin is the COO of Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of the platform when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. His role included attracting the site’s largest broadcasters and building out the partnership team among other activities which have helped grow the Twitch brand. Currently more than 100 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch and chat about gaming, making the platform an industry leader. @vinlin
Adam NeumannCo-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Neumann is the Co-founder and CEO of WeWork, which provides workspace, community, and services to more than 50,000 members in more than 28 cities around the world. Neumann, along with co-founder Miguel McKelvey, started WeWork in 2010 in the Soho neighborhood of New York City with the intention of creating a workspace environment centered around the idea of community, and the belief that people will achieve more together than they could on their own. Neumann and team want to grow WeWork everywhere to serve everyone, expanding globally and focusing on building technology that connects members around the world so they are empowered to do what they love. Previously, Neumann co-founded and ran Big Tent Inc., where he developed Egg Baby and Krawlers, well-known brands of childrens clothing. @weworkadam
Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in NYC and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Under Armstrong's leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015. Prior to joining AOL, Armstrong spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and SVP of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Armstrong started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Armstrong has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline. @timarmstrongaol
The New Yorker
Ken Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. He is the author of eleven books, including five national bestsellers: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed And Glory On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway; World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies; and Googled, The End of the World As We Know It, which was published in November of 2009. His other books include: Backstory: Inside the Business of News; Media Man: Ted Turner's Improbable Empire; The Streets Were Paved with Gold; and The Underclass. @kenauletta
John BattelleEditor in Chief and CEO
Editor in Chief and CEO of NewCo Platform, Battelle is also Chair of sovrn Holdings, Inc., a Board Director of Acxiom, Inc., a NYSE-listed company, and a Director at Chute Inc. Best known for his work creating media properties, John founded Federated Media Publishing in 2005 and served as CEO and Chairman until the company was acquired in early 2014. In addition, John was the Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Program Chair of the Web 2 Summit, author of the international bestseller The Search, founder and CEO of Standard Media International - publisher of The Industry Standard, and a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.
Jeff BewkesChairman and CEO
Time Warner Inc.
Bewkes was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2009, having served on the Board since January 2007. He was elected CEO of the Company in January 2008. Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, Bewkes served as Time Warner's President and COO from January 2006 to December 2007 and as Chairman of the Entertainment and Networks group from July 2002 to December 2005. Before joining the corporate management of Time Warner, Bewkes served as Chairman and CEO of HBO from May 1995 to July 2002, and as President and COO of HBO from September 1991 to May 1995.
Henry BlodgetGlobal Editor in Chief & CEO
A former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, Blodget is often a guest on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other networks. He has contributed to The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, Fortune, New York, the Financial Times, and other publications. He has written extensively about technology and investing and is the author of "The Wall Street Self-Defense Manual: A Consumer's Guide to Investing." He is a member of the International Media Council and Technology Pioneers selection committee of the World Economic Forum. @hblodget
Erik HuggersCEO & President
Huggers is responsible for all things Vevo with a focus on driving the strategy and growth of the company’s global footprint across product & technology, programming and branding as well as sales and business development. Most recently, Huggers was a SVP at Verizon Communications Inc., where he was also President of the company’s recently acquired OnCue business. Prior to that, Huggers developed OnCue at Intel, where he was President of the company’s media division from 2011 to 2014. Before Intel, Huggers was an executive board member responsible for the BBC’s Future Media & Technology division, where he launched BBC iPlayer, one of the first premium online video services. Huggers has also held senior roles at Microsoft Corp. and at Endemol Entertainment. @erikhuggers
Susan L. JurevicsChief Executive Officer
Jurevics was named Chief Executive Officer of Pottermore in October 2013, where she is also a Board Director. She joined Pottermore after a 13-year career at Sony Corporation of America, where she pioneered its cross-company, entertainment marketing function. She has extensive experience in P&L management and global brand marketing of leading entertainment, media and technology companies. At Sony, Jurevics established its product placement discipline, creatively integrating the companys electronics products into Sony-produced theatrical, television and music content. She consolidated Sonys multi-million-dollar annual media spend across a dozen companies in North America and re-architected Sonys U.S. digital presence.
Keane is an experienced investor, advisor, and executive. Before joining Sharethrough, Keane was CEO of Associated Content, Inc., and EVP and CMO at CBS Interactive. He also served as Director of Advertising Sales Strategy at Google. He currently sits on the board of Onswipe. @phkeane
David KennyGeneral Manager
David Kenny is general manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson technology platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. David was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company's portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users. Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency. David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University). @davidwkenny
Dan LeviChief Marketing Officer
Clear Channel Outdoor Americas
Levi leads Clear Channel Outdoors marketing strategy and execution supporting the companys vision of enabling brands to captivate audiences wherever they are. He brings deep expertise in developing digital marketing strategies and has a proven track record of driving significant revenue growth and creating opportunities for B2B and B2C marketing organizations. Since 2008, Levi has focused on the intersection of digital media, technology and location-based marketing. He joined CCOA from Levi Media Advisory, a consulting company he founded. Prior to that, Levi was CMO at Captivate, and held senior-level digital marketing positions at Zoom Media, Monster Worldwide, WWE and MTV. @levidan
Joey LevinChief Executive Officer
Appointed to the position in June 2015, Levin is responsible for the strategic leadership of IAC and its operating businesses. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of IAC. Prior to this, Joey Levin was the CEO of IAC Search & Applications, overseeing the desktop software, mobile applications, and media properties that comprise IACs Search & Applications segment and was responsible for setting overall strategy and maximizing opportunities across IACs Search and Applications brands. In November 2009, Levin was appointed as CEO of Mindspark Interactive Network, a consumer software company that builds, markets and delivers a wide range of consumer software products. Prior to this, Levin served as Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance for IAC, and has held various roles within IAC since joining the company in 2003.
