A true advertising technology pioneer, Michael laid the framework for many of today’s sophisticated media platforms as early as the mid-1960s. He comes to Mediaocean from his role as founder, worldwide chairman and CEO of Donovan Data Systems/DDS, one of Mediaocean’s two founding companies (along with MediaBank). Born in Panama and raised in Costa Rica and Peru, Michael graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in engineering. He continued his studies at MIT with an MS in computers and business. After a year at IBM in New York, in 1965 Michael saw an opportunity to go out on his own as an independent programming consultant. Two years later, he started DDS.
Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of MediaBank, one of the two founding companies of Mediaocean. He is also a founder and director of several firms, including Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), where he is co-founder and Executive Chairman; InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ: INWK), a global provider of managed print and promotional solutions; Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO), a technology-enabled transportation and logistics outsourcing firm; and LightBank, a venture fund focused on helping disruptive technology businesses. Eric serves on the board of directors of Children’s Memorial Hospital and the board of trustees of the Steppenwolf Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Eric is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Brad Keywell is the co-founder of MediaBank, one of the two founding companies of Mediaocean. Brad is also a co-founder and Managing Partner of Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technology businesses; a co-founder and Director of groundbreaking deals site Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN); and a co-founder and Director of Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO), a technology-based enterprise transportation management firm.
Keywell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a course on entrepreneurship and building technology-based businesses. He is the Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. He has served on the Mayor’s Committee on Technology Infrastructure, and the Mayor’s Chicago-China Friendship Initiative, both positions appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Keywell is also the Founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas Week, an annual event which hosts nearly 200 speakers at 80+ events with global media coverage, and is emerging as one of the major ideas and innovation conferences and platforms in the country.
Peter joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and has served as Managing General Partner since 1999. Since joining NEA, Peter has led investments in over 20 information technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. These include such industry pioneering companies as Groupon, Amisys, CareerBuilder, InnerWorkings, Neutral Tandem, UUNET, and Vonage. Prior to joining NEA, Peter was President and Chief Operating Officer of Legent Corporation (LGNT) and Senior Vice President of the Systems Software Division of UCCEL Corporation (UCE). Both companies were ultimately acquired at valuations that were record breaking for their time. Earlier, Peter spent almost a decade at General Electric Company in a variety of management positions, including Vice President and General Manager at GE Information Services. Outside interests include serving on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, the Dartmouth Tuck School Board of Overseers. Peter previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association and was also a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic organization in the Washington D.C. area. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern and an MBA from Dartmouth.
CEO & Director
Bill has spent over a decade leading and unleashing the potential of revolutionary advertising technologies, overseeing more than $3 Billion in mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings during that time. He comes to Mediaocean from his role as CEO of media systems provider MediaBank, which, along with Donovan Data Systems/DDS, was one of Mediaocean’s two founding companies. Immediately prior to MediaBank, he served as GM, ad platforms & global exchange at Yahoo—a role he achieved after serving as president of Right Media, which he helped guide to Yahoo acquisition in 2007. His other executive leadership positions extend across organizations including DoubleClick, MaxOnline and Ask.com, which became part of IAC Advertising Solutions. Bill holds a BS in Accounting & Business from the University at Albany and is a CPA. You can follow Bill on twitter at @billwise.
Mike Koizim was the chief operating officer of Donovan Data Systems until 2012, retiring after he helped lead the successful merger of DDS with MediaBank to form Mediaocean. At DDS, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business and, with chairman Michael Donovan, set the company’s strategic direction.
Mike joined DDS as controller in 1986 after seven years in public accounting. He was promoted to chief financial officer in 1988 and to chief operating officer in 1998.
Royce Yudkoff co-founded ABRY in 1989. Prior to forming ABRY, Royce was affiliated with Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm, where he co-lead Bain’s media practice. ABRY, along with Michael Donovan, own Talent Partners. Royce graduated as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College.