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Director Ad Technology
Omnicom Media Group
President & CEO
Anna Bager is a seasoned cross-platform media veteran selected to lead the out of home advertising industry into the future. As of September 16, 2019, Ms. Bager will assume the title of President & CEO of the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the Washington, DC-based national trade association that represents the $8+ billion out of home advertising industry. Before joining OAAA, Bager was Executive Vice President at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the leading global trade association for digital media. During her 8-year tenure, Anna was responsible for leading all digital, mobile, video, audio, and data industry initiatives, representing more than 650 member companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Disney, and Microsoft. At IAB, Bager also supervised market research, media measurement, and thought leadership, and she partnered with IAB’s public policy team in Washington to advocate on critical issues like technical standards, brand safety, and consumer privacy. Under her leadership, IAB created three of the organizations’ most important centers of excellence: the IAB Mobile Center, representing the mobile marketing, advertising, and media marketplace; the IAB Digital Video Center, encompassing Advanced TV, OTT, and the Digital Content NewFronts; and the IAB Data Center, which developed consumer identifiers, data quality, industry benchmarks, and important tools for data activation and automation. Bager has worked in the media and technology sector her entire career. Prior to joining IAB, she led business intelligence at Ericsson Multimedia and headed research at Ericsson’s enterprise consulting unit. Prior to Ericsson, Bager was EMEA Research and Consulting Manager for the global research firm IDC. A native of Sweden, Ms. Bager is a graduate of Lund University in Lund, Sweden. Anna was named one of the 30 most powerful women in mobile advertising by Business Insider six years in a row; one of the top women in media by Folio magazine four times; and one of the top women in digital advertising by Cynopsis Media three times. She lives with her husband Erik and their two daughters in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Bager speaks four languages. When not working, Anna enjoys skiing and sailing with her family.
CEO & Founder
Lynnwood Bibbens is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO & Founder of ReachTV. As
CEO, Bibbens has taken a leadership role in identifying new markets and opportunities
for the ReachTV Network, resulting in the Company’s seminal sales, distribution and
partnership deals with world-class traditional and digital media and technology
powerhouses. Bibbens has led the Company’s direction and growth from a national to
an international network with a reach of over 100 Million viewers on the go.
Prior to ReachTV, Lynnwood developed solutions for the Media and Entertainment
industry, integrating multiple dynamic content platforms that use proprietary technology
that enabled top tier brands to better understand their clients. He has teamed up with
syndication partners AOL, Yahoo, Google, Roku, Opera, XBox, Dish, Comcast, Verizon,
Adobe, Scripps, and Amazon. Mr. Bibbens was the Producer and Executive Producer of
"Celebrated" an Entertainment Bio series, culminating in 6 seasons which was sold in
the US and around the globe. He has produced both daily and episodic Television
focused on Entertainment, Sports, and News. Earlier in his career Bibbens founded and
sold several technology and e-commerce companies focused on computers and
consumer electronics with combined Revenues eclipsing $2 Billion. He has the ability to
foresee the needs of Manufacturers, Distributors, Brands, and Consumers and as such
has formed long term relationships with corporations and investment banks such as
Samsung, CBS, Toshiba, Verizon, Vizio, Amazon, Sun Trust Bank, Morgan Stanley,
Guggenheim, and Comcast to name a few. Lynnwood also sits on the board of Multiple
firms both Public and Private along with being the Chairman of ReachTV.
Mr. Bibbens appears regularly on TV, speaks at conferences, and is writing his first
Strategic and operational digital leader with broad global experience developing
new economy businesses, building brands, monetizing intellectual property, energizing teams and generating profitable revenue. Currently leading a portfolio company of advertising and marketing technology solutions that harness the growth in CTV and the demand for qualified 1P data. As the president of a sport and entertainment firm, president of a media company, global chief marketing officer and chief operating officer, I've led transformational change initiatives from a $200+ million brand transition, hyper-growth sales strategies and omni-channel customer acquisition programs to multi-billion dollar acquisitions, IP licensing and experiential launches, merger integrations and complex client retention initiatives. Trusted advisor to C-suites and boards of directors on revenue diversification, martech and fintech, digital and performance marketing, customer experience, reputation management, corporate turnarounds and brand building for Fortune 150 enterprises, privately-held firms and start-up companies.
SVP, Global Partnerships
Chapman leads a team responsible for shaping effective, long term strategic
partnership frameworks across the NBCUniversal portfolio of owned and operated
distribution linear, digital and streaming channels, as well as via key premium
content providers and technology partners.
