Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, an 80,000-employee firm comprising companies like Sapient Razorfish, DigitasLBi, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom, Zenith and many other companies dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Rishad also serves on the Publicis Management Committee.
In his current role Rishad is responsible for supporting the leaders of the largest global Clients of Publicis Groupe to help their Clients grow in a transformative time and drives the global business development efforts of the firm.
Between July 2016 and June 2017 Rishad played a dual role of Strategy and Growth Officer of the Groupe adding the Growth role to his Strategy functions.
Between 2014 and 2016 Rishad was the Chief Strategist of the Publicis Groupe during which in tandem with the global CEO he helped drive the new strategy of the Groupe to move from a marketing communication to a marketing and business transformation firm and informed the re-organization of the Groupe from an Agency brand centric to a Client centric organization called the Power of One.
Prior to his Chief Strategist role, Rishad was the Chairman of DigitasLBi and Razorfish, two of the largest marketing transformation agencies in the world with over 11000 employees.
Over his 35-year career Tobaccowala has worked across almost every area of marketing including brand advertising, media, database, direct and interactive marketing. As a pioneer in digital marketing, Tobaccowala helped create one of the first interactive groups and digital agencies 20 years ago and has helped launch a series of initiatives over the years from groups focused on gaming, social, mobile and search engine marketing. Starcom IP, Play, Giant Step, SMG Search and Denuo are some of the brands Tobaccowala helped incubate.
Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five “Marketing Innovators. He is the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and has received a life time achievement silver medal award from the Chicago Ad Federation.
He serves on the board of Matomy an Israeli based outcome based digital performance company and an advisor to a host of companies in the venture capital and start up space include Greycroft Ventures, Abundant Ventures and Jana Mobile. Previous board roles include Audience Science and Snap (an Idealab company).
Rishad is also is chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation, which helps over 10,000 people gain better access to health and education in India.
Rishad is a prolific writer and speaker. His Re-inventing blog is read by Clients and the Industry to better understand the changes roiling marketing and business. Speaking engagements include key notes at major Client and Industry conferences as well as at Google and Facebook.
Tobaccowala holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago with which he remains closely involved.
Randall has been the president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau since 2007. Previously, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Director of Intellectual Capital at Booz Allen Hamilton, the international strategy and consulting firm where he also directed the award-winning business journal strategy+business and other electronic and print publications. Earlier, Randall spent six years at The New York Times, where he was the technology and politics editor of the Sunday magazine, daily advertising columnist, and a media and marketing reporter. He is author of Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story. He received a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University and resides in New York City.
Kym Frank, a well-respected veteran of the media research industry, was elected TAB President at the 2015 OAAA/TAB Conference. In the September 2016, Frank led the organization through a full rebrand under the new name, Geopath. Geopath is the industry standard that powers a smarter OOH marketplace – through state-of-the-art audience location measurement, insights, and market research innovation. Frank has 20 years of media research experience, deriving insights from quantitative and qualitative custom research, syndicated resources and big data. Frank’s agency and business consulting background provide her a thorough understanding of how advertising can drive business results. Her recent work leading the Client Solutions team at Symphony Advanced Media included ground-breaking media measurement, advertising effectiveness research and ROI analysis across channels, including mobile, digital, television, radio and GPS technology. Previously, she held leadership research positions at ZenithOptimedia, FTI Consulting, and CBS Television Distribution. Frank is excited about the opportunities available to the out of home industry through the use of big data and looks forward to “powering a smarter OOH marketplace” at Geopath.
Mr. Fulgoni is Chairman Emeritus & Co-founder of comScore Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), the global leader in measuring the digital world.
From 1981 to 1998, Gian was President / CEO of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), the leading supplier of scanner data to the CPG industry, where he grew the company’s revenues at an annual rate of 40% to more than $500 million annually and its market value to $1.5 Billion. In 1996, IRI was named by Advertising Age magazine as the largest U.S. market research firm.
In 1991 and again in 2004, Mr. Fulgoni was named Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year, the only person to have twice received that honor. In 2008, Mr. Fulgoni was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Leonard Lavin, founder of Alberto Culver and Gordon Segal, founder of Crate & Barrel. Also in 2008, Mr. Fulgoni was named an Ernst & Young® Entrepreneur of the Year.
