Apps For Brands Speaker Bios

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Matt Bean
Articles Editor
Men's Health

Matt Bean is the articles editor at Men's Health magazine and the Brand Development editor for Men's Health and Women's Health. He oversees application development for both brands, and has launched three applications to date to hit the top 10 in their category. He also hosts The Playbook, a weekly television show on Spike TV at 9 p.m. on Fridays. He plays bass in a Brooklyn-based indie rock band, Bonfires.


Robert A. Bowman
President and Chief Executive Officer

Bob Bowman joined Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, as President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2000 following 3 years of work in the Internet space. MLBAM was created in June 2000 when the owners of the 30 professional baseball teams voted to centralize all of Baseball's Internet operations under one roof. MLBAM operates the official League site,, as well as each of the 30 individual team sites.

Prior to joining MLBAM, Mr. Bowman was President and Chief Operating Officer of ITT Corporation one of the world's largest and pre-eminent conglomerates. He joined ITT in 1991 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ITT Sheraton, the Boston-based global hotel network. In 1992 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the parent company before being named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995. Following the trivestiture of the Company's business divisions in 1995, Mr. Bowman successfully oversaw the growth and operations of the $8 billion conglomerate until it was acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 1998. During his tenure, Mr. Bowman and the senior management team at ITT created more than $25 billion of value for the company's shareholders.

Before joining ITT he served as Treasurer for the State of Michigan from 1983 to 1991. The youngest State Treasurer in the nation at the time of his appointment, during his eight year term he grew the State's pension system from $6 billion to $19 billion in asset value. Prior to his appointment in Michigan, Mr. Bowman also worked as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Company, and from 1979 to 1981 he served in the US Department of the Treasury as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Domestic Finance.

A native of Milwaukee, Mr. Bowman graduated from Harvard College in 1977, and received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School in 1979. He serves as President of the Michigan Education Trust and is a member of the Board of Directors of Blockbuster, Inc., Take-Two Interactive Corp. and Warnaco Corp

A proven innovator in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Bowman is a frequent lecturer and has been a regular guest commentator on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business News, the CBS Evening News and the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and he has been the subject of personal features in Fortune, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.


Ryan Charles
Senior Product and Marketing Manager
Zagat Survey

Ryan Charles leads mobile product development for Zagat Survey, the world's best-selling publisher of restaurant guides. His products include the Webby award-winning, Zagat To Go 2.0 for iPhone, and the first brand produced augmented reality application NRU - a joint venture between Zagat and Mobile industry leaders including Apple and RIM have featured his mobile products in various campaigns and promotions.

Ryan is also responsible for the marketing of Zagat's interactive products including, and Zagat To Go. Prior to Zagat, Ryan served as Director of Business Development for GoCollect Inc, an Internet Retailer Top 300 firm under his direction. He earned his B.A. from Brown University.


Matt Galligan
CEO and Co-founder

Matt Galligan, 25, is the CEO and Co-Founder of CrashCorp, based out of Boulder, CO that provides comprehensive solutions to enable location-based services in mobile, web and desktop applications. He previously founded Socialthing, a company that was chosen to be part of the inaugural year of TechStars. went into private beta in March, 2008 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The company was acquired five months later by AOL. As part of AOL, Matt acted as Product Manager for Socialthing for Websites (now known as AIM Connect), a web platform that brought social features to sites that otherwise didn't have them. His background is in graphic design and user experience, working for MonsterCommerce (acquired by Network Solutions), based out of St. Louis, MO. He got his start in the internet and design while working for a disaster restoration company out of Illinois before he turned 16. Matt currently resides in Boulder, CO and is an active member of the startup community there.


Douglas Gottlieb
Vice President, Digital Products
Barnes &

Douglas Gottlieb serves as Vice President, Digital Products, for Barnes & He is responsible for the company's eBooks operations and overseeing the company's online creative ventures (Web design, Marketing, Photography, Production and Information Architecture).

Prior to joining Barnes & Noble in 2008, Gottlieb served as Senior Director of Interactive Media at Sony/BMG Music, and Wenner Media as Creative Director & Associate Editor responsible for all of their online properties Additionally, he held the position of Group Art Director at Fairchild Publications.

He resides in New York City with his wife and daughter.


J.B. Holston
CEO and President

J.B. has run a wide range of technology and media enterprises over the last two decades. As President of Ziff Davis International, Holston managed Ziff Davis' operations across more than 100 countries, and launched Yahoo! Europe. He was part of the senior management team that led the successful LBO of ZD by Forstmann, Little, and subsequent sale to Softbank. Since selling his last technology start-up, Holston has helped create a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including Media-x at Stanford, among several others. After receiving a BA in creative writing from Stanford in 1979, he taught English at Phillips Academy, worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, studied and wrote in Paris, France, then worked in strategic planning for NBC and RCA. J.B. received his MBA from Stanford in 1986, then worked on Jack Welch's staff at GE before moving back to NBC, where for five years he was responsible for strategic planning and NBC's international operations.