Whether it be via unmissable sports and entertainment, award winning news
networks, blockbuster movies or unforgettable theme parks, NBCUniversal has been
shaping culture for almost a century. Chapman and his teams are now on a mission
to make NBCUniversal the number one destination for marketers to reach audiences
in a brand safe, premium environment across all international markets.
Prior to his role at NBCUniversal, Zach spent the last eight years with the Walt
Disney Company in a variety of leadership roles in core growth areas. He started
the programmatic and audience sales teams as VP Multimedia Sales and Global
Digital at ESPN, ran ESPN International as VP ESPN International across LATAM,
EMEA and APAC for several years and was charged with merging and growing the
Category Partnership and Ad Sales Research organizations for Disney/ESPN/ABC. A
long time digital native (Wired magazine and Hotwired starting in 1996), Chapman
has led sales teams with an emphasis on digital innovation and growth for iconic
brands such as Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly, for premium sports
brands NBC Sports and Olympics and SBNation, as well as with the US Hispanic
Market as SVP of Digital Sales for Univision Communications.
Zach lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children, calls NYC his homebase,
and sees the world as his office.
Global Chief Strategy | Cultural Fluency Officer
Esther *E.T.* Franklin is the Chief Strategy & Cultural Fluency Officer at Spark Foundry, where
she develops and drives the strategic vision for the agency and its clients. Spark Foundry was
recently named Ad Age’s 2022 “Media Agency of the Year” and Adweek’s 2022 “U.S. Media
Agency of the Year.”
In her role as Chief Strategy & Cultural Fluency Officer, Franklin is instrumental in pioneering
Publicis’ approach to strategy. Her expertise and creative viewpoints have enriched successful
pitches for clients such as Macy’s, Marriott International, Southwest Airlines, Mattel, and more.
She has helped iconic brands – and the advertising industry at large – understand the cultural
identities and media consumption habits of local and global audiences by encouraging
marketers to embrace an “inside out” perspective. Franklin offers a unique perspective in any
situation because she can draw upon her industry experience across a range of agencies,
audiences, geographies, and international markets.
Franklin has a keen ability to lead, guide, and motivate high-level talent. This is the reason that
she is responsible for setting the tone to drive the largest function within Spark (the Media
Planning/Strategy team of 400+ employees) forward. And, as a result of her decisive yet
collaborative spirit, future-focused orientation, and innately creative, curious, and strategic
nature, Franklin has been tapped to lead several successful corporate "start-up" initiatives.
Additionally, Franklin is the great mind behind Spark’s end-to-end product development
framework called “H.E.A.T,” which enables teams to collaborate, build robust plans, and elevate
solutions that can withstand disruption and serve clients to the highest standard.
Locally, Franklin is an integral leader in Chicago’s advertising community. She was named
“Advertising Woman of the Year” by the Chicago Advertising Federation in 2018 and has had a
career in Chicago for nearly 20 years.
Chief Investment Officer
Lisa Giacosa is the Chief Investment Officer of Spark Foundry, a global media agency brand
within Publicis Media. Spark Foundry’s bold vision harnesses a startup spirit with a powerhouse
soul that melds an entrepreneurial, innovative business approach with the full resources,
capabilities, and marketplace clout of a larger network.
As Chief Investment Officer, Giacosa is responsible for setting and driving the agency’s
investment strategy, and ensuring the integration of Spark’s digital, data, and content practices
across various platforms and audiences. Giacosa’s background in data, technology, analytics,
insights, and client leadership enables her to bring a perspective to the investment practice that
facilitates driving deeper targeting and measurement of media effectiveness. She is passionate
about humanizing data to better understand consumer behavior for improved efficiency.
Giacosa is a key member of Spark’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, and plays an
instrumental role in driving the agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
Most recently, Giacosa was President of Data, Technology, Analytics, and Insights (DTAI). In
that role, she was responsible for developing innovative solutions that leveraged data, analytics,
and insights to build experiences that drive business outcomes.
Previously, Giacosa was the global head of media at Kimberly-Clark where she helped
standardize a new way of thinking for media experience planning and investment across
regions. Prior to that role, Giacosa held ascending roles at different Publicis Groupe agencies,
including VivaKi London and Starcom Mediavest Group. She has also held media planning and
buying positions at Allied Domecq, Zenith Media, MindShare, and OMD. Throughout her career,
Giacosa has worked with clients such as Apple, Amex, Estee Lauder, Hermes, Jaguar,
McDonald’s, Range Rover, Rolex, UBS, and Westpac.
