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Michel Combes became Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent on April 1, 2013, joining the company with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, as well as a strong international background.
His appointment to Alcatel-Lucent follows four years at the global mobile communications operator Vodafone plc, where he was appointed CEO, Europe Region in October 2008, subsequently being appointed to the Vodafone board in June 2009. As CEO of Vodafone Europe, in charge of a business representing 70% of the group's revenues, Michel led the group's recovery in the region, steering it to regain its lead in two key countries, Italy and Germany, currently representing close to 50% of the group's revenues in Europe. He speeded up the integration of several subsidiaries by merging their back office operations, streamlining IT and networks while keeping local sales dynamics.
Michel’s career began in 1985 at France Telecom in the US, first in the External Networks Division and then the Industrial and International Affairs Division. After serving as a technical advisor to the French Minister of Transportation between 1991 and 1995, Michel Combes became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the France Telecom subsidiary GlobeCast, from 1996 to 1999.
In December 1999, Michel joined the French tour operator Nouvelles Frontières Group as Executive Vice President, before moving to the industrial engineering concern Assystem-Brime as Chief Executive Officer.
Michel returned to the France Telecom Group in January 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the company’s Group Strategic Committee. Alongside Thierry Breton, Michel played an important part in the group’s recovery (the '15-15-15' program, a key element of which was a Euro 15 billion debt reduction over three years). As head of strategy he ran the NExt plan, which enabled France Telecom's transformation into an integrated operator. In 2006, Michel was appointed Chairman and CEO of the French national broadcasting operator, TDF Group.
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the western outskirts of Paris, Michel studied at the prestigious École Polytechnique in Paris and the Parisian telecommunications institute École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications.
In addition to his position as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, Michel is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Assystem SA in France and non-executive board member of MTS.
Sean Bratches is executive vice president, sales and marketing for ESPN, overseeing all affiliate sales, advertising sales, research, marketing, consumer products and special events. He oversees ESPN's two primary revenue streams, affiliate and advertising sales, supported by marketing, research and client support services.
Specifically in this role, Bratches leads a sales and marketing team that provides national advertisers access to the premier media and marketing platforms and content under the ESPN umbrella which includes the company's six domestic cable television networks, ABC Sports, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN International and ESPN's mobile properties. Bratches also oversees the first unified sales organization that represents The Walt Disney Company's premier collection of sports assets across all media platforms.
In addition, Bratches oversees all distribution, licensing, marketing and local advertising sales for the domestic cable and satellite networks of The Walt Disney Company to its multi-channel affiliates. These assets include: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS HD, ESPNU HD,ESPN3, ABC Family, ABC Family HD, Disney Channel, Disney Channel HD, SOAPnet, Disney XD (formerly Toon Disney) and Disney XD HD. He also is responsible for the domestic distribution of related HDTV, broadband, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, interactive television, pay-per-view, Spanish-language, and sports syndication products.
In 2010, Bratches' team introduced the first live, streaming cable channels online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN. The service provides authenticated access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPN Goal Line and Buzzer Beater online via WatchESPN.com and on mobile devices via the WatchESPN app.
Bratches is responsible for ESPN's marketing efforts which include the development, direction and implementation of all branding, creative services and marketing for ESPN's growing media businesses, encompassing television, mobile, print, radio, the Internet, consumer products and all outdoor advertising. This includes the oversight of the company's award-winning "This is SportsCenter" marketing campaign.
He also oversees ESPN's research and analytics group, which serves as a vital link between the company's strategic planning of new products and services and constantly shifting marketplace dynamics as well as the company's special event marketing department.
Bratches serves on the ESPN Board of Directors. He reports directly to John Skipper, President, ESPN and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks.
Under Bratches' leadership, ESPN has become the industry leader in creating affiliate value by strategically leveraging its core brand, while creatively integrating a number of high-profile brand extensions; among them, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and ESPN-owned events. And ESPN's newer, emerging networks and products like ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN's HD services have achieved record-setting growth under his direction.
Bratches joined ESPN in October 1988 as an account executive and within a year was promoted to senior account executive. In December 1992, he was named director, northeast region, before being promoted to vice president, eastern division in January 1995. He was promoted to senior vice president, affiliate sales and marketing in December 1998 and to executive vice president, ESPN affiliate sales and marketing in 2001. Most recently, he was president, Disney and ESPN Networks affiliate sales and marketing before being promoted to his current position in 2005.
Prior to joining ESPN, Bratches was a regional sales manager for Storer Television Sales, Inc., where he was responsible for selling national spot advertising for the company's seven owned and operated television stations across the country.
