Mike Perlis is a media industry CEO with deep experience managing a wide range of content and multimedia brands. He has a strong track record in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Perlis, who serves as Forbes Media CEO and Executive Chairman, is the first non-Forbes family member in 98 years to run Forbes. He spearheaded the innovative strategy that has transformed the company, dramatically shifting towards digital and branded products, resulting in the sale in 2014 of a majority ownership in Forbes to a group of Hong Kong-based investors.
He joined Forbes in 2010 from SoftBank Capital, where he served as a General Partner for ten years and continues to be a Special Partner. At Softbank he specialized in digital content startups working very closely with Beliefnet, Huffington Post, Associated Content and Buzzfeed.
Before joining SoftBank, he served as President and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing until its sale in 2000 to Private Equity investor Willis/Stein. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perlis served as Publisher of GQ, President of Playboy Publishing, President of TVSM, Publisher of Runner’s World and Men’s Health, and Chairman and CEO of IDG Peterborough. He began his career, entrepreneurially, as the co-founder of special interest publisher New England Publications in Camden, Maine.
He served on the Boards of Beliefnet, Buzzfeed, GSI Commerce (sold to eBay), and was Chairman of Associated Content before its sale to Yahoo! Previous board observer positions include Huffington Post (sold to AOL) and KickApps (sold to KIT digital).
He is on the Board of Advisors of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and is a trustee of Outward Bound International. He speaks regularly on leadership, digital transformation and branding.