In 2021, Giacosa received a She Runs It: Changing the Game Award in the Brainwave
category, which honors women who have changed the way a brand or product is marketed. In
2020, she was named to Adweek’s Media All-Star list, which recognizes individuals who
represent the best, brightest, and most strategic thinking across the media business.
Additionally, she was honored by Brand Innovators in 2017 as a "Top 100’ Women in Brand
Outside of the office, Giacosa is dedicated to giving back to the community. She is an active
board member for UNICEF Midwest, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better
world for children everywhere.
Giacosa received a bachelor’s degree from Bournemouth University.
Global Head of Revenue Product Strategy
Global Marketing, Operations, and Brand Executive with extensive experience spearheading global and multi-stakeholder initiatives focused on creating strategic visions, enabling diligent execution, and leading large global teams.
Notable achievements include building high-growth brands, delivering consistent uplift in business equity through seamless delivery of cross-market strategies, and leading change management initiatives to enable brand and product development and cultural transformation of evolving global organizations.
Renowned for exceptional leadership fostering dynamic team growth, seamlessly solving complex cross-functional projects, and establishing plans and delivering results while inspiring change both within and outside an organization.
Director of Communications
CMO at Verasity, a protocol and product layer platform for Esports and video entertainment. Verasity’s mission is to significantly increase engagement and advertising revenues for video publishers on any video platform, using its patented Blockchain and adtech technology stack.
Former Comms & Engagement Manager at The Cardano Foundation - the Swiss Non-profit dedicated to the Cardano blockchain. I design and execute blockchain, finance, and fintech communications strategies for complex and diverse audiences, spanning enterprises, governments, institutions, and developers.
Interests include blockchain, finance, and the fintech sector. A keen follower of all things, DeFi, distributed, cryptocurrency, and decentralized.
MD UK & Europe
Jules Kendrick is a dynamic senior leader, with a proven track record of driving growth, managing and developing teams, building successful relationships with clients and agencies and exceeding revenue targets.
CEO & Founder
Chris Kenna is an entrepreneur and marketeer with over 12 years experience and a passion for diversity in media and marketing.Brand Advance was founded as the industry's first dedicated global diversity media network.We are a communications platform and business that connects brands with diversity audiences, through comprehensive data and insight, media planning and buying, partnerships and content services.
Director of Business Marketing, EMEA
Visha leads on marketing Pinterest’s ad offering for business across EMEA. Prior to Pinterest she worked across YouTube Ads marketing at Google, going on to lead industry brand and reputation for both Google and YouTube in the UK. Before that, she spent twelve years at Thinkbox - the marketing body for commercial TV, leading TV campaigns, large scale events and initiatives with leading industry bodies in the UK.
Visha is a 2013 WACL Future Leaders Award winner, and in 2015 co-founded the FUTURES Network to bring all winners together to support and inspire each other as they continue to develop into even stronger female leaders. Visha champions diversity and in 2020 she launched Pinterest’s EMEA chapter of Women@ and is now Exec Sponsor for the group. She is a huge supporter of industry initiatives that recognise and celebrate women. Visha is also an Advisory Board member for OK Mentor and has just been awarded BIMA 100’s Champion for Change.
Global Chief Media Officer
Joshua Lowcock is an experienced global digital, media, and marketing executive who has led and helped Fortune 500 companies transform their approach to marketing, data, and technology. With experience across the US, China, and Australia, Joshua is an expert in navigating the increasingly complex world of digital, data, privacy, regulation, and innovation to deliver real commercial impact.
An outcome-focused and hands on-leader with his teams, Joshua has successfully scaled best-in-class practices globally and mentored and developed talent to futureproof businesses. His in-depth understanding of the media landscape and technology saw Joshua recognized by AdWeek as a strategic leader in the future of marketing and as an active member of the client advisory councils of a number of ad tech companies gives Joshua a front seat on industry innovation.
Joshua’s commercial focus, including P&L ownership, has seen him pioneer work on in-housing media capability, developing new operating models for media, building new technology platforms, and commercialization of 1st party data. With Joshua’s vertical expertise in retail, performance, and media seeing him join the boards of publicly listed companies leading the board focus on governance, risk, and digital strategy.
