International Council 2010 NYC

IC 2010 NYC Attendee Lists

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Eija Ailasmaa

President and Chief Executive Officer
Sanoma Magazines, Sanoma Corporation

Eija Ailasmaa has been the chief executive officer of Sanoma Magazines since 2003. She played an important role in the creation of this company when Sanoma WSOY acquired the VNU Consumer Information Group in 2001. At that time she was in charge of SanomaWSOY’s Finnish magazine publishing, Helsinki Media, which was then merged to the acquired unit and the European Magazine Champion was born. Her introduction to the world of magazines came in 1985, when Ailasmaa became editor in chief for Kodin Kuvalehti.

Berat Albayrak

Chief Executive Officer
Calik

Berat Albayrak leads Çalik Holding AS, one of the largest conglomerates in Turkey. Çalik Holding AS is active in many sectors, including energy, telecom, construction, textiles, finance, media, and mining. Çalik has more than 20,000 employees in twelve countries and on three continents. It is one of the leading investors in Central Asia and the Balkans, and aims to grow its core business areas by developing synergies and partnerships with global players such as Eni, Mitsubishi, EBRD, EWE, General Electric, and Turk Telekom.

Serhat Albayrak

Chief Executive Officer
Turkuvaz Media Group

Serhat Albayrak graduated from Bosphorus University’s political science and international relations department. From 1998 to 2000 he worked on Wall Street and received an MBA from Pace University in the United States. He worked as a manager at Vestel, a general manager at Çalik Holding AS, and served as the chairman of the executive board for Star Medya Yayincilik. Albayrak has been a board member of Çalik Holding AS since 2007. He currently serves as the vice president of the board at Turkuvaz Media Group.

Subroto Bhattacharya

Chief Executive Officer
Zee TV, The Americas

As Zee TV’s country head for the Americas, Subroto Bhattacharya is responsible for driving the network’s performance and growth across all distribution and advertising platforms in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Latin America. With more than twenty-five years of experience in the television and entertainment industries in the United States and abroad, he is recognized for his strong execution skills, proven ability to lead top performing teams, and his consistent track record in expanding cable distribution across major DMA markets.

Christopher Brearton

Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Christopher Brearton is the managing partner of O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the entertainment, sports, and media practice. He primarily advises motion picture studios, independent producers, financial institutions and investment funds, television networks, and sports organizations. He has counseled clients in transactions ranging from the creation of strategic alliances, complex commercial licensing arrangements, project financing, and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer in numerous publications in both the entertainment and sports fields.

Yuri Brodsky

Executive Director
UBS

Yuri Brodsky is an executive director in UBS' media and communications group. He has eight years experience in investment banking and has been involved in advisory and capital raising assignments in the satellite and other media sectors. Prior to joining UBS four years ago, Brodsky worked in the Bear Stearns Telecom group. He holds a BA degree in mathematics, economics, and computer science from Rutgers University and an MBA in finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

Merrill Brown

Founder and Principal
MMB Media LLC

MMB Media LLC provides clients with management and strategy consulting, corporate, editorial and program development, business analysis, and marketing services. Since the founding of MMB Media, clients have ranged from companies in the news, information, and wireless businesses to a large foundation. Merrill Brown recently served as senior strategist for Journalism Online, the startup online publishing subscription services company founded by Steven Brill, Gordon Crovitz, and Leo Hindery. He is also a partner in Propeller LLC, a New York consultancy.

Tony Burman

Chief Strategic Advisor
Al Jazeera

Tony Burman is the chief strategic advisor for Al Jazeera in The Americas and the former managing director of Al Jazeera English, a position he held for more than two years. During his time as managing director based in Qatar, Burman guided AJE's growth in North America, including the launch of the channel on cable in Washington DC, the first major market to carry the channel in the United States, and the launch of the channel on every major cable platform in Canada. Under his leadership, AJE has been widely recognized for its groundbreaking reporting from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Bill Cobourn

US Markets and Sectors Leader
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Bill Cobourn has twenty-seven years of experience with the firm and has been a partner since 1994. Prior positions in the firm include US leader of the entertainment media and communications sector, US leader of the technology sector, and the leader of PricewaterhouseCooper’s US Technology, Infocom, and Entertainment and media practice (TICE). He also led the global technology practice and the US information and communications practice. He has focused his career in the media, communications, and technology space.