Peter is CEO of UpCurve and Chief Revenue Officer of GateHouse Media. Prior to joining GateHouse in 2012, Newton was president and founder of Big Rock Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm specializing in technology and media companies. Newton also previously led strategy and development at Helium.com, a digital content creation startup, and worked at Monster.com as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Small and Medium Business. Newton joined Monster after an 18-year career with The Boston Globe and Boston.com, where he served as Vice President of Advertising and President of BostonWorks, the multimedia recruitment services division launched by The Globe in 2001. Newton is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
He currently resides in Northern Kentucky.
Ray is responsible for establishing business relationships with large national communications corporations, advertising and marketing agencies, niche technology companies and other organizations that work with SMBs. He has been with Vivial since 2011 and has two decades of sales and operations experience.
Lisa has more than 15 years of experience in media and the ad tech industry. As VP, Digital Revenue for Meredith Local Media Group, she is responsible for digital business strategy, profitable revenue generation, as well as exploring strategic partnerships. Before joining Meredith, Lisa helped shape strategy and drive revenue as Vice President of Digital Sales at Media General and Corporate Director of Digital Sales at LIN Media. She has a proven track record for building successful digital sales organizations through direct and programmatic sales efforts. Lisa holds a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from DePauw University.
Bob has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Swift Communications since January, 2005. He was the General Manager for Colorado Mountain News Media from 1999 to 2004. Bob has also been the publisher of the Vail Daily, Summit Daily News, Summit County Journal, and Leadville Chronicle. He has more than 31 years of experience in the newspaper and communications industries. Bob is a Board member of Local Media Association, The Associated Press, and Youth Power 365 of Eagle County.
He holds a bachelor's0 degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Colorado State University. Bob has been married to his wife of 30 years Lori and they have 3 children, Britney (28), Cameron (25) and Cody (22).
Charles is CEO of Huddled Masses, which he founded in 2012 as a boutique trading desk offering brands and agencies transparent programmatic optimization of highly targeted digital campaigns – all at scale. Today it is considered a top-tier technology, media-buying, and digital marketing strategy company
Charles started with nothing more than a two-year Associate’s degree and a passion for technology. Charles has managed the national iTV, VOD, mobile and online sales strategies for industry leaders such as Disney, Microsoft, Time Warner, Comcast, and Cox Media. He’s also worked on the demand side of the digital advertising equation, most recently as Vice President of Sales at MediaMath, where he helped marketers develop optimized digital ad campaigns to connect individually with consumers across the world.
Josh leads Facebook’s Local News Partnerships team and is responsible for the platform’s relationships with local publishers and journalism organizations in the United States. As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, the Partnerships Team is helping publishers build meaningful relationships with the communities they serve on Facebook through training events, strategic partnerships and collaborative product development opportunities. Before joining Facebook, Josh was Digital News Director for Gray Television, working cross-functionally on digital content strategy and product development for more than 50 local newsrooms and the group’s Washington, D.C., Bureau.
Steven is CEO of Amplifi Media, which works with top media companies and podcasters advising on digital content strategy, activation and development for on-demand audio (podcasting). Steve has created and developed successful radio brands around the country, as well as nurtured and advanced local and national broadcast talent. Prior to starting Amplifi in 2015i, he held executive positions at the NBC Radio Network and ABC Radio. He was a founding partner of Saga Communications (NYSE:SGA), serving as Executive Vice President and Group Program Director from the company's formation in 1986 until 2015.
Fred founded Jacobs Media in 1983 as a media research and consultancy specializing in providing guidance to commercial and public radio stations, as well as digital media companies. He's known as the inventor of the Classic Rock format, still going strong in every market in North America. Fred’s mobile app company, jācapps (JAKE-apps), has developed more than 1,000 apps on both the Apple and Android platforms, generating more than 28 million downloads. In 2017, jācapps joined forces with AmplifiMedia to form SonicAi, an initiative to help brands design audio strategies for smart speakers. Prior to starting Jacobs Media, Fred served as Director of Research for ABC Radio’s Owned FM Station, programmed WRIF Radio/Detroit, and was Director of Research for the Radio and Publishing Divisions at Frank N. Magid Associates. Fred was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. He received the prestigious Rockwell award from the Conclave in 2012, Radio Ink’s Luminary Award in 2011, and an Outstanding Alumni Award from Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts that same year.