Head of Advertising Business Marketing
Khurrum Malik leads the Advertising Business Marketing (ABM) team at Spotify where he leads a global marketing team responsible for educating and inspiring Enterprise & SMB advertisers worldwide. He is a growth focused marketing leader with a track record of driving impact in public, private, and start-up businesses. Khurrum has spent over two decades at the intersection of mobile, data, and marketing at companies like Facebook, Microsoft, and Compass. He has deep expertise across product marketing, performance marketing, brand strategy, leading modern marketing teams, Go-To-Market (GTM) strategy, and delivering market share growth. He has been recognized as an industry leader, granted patents for digital search marketing, been a guest lecturer at Stanford GSB, and is an Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) award recipient.
Tony joined Integral Ad Science in 2019 to lead all aspects of corporate marketing strategy,
brand development and communications for the company. He joins us from Infogroup, where he
served as chief marketing officer, bringing a strong track record of turning data into actionable
insights and empowering brands to make more impactful connections with their consumer base.
Prior to joining Infogroup in 2018, he was the global head and vice president of B2B Marketing
for Yahoo and Oath, overseeing B2B Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Product Marketing, Sales
Learning, and Sales Insights. Before joining Yahoo in January 2010, Tony was with Nielsen’s
online division in an APAC-focused role and was based in his native Sydney, Australia. During
his time at Nielsen he invented a class-leading technology for measuring brand impact in online
environments which saw him working with many key clients including Google, MSN, Yahoo, and
Tony holds two Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and commerce and a Master’s degree in
strategic marketing from the Australian National University and the University of Wollongong.
SVP, Head of Economic Empowerment
Diversity media leader with more than 20 years of success in developing and managing agency, client and media partner relationships to achieve diversity goals and awareness within advertising, marketing and media.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Richard Raddon is co-Founder, co-CEO of ZEFR.
Zefr is a technology company that provides content targeting solutions at scale for brands advertising on YouTube. Unlike other YouTube advertising solutions that focus on audience, Zefr’s advanced technology dissects content at the video level to ensure every brand message is delivered in the right context and against the right premium content every time. This, in turn, ensures that all brand messages are not only safe but are brand suitable. As a result of its unique offering, the company has built up a robust client roster that includes major brands across retail, automotive, beauty, entertainment, music, and more. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with offices in New York, and Chicago. For more information, go to: http://zefr.com.
Prior to ZEFR, Rich co-Founded MOVIECLIPS, which became the largest video network about movies. MOVIECLIPS sold to Comcast (Fandango) in April of 2014. Rich also served as the Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and as a media Producer.
Rich began his career as an assistant to the late writer/director/producer John Hughes in Chicago. Rich is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
Director, Brand Safety & Digital Risk, EMEA
Stevan started his career in Brussels where he worked as a lobbyist on many legislative
proposals such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ePrivacy Regulation, IP
infringement, childhood obesity and many more. He joined GroupM EMEA in 2017 where he
leads the brand safety practice for the region and the UK. He is developing processes and
governance for big brands to avoid and mitigate risk online due to illegal, harmful and illicit
content, advertising fraud, works with social platforms and premium publishers to address user
and brand safety, provides intelligence to the business on the practical impact of existing and
future legislation, and influences industry agenda by building alliances on multiple business and
Stevan is a board member of the IAB Europe's Transparency and Consent Framework,
represents GroupM in the Media Agency Council of the European Association of
Communications Agencies and in the Conscious Advertising Network, co-chairs the Brand
Safety Working group at the Trustworthy Accountability Group, inter alia.
U.S. Chair, Brand
Smita Reddy is a results-driven communications and marketing leader focused on driving growth, leading innovation and creating cultural relevance and brand love for global lifestyle brands.As Managing Director, Head of Brand & Integrated and a Global Client Leader at Edelman, Smita serves as a senior strategist, providing her clients and team with strategic counsel, thought leadership and program management, in addition to driving all activity across programs. She leads a team of 250+ employees around the world. Passion areas include mentoring and supporting the professional development of staff while helping to drive new business growth for the firm overall. Her creative and strategic chops have been applied to building brands in the personal care, food and beverage, technology, fashion and media industries. Current and past clients include Unilever (Dove, Dove Men+Care, TRESemme, Suave, Love Beauty & Planet, Vaseline, Ben & Jerry’s), American Express, PepsiCo, HP, and Church & Dwight. She has spearheaded communications, consumer engagement and influencer led marketing initiatives with Twitter, ESPN, New York Fashion Week, Comedy Central, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Purpose marketing with long lasting social impact is a distinct area of expertise and passion for her. She was named PR Week's "40 Under 40" in 2018 and served on the jury for the Glass Lions for Change at the Cannes Lions Festival in 2019. She sits on the Edelman Global Management Team and is onthe leadership board for the Global Women’s Equality Network (GWEN). Smita lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
Overseeing a team of VPs and Directors focused on Ad Operations, Revenue Operations, Product, and Customer Success, Josh has facilitated continuous revenue growth, client satisfaction, internal efficiencies, and competitive differentiation. With Josh’s team-oriented attitude, Wave Digital Media and Hotspex Media have been recognized through industry awards and have been named one of the fastest growing teams in the industry several years in a row.
