A visionary leader with extensive experience in the media, technology, and music industries.
Having established one of the first programmatic businesses in APAC, Stephen have been instrumental in not only growing the business he represented but influencing the formation of the market itself. Stephen’s experience combines the building of successful businesses from various stages (including genesis) with commercialising and strategising a variety of high-profile transactional websites and content driven media platforms. With proven success in executing complex transactions, relationship building, managing and motivating large teams, Stephen excels in fast-paced, dynamic environments, with a proven track record of exercising sound judgment in high-stakes situations.
Stephen’s recent years were spent in the US where he was on-stage at NASDAQ as we took TubeMogul public. His US career started in New York where he was driving new business for TubeMogul as it launched the world’s first Programmatic Buying Platform for Television (PTV). Success in NY led to an opportunity in Los Angeles where he was asked to lead the West Coast, responsible for sales and operations across multiple markets.
Following Adobe’s acquisition of TubeMogul, Stephen returned home to Sydney and landed his dream job with Universal Music Group as Managing Director where he reimagined the business through the pillars of Media, Content, and Technology for UMG driving innovative thinking through the organisation.
With a passion for effective management, online entertainment, and the changing dynamics of new media, Stephen combines advanced business training with extensive experience to ensure revenue and other performance metrics are optimised.
Stephen has recently launched a new venture called RKTD which is a B2B media consultancy focused on building or renovating ad desks for enterprise brands and their media agencies. As part of the RKTD offering, the team have launched a B2C resourcing platform called FLEXSTA which helps their clients build distributed teams with skilled contractors.