SIIA Board of Directors

Richard Atkinson
Sr. Director, Global Non-Genuine Sector, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Mr. Mark Bohannon
VP, Corporate Affairs & Global Public Policy, Red Hat, Inc.

Ed Coburn
President, Cabot Wealth Network

Ed is President of Cabot Heritage Corporation. Prior to that Ed was President of PTO Today/School Family Media. Previously Ed was Senior VP and Lead Consultant at Mequoda Systems, Publishing Director at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and Managing Director of Circadian Information, and Group Publisher at Cutter Information Corp. Ed has taught content strategy and organizational design and has been a frequent speaker at SIPA and other industry events. He is a member of the SIPA Board of Directors, past SIPA President and co-chair of the SIPA Owners & Publishers Retreat. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Babson College Graduate School of Management.

Brendan Desetti
Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations, D2L Inc.

Brendan is the Director of Government & Stakeholder Relations at D2L. D2L's learning management platform, Brightspace, is used by school and companies to personalize the learning experience for every student and deliver real results. Brendan’s role includes working with policymakers and education stakeholder groups to foster positive learning policy and promote innovative learning strategies and the use of technology for students and schools. This includes competency-based education, accessibility for students with disabilities, and student data privacy. Prior to joining D2L, Brendan was the Director of Education Policy for the Software & Information Industry.

Mr. Steve Dickey
Director, OPRA, Cboe Global Markets

Denise Elliott
Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.

Denise is responsible for the circulation/sales efforts for five newsletters with a combined circulation of more than 275,000 and one consumer magazine with more than 600,000 subscribers. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continually published newsletter in the U.S. Denise is also responsible for production, fulfillment and IT. She was previously president of Briefings Publishing Group, a newsletter publishing company in Alexandria, VA. Prior to Briefings, Denise was marketing vice president at Washington Business Information, Inc.

Heather C. Farley
COO, Access Intelligence

Heather is a senior level operating executive responsible for overseeing the operations and strategic direction across AI’s portfolio. As a member of Access Intelligence’s Board of Directors, Heather plays an integral role in ensuring that the vision and mission of AI’s core strategic initiatives are successfully executed across all operating units. Heather is a recognized leader in the b2b community and sits on the board of SIPA and SIIA and is often tapped for speaking engagements. In her tenure at AI, Heather has worked on more than a dozen acquisitions and countless product launches. Her expertise in both direct marketing and paid content have been instrumental in the company’s dynamic transition from a traditional b2b media provider to an integrated global media platform company comprised primarily of face-to-face events and online members-based communities. Prior to Access Intelligence, Heather was a senior vice president and group publisher with Phillips Publishing International, where she began her publishing career in 1988.

Mr. David Foster
CEO, Business Valuation Resources, LLC

David Foster is the CEO of Business Valuation Resources, the U.S.-based publisher of transaction, legal and other databases for the business valuation profession. In the ten years since he acquired BVR, it has grown 320%. Much of this growth resulted from successful responses to the revolution in information industry business processes during the last decade—changes that have forced BVR and other publishers to reinvent sales, marketing, product development, technology, editorial, pricing, and every other part of their operations.

In addition to BVR, Foster was the co-founder of IOMA, Inc., a management publisher he sold to the Bureau of National Affairs in 1998. He has served on the Boards of 14 information industry companies, as well as a number of non-profits such as Copyright Clearance Center and Symphony Space. He won SIPA’s Hall of Fame Award 2000, and is current co-chair of SIPA's annual CEO Roundtable, which meets again in February in Jamaica. He's also a member of OutSell's publishing CEO Leadership Community.

Kate Friedrich
Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters

Yousaf Hafeez
Director, Capital Markets Development, BT

Yousaf is currently Head of Business Development at BT Financial Technology Services; responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with key trading venues (including Exchanges, MTFs, ECNs, PTSs and dark pools) across asset classes globally. As a result Yousaf has developed strong relationships with a number of CxOs globally and has developed an excellent understanding of their services (trading and market data). Additionally, Yousaf has established strong relationships with both the buy-side and sell-side community. Yousaf has spoken at a number of conferences on subjects ranging from low latency, emerging markets and the search for liquidity, liquidity fragmentation and blockchains applications and trends in capital markets and has written articles and been quoted in various trade publications. He supports the BT Radianz sales team on major opportunities globally and has designed and implemented a number of programs to educate the sales teams on trends and requirements in the financial services community; including topics such as dark pools, FX, FI, emerging markets trends in the market space and different trading strategies. Other experience includes marketing, product marketing and business development in telecom and IT related companies with a finance sector focus.

Meg Hargreaves
Managing Director, CQ Roll Call

Meg Hargreaves is a senior media executive with demonstrated success in a wide variety of strategic roles and environments, including leading product development, sales, retention, customer service and content licensing teams at global online companies, information aggregators, digital publishing companies and start-ups. She has deep experience across business, legal, academic and government information markets. Meg simultaneously serves as Publisher over CQ Roll Call’s directory business, including Congress at Your Fingertips, and represents CQ Roll Call on The Economist Group’s Global Charitable Trust Committee. She specializes in developing and marketing successful, client-focused, cross-platform information products and services. She also possess extensive non-profit board experience.

Mr. Bernard McKay
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Intuit, Inc.

