MIAMI, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Content Next (DCN) today announced additions to its 2016 Board of Directors and Executive Committee at its DCN Next: Summit. As the only trade association that exclusively represents high-quality digital content companies, DCN continues to diversify and expand its membership, welcoming five new Executive Committee members at the annual event. The changes to DCN's governance reflect a continued focus on advancing the future that includes open dialogue with a variety of voices and perspectives in the industry.
The new Executive Committee members, as announced at a members-only board meeting on February 1, are: Co-Chairs: Marty Moe, President, Vox Media and Christy Tanner, SVP & GM, CBSNews Digital, CBS Interactive; Vice-Chair: Tamara Franklin, EVP, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive; Treasurer: Julie Hansen, COO & President, Business Insider and Secretary: Jed Hartman, Chief Revenue Officer, The Washington Post.
Rounding out the Executive Committee are: Krishan Bhatia, EVP, Business Operations & Strategy, NBCUniversal; Beth Buehler, SVP, Digital Operations & Strategy, Rodale; Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg and Michael Silberman, GM, Digital Media, New York Media.
Long-time board member and outgoing Chairman Michael Zimbalist, SVP Ad Products and R&D, The New York Times Company, will continue to serve as a special advisor to DCN along with John Kosner, EVP, ESPN Digital & Print Media, ESPN.
"It has been said that 'diversity is the engine of innovation.' We are very much witnessing this truth in the brands and leadership being attracted to DCN," said Jason Kint, CEO, DCN. "Our new additions to the DCN Board and Executive Committee bring a wealth of experience, leadership and diverse business models to the organization as we drive our industry forward."
Kint kicked off the Summit reporting on what makes a publisher "premium" in the eyes of consumers and advertisers, as DCN members benefit from the emerging flight to trusted publishers happening across the industry.
Additions to the 2016 Board of Directors include Elizabeth Raisig, VP, Consumer Digital, BBC Worldwide; Jennifer Wong, President of Digital, Time, Inc.; Kevin Gentzel, Chief Revenue Officer, Gannett/USA Today Media Group; Jordan Jayson, VP of Marketing, Vocativ; and Steven Zatz, President, WebMD.
In 2015 the organization saw a record 35% growth in membership and also notes a rise in female leadership on its Executive Committee representation at 45%, up from 11% in 2013, and a 50/50 gender ratio from the most recent 30 Board of Director appointments.
The Board of Directors provides DCN with an on-the-ground perspective on the important issues that are impacting their various business areas and the digital media industry overall. This information helps DCN formulate research that educates the industry and marketplace and advances important discussions, like the 2015 Bot Benchmark Report: What Make a Publisher Premium and 2015 Consumer Ad Block Report.
With a focus on all types of revenue, DCN has expanded its scope to share additional intelligence and industry findings through its InContext website, public events and research. For the latest, follow DCN on Twitter.
ABOUT DIGITAL CONTENT NEXT
Digital Content Next (DCN) is the only trade organization dedicated to serving the unique and diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers. The organization was founded in June 2001 as the Online Publishers Association (OPA). Comprised of some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands, DCN produces proprietary research for its members and the public, creates public and private forums to explore and advance key issues that impact digital content brands, offers an influential voice that speaks for digital content companies in the press, with advertisers and policy makers, and works to educate the public at large on the importance of quality content brands. Digital Content Next's membership has an unduplicated audience of 223,098 million unique visitors or 100% reach of the U.S. online population.*
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