Digital Veteran Mark Davis Joins TheWrap as COO

Mark J Davis, a veteran of digital media and most recently vice president of strategy and interactive media at the San Diego Union Tribune has joined TheWrap as Chief Operating Officer.

More exciting news at TheWrap: Mark J Davis, a veteran of digital media and most recently vice president of strategy and interactive media at the San Diego Union Tribune has joined TheWrap as our Chief Operating Officer.

Mark will be a critical part of TheWrap's next stage of expansion, fuelled by our second capital raise earlier this year.

He has deep experience both in in news and in the digital space, having launched one of the first online subscription services and pioneering online television listings.

As I said in our press release, Mark's expertise aligns perfectly with our core objectives as we look to growth across the company.

“TheWrap has redefined the entertainment news category and is poised for market dominance,” Mark said today.  “I’ve closely observed the company’s growth with great interest since its launch and it’s an honor to lend my support to a digital media brand with unlimited potential.”

 

 

Here's the full release:

THEWRAP NEWS INC NAMES DIGITAL MEDIA PIONEER MARK J. DAVIS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 

 

Highly Regarded Business Strategist to Lead Operations and Corporate Development for Rapidly Growing Online News Organization

(Santa Monica, CA) – July 26, 2010 – TheWrap News, Inc., the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media, is pleased to announce the addition of veteran digital and consumer product business strategist, Mark J. Davis as its new COO.  In his new role, Davis will lead operations and corporate development for TheWrap.com, looking to advance the award-winning news site’s powerful momentum and consistent growth in readership.

Since the mid-nineties, Davis has guided the strategic direction of a diverse array of Internet companies and led the successful launch of one of the first subscription websites.  Additionally, Davis is credited with pioneering online television listings as well as the online delivery of economic data and forecasts.  Most recently, Davis was Vice President, Strategy and Interactive Media for The San Diego Union-Tribune, leading the growth of  HYPERLINK "http://www.signonsandiego.com" SignOnSanDiego.com and playing a key role in the sale of the company.

“Mark is a game-changing addition to our team with a track record and skill set that speaks for itself,“ said TheWrap.com Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman. “His expertise aligns perfectly with TheWrap’s core objectives as we look forward to continued growth across every pillar of the company.”

“TheWrap has redefined the entertainment news category and is poised for market dominance,” added Mark J. Davis, TheWrap.com COO.  “I’ve closely observed the company’s growth with great interest since its launch and it’s an honor to lend my support to a digital media brand with unlimited potential.”

In addition to his work with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Davis has had key strategic and transactional roles in eleven acquisitions, divestitures, or strategic investments in both the media and consumer products industries.  Davis has also worked in finance and strategic planning for consumer product companies and has spoken on the challenges and opportunities facing the online content business at industry and academic conferences.

Davis will also play a major role in producing TheWrap.com’s executive conference, TheGrill taking place in September.

TheWrap.com, founded by award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman in 2009, has established itself as the leading voice in entertainment business news, reaching over 1 million unique visitors per month. Winner of the National Entertainment Journalism Award for news in 2009, TheWrap.com delivers high-profile newsbreaks, investigative stories, and authoritative analyses as a reliable and independent source for media and industry professionals.