Michael Fertik founded Reputation.com with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputations and privacy. He led the company with distinction as CEO for nearly a decade before transitioning to his current Executive Chairman role in August 2015.
As Executive Chairman and as an ongoing member of the board, Michael continues to help guide the company and engage in strategic marketing and client development. He supports the Reputation.com management team with his unique vision as a pioneer in the online reputation and Big Data/Big Analysis space, helping the company expand and grow in the enterprise and consumer markets.
A futurist, Michael is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM) and lauded as the world's leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.
Michael was named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology sector a global leader.
He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, and a recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award. Through his leadership, the Forum named Reputation.com a Global Growth Company in 2012.
Michael is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and Newsweek. Named a LinkedIn Influencer, he regularly blogs on current events as well as developments in entrepreneurship and technology. Michael is the co-author of two books, Wild West 2.0 (2010), and The New York Times bestseller, The Reputation Economy (2015).
He frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC.
Michael founded his first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his JD from Harvard Law School.
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