Gerrit Meier

Basic

Salzburg, Austria

Skills

Executive Officer of a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE). Senior executive actively involved in global media and entertainment for almost 20 years
International leadership roles at WWE
Spotify
Clear Channel
EMI and Bertelsmann
Published author on disruptive media convergence
the evolution of the music industry
and emerging distribution business models
Holds business degrees from Harvard University and the European Business School
TV - Radio - Live Events - Music - Media - Digital - Merchandise - Licensing - Brand and Sponsorship Management - Sports - Entertainment - Advisory - Content Distribution - Strategic Partnerships
Corporate development - Operations - General Management - Ventures - Start-Up - Rights Management
USA
Vermarktung

Timeline

Professional experience for Gerrit Meier

  • Current 5 years and 2 months, since Nov 2016

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    Red Bull Media House GmbH

    SALZBURG, AUSTRIA Responsible for Red Bull’s global media business: content (live, events, scripted, unscripted), development, production, programming, TV/OTT distribution, immersive (AR/VR/AI), social media, influencer marketing and communications - focus on sports, music, gaming and lifestyle content (video, audio, photo and editorial); reporting to Founder/CEO Dietrich Mateschitz. Includes Red Bull TV, Red Bull Films, Red Bull Records, Red Bull Music Publishing and other owned/managed media platforms.

  • 3 years and 4 months, Mar 2013 - Jun 2016

    President, International

    World Wrestling Entertainment

    STAMFORD, CT, USA Responsible for WWE’s business outside of the USA (television, PPV/network, merchandising and consumer products, live events, social, OTT/digital). Executive officer, member of the executive board. International offices: London, Munich, Dubai, Mexico DF, Mumbai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore. Functional responsibility: strategy, planning, finance, operations, distribution and licensing, business and partnership development, marketing and promotion, and PR/communications.

  • 1 year and 5 months, Oct 2011 - Feb 2013

    Global General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships

    Spotify

    New York, NY, USA - Responsibility for worldwide distribution and strategic partnerships: business development strategy, central commercial services, business/economic models, performance metrics/analytics, operational partnership integration/management, partnership licensing and contract negotiations for mobile carriers/telcos, hardware/car manufacturers, social/software platforms, etc. Member of Spotify’s senior management team.

  • 6 years and 7 months, Mar 2005 - Sep 2011

    Chief Operating Officer (COO)

    iheartradio / Clear Channel Media

    New York, NY, USA - Member of the Executive Leadership Team and co-creator of the iHeartRadio brand, products and ad-network. Focused on growing audience and revenue across the company's network of approximately 900 websites. Responsible for group’s operations, finance, legal, eCommerce, technology and business development departments. Previously Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital.

  • 2 years and 3 months, Dec 2002 - Feb 2005

    Vice President, Strategy & Digital Business Development

    EMI Music Group (now Universal Music Group)

    New York, NY, USA - Reporting to EVP Strategy, responsible for defining EMI’s global digital strategy for emerging fixed-line and mobile products and platforms and developing new business opportunities inside and outside the traditional operational scope of a music company.

  • 2000 - 2002

    Senior Director, Corporate Development

    BMG Music, North America (now Sony Music Entertainment)

    New York, NY, USA - Reporting to COO, responsible for corporate development in North America. Headed the development and management of internal initiatives aimed to accelerate operational improvement, including streamlining business practices and operational structures and realigning business processes.

  • 2000 - 2002

    Director, Corporate Development (ZU)

    Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

    Guetersloh, Germany and New York, NY, USA - Member of Bertelsmann’s global strategy group responsible for defining its portfolio of businesses, operational excellence, information media & technology, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, and strategic alliances. Managed US rollout of Bertelsmann’s worldwide operational excellence program BEX.

  • 1995 - 1998

    Consultant, Media & Entertainment Practice

    Accenture

    London, UK - Start-up member of company’s European M&E practice with focus on operational and strategic issues regarding the future of the entertainment industry, digital content distribution and converging media technologies.

Educational background for Gerrit Meier

  • 1998 - 2000

    General Management

    Harvard Business School

    Boston, MA, USA - Author of HBS case study taught as part of school’s competition and strategy curriculum; published by Harvard University and McGraw-Hill.

  • 1991 - 1995

    International business

    European Business School (EBS)

    London, Paris, Frankfurt - Emphasis on strategic planning and implementation. Semesters in France, Germany and USA. Finalist in the 1995 Alfred Dunhill competition for best dissertation.

Languages

  • English

    First language

  • German

    First language

Wants

Make a difference. Meet interesting people. Make new contacts. Expand horizons. Move forward. Create change. Create value.

Interests

Enjoy sports
sea
scenery
sun
sand
skiing
snow
soccer
spaß
sound and success

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