A London based American national, Laurie Benson has extensive experience in television, print and digital media in both the U.S. and Europe/Middle East Africa. An early member of the CNN team, Ms. Benson went on to be a member of the launch teams of both HGTV and Oxygen Media, two of the most successful cable networks in recent history and cementing her track record of achieving revenue goals and building businesses for profitability. Other achievements include turning around an early-growth media company and representing it for sale to private equity and strategic buyers.
Ms. Benson then served as Publishing Director for Time (parent company, Time Warner) in Europe/Middle East and Africa, where she garnered extensive experience and high-level contacts throughout the region. Charged with re-directing this mature business, Ms. Benson helped to drive the operation to record profits over the past four years.
Most recently, she led the commercial activities of Bloomberg’s Publishing and Digital operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, launching a new luxury business as well as re-introducing Bloomberg Businessweek to the international marketplace.
Ms. Benson serves on the Board of Directors of Medal.org, an innovative medical data technology company.