As Vice President and Head of Research at Hulu, Julie leads the development, design and implementation of all research initiatives at Hulu, advising business leads on sales strategy, consumer insights, customer acquisition, and product design and experience. Prior to joining Hulu, Julie spent nearly 15 years at NBCUniversal, where she was most recently the SVP of Digital Research, responsible for sales research, strategy and analytics across NBC’s digital properties, including sites and apps for NBC Entertainment, News, Sports, Olympics and cable entertainment properties. She also spent several years in TV research and integrated marketing. She s a member of the Samba TV Data Advisory Board and multiple industry councils. In 2017, Julie was recognized as one of the Top 40 digital executives to watch by Campaign Magazine. In 2018, she was also recognized by She Runs It as a Working Mother of the Year. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is based in New York with her husband and three sons.
Justin is responsible for scaling Waze's media products to local businesses across the United States and Canada. His focus is on building strategic partnerships to unlock new sales channels with traditional and digital media companies. Prior to joining Waze, Justin worked as a business development manager at Google, fueling acquisitions and revenue growth for Google’s Small/Medium Business team. Earlier in his career, Justin served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry and built an education technology startup with his two brothers. He earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Affairs from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Greg is Chief Strategy Officer for Belo and Company. He has more than 15 years of sales, marketing & consulting experience, working across the B2B and B2C for-profit, and nonprofit segments. Greg joined the Belo’s executive leadership team in 2015 and is responsible for Client Strategy, Client Services, Product Management and Reporting & Insights. Greg has worked as a strategic consultant with some of the largest brands spanning a myriad of industry categories, including Operation Smile, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Project HOPE, EDS, AT&T, Sprint, ExxonMobil and Dairy Queen.
Jared Merves is Chief Revenue Officer for Belo and Company. He has more than a decade of experience working with the nation’s largest publicly traded broadcast and publishing companies, including TEGNA and Cars.com, helping them develop and implement best-in-class digital capabilities. Jared has championed cross-channel marketing strategies across a variety of disciplines and customers. Jared holds a degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and lives in Dallas with his wife Lisa and their children, Jack and Nora.
Alison is President of Belo Media Group, responsible for advertising and sponsorship sales for all A.H. Belo-owned properties serving North Texas. She previously served as President of CrowdSource and has also served as Publisher of the Chicago Reader, as well as Vice President/Chief Sales Officer/Group Publisher for its holding company, CL Inc., a chain of alternative weeklies. From 2006 to 2009 she worked for The Dallas Morning News as publisher of a quick-read daily paper and as a senior director of local advertising. She also served five years as publisher of Dallas Observer, and for more than a decade in senior management and business development positions at New Times Media.
Mike is the President of Belo Business Intelligence, driving marketing, analytics, product development, strategy and sales infrastructure for A.H. Belo Corp. Prior to that, he was President of Speakeasy, a content marketing agency in joint venture with Belo. He founded Pegasus News, the largest single-market digital news purely and sold it to a publicly traded broadcaster. He has served in executive roles at American Lawyer Media and D Magazine. Mike has a degree in political science from Duke University.
Russ is Head of Partnerships, Emerging Products, for Google, where he works on a series of initiatives to improve the mobile web by making it faster, keeping it open and elevating performance. His most notable project is Accelerated Mobile Pages. Prior to his current role, he managed a large book of both traditional and non-traditional publishers in the United States, Canada and Brazil. Between 2003 and 2009, Russ worked at The New York Times, first as a Business Development Manager in the Advertising Department, an internal consulting position, and then as an advertising director for teams focused on growing print, online and mobile advertising revenue. He has an MBA in Marketing and Finance (with a focus on the media industry), plus experience in public relations as well as five years as a reporter covering Congress.
