Joe Bilman
CDO, Harland Clarke Holdings
Joe Bilman is Chief Digital Officer of Harland Clarke Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes, and oversees the growth strategy for $3.3B in assets including Harland Clarke, Valassis and Scantron. His role is to help identify strategic growth opportunities for HCH's portfolio companies including M&A, product innovation and business optimization. He is also Head of Product Development for Valassis. Recently, he was Chief Digital Officer and Global Head of Business Development at American Media Inc., where he had P&L responsibility for AMI's digital business and oversight of all business development activities. Prior to AMI, Bilman was acting Head of Product for Softcard, a pioneering joint venture between Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in the mobile payments space. Previously, he was Chief Product Officer for Fox Mobile Group, a division of Newscorp, where he ran product in 34 countries. In this position, he transformed Jamba, the world’s largest mobile content company and a wholly owned asset of Fox Mobile, and created Bitbop, the world's first on-demand TV and movie subscription service for mobile devices Joe Bilman earned an MFA in computer art and a BFA in film and video from New York's School of Visual Arts. In 2010, he was named one of "The Digital Power 50" by The Hollywood Reporter. Joe's list of firsts: * Shipped first particle physics engine for the web browser (Microsoft, Chromeeffects, DirectX 7) * Ran the first online affiliate network (CDNOW) * Created the first online landing pages for customer acquisition (Columbia House) * Launched the first integrated (TV, Print and online) diet and fitness program (Biggest Loser, Rodale) * Built the fastest growing mobile start-up in U.S. history (Thumbplay) * Launched the first mobile tv and movie app with streaming and download in the US & Germany (Bitbop, Fox Mobile) * Created the world's largest video library of fitness movement (Microsoft, American Media)