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Jim Riesenbach

Founder and Principal

Riesenbach Strategic Advisors LLC

Class of SBC 1989

With an extensive background in Digital Media, Technology, Data and Performance Marketing, Jim Riesenbach brings a deep track-record as a public company CEO, global operating executive, board director, and strategic advisor.  Riesenbach has built and led multiple high-growth, high-margin businesses, and overseen numerous acquisitions.  In early 2020, he reestablished his advisory firm, Riesenbach Strategic Advisors, which helps a wide variety of businesses to grow, to innovate, and to develop and execute strategies for long-term success.

From 2014 through February 2020, he served as Executive VP and GM with Ziff Davis, leading the company’s Global B2B Division, which creates, builds, and sells innovative marketing and advertising services, data, tools, and demand generation for leading technology companies.  In that capacity, he oversaw a period of 4X revenue growth and 6 acquisitions, leading over 1,800 employees worldwide.

Before Ziff Davis, he was CEO at iInside (now part of CrowdVision), a high-growth Mobile Location company focused on the Retail & Transportation sectors.  Jim served from 2006-2009 as CEO of AutoWeb (NASDAQ: AUTO). During his tenure, he refocused the company’s market strategy, creating a series of innovative products and services for Automotive consumers, dealers, and manufacturers.  Before AutoWeb, Riesenbach spent a decade in senior leadership roles with AOL Inc., including executive oversight of the company’s strategic partnership with Google.  Prior to joining AOL in 1996, Jim spent six years with Comcast Corporation heading sales and marketing for Comcast’s Eastern Division, their largest region.

Jim holds a B.S. in Management from Rutgers University–Camden, and recently delivered the commencement address at the School of Business. He has also completed advanced Marketing programs at Wharton School’s Aresty Institute. Riesenbach resides in Philadelphia, PA and Nantucket, MA, and is an avid marathon runner, world traveler, and musician.

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