Tim is Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Entercom Communications, the nation's second-largest radio company with 235 stations, live events, and digital assets that reach more than 100 million consumers across 48 markets. Prior to his current position, Tim was Vice President of Digital Strategy & Enterprise Platforms. Prior to Entercom, he served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Monster.com, as well as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Boston Globe Media, overseeing ad sales and marketing across traditional and digital distribution platforms. He also held positions at BostonWorks, Titleist and Footjoy Worldwide. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.
Jim has been chairman, president and CEO of A.H. Belo Corporation since 2013 and was publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News from 2001 to early 2018. .
His extensive career in the media business includes stints as president and general manager of KOTV in Tulsa, president of Belo’s 15-station TV group, executive vice president of Belo, and president of Belo Interactive Inc.
Jim serves on the boards of The Associated Press, the News Media Alliance, The Dallas Foundation, the State Fair of Texas, the Advisory Board of the College of Communications at the University of Texas and the Bishop's Finance Council of the Diocese of Dallas.
He was named Publisher of the Year in 2004 by Editor & Publisher and he served as Chairman of the Newspaper Association of America. In 2012, he received the Frank W. Mayborn Award from The Texas Daily Newspaper Association for Community Leadership and two years later received the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.
Moroney holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a masters from The University of Texas at Austin.
Brett is Vice President of Digital Revenue for Sandusky Newspapers, which operates 12 community newspapers Utah, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, and 31 websites, email newsletters, and a full-service digital ad agency. Brett began his career in the high-tech manufacturing business in Colorado for a timing and scoring company. In the mid 1980s his company began experimenting with the backbone of the Internet, trying to host timing events between universities. He moved into the media business in 2001 with Freedom Communications and later into a corporate role. He joined Sandusky in 2013 as vice president of digital for its North Tennessee Media Group. Bret is in charge of digital revenue for the group.
Angela is a partner development leader at IBM Watson Advertising, which offers agencies and marketers an ecosystem of media, data, and AI-powered technology solutions to help improve decision-making and reduce costs. She's responsible for driving digital revenue for local partners and publishers in more than 130 markets. Previously, Angela was the local partner manager for The Weather Channel, where she was the team lead in rolling out new local partners and markets. During her tenure, she helped scale the local reseller partners business to 130+ markets, and successfully drove an increase in revenue from 2014-2017. Prior to Weather, Caruolo was a digital sales manager at Comcast Spotlight.She holds a bachelor's degree from Villanova University.
Todd is a digital marketing executive with an established performance track record for innovation and execution, balancing strategy, tactics and logistics. He has 20 years of experience bringing products to the SMB marketplace. Prior to joining Vivial, he served in senior management positions for WebVisible, TriZetto, R.H. Donnelley/Dex Media, Cohere Networks, Inc. and CommNet Cellular.
Afif, Founder and CEO of SOCi, Inc., has been at the forefront of technology for 20 years. From his early contribution to the Human Genome Project, a career as a high tech M&A attorney, a manager of two successful Venture Capital funds and Founder & CEO of two successful startups, Afif has made a career out of following the data. He holds a law degree from Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and physiology from the University of California San Diego.
Donny oversees the sales, training, and strategic efforts throughout Simpli.fi’s reseller channel. He has a strong background in local having worked at both DexKnows and Hearst bringing digital solutions to local advertisers. Prior to joining Simpli.fi, Donny led the sales efforts for the SEO division at Mediawhiz and, more recently, consulted with Onward Search to build sales training and launch a software platform for recruiters. Donny holds a bachelor’s degree in Print Management from Georgia Southern University.
Mark possesses more than 20 years of professional experience, technology innovation, and executive leadership. Gorman’s roll-up-your-sleeves and get-it-done work ethic has been instrumental in Matrix Solutions’ evolution to becoming a global, media ad sales platform technology provider. Prior to being appointed CEO, he worked closely with the company’s executive team in his role as Managing Director for Main Line Equity Partners, who had provided Matrix Solutions with a growth capital investment. Gorman holds a J.D. and M.B.A with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree in both Political Science and German from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kyoo leads sales for the TV tune-in and publisher side of Netsertive. He came to Netsertive via the 2017 acquisition of Mixpo, which he joined in 2015 and served as Chief Revenue Officer. He led all revenue-generating efforts and oversaw the sales structure, methodology, and processes. Prior to joining Mixpo, he held positions at Belo Interactive, DaySPARK, MSNBC, AOL,, and Microsoft.