He served as co-chair for the 2005 CTAM Conference, the 2001 CTAM Broadband Conference, and the organization's pre-Western Show panel in 2000. Bratches also serves on the WICT Board, and is an officer and on the Board of Directors for the T. Howard Foundation. He also serves on the board of The Cable Center based inDenver,Colorado.
Bratches has received two Vanguard Awards, the cable industry's most prestigious award, presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. In 2009 he was awarded the Vanguard for Marketing and in 2001 he was recognized with the Vanguard for Young Leadership.
In 2009 CableFax Magazine inducted Bratches into the CableFAX Sales Hall of Fame. He has been listed in the CableFAX 100 featuring "cable's 100 heavy hitters" since 1999 and in recent years, has been listed in the top 20. He was also recently named one of the top 50 most powerful people in sports by the Sports Business Journal.
Bratches was graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. In 2008, he was inducted into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame for lacrosse and distinguished service.
Tom Wheeler became the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.
For over three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him "The Bo Jackson of Telecom."
Dan Mead is president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for the company's operations, financial performance and advocating public policy issues on behalf of Verizon Wireless and its customers.
Under his leadership, the company built the nation's first wide area 4G LTE network, introduced Share Everything plans, the first to allow customers to share wireless data among multiple devices on an account, and began offering EDGE, an innovative device upgrade program.
Mead currently is Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTIA, the wireless industry trade association. He serves on the Verizon Foundation Board and the Board of ISIS, an emerging mobile commerce company. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Penn State University.
Mead earned an MBA and a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and Finance from Penn State University. An Alumni Fellow, Mead received the Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to a graduate by the University.
Jim Dolce is the CEO of Lookout. Jim has been the founder of four successful technology companies and has held senior executive positions at both Juniper and Akamai Technologies. He was most recently at Akamai as Vice President, Carrier Market Development and before Akamai was the founder and CEO of Verivue which was acquired by Akamai.
Prior to Verivue, Jim served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Juniper Networks, where he led the company's global sales, marketing and customer service efforts. During his tenure, the company grew from annual revenue of $547 million to $2.3 billion. Jim joined Juniper through the acquisition of Unisphere Networks, where he served as CEO. During this period, he guided the company’s rapid growth from initial product launch to over $200 million annual revenue. Jim currently serves on the boards of privately held Benu Networks in Billerica, MA, and RGB Networks, in Sunnyvale, CA and is a Trustee of several nonprofit organizations. Jim holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Rhode Island.
Stephen Elop is the executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories. Elop rejoined Microsoft in April 2014 following the company's acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business.
As Nokia's president and chief executive officer from 2010 to 2013, Elop led the company through a major strategy change where Nokia and Microsoft formed a partnership to build a third ecosystem in mobility with Windows Phone. He focused the smart devices business around industry-leading strengths in imaging, location-based services, and design. At the same time, he forged a strategy to connect the next billion people, bringing affordable smartphones and sophisticated feature phones to global consumers. Over three years, Elop led Nokia through a significant cultural change that resulted in historic levels of employee engagement.
Elop joined Nokia from Microsoft where he was president of the business division overseeing Microsoft Office, communications tools and applications. He previously served as chief operating officer of Juniper Networks, president of worldwide field operations at Adobe Systems, and president and chief executive officer of Macromedia (acquired by Adobe in 2005).
Elop earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, his home country, and was subsequently awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. A father of five, he's an active pilot and dedicated ice-hockey fan.
Jeff Lawson is Twilio's CEO and a co-founder. After serving founding executive roles at Nine Start, Stubhub and Versity.com, Jeff identified the need for a communications platform that would enable developers and enterprises of all sizes to easily build customized communications solutions.
In 2008, Twilio launched and now serves over 300,000 developers and businesses in nearly 200 countries. Beyond his entrepreneurial endeavors, Jeff is one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services. Jeff is a Detroit native, started his first company in middle school and earned his BS in Computer Science & Film/Video from the University of Michigan.
On February 1, 2012, Ulf Ewaldsson was appointed to his current position at Ericsson. Previously, Ewaldsson was Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson's Business Unit Networks.
In this position, which he held from January 2007 until February 2012, he was instrumental in helping to create some of the products that reflect Ericsson's technology leadership, such as HSPA and LTE in the radio-access network; the multi-standard RBS 6000; and the antenna-integrated radio unit.
He is also a member of Ericsson's Research Board. Ewaldsson has more than 20 years of experience in product management, industry development and customer relations, which has taken him to leadership positions at Ericsson in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Hungary and Sweden.
