Doug Leeds is chief executive officer of IAC Publishing, a digital media operating group launched on December 9 2015 by media and Internet conglomerate IAC. The single digital media publisher reaches 100 million monthly uniques according to comScore October 2015 number and includes publishing brands About.com, The Daily Beast, Investopedia and Dictionary.com.
Leeds previously held the title of Ask.com CEO since 2010. Under Doug’s leadership, assumed in 2009, Ask returned its focus to Q&A, launching an online community to generate human-powered answers to supplement answers indexed from across the web. Doug also aggressively focused the company on reaching mobile users, launching Ask mobile applications for Android and iPhone as well as a growing suite of stand-alone apps spun out of the Ask experience. With Doug at the helm, Ask saw more than 25 percent user growth in 2011 with a 700 percent increase in annual profits and close to 2 million downloads of its mobile apps.
Prior to Ask, Doug was the president and chief executive of Dictionary.com, where he grew profits by more than 150 percent and launched the company’s mobile strategy, producing apps that have now been downloaded over 35 million times. Earlier in his career, Doug ran the product organization at Ask, bringing award-winning products, like Ask 3-D to market. Before this, he spent five years at Yahoo! (and Overture Services), most recently as Vice President of Global Product Justice, and held senior positions at mobile ISP OmniSky and mobile carrier Vodafone.
Doug received his B.A. with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Doug has served on the Board of Directors of TRUSTe and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Marketing Association.
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