Shawn started his career in the online advertising world working for adInterax, a local startup in Albany that was acquired by Yahoo! in 2006. Shawn spent seven years working as a Rich Media Sales Engineer helping managing all rich-media advertising for the largest brands worldwide. From there, he left to join Clipcentric, another Albany-based startup, and has been there the last four years. Now a Director of Customer Success, he helps lead the company as they innovate and change the online advertising landscape. In his personal time he enjoys golfing, paddleboarding and spending time with his daughter and loved-ones.
Joshua is a 20-year veteran in digital product management, specializing in turning digital technology into real revenue-generating businesses. With heavy focus in ad technology, monetization, ad delivery and digital lead generation, Josh joined ReachLocal in 2013 to lead the next generation of media products. Prior to joining ReachLocal he held various leadership and management positions at Shopzilla, Fox Audience Network, and Live Nation. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Jordan founded Adamatic in 2013. He holds an engineering degree from Utah State University with graduate studies from the University of Utah in computational physics. In addition to being published in scientific journals, Jordan holds several issued and pending patents relating to advertising technology. When he is not dicing data in python, you can find him on the ski slopes.
Don has been with Take 5 Media Group since 2010. As CRO, his responsibilities include the execution of revenue and growth objectives as well as strategic account management. Don works closely with Take 5’s channel partners, enterprise clients and company reps focusing on those clients and prospects. He is an experienced direct marketing professional with more than 18 years of industry experience in sales, online marketing strategies, and campaign management for a both top financial publishers and internet media companies. He holds a bachelor's in business administration from George Mason University.
Kevin joined ZypMedia from Cint, a programmatic platform. Prior to that, he managed programmatic platform partnerships at SpotX, was SVP of sales at TubeMogul, and VP of Sales for VoloMedia, a podcast ad server and ad network. He has also held executive sales roles at GameDaily, Tribal Fusion, Weather.com and DoubleClick. Prior to making the transition to digital media, Kevin worked in broadcast television sales and for the NBA's Utah Jazz, where he secured corporate sponsorships. Kevin lives in The Bay Area with his wife and two teenage children.
Jim has more than 15 years of innovative and results-driven leadership in fast-paced sales and marketing roles. Prior to joining Borrell Associates he was director of business development for for The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies in Norfolk, Va. He has worked in various sales and development capacities over the years, developing an expertise in sales development and sales management. At The Pilot, he served as one of the company's first managers of interactive products and helped the company build a series of highly successful online news and advertising ventures in the Norfolk marketplace. He has a degree in business administration from Longwood University. Jim is married, has two children, and lives in Virginia Beach.
Corey joined Borrell Associates in 2014 as director of research and was later promoted to vice president. Prior to Borrell, he was director of market intelligence at Gannett Co. Inc., where he managed the dissemination of market data and strategy to more than 80 local media properties. At The Dallas Morning News he led a B2B research team that helped create campaigns based on household-level consumer habits and clients' own databases. His application of research as well as generation-based training programs have garnered awards from secondary research companies and were considered a Best Practice by Gannett Community Publishing. He holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio University.
Gordon is one of the media industry's leading analysts. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group's 150,000 consultants worldwide. Prior to starting Borrell Associates, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. He started his career as a newspaper reporter and helped establish the first TV, newspaper, cable and network TV websites in the mid-1990s. He is chairman of the Local Media Association and is past president of the Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation. He is married, has five children, and lives in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he has been active on boards and organizations supporting public education and community sports.
Matt is a Managing Partner at the Center for Sales Strategy, a sales performance consulting company that helps sales organizations attract, retain, and develop the highest performing sales people. He is a featured writer for one of the top sales blogs in America and a regular contributor to leading business blogs and magazines. In 2012, Matt developed and launched LeadG2, an Inbound Marketing company that helps businesses establish thought leadership and lower lead costs. LeadG2 has earned the premier Hubspot recognition as a platinum Certified Partner and is the largest inbound marketing company serving the media industry in the world today. Prior to joining CSS he held sales positions at Susquehanna Radio and Evergreen Radio.