Mark MahaneyManaging Director
Mahaney has been ranked No. 1 in the Institutional Investor Poll for the Internet sector (2008-2012). He has also been ranked No. 1 in the Greenwich Institutional Investor Poll for the Internet sector, as well as the No. 1 earnings estimator and the No. 1 stock picker in the Internet retail segment by the Financial Times and StarMine. Mahaney has been covering Internet stocks since 1998. Prior to joining our research team, he worked on both the sell side and the buy side, including with American Technology Research, Morgan Stanley, and Citibank. Prior to Wall Street, Mahaney worked in management consulting with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and with the US Department of State, the US Senate, and the Office of the US Trade Representative.
Gene MunsterManaging Director & Senior Research Analyst
Munster specializes in Internet research at Piper Jaffray, focusing on the US, Europe, China, & Latin America. In addition to covering companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, Baidu, and MercadoLibre for Piper Jaffray, Munster is an independently renowned Apple analyst. His research and commentaries are highly regarded within Financial and Technological fields, and are regularly cited as sources of valid data by media professionals and tech executives alike. @genemunster
Raja RajamannarGlobal CMO
Rajamannar is a member of MasterCard's Management Committee, he draws upon his breadth of experience running global businesses across the payments, healthcare and consumer-packaged goods industries to reinvent marketing as a business driver and to explore new business opportunities in various sectors. In addition to overseeing the traditional marketing disciplines, Rajamannar also has the CCO, responsible for worldwide communications and digital marketing, reporting into him. Prior to joining MasterCard, he served as EVP and chief transformation officer at Anthem, where he oversaw the turnaround of the company's $10 billion Medicare Advantage business. Before Anthem, Rajamannar served as the chief executive – International and chief innovation and marketing officer for Humana. Earlier, he was with Citigroup for 15 years, holding a number of senior management roles. Prior to Citigroup, he held a number of senior product, sales and marketing positions with Unilever in India. @RajaRajamannar
Stephanie RetblattChief Brainiac
Retblatt has worked with some of the world's pre-eminent brands to turn human insight into effective, integrated marketing strategies. Retblatt has utilized her experience as an ethnographer, focus group moderator, and client-consumer liaison for companies such as Microsoft, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, and Hallmark. Retblatt has also served as VP, Planning at Grey Advertising.
Alyson ShontellEditor in Chief
Business Insider US
Shontell joined Business Insider in July 2008 as the 6th employee. Formerly Sales Planner, Shontell is now a deputy editor overseeing Business Insider's technology, science and entertainment sections. She also reports on technology and startups. @ajs
Adam SingoldaFounder & CEO
Prior to founding Taboola in 2007, Singolda served as an officer in an elite mathematical unit of the Israeli National Security Agency. Singolda, an honored alum of the Israeli Defense Force's elite computer science training program, graduated first in his class at the Officers Academy of the IDF, and was named one of Israel's top 30 under 30 business managers by TheMarker. He has spoken on stage at TEDx, Kaltura Connect, Advertising Week, 360i Marketing Summit, Web Summit, Streaming Media, NAB, NewTeeVee, ELEVATE, Meetup, MIT (Sloan), Bloomberg West, and others. @AdamSingolda
Danny SullivanFounding Editor of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land
Third Door Media
Widely considered a leading search engine expert, Danny Sullivan has been helping webmasters, marketers and everyday web users understand how search engines work for over a decade. Danny’s expertise about search engines is often sought by the media, and he has been quoted in places like The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, The New Yorker and Newsweek and ABC’s Nightline. Danny began covering search engines in late 1995, when he undertook a study of how they indexed web pages. The results were published online as “A Webmaster’s Guide To Search Engines,” a pioneering effort to answer the many questions site designers and Internet publicists had about search engines. Danny works as the founding editor of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, which cover all aspects of digital marketing, search marketing and search engine news. Danny also serves as Third Door Media’s chief content officer, which owns Search Engine Land and the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. @dannysullivan
Topics will include:
Up from URLs: Publishing Everywhere
VR vs. AR the Battle is Here
Vertigo: Learning from Platforms
Follow the Eyeballs: TV Unbundles
Game of Phones: Mobile is Everywhere
Life After Advertising
Messaging Is the Medium
Get Real: VR, AR & the Pursuit of Ultimate Media
GAFA: War of the Worlds
Video: Saturation, Anyone?
Get Smarter: Intelligence on Demand
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