Chief Digital Officer
Hearst Magazines International
Gary oversees content, technology, operations and overall business strategy of more than 150 Hearst websites and mobile products worldwide—for brands including Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR, Good Housekeeping and Esquire—and uses more than a decade of experience working across continents on digital product development, programming and marketing to accelerate the company’s digital initiatives and business strategies.
From 2005 to 2013, Ellis was vice president, international digital media for Viacom Media Networks, where he helped build the company’s award-winning, top 20 ex-U.S. online network, overseeing product development, marketing, programming, social media, sponsorships, production and operations, and the creation of scalable, multi-platform business models. From 2003 to 2005, Ellis was Viacom’s director of digital media, developing MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and CMT entertainment content for mobile and online platforms and launching MTVMobile and VH1Mobile in the U.S. Previously, Ellis developed content and products for tech, telecom and mobile companies including Vodafone, British Telecom, LookSmart, and CNET in London, Paris, San Francisco and Melbourne. Most recently, Ellis has advised companies including Turner Broadcasting, The Economist, NewsCorp, ProSieben, and Akado on a variety of strategic digital and mobile growth initiatives.
Ellis is a graduate of Hamilton College, studied at La Sorbonne in Paris and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
About Hearst Magazines International
As the largest U.S. publisher of magazines worldwide, Hearst Magazines International, a unit of Hearst Corporation, encompasses 290 magazines and 147 websites in 34 languages and 81 countries. Major titles include powerful brand equities like Cosmopolitan and ELLE, both international super-brands with more editions than any other women’s magazines in the world; ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, Popular Mechanics and Seventeen. In addition, Hearst Magazines International publishes other titles through joint ventures, including Men’s Health and Runner’s World in the U.K. and The Robb Report in Russia and China. Hearst Magazines has wholly-owned subsidiaries in China, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan and the U.K. Hearst Magazines publishes 20 titles in the U.S.