Steve Swad, chief financial officer (CFO) Vox Media, will offer a keynote address entitled The Future of Media during the 59 annual conference for the Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association. Swad will open the conference on Wednesday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. Themed Big Ideas in the Big Easy, the conference will take place May 20-22 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, La.
There is no question that media’s future will be different from its past. The increasing and enormous scale of the largest players, evolving technologies, an explosion of content, and new distribution channels all mean that change is inevitable and expected. At the same time, the past does inform the future. With a background that includes positions in both traditional media and notable technology start-ups and his current responsibility for strategic deployment of capital to grow a digital content company, Swad is uniquely qualified to discuss the future of media.
“Charting the seismic shifts in media is daunting at the least,” said Mary M. Collins, president, and CEO of MFM and BCCA. “Swad’s insights based on his work in technology, financial services, and traditional media provide him a unique perspective into what’s next; we’re excited to have him share his thoughts with our conference participants.”
About Steve Swad
Steve Swad’s primary role at Vox is to lead the strategic deployment of capital to sustainably grow the global media brand. He is responsible for overseeing the planning and budgeting, financial reporting, M&A, tax, and real estate departments. He also developed and actively participates in quarterly business reviews to ensure the timely execution and optimization of the company’s key initiatives and priorities. Prior to Vox Media, Swad was president and CEO of Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST), a cloud-based software company focused on language learning and reading. He also held various senior financial management positions at Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner.
About Media Finance Focus 2019
Chaired by Ralph Bender, CFO of Manship Media and vice chair of MFM’s board of directors, and co-chaired by Melissa Mitchell, corporate controller for Bonneville International and MFM board secretary, Media Finance Focus 2019 will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts, who will provide timely information on topics relevant to media industry finance professionals, including accounting, economic projections, valuations, M&A, taxes, human resources, regulatory and technological developments, and internal audit. BCCA, the media industry’s credit association, will provide a full track of sessions designed to meet the needs of today’s order to cash professionals. The event will also offer formal and informal networking activities to foster idea-sharing and will host an exhibit hall featuring the latest in products and services for addressing the industry’s financial management and credit and collections requirements. Registered participants can earn 20 or more CPE credits. Information and a current draft of the agenda can be found on the conference website – https://www.mediafinancefocus.org.
About MFM and BCCA:
Media Financial Management Association (MFM) is the premier resource for financial professionals for media industry education, networking, and information sharing throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about MFM is available on its Web site: https://www.mediafinance.org and via its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Its BCCA subsidiary serves as the media industry’s credit association. BCCA’s revenue management services encompass a variety of credit reports on national and local media advertisers and agencies, including Media Whys, a credit report for media businesses which offers a credit score based on industry-specific aging combined with trade data from Experian or D+B. More information about BCCA is available at Https://www.mediawhys.com as well as its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.