Nuri M. Colakoglu

President
Dogan Media International

Nuri Colakoglu is currently the president of Dogan Media International, and advisor to the chief executive officer of Dogan Media Group. He has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, and media executive since 1969, and has held positions in Turkey and abroad. Since 1991 he has been involved in launching or restructuring a number of private TV channels, including Show TV, Cine 5, Olay TV, NTV, CNBC-e, CNN Turk, Fenerbahce TV, Kanal D Romania, and TEB KOBI TV. He returned to Dogan Media Group in 2002 as CEO and president of CNN Turk.

Scott L. Corwin

Partner
Booz & Company

Scott Corwin has over twenty five years of experience working closely with corporate leaders to successfully develop and implement strategy based transformations. He works with clients in a range of industries including media and information, automotive, consumer products, retail, healthcare, telecommunications, information technology, and not-for-profits. He serves as Booz and Company’s client service officer responsible for leading the firm’s relationship with several core clients. Corwin is a member of the firm’s New York Office Leadership Team.

Mark D'Arcy

President and Chief Creative Officer
Time Warner Global Media Group

As head of the company’s global media business, Mark D’Arcy partners with industry leading advertisers to create and distribute premium content, applications and experiences that build brands and drive business growth. Since joining the company in 2004, he has pioneered the Global Media Group's industry leading transformation into a creatively-driven media arts practice.

Alfonso De Angoitia

Executive Vice President
Grupo Televisa, SAB

Alfonso de Angoitia is executive vice president and chairman of the finance committee of Grupo Televisa, SAB. He has been a member of the board of directors and of the executive committee of the company since 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he also held the position of chief financial officer. Prior to joining Grupo Televisa, SAB, he was a founding partner of Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, SC, one of Mexico's leading law firms.

Olgierd Dobrzynski

Director of Business Development
TVN Group

Olgierd Dobrzynski is TVN Group’s director of business development (between 2006 and 2009 management board member). Since 2003 he has been vice president of TVN 24 news channel responsible for finance and sales. He also supervised the launch and development of new thematic channels of TVN Group. He graduated from the Management Faculty at Warsaw University. Also he studied finance at Franklin and Marshall College and at the University of Southern Indiana in the United States.

William B. Drewry

Chairman of Media
Diamond Castle

Prior to joining Diamond Castle in 2009, William B. Drewry was a managing director in the Global Media Group at UBS Investment Bank, where his client roster included many of the major media conglomerates, entertainment, and local media companies. Previously, he was global head of media equity research at Credit Suisse. At Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), he was a four-time number one ranked analyst by Institutional Investor magazine and was ranked in the top three for nine consecutive years across various media categories.

Luis J. Echarte

Chairman of the Board
Azteca America

Luis J. Echarte knows how to run international companies and build global brands. He can analyze growing markets, while keeping track of the financial details of major corporations. Currently chairman of the board of Azteca America, the fastest-growing Spanish language network in America, he is the driver behind the network's leading position in sixty-five cities, representing eighty-nine percent of the US Hispanic population. A wholly-owned subsidiary of TV Azteca, the company is known for its innovative programming.

Christ H. Economos

Entertainment, Media and Communications Industries
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Christ Economos is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tax practice and the global tax leader of the firm’s entertainment, media, and communications industry practice. Based in New York City, he has served entertainment and media clients for more than twenty-six years. He serves several large multinational entertainment and media clients of the firm. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1996 after having spent one year with the Internal Revenue Service, nine years in public accounting and, most recently, three years with Time Warner.

Matthew Egol

Partner
Booz & Company

Matt Egol is a New York-based partner with Booz & Company. He has more than fourteen years of consulting experience, specializing in growth strategy, sales and marketing effectiveness, and performance improvement. His experience ranges across a broad set of media and information industries, including B-to-B publishing, online, events, workflow solutions, marketing services, mobile, newspapers, magazines, television, and education.

Rick Ellis

Chief Executive Officer
Television New Zealand (TVNZ)

Rick Ellis rejoined TVNZ as its chief executive in May 2006, having previously served as group chief executive from 1998 to 2002, when the company was a state-owned enterprise. From 2002-2006 he served as vice president and managing director of EDS (New Zealand) Limited, New Zealand’s largest IT Services employer with a staff of over 2400. He is a former governor of Radio New Zealand, and former chair of the Television Local Content Quota Group, and the New Zealand Television Broadcasters Association.