We are an eclectic team of innovators, technologists, operators, and business leaders.
Katie Van Den Bos
CEO, Ask Media Group
Katie Van Den Bos is the CEO of Ask Media Group. Prior to this role, Katie was the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing, responsible for the multi-million dollar in-house marketing program for IAC’s premium content brands. Katie joined the Ask.com SEM team in 2012 as Director of SEM where she led the launch of new marketing programs, including SEM programs for About.com and Shop411. Prior to joining the marketing team, Katie was Director of Monetization for Ask.com. In this role, she led website testing and explored new revenue streams for the company. Prior to joining IAC, Katie worked at AOL from 2003-2010 where she held a number of roles in business planning and analysis. Katie received her B.A. from Yale University and her MBA from University of Maryland, College Park.
Chief Technology Officer
Maxx is responsible for the teams and technology behind Ask Media Group’s systems and digital properties. He has been managing software engineering organizations for 20 years, and has experience in business verticals including software-as-a-service, ad tech, web infrastructure, financial systems, intellectual property, mobile broadband and artificial intelligence. Maxx joined Ask in 2016 supporting the IAC Publishing vertical – including Ask Media Group, Investopedia, Dotdash, Dictionary and the Daily Beast – where he led a digital transformation to public cloud, containers and microservices. Prior to Ask, Maxx led Systems Engineering and Product teams at RPX Corporation. He has also held leadership positions with companies including Minds.ai, Exigen Group and ArrayComm – leading global teams in 12 countries – and spanning a 20 year career in information technology leadership.
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Growth
Shane is responsible for traffic and revenue growth initiatives, overseeing product development and content, distribution, and revenue partnerships across AMG’s portfolio of sites. With over 20 years of digital media experience, Shane has held prior General Management and marketing roles at CBS Interactive, and previously served on the Ask.com executive team from 2000 to 2014 running analytics, product, and marketing. In addition to his role at Ask Media Group, Shane is also a board member and advisor to several Bay Area technology start-ups. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California at Davis.
Senior Vice President, Product
Nathan is passionate about creating new content experiences. At AMG, he is responsible for developing new products that support growth initiatives. Prior to joining AMG, Nathan led three successful performance marketing teams at CBS Interactive that included SEM, content galleries tailored to social platforms, as well as new content vertical sites. Nathan previously held several roles at AMG between 2009 and 2015. Prior to returning, Nathan’s last AMG role was General Manager of Shopping and New Verticals. He holds a B.S. in Logistics from the University of Nevada Reno and an MBA from American Intercontinental University.
Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis
Kevin oversees all financial and strategic planning and reporting for Ask Media Group. He joined IAC Search & Media in 2006 in the corporate planning group, supporting all IAC Search & Media businesses – including Ask.com, Ask Partner Network, Ask Sponsored Listings, Mindspark, IAC Ad Solutions, and Evite. Kevin also previously held senior positions at Kaiser Permanente, DS Waters, Kinko’s and Nortel Networks. He received a B.S. from California Lutheran University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Vice President, Platform Engineering
Aron leads the teams who provide the building blocks for our applications and a set of products that leverage their capabilities. These teams cover front end and micro-services platforms, BI, data science products and data platform solutions. Aron joined IAC in 2008 as Site Production Manager tackling the improvement of incident response and problem management. In subsequent positions, he led the alignment of the private cloud strategy and the effort to unify and modernize the data platform strategy. Aron served as the technical lead for the migration of all applications from our VM-based private cloud to Kubernetes on AWS. Prior to joining IAC, Aron worked at Macys.com for 10 years in a variety of roles, including that of enterprise architect.
Vice President, Global Human Resources
Lisa brings more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources across multiple industries to IAC Publishing where she oversees HR function and operations globally for IAC Publishing and its portfolio of brands including Ask Media Group, Dictionary.com, Investopedia, and The Daily Beast. She currently manages the development and reengineering of departmental and company-wide HR standards, policies, procedures and systems globally in USA, Canada, Ireland, UK (and in the past locations included Latvia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, China, France, Japan, South Korea and more). Lisa executes the M&A HR strategy (including pre and post-acquisition) and owns the P&L for all HR functions globally (including immigration, HR, and recruiting). Prior to Ask, Lisa served as the Sr. Director of Human Resources for MarkLogic Corporation where she was responsible for all Human Resources functions globally. She has also held HR positions with companies including Mindspark, Chevron, Art Technology Group (ATG) and Netpulse Communications. Lisa is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Lisa is a trusted advisor to nonprofit Berkeley Youth Alternatives and active in charitable ventures with the American Brain Tumor Association.
Vice President, Digital Marketing & Strategy
Michael leads the marketing and analytics teams responsible for traffic acquisition and monetization across AMG’s portfolio of sites. Prior to this role, Michael was the Director of Revenue Strategy, responsible for revenue partnerships and yield optimization. Michael joined Ask.com in 2012 as an intern and has held various marketing roles. He received a B.A. in Linguistics from University of California, Santa Cruz.