I am currently the Chief Operating Officer of Group Nine Media, one of the world’s largest digital-first media companies. I have a passion for building companies, putting together great teams, and working with entrepreneurs. I’ve led multiple fund raise processes of various levels of complexity, and bought and sold companies through a wide variety of M&A transactions. I’ve built highly scalable operations teams from the ground up, and led large technology, product and insights teams through the development of complex systems and tools. I enjoy advising early stage companies and mentoring entrepreneurs, and in the past I’ve spent time as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Publishing.
As the CFO, and then later as President of Thrillist Media Group, I led the company through our Series A and Series B rounds, raising a combined $67 million. That Series B turned into a simultaneous spin out of our JackThreads ecommerce business, with a separate fund raise for each company from different investment groups.
More recently I led the process that raised $100 million in Series C funding from Discovery Communications, coinciding with the simultaneous merger of our four brands, one of which was contributed by Discovery as a part of the raise process, to create Group Nine Media. Group Nine consists of four mission-driven, category-leading brands including Thrillist (food, drink & travel), NowThis (news & entertainment), TheDodo (animals & activism) and Seeker (science, tech & exploration).
Prior to joining Thrillist / Group Nine, I was the CFO of The Huffington Post, where we built an amazing management team, accelerated growth across the company, and ultimately sold the company to AOL for $315 million in 2011.
I’m a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.