I am currently the Chief Operating Officer of Group Nine Media, one of the world’s largest digital-first media companies, and a member of the Advisory Board of Voter Choice Massachusetts, focused on bringing Election Reform to the Commonwealth.
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 Center for 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 fundraise 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.
The foundation of my leadership experience was laid at Text 100 Public Relations, a global technology public relations firm that at the time had 29 offices worldwide and over 475 employees. I was appointed the CFO of Text 100 in October of 2000, just as the dot.com crash was accelerating. The following few years proved to be an exceptional learning experience as we led the company through the upheaval and came out ready for the next leg of growth.
Over the course of my nine years at Text 100, I had the opportunity to lead the development of geographic growth strategies through a combination of O&O offices and licensed affiliates, develop shared services for North America, EMEA and APAC to streamline operations and improve productivity and developed global compensation strategies that aligned with local and global goals. Today, Text 100 is an award winning agency serving Fortune 500 clients around the world.
I’m a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. After graduating from Isenberg, I spent seven years as a public accountant.