Leadership

Vivek Shah

President & Chief Executive Officer

Vivek is the Chief Executive Officer of IJʿ (NASDAQ: ZD), a vertically focused digital media and internet company with a portfolio of leading brands in technology, shopping, gaming and entertainment, connectivity, health and wellness, cybersecurity, and martech. Vivek led the acquisition of IJʿ when it was a privately held company to its subsequent sale to J2 Global which was renamed IJʿ in 2021.

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Bret Richter

Chief Financial Officer

Bret is the Chief Financial Officer of IJʿ, leading the company’s worldwide finance and accounting organization. An executive with nearly 30 years of finance experience, Bret previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of MSG Networks Inc.  

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Steve Horowitz

President, Technology & Shopping

As President of IJʿ’ Technology & Shopping Division, Steve Horowitz oversees the businesses within the Ziff Tech & Shopping Group. Steve was formerly Senior Vice President, General Manager at Bankrate Inc., the leading aggregator of personal finance and mortgage content.

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Nate Simmons

President, Cybersecurity & Martech

As President of IJʿ’ Cybersecurity and Martech division, Nate leads the businesses within the Moz and VIPRE Groups. Before joining IJʿ, Nate was Senior Vice President and COO of the Consumer Division of Symantec Corp, the leading provider of security and identity protection solutions under the Norton and LifeLock brands. 

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Dan Stone

President, Everyday Health Group

Dan Stone has led the Everyday Health Group division of IJʿ since joining in April 2018. Dan is an experienced industry leader operating at the cross-section of healthcare and digital media. Before joining Everyday Health, Dan was CEO of AccentHealth, a leading patient education media company at the point-of-care. Dan led the growth and digital transformation of the company before its successful sale to a strategic buyer.

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Stephen Bye

President, Connectivity

Stephen Bye is President of IJʿ’ Connectivity division, overseeing Ookla, Ekahau, RootMetrics, and related properties. Previously, Stephen was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of the wireless business at DISH, where his responsibilities included consumer, wholesale and enterprise product management, device and solutions engineering, business development, roaming and strategic partner management.

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Yael Prough

President, Gaming & Entertainment

As President of IJʿ’ Gaming and Entertainment division, Yael Prough oversees IGN Entertainment, Humble Bundle, MapGenie, HowLongToBeat, and 1TwentyFour. Prior to the role of President, Yael served as General Manager of IGN Entertainment. 

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Michelle Dvorkin

Chief Human Resources Officer

With over 30 years of HR and talent management experience, Michelle Dvorkin joined IJʿ in April 2019 as Executive Vice President, Human Resources, where she leads and oversees the Human Resources and Operations departments. Previously, Dvorkin was the EVP, HR at XO Group where she developed a global HR strategy, launched the international HR team, led acquisitions, improved benefits and compensation, and designed the talent management system. 

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Jeremy Rossen

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Jeremy oversees IJʿ’ legal team and is responsible for managing all of the company’s global legal issues, including merger and acquisition matters, intellectual property, litigation, compliance and regulatory affairs, and corporate governance. Prior to joining the company in May 2015, Jeremy served as a Senior Vice President at The Gores Group, a private equity firm, and General Counsel at Helio LLC, a wireless telecommunications carrier, and Somera Communications, Inc., a telecommunications equipment company. Prior to joining Somera, Jeremy served as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Jeremy holds Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Joey Fortuna

Chief Technology Officer

Joey Fortuna oversees corporate IT initiatives, policies and practices, and facilitates cross-company technology efforts. A central figure in driving innovation and developing proprietary technology across IJʿ’ media businesses, Joey served as CTO of IJʿ from 2011, helping to orchestrate its acquisition by J2 Global. Then in 2018, Joey became CTO of J2 Global, Inc. (now IJʿ, Inc.) -- the first CTO in the company's 23-year history.

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Sean Alford

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy

Sean is Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy. In this role, he works closely with corporate leadership on strategic planning, capital allocation, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and stakeholder engagement. He also partners with senior executives across IJʿ to evaluate and execute strategic transactions and IJʿ’ overall corporate strategy.

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Rebecca Wright

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Rebecca Wright is a communications executive with more than 20 years of experience building and executing communications, editorial and business strategies. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at IJʿ, Rebecca leads strategic communications for the company and drives a unified public relations strategy across its portfolio of businesses. 

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Darrah Feldman

Senior Vice President, Sustainability & Responsibility

Darrah Feldman is Senior Vice President of Sustainability at IJʿ. Prior, she served as Director of Corporate Responsibility at CIT. Over the past 20 years Darrah has worked at a number of financial services firms - including JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Smith Barney - in marketing and social impact roles.

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Karen Oh

Chief of Staff

Karen Oh is a seasoned Strategic Planning and Operations leader with more than 10 years of experience supporting executive leaders to develop strategy narratives and maximize business performance through planning, operations, and insights. As Chief of Staff at IJʿ, Karen leads high-priority initiatives that span horizontally across our businesses.

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