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Matt Bean

vp, editor-in-chief

Men's Health

Matt Bean was named VP/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 of 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 the managing editor of Sports Illustrated Digital, where he significantly grew the site’s unique visitors and launched a series of new products.

While at Rodale (2004-2012), Bean held several key digital and editorial positions including VP/ digital product development, 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, edited feature packages and essays, and special sections, celebrity and athlete coverage for the brand.

A former host of Spike TV’s The Playbook, a national weekly television show targeting millennial males, Bean regularly appears as a guest expert on a variety of national television programs, including Good Morning America, TODAY, Charlie Rose, among others.

Bean is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has a master’s in Journalism from Columbia University.


Chris Bowler

svp, social media & content marketing


A 20+ year marketer, Chris Bowler serves as the national lead of Razorfish’s social media practice, one of the first and most established in the industry. Chris’s role at Razorfish entails leading clients forward in the use of participation marketing, where customers are immersed in the story-telling and story-making experience. Internally, Chris coaches teams of creators and idea engineers to deliver truly social-first solutions for clients including Citi, Motorola and Acura that drive meaningful engagement and conversation. Chris has unique experience at cultivating participatory campaigns that resonate with audiences and industry peers alike, a recent example being the Acura social media team taking home a Silver Cannes Lion earlier this year for the innovative Acura #raceyourheartout holiday social media campaign.

Chris is also actively involved in spearheading industry thought leadership, speaking at industry conferences such as SXSW, ad:tech, and WOMMA and contributing his expertise to publications such as Forbes and Digiday.


Neha Gandhi

svp, content strategy & innovation


Neha Gandhi is the senior vice president of content strategy & innovation at Refinery29. In that role, she is responsible for growth, distribution, platform strategy, and evolving content strategy at R29.

She has previously held posts at Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, LHJ.com andMore.com. In her life as a magazine editor, you could find her doing anything from shooting home décor stories to writing cover stories and producing b-roll on movie sets. Her work has appeared in Foam, In Style,Women’s Health, and ReadyMade, but her favorite byline of all time remains an interview with Donald Trump, from her first internship at People.


Jed Hartman


Washington Post

Jed Hartman leads the print and digital advertising teams, as well as the conference business, and oversees advertising for targeted products and special sections at the Washington Post.

Hartman was previously group publisher for Time, time.com, Fortune, fortune.com, Money, and money.com, overseeing worldwide ad sales and marketing. Under his leadership, Fortune was named number six on the 2012 Advertising Age A-list. He also expanded Fortune’s booming conference business by bringing in record sponsorship dollars. In 2014, Hartman led the responsive design launches of fortune.com and money.com, as well as the re-launch of time.com, incorporating a successful native advertising platform across all three sites. Media Industry News (MIN) named him Publisher of the Year for 2014.

Prior to joining Time Inc., Hartman served as publisher of The Week and TheWeek.com from November 2007 to April 2010. Under his leadership, The Week was one of only a few media properties to achieve extraordinary advertising growth in 2009 and was included in both the Advertising Age A-list and the Mediaweek Hot List that year. Hartman also oversaw sales and marketing for both the launch and re-launch of TheWeek.com and led the site to profitability in its first year. Before his time at The Week, he spent nine years at Time Inc. He began as an account manager for Fortune and was promoted to sales director for the Fortune/Money group in 2001, where he managed the New York sales team until 2007.

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Lisa Hughes

publisher & CRO

The New Yorker

Lisa Hughes is the Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of The New Yorker, a role she has held since February 2009. In 2015, The New Yorker claimed the number two spot on Advertising Age’s coveted A-List, while AdWeek named the publication its “Hottest Thought Leader” the year prior.

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Hughes served as publisher of Condé Nast Traveler (1999-2009), where she guided the magazine through the most successful period in its then-21-year history. In 2009, she was named to MIN’s Sales Executive Hall of Fame. In 2008, Condé Nast Traveler was on both Adweek’s “Hot List” and Advertising Age’s “A-List,” and the magazine also made the “A-List” in 2004. Hughes was Condé Nast’s Publisher of the Year in 2000 and 2004. Also in 2004, she was recognized as one of Advertising Age’s “Media Mavens.”

Hughes has held a number of positions at Condé Nast, including Vice President and Publisher of House & Garden. Prior to that, she was Advertising Director and then Associate Publisher of Vanity Fair. She was a member of the launch team of Allure, where she was Advertising Director and began her career with Condé Nast in sales at Mademoiselle.

Hughes received her B.A. from Harvard, where she majored in Art History. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.


Paul Rossi


The Economist Group

Paul Rossi is President of The Economist Group’s global media businesses. Based in New York, Paul has global responsibility for all of the Group’s media properties. With over 300 people in 14 offices around the world the media businesses is made up of The Economist, The World in and 1843 magazines, Economist events, Thought Leadership and Content Solutions, EuroFinance, TVC Group and Ideas People Media.

Paul joined The Economist in London to manage advertising sales for the Middle East and Africa. He has held regional advertising sales director positions in Singapore and New York. In 2000, Paul became Commercial Director of Economist.com and publisher of the site in 2003, where he established the website as a profitable global business.

In January 2005, he was named Publisher of The Economist in North America, responsible for all commercial aspects of business including advertising, circulation and marketing for The Economist magazine, Economist.com and other Economist brand businesses. In 2007 he became Managing Director, EVP of The Economist Group with full P&L responsibility for all Economist and CFO brand businesses in the Americas.

In 2007, BtoB Media Business named Paul one of its top publishing innovators. In 2008, Adweek called The Economist the hottest magazine in America, naming Paul one of two Executives of the Year along with the Editor-in-Chief. Paul serves on the board of directors of the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. He is also on the board of the Hope Program, a career development program for homeless and welfare-dependent adults in New York City.


Joe Speiser

co-founder & CEO


Joe Speiser, a serial entrepreneur, is the co-founder and CEO of LittleThings, the leading lifestyle destination for inspiring, uplifting, and engaging content. Since its launch in 2014, LittleThings has experienced explosive growth becoming the 59th most trafficked site with nearly 53 million monthly unique readers and 300 million monthly video views.

Joe was featured in Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100 list as one of the “Most Inspiring and Influential People in New York Tech.” He has founded five businesses and successfully exited the last two to private equity.


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