The six professionals below are some of the media industry’s most accomplished individuals in the digital space. They’re known brand leaders who bring unmatched tenacity, creativity and innovation to their businesses. On Tuesday, March 21 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., min will induct them into the prestigious min Digital Hall of Fame. Past inductees have included Chip Schenck (VP of Programmatic Sales and Strategy for the Meredith Corporation), Fred Santarpia (Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast) and Evelyn Webster (former EVP of Time Inc.). We offer our 2017 Digital Hall of Fame inductees a big round of applause, congratulations!
2017 Digital Hall of Fame Inductees
Matt Bean was named Vice President & Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health, the best-selling men’s fitness and lifestyle magazine brand, in September 2016. In this role, Bean oversees multiple editorial platforms including print, digital, social, television, and branded books, reaching an all-time-high monthly audience of more than 35 million.
Bean returned to Rodale from Time Inc. where he served as SVP, Editorial Innovation, overseeing the company’s launch strategy for new digital brands including The Drive and Extra Crispy. He is also credited with building The Foundry, the company’s new creative lab and content studio. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly, overseeing all aspects of the brand including newsstand sales, new product development, and event strategy. He also served as Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated Digital, where he significantly grew the site’s unique visitors and launched a series of new products.
While previously at Rodale (2004–2012), Bean held several key digital and editorial positions: VP, Digital Product Development, where he was responsible for Rodale’s digital and social strategy as well as partnerships across the company’s portfolio of brands; Brand Editor of Men’s Health and Women’s Health, developing more than 30 branded mobile apps, including the 2010 National Magazine Award–winner for best interactive tool; and Men’s Health Articles Editor, overseeing the front-of-book section and editing feature packages, essays, special sections, and celebrity and athlete coverage for the brand.
A former host of Spike TV’s The Playbook, a national weekly television show that targets millennial males, Bean regularly appears as a guest expert on a variety of national television programs, including Good Morning America, TODAY, Charlie Rose, and others.
Bean is a graduate of University of Chicago and has an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
Brian Kroski is Chief Digital Officer at American Media, Inc. where he leads digital efforts for AMI’s 10 fitness and entertainment brands. Since joining in 2013 he has been instrumental in driving over 5x traffic and revenue growth. Prior to joining AMI, Brian spent 17 years leading digital media companies and interactive agencies. He has been responsible for creating award winning digital products for Rodale Press, The New York Observer, and Dennis Publishing.
Kate Lewis is senior vice president and editorial director at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this position, Lewis is responsible for managing content groups across the Hearst Magazines Digital Media portfolio and collaborating with editorial teams on content strategy, as well as with technology and product groups. Hearst Magazines Digital Media is comprised of 21 websites for brands including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Popular Mechanics and Good Housekeeping, and attracts more than 179 million unique visitors monthly (Adobe Analytics, January 2016).
Lewis was previously senior vice president and editorial director at Say Media, overseeing content operations, editorial strategy and development for Say’s portfolio of digital brands including xoJane, Remodelista and ReadWrite. Lewis also managed a network of partner sites as well as the shared services department that provided support and strategy for audience development, social media and partnerships.
Prior to Say Media, Lewis was a senior executive director of human resources at Conde Nast Publications. Before that, she was managing editor at Self for ten years, overseeing editorial and production, digital projects, book publishing, events and television partnerships.
As senior vice president at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Lee Sosin is responsible for advertising solutions across Hearst’s digital portfolio, which includes 21 websites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Delish. In this role, he oversees the process from branded concept development to content creation, including Hearst Magazines’ digital video studio. Sosin was most recently vice president, strategic solutions at Yahoo, where he oversaw the expansion and verticalization of Yahoo’s sales strategy team. From 2006 to 2011, Sosin was director of development and then vice president at Time Inc. Studios, where he led Time Inc.’s branded entertainment, television and film division. Earlier in his career, Sosin co-founded and was senior vice president of The America Channel, a start-up cable network, and co-founder of the Association of Independent Programming Networks.
Lisa Valentino is senior vice president, network sales & partnerships for Condé Nast, and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that focuses on the development, production, and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands.
Prior to joining Condé Nast, Valentino served as senior vice president, multimedia sales at ESPN. In that role, she managed over a billion dollars in revenue by selling multimedia programs across ESPN’s portfolio, which includes both domestic and international television, digital, live-event and print platform. Previously, Valentino served in a number of senior executive positions in ad sales at the company.
Valentino joined ESPN from Yahoo!, where she managed video ad sales for several content verticals. Prior to Yahoo!, Valentino was a media buyer at Televest where she worked on the P&G account.
Valentino has been named to Advertising Age’s annual “Women to Watch” list, the “40 Under 40” list by Sports Business Journal and was recognized by CableFAX on their “Most Powerful Women in Cable” list. She holds various roles within the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.
Valentino is a graduate of Lafayette College and resides in Harrison, New York with her husband and children.
Andy Wilson is the Senior Vice President of Consumer Revenue where he is responsible for building out the company’s consumer business which includes cross-platform marketing, commerce, and new paid products. His role also includes building Meredith’s consumer audience connections across all digital platforms.
Wilson previously served as Senior Vice President/Audience Development and Commerce, where he oversaw online marketing, audience development, and e-commerce efforts for the Meredith’s Women’s Network, which serves more than 40 million women on a monthly basis through award-winning sites such as BHG.com, Parents.com and Fitnessmagazine.com. At Meredith, Wilson has developed strategies to successfully grow the Meredith Women’s Network to be one of the top Women’s Lifestyle destinations for consumers and advertisers through award winning programs in Social Media, Natural Search (SEO), Paid Search (SEM), and E-mail Marketing.
Prior to his current role, Wilson was the Director of Technology for Meredith’s Interactive Media unit for five years, leading the development and systems teams and helped launch and develop Meredith’s first 20 consumer websites.
Wilson graduated from Culver-Stockton College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later received his MBA in Marketing from Drake University. He is currently based in Meredith’s offices in Des Moines, Iowa.