Ewaldsson was born in Skåne in southern Sweden in 1965. He graduated with an MSc in Engineering and Business Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Mary Chan joined General Motors in 2012 as President, Global Connected Consumer. She reports to GM President Dan Ammann, and her organization is responsible for building an ecosystem for innovation around the connected vehicle by collaborating with carriers, equipment makers, infrastructure providers and developers. Chan also oversees the growth and expansion of GM's flagship connectivity service, OnStar, which has brought safety and security connectivity services to more than 7 million subscribers over the past 18 years.
With her background in the consumer electronics/ enterprise solutions business and experience in the global wireless networks space, she is leading the development and execution of GM's strategic global infotainment plans, including the launch for 4G LTE connectivity across GM's global portfolio of vehicle brands.
Mary joined GM from Dell Inc., where she was senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Mobility Solutions & Services since 2009.
Prior to Dell, Mary held various senior executive positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies Inc. as president of 4G/LTE Wireless Networks and president of Global Wireless Networks. She also spent time at AT&T Network Systems earlier in her career.
In 2014, Chan was named as one of 10 "MobileGameChangers" by Russell Reynolds Associates for her work in reshaping the global mobile industry. Chan was also previously named as the "Top Woman in Wireless" by the Fierce Wireless Industry Daily, a wireless industry trade publication. Chan currently serves on the Board of Directors for both CTIA and Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI). CTIA-The Wireless Association is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. MTI is a leading Taiwanese developer of wireless communication products.
Mary holds a M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York.
Mike has over 24 years of computer software experience. After holding various management roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, he moved to Microsoft in 1981. At Microsoft, Mike was responsible for formulating the business development strategy and for the initial launch and OEM sales for MS-DOS® and Windows®. He and his team closed many of the original deals for MS-DOS and the first 20+ deals for Windows.
Mike was also the founder of Saros Corporation, a pioneer in the document management software business. The Saros document management system was installed in over 200 Fortune 500 companies. Saros was successfully sold to FileNET, where its products form the core of FileNET's product architecture. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Diarmuid joined Tesla in 2006, and currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development in which capacity he manages commercial relationships and all aspects of government affairs. Before joining Tesla, Diarmuid served as Chief of Staff for Political Military Affairs at the US State Department, where he was involved in policy and operational support to the U.S military in various theaters of operation.
Before his tenure in Washington, Diarmuid worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant for Accenture, as a founder of educational software developer, Real Time Learning, and as a senior executive with both McCann Erickson Worldwide and Young and Rubicam. Over the course of his career, he has managed international operations, projects and marketing for such brands as Coca Cola, Gillette, and AT&T, among others.
Diarmuid has earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, a master's degree in Foreign Policy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Kellogg.
Bill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer of business software and enterprise mobile software market leader SAP. First appointed as Co-CEO in 2010, it was announced in May 2014 that Bill is now the company’s sole CEO.
With 66,000 employees and 251,000 customers in 180 countries, SAP is one of the world's most global companies. With a vision to make the world run better and improve people's lives, the company achieved annual revenues of 16.9 billion EUROs in 2013. Today 74% of the world's financial transactions touch an SAP system and 98% of the world's most valuable brands run SAP software.
In 2013, Bill and Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe were ranked #2 on Glassdoor.com's listing of the top 50 Highest Rated CEOs, based on their 99% approval rating from employees.
Before joining SAP, Bill served in senior executive roles with Siebel Systems, and Gartner, Inc. He spent 17 years at Xerox Corporation, where he progressively rose through the ranks to become the company's youngest corporate officer and division president.
Bill is a member of several external boards, including industry pioneers ANSYS and Under Armour. A champion of youth mentoring and community service, he was most recently recognized with the 2012 Promise Award by the Children's Aid Society of New York.
Bill holds an MBA in business management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and he received his bachelor's degree in business management from Dowling College.
Ralph de la Vega is President and CEO—AT&T Mobility, a position he has held since 2007. He is responsible for the company's largest growth engine. Today, AT&T is the industry's mobile broadband leader and number-one smartphone provider.
From October 2008 to January 2012, Mr. de la Vega served as President and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. In addition to the company's wireless business, he led the company's local consumer wireline operations, including U-verse TV® which has received numerous industry awards.
Prior to becoming head of AT&T's Mobility organization, Mr. de la Vega served as group president-Regional Telecommunications and Entertainment, with responsibility for overall leadership in AT&T's regional wired business, including consumer and regional business sales and network. He was appointed to that post in January 2007, after the close of the AT&T-BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular.
From 2004-2006, he served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless, with responsibility for technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales and customer care.
