JAMES J. SPANFELLER
Prior to this position, he served as the President and CEO of Forbes.com, the home page for the world’s business leaders, reaching 25 million business decision makers each month. In this position, Spanfeller oversaw Forbes Digital which included Forbes.com, ForbesTraveler.com, Investopedia.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, RealClearSports.com, and the Forbes.com Business and Finance Blog Network, which together reach 42 million unique monthly visitors. Spanfeller was also a member of the Office of the Chairman, along with Steve Forbes and Timothy Forbes.
Spanfeller has received numerous industry accolades. He was one of two initial winners of The Founders Award issued by the IAB for outstanding contributions to the digital media world. He has been included in BtoB Media Business’ “Who’s Who in Business Publishing” and was named “Top Interactive Executive for General Business Publishers” as part of the “Top Innovator in Business Publishing” awards. He has also been included in BtoB magazine’s “Top 25 Newsmakers” as well as the “Media Power 50 List” at #4, and was inducted into min’s first-ever Digital Hall of Fame.
Spanfeller is currently on the board of the Digital Content Alliance (DCN) and is a Chairman Emeritus of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He served on the Board of Directors of the Magazine Publishers Association, 1999-2000. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for Hottopics, Inc. and serves on the advisory boards of several early-stage web startups based in the UK.
Jim Spanfeller has been a member of the Mediasmith Board of Directors since 2009.