Leadership > Tad Smith
President, Local Media
As President, Local Media, Tad Smith is responsible for Cablevision Media Sales, the company's digital and linear television advertising sales division; News 12 Networks, the tri-state area leader in local cable news, weather and traffic for the communities Cablevision serves; and Newsday Media Group with assets such as Long Island's leading daily newspaper Newsday, its popular digital products including, Newsday.com; and amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City.
Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Smith worked for Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a worldwide provider of business information. An accomplished veteran of both print and electronic operations, he most recently served as chief executive officer of the company's U.S. business-to-business division, Reed Business Information (RBI), where he had leadership and operational oversight for a number of well-known brands, including Variety, Daily Variety, Publishers Weekly, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. He also was responsible for developing and running RBI's digital media businesses, including its extensive e-commerce operations.
Previously, Mr. Smith was senior vice president of e-commerce for Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive global Internet strategy for the company. Prior to then, he was a vice president with BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of global publisher Bertelsmann AG, where he served as head of the company's merchandising unit, and managed strategy, acquisition and restructuring for its North American business units, including Arista Records, RCA Records, BMG Direct Record Clubs and BMG Music Publishing. Mr. Smith began his business career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., a leading global management consulting firm, where he advised media, energy, and healthcare clients on all aspects of strategy and performance improvement.
Mr. Smith has been teaching at the Stern School of Business at New York University since 1999, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Finance Department. His course, Strategy and Finance for Technology, Media, and Entertainment Companies, has been a favorite among Mr. Smith's 800+ former students.
He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the R.W. Van de Velde Prize. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Smith also served on the Dean's Leadership Council of the Woodrow Wilson School.
Mr. Smith is a member of the board and the executive committee of the Long Island Association, the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and a past board member of the Online Publishers Association, and American Business Media. He won Folio's Executive of the Year in 2008, min's Top Executive of the Year in 2007, and Media Business' Top Innovator in 2007, and was inducted into the Digital Media Hall of Fame