About chrisvn

I’m a media, technology and finance executive with more than 16 years of experience and I’m interested in bringing my expertise, multi-industry connections and enthusiasm to Corporate Development or Business Development position. In my career, which includes Chief Strategist of Media at Akamai, I’ve foreseen trends, developed strategies, led P&L and business development teams all while leveraging deep knowledge of the media/technology ecosystem. In addition to the traditional qualifications (Ivy League MBA, communication skills, project management experience, contract negotiation) my experience includes the following elements: • Consistent success in managing cross-functional teams that include engineers, creatives, marketing professionals, and external partners. • A strong track record of strategy development, managing business profit and loss and overseeing robust business growth. • Extensive, executive level client management and relationships including content production, content distribution and technology services. I appreciate your time. Sincerely, Chris Van Noy
  • Industry AdvertisingDigitalFilmInvestmentMediaMusicTelevision
  • Sector Business DevelopmentCorporate ConsultingCorporate DevelopmentFinanceM&AStrategic PartnershipsStrategy
  • Preferred Job Title CDO (Chief Digital Officer)CSO (Chief Strategic Officer)ConsultantFounderGeneral ManagerSenior Vice PresidentVice President
  • Companies Akamai, NBC Universal, Hulu, 24/7 Real Media

Summary

Chris is a technology and media executive whose expertise in strategy, finance and management has spanned M&A, corporate strategy and early experience as software engineer. His 16-year career in has included positions at Disney, NBC Universal, Hulu, ESPN and Akamai as Chief Strategist of Media and Entertainment.

Experience

  • 2013
    RED ROAD ADVISORY

    Founder

    Launched firm to serve as a corporate development extension for media and tech companies.  Sought out by clients across industries to lead go-to-market strategy design/execution, financial modeling, seed and growth capital fundraising, development of strategic partnerships, and operational readiness for liquidity events.  Clients have included:  The Players’ Tribune – $9.5M funding, successful exit  Next Management Partners – business model, successful acquisition, Phase 2 growth strategy  Pure Growth – business model development, partnership, M&A execution  Extreme Channel – business plan and growth strategy, $8M capital raise, expansion into OTT/SVOD market

  • 2010 - 2012
    Akamai

    Chief Strategist, Media and Entertainment

    Recruited by this $13B global content delivery network (CDN) and service provider. Led teams in the development and launch of value-added services in the midst of digital transformation, growing competition, and service commoditization.  Defined and drove strategy for two of Akamai’s most successful value-added services suites—security and data, significantly contributing to the media division’s 66%+ growth in annual revenue to $500M over 3 years.  Created the corporate development framework which resulted in 2 new partnerships and the acquisition of Contendo.  Led industry initiatives internally and externally: UltraViolet, TV Everywhere, B2B digital transfer, content indexing, universal ID, and media warehousing.

  • 2009 - 2009
    Jumpwire Media

    Vice President, Strategy

    Started company with Founder/CEO to develop and execute analytics-driven social media solutions for large media companies.  Transformed customized project-specific service approach, developing a portfolio of data-driven offerings that grew revenue from zero to $3M in the first year while increasing margins.  Negotiated $400K+ annual retainer with Naspers.  In 2011, company was named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Media.  Clients included Sony, Virgin, Katie Couric, Coca-Cola, AMC, and ABC.

  • 2007 - 2008
    Hulu / NBCUniversal

    Vice President of Digital Distribution

    Recruited by the NBC/News Corp./Providence Equity Partners joint-venture premium video startup to create a distribution network and work with the incoming CEO and CTO for the 2008 launch.  In partnership with Fox/NBC CTOs, selected and vetted potential tech partners and negotiated deals (e.g., Adobe, Akamai, HP, AMC, Smithsonian, Conde Nast, and Discovery).  Designed commercial and operational models, developed board presentations, and secured content deals that drove the transformation of Hulu into the premium destination for live and on-demand TV and movie content.  Created a distribution network of 34 publishers.

  • 2004 - 2006
    24/7 REAL MEDIA

    Director

    Following completion of M.B.A., recruited to leverage finance expertise, process/reporting rigor, and ROI perspective to position rapid-growth adtech company ($193M market cap) for sale.  Strategic advisor to CFO on operational performance against key metrics.  Improved efficiency, including the reduction of software product release cycle times.  Company was sold to WPP for a 3.25 revenue multiple ($649M transaction).

Education