John J. McMenamin is a new media pioneer and brand builder, with extensive multimedia experience across a variety of platforms including television, digital, wireless and print and has proven operating experience in developing, launching and successfully growing Place Based content and advertising television networks.
McMenamin is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ripple Inc., a Digital Place Base Media company that operates a national network of screens that informs and entertains consumers in 1,400+ major specialty retail locations in the top 25 major markets. Over the past year Ripple's advertising revenues have grown over 200%, and through new retail partner distribution growth, Ripple's monthly audience has grown over 60%.
Prior to joining Ripple, McMenamin was head of Global Sales and Marketing for Dow Jones International. During his 4+ years at Dow Jones, he oversaw all global sales, marketing and business development across 12 consumer media properties, including The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal's European, Asian and Latin America editions and The Wall Street Journal's Digital Networks. During his tenure he led a turnaround that reversed three years of revenue declines by delivered 30%+ revenue growth and the first operating profit for the division in five years.
Prior to Dow Jones McMenamin was Executive Vice President at i3 Mobile, a leading publisher of mobile news, business news, sports and entertainment information for the consumer wireless market. At i3 Mobile, he led the team that developed PRONTO, a new mobile consumer subscription service that was named "one of the best" new consumer wireless content services by the Business Week/CNET 2002 "Annual Best New Technology Products" issue. Before i3 Mobile, he served as Executive Vice President of NBC Internet, where he was responsible for all sales, marketing and Business Development for NBC's Internet businesses, including, Snap.com, Xoom.com and NBC.com. Before NBC Internet he was Senior Vice President of iVillage.com the leading content and community destination for women. While at iVillage, he grew YOY revenue +80% and tripled the advertising client base.
Before joining iVillage.com, he was CEO of CompuCook, an early stage media company that delivered targeted video content, advertising, recipes and promotional offers to consumers in major supermarkets across the country. While CEO, CompuCook's revenues grew from under $1m to $4m+, and the retail distribution network grew from 500 stores to 2000+ major supermarkets.
Prior to joining CompuCook, McMenamin spent 8 years at Turner Broadcasting, where he held a variety of executive positions including President of Turner Private Networks, the division responsible for developing and launching Place Based television networks. As President of TPN, he was responsible for divisional P&L across all cost centers including, sales, programming, marketing, operations and network distribution. McMenamin was a founding executive of TPN, and managed the development and launch of 8 networks including The CNN Airport Network, The Checkout Channel, the CNN Accent Health Network, the Cafe USA Mall Network, the CNN College Television Network, The Retail Sports Network, The AUTOZONE Network, and Turner In-Flight. During this period, he grew revenues the division's revenues to $40m+ through advertising sales and content licensing agreements.
Before Turner, he spent six years at ActMedia Inc., which developed and launched 8 new in-store advertising and promotional products that were distributed in over 15,000 major supermarkets across the country. He was one of the company's first sales representatives, and became SVP, National sales Director. During his tenure ActMedia's revenues grew from $13m to over $135m, and Actmedia was featured as one of the top 15 "Hot Growth Companies" in America by both Fortune and Forbes in 1986/87.
He holds a BA in Political Science from St. Anselm College, and an MBA from the Stillman Graduate School of Business at Seton Hall University, and is on the Board of Directors of the Out of Home Video Advertising Bureau.
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