Team

We are Ask Media Group—an eclectic team of innovators, technologists, operators, and business leaders.

Leadership Team

Katie Van Den Bos

President, Ask Media group

Katie Van Den Bos is the President of Ask Media Group. Prior to this role, Katie was the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing, responsible for the multi-million dollar in house marketing program for IAC’s premium content brands. Katie joined the Ask.com SEM team in 2012 as Director of SEM where she led the launch of new marketing programs, including SEM programs for About.com and Shop411. Prior to joining the marketing team, Katie was Director of Monetization for Ask.com. In this role, she led website testing and explored new revenue streams for the company. Prior to joining IAC, Katie worked at AOL from 2003-2010 where she held a number of roles in business planning and analysis. Katie received her B.A. from Yale University and her MBA from University of Maryland, College Park.

John Bryant

Vice President, Data Science

John leads a team of analysts, engineers and scientists focused on creating engaging, profitable data products such as Smart Answers and Related Search. John started at Ask.com in 2009 as a research scientist, and built supervised learning systems that helped scale and improve the overall efficiency of our SEM program. Prior to Ask.com, John got his BA and PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, focusing on artificial intelligence and natural language processing. He holds a patent for work at Ask.com and is an author on ten cited research papers.

Nicky Bryant

Director, Product

Nicky oversees product initiatives for Ask Media Group’s portfolio of websites. In this role, he leads the creation of new websites and content experiences for Ask Media Group. Prior to joining the product team, Nicky was Director of SEM, where he was responsible for managing existing marketing programs and launching new marketing initiatives. Previously, Nicky held various roles in display and performance marketing at Nextag. Nicky holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Kevin Cotter

Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis

Kevin oversees all financial and strategic planning and reporting for Ask Media Group. He joined IAC Search & Media in 2006 in the corporate planning group, supporting all IAC Search & Media businesses – including Ask.com, Ask Partner Network, Ask Sponsored Listings, Mindspark, IAC Ad Solutions, and Evite. Kevin also previously held senior positions at Kaiser Permanente, DS Waters, Kinko’s and Nortel Networks. He received a B.S. from California Lutheran University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Lisa Ross

Vice President, Global Human Resources

Lisa brings more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources across multiple industries to IAC Publishing where she oversees HR function and operations globally for IAC Publishing and its portfolio of brands including Ask Media Group, Dictionary.com, Investopedia, and The Daily Beast. She currently manages the development and reengineering of departmental and company-wide HR standards, policies, procedures and systems globally in USA, Canada, Ireland, UK (and in the past locations included Latvia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, China, France, Japan, South Korea and more). Lisa executes the M&A HR strategy (including pre and post-acquisition) and owns the P&L for all HR functions globally (including immigration, HR, and recruiting). Prior to Ask, Lisa served as the Sr. Director of Human Resources for MarkLogic Corporation where she was responsible for all Human Resources functions globally. She has also held HR positions with companies including Mindspark, Chevron, Art Technology Group (ATG) and Netpulse Communications. Lisa is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Lisa is a trusted advisor to nonprofit Berkeley Youth Alternatives and active in charitable ventures with the American Brain Tumor Association.

David Rowley

Chief Technology Officer

David is responsible for the teams and technology behind the many Ask Media Group systems and digital properties. David has been developing software and managing engineering organizations for over 30 years.  He has experience in a wide range of domains including digital media, ad tech, web infrastructure, ecommerce, financial systems, and scientific computing. Prior to Ask Media Group, David served as chief technology officer for Get Satisfaction, a leading online community platform acquired by Sprinklr, Inc. in 2015. Before that, he served as vice president of products and services for the mobile business unit at Limelight Networks, and has held executive and technical roles at startups (Kiptronic, SNOCAP, Kenamea) and established companies (Fair Isaac, Varian Associates, and Bio-Rad Laboratories). Over the course of his career, David has contributed to several patents involving novel approaches to ad serving, object delivery, and ecommerce. He received a BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Paul Saito

Vice President, Search Engine Marketing

Paul leads the SEM team for Ask Media Group, managing PPC efforts across a host of our search properties. Paul joined the SEM team in 2012 as a data analyst. In this role, Paul led the team’s testing and data analysis to develop a unified bidding system. Before joining the marketing team, Paul also held roles at IAC as a business analyst and statistician. Paul worked in the mental health field before joining IAC, and received his doctorate in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

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