Before joining Cingular in January 2004, he served as president-BellSouth Latin America, with overall responsibility for BellSouth's operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil and Guatemala.
Earlier, he served as BellSouth's president of Broadband and Internet Services. In this position, he had overall responsibility for the deployment, marketing and operations of broadband services. In addition, he had responsibility for BellSouth Internet Services and BellSouth's rapidly growing data support groups.
Mr. de la Vega started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Network Planning, Consumer Services, Engineering and Operations — including a rotational assignment at Telcordia (Bellcore) — and was responsible for all BellSouth Telecommunications Network Operations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Mr. de la Vega serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is extensively involved in nonprofit and community organizations, serving as chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and chairman of All-Markets Initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America. He was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame, which honors select Hispanics for their personal achievements, contributions and service to America.
Mr. de la Vega has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master’s degree in business administration from
Northern Illinois University. He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received an honorary doctorate from FAU.
He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).
A native of Cuba, Mr. de la Vega and his family live in Atlanta, GA.
Dan Hesse joined Sprint as CEO in December 2007. Prior to his appointment, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company. From 2000 – 2004, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Terabeam Corporation, a wireless telecommunications technology company.
Hesse spent 23 years at AT&T. From 1997 – 2000, he served as the President and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States' largest wireless carrier.
He received a BA from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS from MIT where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize.
In addition to receiving Corporate Responsibility magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award, he has been named "Most Influential Person in Mobile Technology" by LAPTOP magazine (Steve Jobs was #2), Wireless Industry "Person of the Year" by RCR magazine, "Executive of the Year" by Wireless Business and Technology magazine, "CEO of the Year" by the National Eagle Leadership Institute, one of the five "Best Turnaround CEO's of All Time" by Fierce Wireless, one of "10 Inspirational Leaders who Turned Around Their Companies" by Entrepreneur magazine, and he has twice received Wireless Week magazine's Leadership Award. Glassdoor named Hesse one of 2014's highest rated CEO's by employees. Hesse was recognized by the American India Foundation in May 2014 for excellence in corporate leadership and philanthropy. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Author of #1 NYT Bestseller, "Delivering Happiness" and Zappos CEO
In 1999, at the age of 24, TONY HSIEH (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million...
He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune Magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list. In November 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing.
Tony's first book, "Delivering Happiness", was published on June 7, 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Tony shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. "Delivering Happiness," debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Tony was interviewed by Barbara Walters when she interviewed self-made entrepreneurs. The piece included a visit to the headquarters of Zappos.com that was dubbed what "might just be the wackiest workplace in America."
In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Zappos.com, Tony is leading the "Downtown Project," a group committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. This transformation includes the relocation of the Zappos.com offices from Henderson, Nevada to what was the old City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.
Zappos / Delivering Happiness / Downtown Las Vegas
Culture is to a company as community is to a city: it's about values, innovation, serendipity, participation, upward mobility, and attraction of smart startups and the creative class. Tony is applying his very successful Zappos corporate culture model (recognized multiple times by FORTUNE as one of the top 100 best places to work) to help build the most community-focused large city in the world in the place you would least expect it: Downtown Las Vegas. Research has shown that every time the size of a city doubles, productivity and innovation per resident increases by 15%, but when companies get bigger, productivity per employee generally goes down. With his new $350 million Downtown Project, Tony is creating a unique hybrid of corporation, community, and city to drive productivity and innovation both for Zappos as well as the city itself.
Brian Zachary France, actively involved in NASCAR for more than two decades, is a member of the NASCAR-founding France family and assumed the roles of NASCAR Chairman and CEO in September 2003. He is the grandson of NASCAR's founder, the late William H.G. ("Big Bill") France, and the son of the former President and Chairman/CEO of NASCAR, the late William C. ("Bill Jr.") France.
Mr. France has been heavily involved with many of NASCAR's recent innovations, bolstering the sport's digital presence with the re-acquisition of NASCAR's digital rights, the re-launch of NASCAR.com in January 2013, and the unveiling of the Fan and Media Engagement Center in Charlotte, N.C., all of which have been designed to bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport.
On the global front, he has increased the sport's level of concentration on the environment as part of NASCAR Green. With the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports, NASCAR has not only become a leader in green initiatives across all sports, but a leader within the business community. Those efforts, among others, were the result of his recent implementation of an industry growth initiative, with a goal of better serving NASCAR's core fans and growing new audiences throughout the sports landscape. The plan focuses on strengthening NASCAR's foothold in such areas as youth, Generation Y, multicultural, driver star power, product relevance, and digital and social media.
