James Bilefield has been named President of Condé Nast International
's new media division, which has been renamed Condé Nast International Digital. Bilefield will also become a member of Condé Nast International's five-person Executive Committee.
Bilefield has a track record of successfully leading digital businesses. He was formerly CEO of OpenX
, the leading open source advertising platform, delivering billions of online ads every day around the world.
He was also an early executive at Skype, the internet communications company, where he led global business development and then ran European operations. Prior to that, Bilefield held a range of senior commercial and general management roles across Yahoo!’s European businesses.
His first digital venture was UpMyStreet.com
, a local information company, which he co-founded in 1998 following a successful career in the investment banking division of JP Morgan Chase.
Bilefield holds a first class degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of NMSIT, the commercial arm of the Science Museum in London.
"Bilefield is a talented executive who has demonstrated a command of new media and the ability to get results. He is just the person needed to lead our digital growth," said Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman of Condé Nast International.
Condé Nast International Digital encompasses the organisation's new media operations outside the US. There are currently 71 websites in 18 markets including Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Korea, Australia, Poland, Greece, Mexico, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden. Condé Nast International publishes 105 magazines in 23 countries.
Bilefield replaces Stefano Maruzzi who has left the company to return to Italy for personal reasons.
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