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Ross Levinsohn (born c. 1964) is the CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, Mr. Levinsohn was named Chief Executive Officer of Guggenheim Digital Media (GDM) in January 2013. GDM oversees and operates media assets including the iconic brands of Billboard, Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter, The Film Expo Group and CLIO Awards, and partners with additional Guggenheim controlled assets to further develop their digital media strategies, including Dick Clark Productions. In 2012, he served as Interim CEO and Head of Global Media at Yahoo! Prior to being named to that post, he was Executive Vice President of the Americas region for Yahoo! In this role, he was responsible for company’s largest Region including oversight of all content, advertising sales, business development, partnerships, commerce and marketing. For most of his career Mr. Levinsohn has working seamlessly between Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Wall Street. He served as the President of News Corporation's Fox Interactive Media, overseeing such brands as Fox Sports.com, Fox.com, MySpace, IGN and more than a dozen other properties. Mr. Levinsohn also held senior executive management positions with AltaVista, an early pioneer and leader in search, CBS Sportsline where he oversaw all content and development for the top rated sports site, and HBO, the leading pay cable network. He was the co-founder and managing director of Fuse Capital, an investment and strategic equity management firm focused on investing in and building digital media and communications companies. Levinsohn sits on the Board Of Directors of The Tribune Company, mobile advertising solutions company Millennial Media, Zefr Inc, which provides technology solutions for the biggest content owners and brands on YouTube, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program. Mr. Levinsohn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The American University.
He held various positions out of college including sports management and marketing at ProServ and Lapin and Rose Communications, advertising at Saatchi and Saatchi and was an executive producer at CBS Sportsline. He was an executive and vice president at Alta Vista from 1999 to 2000.
In 2000, he joined News Digital Media, the internet division of News Corporation. In 2001 he took over Fox Sports Interactive Media and was SVP and a General Manager from January 2001 to January 2005. He developed the business plan for what became Fox Interactive Media and was President of Fox Interactive Media from July 2005 to November 2006. A direct report of Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin, Levinsohn was among the architects of the News Corporation acquisition of MySpace and IGN as well as Askmen.com, Scout.com, Newroo and KSolo.
In December 2007, Levinsohn and former AOL Chairman Jonathan Miller launched Velocity Interactive Group, a $1.5 billion media and communications investment fund along with Asia's media powerhouse and billionaire Keyur Patel. Their first investments signaled a broad global palette. In the US, video advertising concern Broadband Enterprises, digital media management concern Fabrik, Inc. (sold to Hitachi), Publish 2, Generate, True/Slant and 5:1, an online advertising marketplace. In India, leading media outlets NDTV and India TV, and Fuse+Media, which has financed motion pictures.
In October 2010 he joined Yahoo! serving as Executive Vice President of Americas and then Head of Global Media and Executive Vice President at Yahoo!.
He was promoted to the interim Yahoo! CEO position on 13 May 2012 – the fourth CEO Yahoo! has had since September 2011.
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