We are an eclectic team of innovators, technologists, operators, and business leaders.
CEO, Ask Media Group
Shane is the CEO of Ask Media Group. Prior to this role he was 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.
Chief Operating & Technology Officer
Maxx has led software engineering and product organizations for 20+ years, pursuing solutions that differentiate businesses from the competition. His career spans business verticals including advertising technology, software-as-a-service, web infrastructure, financial systems, technology enabled legal services, wireless broadband and artificial intelligence. Maxx joined the IAC Publishing vertical – Ask Media Group, Investopedia, Dotdash, Dictionary and the Daily Beast – in 2016, and has assumed increasing roles of responsibility since. Maxx received a B.S. from Western Kentucky University and a CBE from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
EVP of Growth
Jon has 20 years of experience developing and implementing business and technology strategies. Jon joined IAC in 2005 as one of the first web developers for Pronto.com and transitioned to marketing in 2009 when he joined Ask.com. From 2005 through 2015 Jon held roles at multiple IAC companies including Pronto.com, Ask.com, and Dictionary.com. Prior to re-joining AMG Jon ran acquisition and retention marketing for Caastle.com owner and operated sites. Jon returned to AMG in 2020 as the EVP of Growth and leads traffic acquisition initiatives including the in house search marketing program as well as programmatic display initiatives. Jon received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.
SVP, GC Legal
Nazly oversees all legal and transactional activities for Ask Media Group. Nazly joined Ask Partner Network in 2010 and most recently served as Associate General Counsel for IAC Applications supporting Business Development, Technology and Product teams across the IAC Applications’ brand portfolio including, Mindspark, Slimware, Daily Burn, nRelate, Apalon, Rebel Entertainment, and others. Earlier in her career, Nazly served as Corporate Counsel for an ad tech startup company, acquired by Walmart, providing online marketing solutions and software. Nazly proudly serves as the executive sponsor of the Women In Tech team at Ask Media Group – an alliance that inspires her colleagues to strengthen their voice and encourages the development of leadership skills and empowerment that will accelerate career advancement.
Senior 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.
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth
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, Engineering
Aron leads the engineering teams that architect, design, build and maintain our suite of applications. His teams currently include web development, data science and platform support solutions. Aron has been with IAC since 2008 and steadily progressed through management positions of increasing responsibility. These include leadership of production engineering, alignment of our private cloud strategy with software development, modernization of the data platform, deconstruction of our monoliths to microservices, and migration of all applications to cloud-native 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, Revenue Optimization
Alice has over 15 years of experience in Data Analytics, Performance Marketing, and leading teams to success. Prior to joining the AMG team, Alice led three marketing teams at CBS Interactive driving users to content for 20+ brands as well CBS Interactive’s flagship television streaming product. Alice also served as Vice President to a large construction business and as Senior Director to a food technology business – in both cases streamlining operations to drive overall growth at higher margins. Alice is passionate about data and driving performance through data-driven decision-making.
Batlin Mariadhas Joseph Gratius
Vice President, Product
Batlin leads the product management team at AMG. He is responsible for developing and executing our product vision and roadmap. Batlin works closely with engineering and external service providers to deliver on the product vision. Batlin started his career at Ask.com in 2008 as a developer. Since then he has held many role within Ask. Prior to joining the product team, Batlin’s previous role was VP of Engineering. Batlin received a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Anna University, India.