Chuck Melley
Vice President, Strategic Communications, Pearson

Marion Minor
CEO, EPG Media & Specialty Information

Marion Minor is the CEO of Specialty Information Media, a multi-faceted publishing and business information company serving 5 vertical industries. Ms Minor is also the COO of EPG Media, publisher of consumer and trade magazines, websites and events in the powersports and boating markets. Ms. Minor’s career experience spans from retail sales and buying at Macy’s to the executive management of the information sales and services teams of some of the largest packaged goods manufacturers for A.C. Nielsen. Also while at A.C. Nielsen, Ms. Minor was responsible for developing and successfully expanding its business and product offerings in two untapped niche markets: alcohol beverages and fresh produce. Ms. Minor was recruited by A.C. Nielsen to join and become Managing Partner of its eight-year joint venture with Adams Business Media which successfully expanded the reach of new and existing business information services within the alcohol beverage industry. Through this association with Adams, Ms. Minor began managing their alcohol beverage publications and resource guides which she acquired along with a merchandising intelligence service in 2002.

Heath Morrison
President, School Group, McGraw-Hill Education

Morris Panner
Chief Executive Officer, Ambra Health

As CEO of Ambra, Morris Panner leads the company on its mission of delivering better care through better technology. Morris is an active voice in the cloud and enterprise software arena, focused on the services and healthcare verticals. He is a frequent contributor to business, healthcare, and technology publications. Before Ambra, Morris built and sold an industry-leading business-process software company, OpenAir, to NetSuite (NYSE:N). He once served as the US Embassy Resident Legal Advisor in Bogota, Colombia; and his first job ever was as a janitor at his old high school while on summer break from college. Both of these very different experiences taught him valuable lessons about the human condition, and make him cherish his time with family that much more. Morris has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard University.

Jessica Perry
Chief Digital Officer, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

A highly accomplished and pioneering leader in digital publishing, Jessica Perry has more than 25 years of experience directing the online initiatives for major media operations, with an emphasis on premium and multimedia product and revenue development, content marketing and native ad models.

Most recently, Ms. Perry was Vice President and General Manager at National Journal Group, overseeing digital strategy and operations for free, membership and mobile products of the non-partisan politics and policy publisher, serving B2C and B2B markets. During her two-year tenure, she oversaw a website re-launch that contributed to a doubling of traffic and drove new revenues from non-standard and sponsored ad units, as well as an award-winning launch of Hotline Race Tracker, a social media-centric elections dashboard.

Prior to this, Ms. Perry led product operations at Conde Nast Digital, responsible for defining, developing and implementing web and mobile product initiatives and enhancements for more than 20 brands, including The New Yorker, Wired GQ, Epicurious, and Glamour. In a consulting capacity, Ms. Perry led business development efforts for Yahoo! Finance, and also advised an award-winning TV production company on the launch of celebrity mobile apps.

Ms. Perry began her career laying the digital future for Dow Jones, with roles spanning editorial, marketing, business and product development. As a reporter, she covered the stock market for a pre-internet broadcast operation delivering customized investment information. Later, she initiated the first web content licensing efforts for Dow Jones, and was on the founding team of the Wall Street Journal Online. As SVP of Marketing and Business Development for the company’s Consumer Electronic Publishing group, she oversaw circulation and marketing for, MarketWatch and Barron’s.

Ms. Marcy V. Pike, FIA
Senior Vice President, Market Data, Fidelity Investments

Marcy Pike is Senior Vice President, Market Data within Enterprise Infrastructure, a division of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services

Ms. Pike is responsible for the management and delivery of real time market data, real time news, and history and analytics content, including the underlying architecture and infrastructure, to Fidelity business units leveraging this content for internal consumption and external delivery to Fidelity retail and institutional customers. The EI Market Data team also delivers advisory services including the management of enterprise forums focused on firm level market data expense management, inventory management, information management and vendor management.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2009, Ms. Pike was an Associate Partner at Wellington Management Company, LLP where she implemented and managed the Investment Information Services function delivering market data and research services globally. She also managed the IT global transformation program. Ms. Pike has also managed market data at Harvard Management Company, managed the institutional pricing team at the Boston Company/Mellon Bank and began her career in various roles at Interactive Data Corporation.

Ms. Pike received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Philosophy from Simmons College.

Ms. Johanna Shelton
Senior Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.

Sallianne Taylor
Global Manager, Market Structure & Strategic Relationships, Bloomberg L.P.

Mr. Ken Wasch, FIA
President Emeritus,

Ken Wasch's involvement in SIIA is based on both personal and professional interests. His long-standing interest in computers and software, coupled with the industry's need for a central trade association, led him to establish the Software Publishers Association (SPA) in 1984 with an initial group of 25 software firms. Wasch has led the association from its infancy to its merger with the Information Industry Association in January 1999, resulting in the formation of SIIA.

Greg A Watt
President/CEO, WATT Global Media

Gregory A. Watt is President & Chief Executive Officer of WATT Global Media where he directs the company’s strategic vision, corporate culture initiatives, revenue growth and acquisition selection/integration.

Mr. Watt is the 4th generation to lead the company which was founded in 1917 by James W. Watt his great-grandfather. Corporate offices are in Rockford, Illinois USA with employees and partners across the United States, England, China, Spain, Greece, and the Netherlands. The global audience and client base for WATT media is located in more than 190 countries.

WATT brands serving the global animal agribusiness and petfood industries include Poultry International, Feed International, Pig International, Industria Avicola, WATT PoultryUSA, Egg Industry, Feed Management, Petfood Industry, Petfood Forum, Executive Guide to World Poultry Trends, WATT IPP Directory, FIAAP Conferences, the Chicken Marketing Summit, and Partner brands include Poultry International China Edition, Pig International China, and the International Poultry Forum China.