Co-Founder, President and CEO
Paul Palmieri is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Millennial Media. Paul has spent the past 17 years building businesses in and around the wireless technology and media industries, and as a founder, corporate executive, investor, industry leader and entrepreneur, his work has had a profound impact on the growth of the mobile industry.
Paul has built Millennial Media into the independent leader in mobile advertising and data. He is also well known for his influential role in mobile entertainment and advertising, having led the mobile multimedia business for Verizon Wireless where he served as an executive for five years. His establishment of new and successful business models has been credited with playing a key role in the birth of the now thriving app economy, mobile display advertising market, text interaction, and the mobile game industry.
Paul was honored as the 2011 Executive of the Year in media and entertainment by the American Business Awards (the Stevies), and he was previously named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Maryland in 2010. Millennial Media was named the top digital media company as the 2010 Overall winner for OnMedia, and the winner of the 2010 Stevie award for most innovative company. The company has more than 350 employees worldwide and is based in the Canton section of Baltimore with offices in NY, London, Singapore, SF, DC and LA.
In March 2012, Millennial Media became a publicly traded company and its common stock is now listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol MM.
Paul is active in industry leadership, serving as a Board Member of the IAB; the Global Vice Chair of the Mobile Marketing Association, and as a member of the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus Leadership Council. Paul is also an active industry speaker, appearing on networks like CNBC and at conferences like GSMA’s Mobile World Congress.
Paul received a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1992 and lives in Maryland.
EVP, Finance, Corporate & Strategy
Michael Avon serves as EVP, Finance, Corporate & Strategy at Millennial Media, where he is responsible for the company’s overall financial, legal, and corporate development activities. He has spent the past decade building early-stage and growth companies as a venture capitalist, operator, entrepreneur, and attorney.
Most recently, Michael was a Principal at Columbia Capital, a leading communications and media-focused venture capital fund, where he focused on digital media, wireless and consumer internet investments, such as Avail-TVN, Social Gaming Network, Webs.com, Gizmoz, GoAhead Software, and Millennial Media. Michael was also a venture capitalist with Toucan Capital, and led Business Development at FOLIOfn.
Earlier in his career, Michael served as a corporate finance and transactional attorney at Gunderson Dettmer, focused on serving the needs of emerging growth companies and venture capital funds.
Michael is an advisor to numerous early stage internet companies and venture funds, including LaunchBox, FounderFuel and QED Investors.
Michael has a BA, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He currently resides with his wife and two children in McLean, VA.
EVP, Global Sales & Marketing
Mollie Spilman serves as EVP, Global Sales & Marketing at Millennial Media, where she is responsible for leading the company’s global sales & operations and marketing efforts. Mollie has spent 22 years in the media business and most recently served as the CMO of Yahoo! Prior to Yahoo!, Mollie was the CEO of two technology start-ups, Three Stage Media, Inc and TidalTV (now Videology). She also served as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Advertising.com, and has held senior positions at various other media companies including Time Warner, Meredith Corporation and Discovery Networks.
Mollie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
EVP, Global Product & Platform
Matt Gillis is EVP, Global Product & Platform at Millennial Media, where he is responsible for the company’s tools and monetization services for media and application developers, third-party demand and the company’s self-service solution, mMedia.
Matt is a mobile industry veteran with more than 15 years experience with wireless software and content. Prior to Millennial Media, Matt spent over 10 years in the operator business, where he successfully built and managed critical relationships with content and software publishers and developers. Most recently, Matt led boutique mobile games publisher, Cosmic Infinity, to their eventual acquisition by Japanese mobile videogame giant Capcom. Since the acquisition, he served as the Executive Vice President of Publishing (Americas/EMEA), bringing top-selling games such as “Street Fighter”, “Resident Evil”, and “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” to mobile phones everywhere. With Capcom, Matt was responsible for sales, marketing, and licensing, elevating Capcom Mobile to a Top Five mobile publisher.
Matt is a regular speaker at industry events, and has spoken at a variety of mobile, developer, and games conferences around the world.
Matt graduated with a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Find Matt on Twitter @gillisusa.
Chief Revenue Officer
Marcus Startzel is Chief Revenue Officer at Millennial Media. He is a veteran of interactive media, and he serves the key role of inspiring the advertising community to leverage the uniqueness of mobile to achieve their broader business goals. Marcus built and leads the world class team at Millennial that works with 22 of the top 25 Ad Age advertisers and has been designated as the preferred mobile advertising platform by major agency partners.
