Susan Lyne, Chairman of Guilt Groupe, talks about how Gilt is disrupting the intersection between media and commerce. Lyne is in discussion with Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
Susan Lyne is President of BBG Ventures, a new venture capital fund investing in women-led startups. Before launching the BBG fund, Lyne was CEO of AOL’s Brand Group where she oversaw high-traffic verticals like AOL.com, TechCrunch, Engadget, StyleList, Moviefone, and MapQuest. From 2008 to 2013, Lyne was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative e-commerce company that popularized the flash sale business model in the U.S. Prior to leading Gilt, Lyne spent three decades in the media industry. She served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia from 2004 to 2008, and from 1996 to 2004 she held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP of Movies and Miniseries. She rose to become President of ABC Entertainment, overseeing the network’s primetime schedule and development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Pat Mitchell’s diverse background in media includes work as a journalist, network correspondent, producer and executive. Throughout her career she has focused on the power of media and storytelling as an agent of social change; specifically, to celebrate and raise awareness of the work, ideas and aspirations of women and girls. She was the first woman to launch, produce and host her own nationally syndicated Emmy winning talk program Woman to Woman. As an independent producer she has documented women’s history as well as women on the frontlines of war, poverty and peacemaking. As President and Executive Producer in charge of original productions for Ted Turner’s cable networks, her documentaries and specials received thirty-seven Emmy Awards, five Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. Pat Mitchell became the first woman President and CEO of PBS, and served as President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media where she led the institution through an exciting rebranding effort and strengthened its public and industry programs and optimizing the convening power of a global constituency of media and technology leaders to explore the impact and influence of media.