McKinsey & Company
As an expert partner in the firm’s Marketing & Sales Practice, Ed’s client work focuses on developing and deploying digital, data, and analytics capabilities. He works with large consumer packaged goods, retail, and financial services companies to identify growth opportunities and increase the value of their relationships with customers and consumers. His expertise includes digital strategy, digital marketing, growth and marketing analytics, segmentation, and advertising and marketing technology. Ed also leads the Marketing Efficiency for Growth Diagnostics (MEG) team, where he focuses on helping companies leverage insights using analytics to power their relationships with their customers.
Over the course of his career, Ed has advised some of the world’s major brands on how to apply new capabilities, analytics, and technology to improve their marketing and sales performance. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ed was a leader with a multinational professional services network, where he helped establish the CMO practice. He served on the board of directors of one of the first commercial buy-side data management platform companies. As an executive vice president and senior partner at a marketing data analytics company, Ed oversaw the analytics technology solutions, product management, product development, and transformation consulting groups and during his tenure, helped transform the organization from a data provider to a digital solutions company, with full technology, advisory, and data offerings. Prior to that, Ed was president of a major marketing analytics company, where he helped establish it as an industry leader in improving marketing effectiveness through predictive analytics.
A frequent speaker at industry events—such as Advertising Week, Association of National Advertisers, AdExchanger, and Wharton Customer Analytics—Ed is often cited in the press, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and AdAge. A distinguished scholar and alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Ed is on the advisory board of the analytics programs at RPI and for several years has served as a judge of the Award for Innovation by Lemelson Foundation, an annual award given at RPI and MIT.
Jonathan Silver is the CEO of Affinity Solutions.
Founder and CEO
Drew Stein is the Founder and CEO of Audigent, the leading data activation, curation, and identity platform, and has been its Chief Product Officer since its inception in 2018. He has been hands-on in pioneering the development of Audigent’s industry-leading private marketplace products which include SmartPMPs, ContextualPMPs and CognitivePMPs. A programmatic innovator, Drew is the architect of the industry’s first cookieless header bidding solution and Hadron ID, Audigent's privacy-centric, cookieless identity framework. More recently, he has become a driving force behind many of the industry's most prominent curated marketplaces - helping agencies, brands and publishers develop consumer-friendly, high performance programmatic solutions.Passionate about data and AdTech, Drew brings over 15 years of years executive leadership and product experience to Audigent, having previously founded Dashbid - a video advertising SSP that ranked as the #2 fastest growing tech company in NYC by Crain’s 2016 as well as advising prominent venture and private equity firms in the ad tech space.Drew started his career on the creative side of advertising where he continues to be Chairman of a thriving suite of advertising production companies that he founded in 2004. An avid art fan, he is the Chairman & President of The Harriet & Esteban Vicente Foundation - a charitable foundation focused in furthering the arts. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and Horace Mann.
SVP of Sales, EMEA
Peter Wallace is Senior Vice President of Sales at GumGum. Peter has been at the forefront of shifting trends in the digital media industry for over 15 years: he led a team of digital specialists at behavioral planning agency Total Media and quadrupled revenue at audience data platform Eyeota before entering the brave new world of contextual advertising at GumGum five years ago. During that time, he has seen the business grow exponentially through both organic growth and acquisitions to now being the global leader in its space.
Visionary, progress-oriented leader in the technology and media industries with 20+ years of hands-on experience in building and managing business, public policy, and government affairs functions. Unique ability to develop strong advocacy positions in a complex political environment by fostering deep relationships and bringing together diverse interests. Sophisticated understanding of underlying business interests and how policy and public relations can advance those priorities.
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