Jonathan Klein (Getty Images)

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Jonathan Klein is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images, Inc.,[1] a global digital media company that is the premier creator and distributor of still imagery, video and music worldwide.[2] He co-founded Getty Images with Chairman Mark Getty in March 1995 and since then has led the company’s growth from an analog image collection with transparencies, laboratories and print catalogs, to an award-winning, multi-billion dollar, global digital business.[3]

Under Klein’s direction, Getty Images has acquired and integrated more than 100 image collections and companies worldwide, including PhotoDisc and iStockphoto.[4][5] The company also launched news, sports and entertainment coverage, and has grown to include video, music, digital asset management, rights services and assignment photography.[6]

Fast Company recognized Klein in its “Fast 50” as a business leader who “will change the way we work and live”[7] and he was named number one on American Photo’s list of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”[8] He received the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School’s 2012 award for Global Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration,[9] as well as the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Business Excellence for Innovation award.[10]

Under Klein’s stewardship, Getty Images received the first International Center of Photography Trustees Award, for the company’s “commitment to the field of photography, through technology and philanthropy, and dedication to the power of photography to create change.”[11]

Klein is a leader in the fields of international press freedom and global health. He serves on the boards of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Grassroot Soccer and is chairman of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[12][13][14] He is a member of the corporate advisory board of GBCHealth and serves on the boards of directors of the Groton School,[15] Etsy,[16] Getty Images,[17] Getty Investments and Squarespace.[18][19]

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Klein received a degree in Law from Cambridge University.[20] Currently he lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.

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