PE-backed G/O Media expands C-suite with two hires


G/O Media Inc, a provider of premium digital content sites that includes Gizmodo and The Onion, has named Tom Callahan as chief financial officer and Jesse Knight as chief technology officer. Callahan is the former CFO of BandLab Technologies while Knight previously served as CTO/CIO of Vice Media. G/O Media is backed by Great Hill Partners.

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NEW YORK – April 23, 2019 – G/O Media, Inc., a collection of premium digital content sites that includes Gizmodo, The Onion, Deadspin. The Root, Jezebel and many more, today announced the addition of two senior executives to spearhead growth after its recent acquisition and the appointment of a new CEO.

Tom Callahan has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. He most recently served as CFO of BandLab Technologies, where he helped support media operations and manage its investment in Rolling Stone. He previously worked at Forbes Media LLC for 14 years, exiting after he supported its sale to IWM. During his time at Forbes Tom was a key driver of the success around Forbes.com.

“G/O Media encompasses some of the most successful media properties in the country, collectively reaching a third of Americans,” Callahan said. “As we steward in the next chapter, we are looking for ways to add stability in what has been a fiscally turbulent industry. Our marching orders are to grow the business through innovative solutions without compromising the quality of the stories posted.”

Jesse Knight has been named Chief Technology Officer. He previously served as CTO/CIO of Vice Media from 2012-2017, where he was instrumental in growing the company and building the publishing platform that powered Vice’s international growth. He started his career at Solid Sender, a development and consulting practice he founded and ran after graduating from McGill University.

“I’m inheriting an incredible tech stack and team at G/O Media, and am excited to direct the development of our publishing platform Kinja as we navigate the challenges and incredible opportunities confronting digital media in 2019” Knight said.

These appointments come on the heels of the creation of G/O Media, Inc. earlier this month when media veteran Jim Spanfeller teamed with private equity firm Great Hill Partners to buy these iconic properties from Univision for an undisclosed sum.

Spanfeller, who is now CEO of G/O Media, previously served as CEO of Forbes.com during the peak of its expansion before founding a native digital content company that produced The Daily Meal and The Active Times. He sold the company to Tronc Inc. in December 2016.

“I feel more confident about our future every day I walk through the door,” Spanfeller said. “Jesse and Tom are among the most forward-thinking leaders in the media industry and I could not be more thrilled to have them on the team. They bring a track record of success in supporting editorially-driven native digital businesses, and together we will create new and exciting ways to support our preeminent content.”

Callahan and Knight fill gaps in the management structure of the company left as a result of its divestiture from Univision.

About G/O Media, Inc.
G/O Media reaches more than a third of all Americans online each month, garnering approximately 100 million unique visitors, including its extended network. This collection of digital-first brands serve young, diverse influencers with content that reflects their shared values and passions, including category-leading sites focused on technology (Gizmodo), car culture (Jalopnik), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), sports (Deadspin), lifestyle (Lifehacker), gaming (Kotaku), and African American news and culture (The Root), as well as ecommerce (deals.kinja.com), and The Onion, which includes The A.V. Club and ClickHole.