Rei Inamoto
Chief Creative Officer

Named in Creativity Magazine's annual "Creativity 50" in 2008, Rei Inamoto is one of the most influential individuals in the marketing and creative industry at large today. With a broad international experience in Asia, Europe and the US as well as an unusual combination of background in advertising, design and technology, Rei brings a unique perspective to marketing and creativity.

Rei is Chief Creative Officer of AKQA, responsible for delivering world-wide creative solutions for the agency's global clients including Nike, Xbox, Coca-cola and Microsoft. Since joining AKQA in 2004, Rei has helped the agency win several key accounts such as Coca-cola and McDonald's. Also, his presence at the agency has been instrumental in bringing AKQA the highest recognitions. AKQA received multiple Agency of the Year accolades in the last two years and was named one of the Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2008 among Google and Apple.

Rei is one of the most award-winning individuals in the creative industry, having won numerous grand prix and gold's at various award shows such as the Cannes International Advertising Festival, One Show and Clio Advertising Festival among others. He has been recognized as one of the world's top 5 creatives in the interactive industry.

Rei was the Jury Chair for the Art Directors Club 86th Annual Awards in 2007 as well as the Clio International Advertising Awards in 2006. Over the years, he has served on many juries - One Show, New York Festival and Webby's to name a few. In 2004, Rei was named one of the Young Guns by the Art Directors Club, which annually selects the best young talents working in the design and advertising industry. More recently in 2008, he was elected as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Art Directors Club.


Ed Kaczmarek
Director of Innovation, New Services
Kraft Foods

Ed is Director of Innovation, New Services, at Kraft Foods, where he recently lead the development of its new iPhone application, the iFood Assistant—enabling the food marketer to deepen consumer relationships and implement new revenue streams. Ed has more than 21 years of integrated marketing communications experience spanning branding, new product development, advertising, CRM and strategy. He has driven innovation both online and in traditional arenas during his tenure at Cadbury/Dr Pepper, VNU, DoubleClick and Draft Worldwide.


James Kane

James Kane is a director of software development and digital production company, Two-Bulls, based in New York. James recently created and produced The Hidden Park, a groundbreaking mobile application for young families that uses GPS and digital photography to create a rich and immersive experience. He has extensive experience in production of transmedia and is currently working on several projects developing immersive mobile experiences for major brands.


Aileen Lee
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Aileen Lee is a Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Since joining KP in 1999, her primary areas of focus have been in consumer and green technologies. Aileen has worked closely with the teams at Blue Nile, Friendster, Good Technology, MOBShop, Tellme, Zazzle, and Reach Media Group, where she was founding CEO and is currently Chairman of the Board.

Prior to joining KPCB, Aileen worked in various operating roles at Gap Inc. in business development, product management, and marketing in the Gap Division and with Gap Online. She has also worked for Odwalla and The North Face in brand and product marketing. Aileen began her career at Morgan Stanley in technology mergers & acquisitions.

She has a Bachelor of Science from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Aileen is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association)


Eric Litman
Chairman and CEO

Eric Litman is Chairman and CEO of Medialets, a leading mobile advertising delivery platform based in NYC. Eric began his career with technical and software engineering positions at GEnie, a pre- Internet online service provider, and NeXT Computer. He is a pioneer of the Internet's commercialization, and as a co-founder of Proxicom, helped to build one of the first, largest, and most successful publicly traded interactive agencies. Eric most recently served as Managing Director of WashingtonVC, an early-stage fund and incubator. Previously, Eric held senior executive roles in high-growth Internet businesses, as founder and CEO of Viaduct Technologies, a global Internet and mobile interactive agency. Previously, he was instrumental in building digitalNATION, a world leading web hosting and services provider, from its launch through its $100m acquisition by Verio Internet/NTT (NYSE: NTT).


Jen McDonald
Digital Marketing Executive
Bank of America

As Digital Marketing Executive for Bank of America, Jen is responsible for delivering digital marketing solutions across the enterprise. This includes solutions for the web experience, driving sales, traffic and brand equity through online advertising as well as developing best in class marketing capabilities. Her team is responsible for third party media, search engine optimization,, email, atm, mobile and social media. She also manages online marketing reporting and analytics. Over the past five years, she and her team have made numerous, significant impacts to the business, including driving Bank of America to #1 Online Banking and Mobile Banking leadership positions.

Jen has over 15 years marketing experience across multiple industries, with deep expertise in direct and online marketing. Previously, she led marketing for start-up Netcentives, where she built out the consumer marketing email platform and monetization strategies, led brand and advertising and database marketing. She also led marketing for (an LVMH company).


Carl Minchew
Director, Product Development
Benjamin Moore & Co.