Prior to joining Millennial Media, Marcus held various media sales leadership positions. including Advertising.com where he gained expertise in all areas of interactive advertising, from hyper-local targeting to broad reach executions. As VP, Sales at Advertising.com, Marcus inspired his team to lead the company to great success in the digital media space by developing creative and winning selling strategies. Marcus is a former U.S. Naval Submarine Officer and qualified nuclear engineer.
Marcus is a Stevie Award winner and a regular speaker at industry events like ANA, Advertising Week, J.D. Power Automotive Roundtable, and Internet Week.
Marcus graduated from the United States Naval Academy with Merit, and currently resides with his wife and three sons in Annapolis, Maryland.
Find Marcus on Twitter @startzel.
General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer & Corporate Secretary
Ho Shin joined Millennial Media in January 2011 as its General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, and is responsible for the Company’s global legal and privacy matters. Currently, he also serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, to which he was appointed in 2011.
Ho brings over a decade of experience in the internet and digital advertising business to Millennial Media. He was previously the General Counsel of Advertising.com where he was responsible for all global legal and privacy matters for the world’s largest third-party internet advertising network. During his time at Advertising.com, Ho participated in the acquisition and integration of numerous companies, in negotiating and launching international joint ventures, helped guide the company through its acquisition by AOL, and assisted in a $60 MM round of Series E financing.
Immediately prior to joining Millennial Media, Ho was General Counsel of Octagon Athletes and Personalities, the leading athlete representation, sports marketing and event marketing company globally, and a subsidiary of the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG). At Octagon, Ho was responsible for Octagon's legal department, which provided a full range of services to the company, including drafting and negotiating commercial transactions, handling commercial litigation and arbitration, and other corporate counseling.
Ho began his career as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. After that, he spent several years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation branch, where he primarily litigated savings & loan cases.
Ho received his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, and received his BS from the University of Maryland.
Managing Director, EMEA
Gavin Stirrat is the Managing Director of Millennial Media’s EMEA operations. Gavin joined Millennial Media in early 2010 and is responsible for the growth of business across the region. He works closely with Millennial Media's key strategic partners to ensure that they are taking full advantage of the wide range of opportunities mobile offers for consumer engagement. Over the last 18 months, Gavin has been responsible for growing the EMEA team in London, and he is looking forward to continuing to expand Millennial Media’s geographical footprint across the region.
Gavin’s career started at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked as a consultant on a number of blue chip clients including Compaq, BP, British Energy, House of Fraser and Barclays. He then moved to Advertising.com where he spent 7 years working across a number of senior roles in the operations, product and business development teams. He was responsible for growing the operations team from two people supporting the UK to over thirty supporting a pan-EU business, rolling out innovative behavioural and branding products, speaking at trade events, and growing some of the largest advertiser, agency and publisher accounts including Capital One and Microsoft. He then moved client side at Greetz where he successfully launched a B2C online greeting card solution, before finally moving to Clash Media where he led the global operations and technology teams.
Gavin sits on the Mobile Leadership Council and Mobile Steering Group of the IAB, regularly participates in other industry group initiatives including the MMA, and is a seasoned speaker at mobile and digital events.
Gavin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies with Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Find Gavin on Twitter @gavjs.
Managing Director, Southeast Asia
Robert Woolfrey is the Managing Director of Millennial Media’s Southeast Asia operations. In his role, Robert is responsible for growing Millennial Media’s business in the region, building relationships with publishers and the application community, and working with premium brands and agencies to help them execute effective mobile advertising campaigns.
Robert has been a dedicated market maker in mobile advertising and applications monetization for the last eight years, and has held senior positions at multiple award winning companies. Robert started his career in San Francisco where he developed partnerships with major brands such as Google, NASA, Oracle and Sun Microsystems, and relocated to Singapore in 2005, where he began working with top brands and agencies to drive mobile advertising adoption. In 2007, he led efforts to open new revenue streams from mobile advertising in the region, and as a result, his company was awarded the Best Consumer Application and Best Overall Innovation at 3GSM Asia in 2007.
Robert is on the Board of Directors, AsiaPac, for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).
Robert received a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Graduate from Memorial University in Canada.
Find Robert on Twitter @robwoolfrey.
Managing Director, Japan
John Greiner is the Managing Director of Millennial Media’s Japanese operations. In his role, John is responsible for working with premium brands, agencies and developers to grow Millennial Media’s business in region.
For the past 25 years, John has been an industry leader in the world of Japanese video games, and previously served as Executive Director for legendary Japanese game publisher, Hudson Soft. John oversaw the launching of the iconic TurboGrafx-16 game system as well as forging all of Hudson’s international business. John later formed Hudson’s US operations in San Francisco before starting a boutique publisher, MonkeyPaw Games, bringing classic Japanese gaming titles to world markets.