Zander Lurie, senior vice president of strategy and development at CNET Networks Inc., plays a key role in crafting the company’s overall growth strategy. Zander is responsible for leading CNET Networks’ mergers and acquisitions efforts as the company strengthens its brands, and continues to add new brands, to its content portfolio around the world.
Prior to joining, Zander spent seven years at JPMorgan in New York and San Francisco where he led the firm’s equity and M&A efforts in the Internet sector. During his tenure, Zander was instrumental in the evolution of the Internet landscape. His client engagements included NBC/iVillage, Experian/PriceGrabber, Scripps/Shopzilla, News Corp./Intermix, InterActiveCorp/Ask Jeeves and MLBAM/Tickets.com.
In 2001, Zander founded a nonprofit organization called CoachArt, which provides free coaching and teaching lessons in arts and athletics to underprivileged children suffering with chronic illnesses. CoachArt students are matched with qualified instructors in music, dance, art and myriad athletic activities. The lessons are completely free of charge to students’ families. CoachArt will work with over 1,500 children in 2007. Zander is Chairman of the CoachArt board of directors.
Zander holds a law degree and an MBA from Emory University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington. He passed the California Bar in 1999. Zander loves to golf and ski, and survives occasional marathons and triathlons.