On track, France has worked closely with NASCAR's competition department. He was integral in the development of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which debuted in 1995, and was a key proponent of the NASCAR Research and Development Center, a facility opened in 2003 and dedicated to improving the safety and operational efficiency of the sport. He has also been at the forefront of NASCAR's dramatic sponsorship growth, including the ground-breaking announcement of Nextel Communications as the new sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) beginning in 2004, and has led a host of marketing initiatives that have culminated with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events being broadcast on ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports, FX, NBC Sports, and TNT. Mr. France also spearheaded the opening of NASCAR offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Charlotte to address the sanctioning body's growing business needs and partner base.
France led the creation of the sport's first "playoff" structure in 2004, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In 2014, France announced sweeping competition changes to the championship and qualifying formats, as well as the deterrence and penalty procedure. The new championship format, which virtually guarantees a Chase spot to each race winner, puts a premium on winning unseen in the sport's 67-year history.
Mr. France has an extensive background in NASCAR, ranging from his experience as a race track manager to helping develop and manage NASCAR weekly short track and touring competitive levels. As a track manager, he was involved in writing and enforcing rules, developing race procedures and all other aspects of competition. He successfully oversaw the transformation of Tucson Raceway Park from a dirt track into one of the premier paved short tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
The Sports Business Daily named France its Sports Industrialist of the Year in 1999 and Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) named him the SMEI Marketing Statesman of the Year. Previous awards include Advertising Age honoring France as one of the publication's top 100 marketers of the year and Promo Magazine naming him as one of that publication's top promoters of the year. In 2006, France appeared on the TIME 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world assembled by TIME Magazine. In 2007, he was named to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In April of 2014, France was presented the Cynopsis Sports Awards "Vision Award," which recognizes the executive of the year from a sports league or organization who has demonstrated innovation and transformed an industry.
John Kosner is marking his 10th anniversary as ESPN's digital leader. As ESPN's executive vice president, digital and print media, Kosner heads up development for ESPN.com, the world's leading online sports service, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN's industry-leading applications for all screens including WatchESPN and ESPN3, the premier live sports event online service; and SportsCenter, the world's most popular sports app. Kosner also oversees "Grantland.com," the innovative sports and pop-culture site headed by ESPN's star sportswriter Bill Simmons and espnW, the network's initiative targeted at female sports fans. Additionally, Kosner manages ESPN's digital content development in Social Media and its partnerships with Facebook, Twitter and other top third-party networks. Kosner was promoted to his current title in January 2012, and had overseen all these properties as senior vice president, digital & print media, since May 2011.
Kosner has overseen ESPN Digital Media since 2003, a period of tremendous growth and industry recognition for ESPN. Kosner and his team have helped ESPN.com establish a clear leadership position on the Internet, in Digital Video and in Mobile:
• Pioneering online video with ESPN Motion, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app;
• Developing ESPN Insider, an industry-leading paid subscription service;
• Guiding ESPN to #1 in Fantasy Sports;
• Achieving a commanding leadership share in sports mobile web and mobile apps, including the top-ranked mobile apps in the sports category;
• Building a digital audio powerhouse with ESPN Radio, including ESPNRadio.com and PodCenter, the leading sports podcast destination;
• Forging valuable partnerships with Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare, eBay and Flipboard.
ESPN Digital Media has also received numerous awards including the Sports Business Journal Awards for Digital four times in five years (2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008) and the 2011 SBJ Sports Technology Award for WatchESPN. ESPN.com has also won seven Sports Emmy's and two Online Journalism Awards, including the prestigious Award for General Excellence. During Kosner's term, Richard Lapchick has heralded ESPN's commitment to diversity in his annual report cards on diversity hiring in digital and print sports media.
Sports Business Journal ranked Kosner as the Most Influential in Online Sports in October 2008, one of several accolades he has received. Kosner also serves as Chairman of the Online Publishers Association and is a member of the Alumni Council of his alma mater, the Collegiate School in New York City.
Kosner is a 35-year veteran of sports media, starting as an intern at NBC Sports in 1978. He joined ESPN in 1997 as vice president, programming development. In 1999, he was named vice president, ESPN.com programming and broadband development. Earlier, Kosner worked in programming at CBS Sports; at the NBA, where he led the league's broadcasting operations for seven years; and at Sports Illustrated, where he developed television and interactive content for Sports Illustrated and SI for Kids magazines.
Kosner was graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1982 with a bachelor of arts degree in American History. Kosner lives in New York with his wife Diane Burstein, their son Luke and his older children, Walter and Grace.