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Ross Levinsohn : biography

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Ross Levinsohn (born c. 1964) is a the CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, overseeing such assets as The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, The Clio Awards and Film Expo Group. Previously, he served as interim CEO of Yahoo! in 2012.


Early career

He held various positions out of college including sports management and marketing at ProServ and Lapin and Rose Communications, advertising at Saatchi and Saatchi and was an executive producer at CBS Sportsline. He was an executive and vice president at Alta Vista from 1999 to 2000.

News Corporation

In 2000, he joined News Digital Media, the internet division of News Corporation. In 2001 he took over Fox Sports Interactive Media and was SVP and a General Manager from January 2001 to January 2005. He developed the business plan for what became Fox Interactive Media and was President of Fox Interactive Media from July 2005 to November 2006. A direct report of Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin, Levinsohn was among the architects of the News Corporation acquisition of MySpace and IGN as well as,, Newroo and KSolo.

Fuse Capital

In December 2007, Levinsohn and former AOL Chairman Jonathan Miller launched Velocity Interactive Group, a $1.5 billion media and communications investment fund along with Asia's media powerhouse and billionaire Keyur Patel. Their first investments signaled a broad global palette. In the US, video advertising concern Broadband Enterprises, digital media management concern Fabrik, Inc. (sold to Hitachi), Publish 2, Generate, True/Slant and 5:1, an online advertising marketplace. In India, leading media outlets NDTV and India TV, and Fuse+Media, which has financed motion pictures.

In May 2009, Velocity changed its name to Fuse Capital and announced a second fund with Best Buy to invest in digital media properties.


In October 2010 he joined Yahoo! serving as Executive Vice President of Americas and then Head of Global Media and Executive Vice President at Yahoo!.

He was promoted to the interim Yahoo! CEO position on 13 May 2012 – the fourth CEO Yahoo! has had since September 2011.

Early life

Levinsohn grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey and graduated from Tenafly High School in 1981.Newman, Richard; Yellin, Deena; and Superville, Denisa R. , The Record (Bergen County), 15 May 2012. Accessed 17 May 2012. "In choosing former Ten­afly resident Ross Levinsohn as its interim CEO on Mon­day, embattled Yahoo! Inc. picked a man who is fo­cused, driven and confident.... Levinsohn graduated in 1981 from Tenafly High School, where he was a goalkeeper on the soccer team before switching to football to be the team’s kicker in his senior year." He has a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from American University.

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