Mr. Minchew is presently director, product development with a focus on color technology. As a director, he is responsible for color technology research, new product development, and maintenance of color systems, software and equipment. He has been involved in a number of innovative projects including the Pocket Palette, a unique electronic hand-held color reader. He is co-inventor of two color technology related patents. In the course of his career, Mr. Minchew has managed manufacturing and operations at both a local and divisional level. He was an early advocate for environmental responsibility and sustainable production techniques. In addition, he has been intimately involved with product and facility compliance and was an industry delegate during the Regulatory Negotiation that led to the National Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings VOC rule.

As a Company spokesperson Mr. Minchew has been interviewed on a variety of topics by print, radio and TV. Credits include newspapers: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times; magazines: (201), Parade, Decorating Retailer; radio: The Money Pit with Jerry Leen and Ask Heloise; and TV: Modern Marvels-Paint (History Channel), Made in New Jersey (News 12 New Jersey), and Squawk Box with Mike Hegedous (MSNBC).


Allison Mooney
Vice President, Director of Trends & Insights

Allison Mooney has been working in media and marketing for seven years and was part of the launch team for MobileBehavior, Omnicom's mobile consultancy. As Vice President, Director of Trends & Insights, Allison tracks global developments in technology, culture and media, with a focus on how people adapt and use mobile devices. She runs the group's blog, Next Great Thing, and provides top-level insights and marketing strategy to clients.

Allison has spoken at conferences around the world and presented to Fortune 500 companies. She sits on the YPulse Advisory Board, serves as a Contributing Editor with PSFK, a popular blog on trends and innovations, and writes for AdAge's DigitalNext blog.


Adam Taggart
Head of Americas Marketing/Product Marketing
Yahoo! Mobile

Adam Taggart leads all inbound and outbound marketing-related efforts for Yahoo!'s mobile business across the Americas. His contributions over the past several years have helped make Yahoo! a top global mobile destination for both consumers and advertisers.

Adam joined Yahoo! in 2001 and has been an integral part of the company's mobile marketing team for the last several years. Before joining the mobile team, Adam was the director of engagement & retention for the broadband group, where he focused on launching new premium services while ensuring a positive consumer experience across all of Yahoo!'s broadband partnerships. Previously, Adam was senior manager of marketing solutions and led the development of strategic sales programs. He began his career at Yahoo! as the marketing lead for Yahoo! Finance.

Prior to Yahoo!, Adam was an early member of, a leading e-commerce comparison shopping site that was acquired by CNET in 2000. He was formerly an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch, working on international telecom privatization and healthcare mergers & acquisitions.

He holds a Bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Henry M. Vogel
President and CEO

Mr. Vogel is currently President and CEO of Apptera ( where he has responsibility for the company's overall strategic direction in addition to leading the day-to-day operations and efforts towards new opportunities in the burgeoning mobile advertising market.

Henry brings to Apptera a wealth of experience, track record of success and passion for fast growth, consumer Internet companies and advertising technology. With nearly 20 years experience in digital media and related consumer marketing industries, Henry served most recently as the Chief Revenue Officer of Quigo Technologies. Under Vogel's leadership as CRO, Quigo's AdSonar contextual ad network grew from a few billion to over 25 billion monthly ad impressions before being bought by AOL in December of 2007.

Prior to Quigo, Henry held numerous executive positions at eBay including Vice President of Internet Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and head of Corporate Strategy. In the late nineties through 2000, Henry founded and led Consumer Predictive Systems (eClips); eClips provided segment-of-one marketing services to off-line CPGs and retailers by designing and delivering promotions targeted to individual consumers based on their behavior (frequent shopper card data), household demographics and revealed preferences. Henry started his career and spent nearly fourteen years as a Partner and Senior Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group focused on the Consumer Goods and Retail sector where he gained experience in consumer marketing, branding, retail, sales, operations and corporate development.

Mr. Vogel is currently a board member and advisor to several other companies including, SlingBeat Media, Cowan's, Intent Media, TurnTo Networks, and Tripology. He received a graduate degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern University.


Alan Warms

Alan Warms founded Appolicious Inc. in May, 2009 to help consumers find mobile apps they'll love, and to help corporations drive adoption of their mobile apps.

Prior to founding Appolicious, Alan worked at Yahoo! as Vice President, General Manager Yahoo! News, Tech, and Education from the sale of BuzzTracker in September, 2007 through November, 2008. While there, Warms: led the development of the first major site redesign in 3.5 years resulting in a tripling of engagement; implemented BuzzTracker into every News story page as the Most Blogged About feature; extended Yahoo! News lead as the number one News site for Reach in the world according to Comscore; and grew revenue and operating cash flow double digits percentage-wise on a year to year basis while consistently beating budget targets.

Participate Media, founded by Warms in 2005, developed, a news aggregation platform that uses the top 100,000 blogs to automatically determine the top headlines for hundreds of thousands of content topics. Participate Media sold BuzzTracker and associated technologies to Yahoo! in September, 2007.
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