Greenwich Harbor Partners Recruits Board Members for Retro Report
January 19, 2022 – Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Recently, Greenwich Harbor Partners placed Todd Larsen, president of the global Nexis Solutions division of LexisNexis; Justin Nyweide, a founding partner and co-CIO of HMI Capital; and Alexandra Wallace, EVP and head of media and content at Yahoo!, as new members of the board of directors at Retro Report.
Mr. Larsen is president of the global Nexis Solutions division of LexisNexis. Prior to LexisNexis, he was CEO of Blurb, a digital publishing platform; president of the news, sports and entertainment groups at Time Inc.; and president of Dow Jones & Company. At Dow Jones, he oversaw the business operations of the Wall Street Journal and he played a pivotal role in establishing a paid business model for the Journal’s digital editions.
Mr. Nyweide is a founding partner, co-CIO and member of the investment committee at HMI Capital. HMI is an investment management firm based in San Francisco and Boston with over $5 billion in assets that invests globally in technology, media and financial services companies. Prior to HMI Capital, he served as a principal at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and as an associate at GTCR Golder Rauner.
Ms. Wallace is executive vice president and head of media and content at Yahoo!. Previously, she was senior vice president of NBC News and executive in charge of Today and Meet the Press. She was also previously the executive producer of Nightly News and Rock Center. She has worked with Google, Mic and the Wall Street Journal.
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Retro Report’s mission is to inject context into today’s news cycle. Retro Report was launched in 2013 to serve as a counterbalance to the 24-hour news cycle, acknowledging the problem that the incentives driving the news industry were no longer aligned with the public good. Using investigative reporting and narrative storytelling, Retro Report’s 250 short documentaries have reached tens of millions of viewers through multiple distribution channels, including longstanding partnerships with the New York Times and The New Yorker. The company has also partnered with Vox, PBS Frontline, Time magazine, Politico, The Atlantic, NewsHour, Univision, NBC News, and others.
Greenwich Harbor Partners’ principals, Carrie and Ted Pryor, have worked in industry as general managers and investors and have direct professional experience with the types of issues that face their clients. The firm’s client roster includes IBM Cloud Services, Media General, Marlin Equity Partners, DIRECTV, SpinMedia, ReelzChannel TV, and Keurig Green Mountain, among others.
Greenwich Harbor Partners Assists Chalkbeat in Recruiting Board Members
Greenwich Harbor Partners partnered with Chalkbeat to expand its board, recruiting Karen Wishart, executive vice president of Urban One, and Roberto Yañez, president and GM of Local News New York for Univision. “It was a pleasure working with Elizabeth Green, founder of Chalkbeat, and the nominating committee to find new board members,” said Carrie Pryor, managing director of the search firm. “Chalkbeat has such an important mission providing essential reporting on education issues in local markets across the country.”
Ms. Pryor has over 20 years of senior executive search experience. She has recruited board directors, CEOs and their direct reports, as well as partners for private equity firms. In addition to her board seat with the New York Pops, she serves as an advisory board member for Constellation Ventures. A veteran of the internet space since the early ’90s, she has deep experience in digital media, entertainment and private equity.
Mr. Pryor focuses on senior-level assignments for general management, sales, marketing, and digital transformation. He specializes in recruiting executives using his four years as CFO and CEO of a venture-backed start-up, 10 years at General Electric Capital and 20 years in international finance and investment banking. Mr. Pryor has served on public, private and non-profit boards and chaired the audit committee for the Boston Celtics. In executive recruiting, he has focused on business services, digital marketing, E-commerce, ad sales, place-based advertising, communications, and customer service for growth companies and large national brands.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media