In 1997, he was named the first Senior Vice President, Online and Interactive at MTV Networks, home of Viacom’s global entertainment brands MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and TVLand. He developed web media platforms for the brands and business development and content partnerships with Yahoo, AOL, Intel, Microsoft and other technology and distribution companies.
Since 1999, Gene has been a private investor and adviser to public and private companies in travel, media, marketing, financial services and web technology. He is former chairman of PhoCusWright; advisory board chairman of BzzAgent, a word-of-mouth marketing leader acquired by Tesco’s Dunnhumby agency; and adviser to Newtrade Technologies, a hotel marketing platform acquired by Expedia.
Gene is a former board member at Checkfree and Open Market; chairman/director of the trade group Interactive Services Association and non-profit Henry’s Fork Foundation, a river conservation group. He also was a member of advisory boards at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the birthplace of the Mosaic web browser, and the MIT Media Lab.
He holds a BA in English literature from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.