Steve Ellis is a co-founder of ACI, where he serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer with responsibilities for finance and legal.
Steve was formerly Chairman and CEO of Comtex News Network, one the original aggregators of real-time news and information, where he successfully restructured their products, management and financial structure.
Previously, Steve was CFO at GFI Group, a leading credit derivatives broker, having launched its largest private equity financing, and a Director and CFO at HotJobs.com, where he managed their successful IPO and M&A activities. He also directed the IPO of Metromedia Fiber Network, a large telecom start-up.
For much of the 90′s, Steve oversaw the rapid financial growth of Data Broadcasting Corporation, a pioneer in the news and real-time market data industry which spawned many of today’s great online products, including MarketWatch (spun out, renamed CBS MarketWatch), Signal (became eSignal, now owned by IDC), Quotrek (early hand-held, wireless quotes and news), and Shark Information System (merged with ADP’s data products group).
Steve graduated from M.I.T. with a BSEE in computer science and a BS in humanities, received his MBA from Stanford Business School, and is a certified public accountant. In his younger and fitter days, Steve pursued Isshynru karate with a vengeance as a third-degree brown belt. These days, he enjoys skiing, SCUBA, backpacking, and traveling with his family.
Larry Schwartz is a co-founder and President of the company, with responsibility for sales, marketing and product development.
Larry has guided numerous entertainment and new media ventures, from start-up through growth, development and maturity, including Tickets.com (Acquired by MLB Advanced Media), Bolenka Games Online (Trivial Pursuit(R) Online), GFI Group (Nasdaq:GFIG – Financial), Wizard World (Publishing), Patron Technology, and Comtex News Network.
He was also president and CEO of Auctions.com, which he co-created with the Times Mirror Co. and co-owners Gannett, Knight-Ridder, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company, and The Washington Post Company. Larry was featured in the official history of eBay, “The Perfect Store”, by Adam Cohen, which detailing his exploits of attempting to purchasing eBay for Times Mirror and then competing against eBay on behalf of the newspapers.
Larry attended Bates College and the Yale University Graduate School of Drama. He serves on the Content Board of Directors for the Software Information Industry Association, and is a frequent speaker on content, product development, start-ups and turnarounds. Larry is also Chairman of the SIIA Previews for the 8th year running.
When he’s not adding value to content, Larry is a show manager for hunter/jumper horse shows, is on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Horse Show Association and runs the year end Connecticut CHSA Finals Horse Show. Larry, a confirmed gadget geek, also spends time on Broadway with his theatrical agent wife and two daughters. www.lfschwartz.com
Managing Director of Global Business Development
Based in Amsterdam, Michael Ellis is Managing Director of Global Business Development for ACI Information Group (formerly Newstex) and is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with scholarly information companies and universities to aid in the growth of ACI in Europe and Asia. Prior to his current role at Newstex, he worked in international film and television licensing for Warner Bros. and has broad experience in global licensing. Since he joined the ACI team, he has developed several strategic content licensing partnerships with rights organizations around the world, including the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) in the UK and CEDRO in Spain.
Earlier in his career, Michael was an independent scholar studying in Asia and the United Kingdom. First, in Beijing where he learned Mandarin Chinese at the prestigious Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University. Then, in Oxford where he pursued a PhD in English.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University and earned his Master’s Degree in English Renaissance Drama from the University of York.
In his spare time, you can catch him either at the yoga studio or on a horse near Amsterdam’s Vondelpark.
Vice President of Technology
Chris Moyer is Vice President of Technology for ACI and the author of Building Applications in the Cloud, a book dedicated not only to moving applications to cloud computing but also offering details of how to actually integrate applications into a cloud environment that can be truly successful. He is also a contributor to Tech Target: http://www.techtarget.com/contributor/Chris-Moyer.
Chris is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a degree in software engineering. He studied under the creator of boto, Mitch Garnaat, and spends much of his time working on the boto client library for communicating with Amazon Web Services. Chris created two web frameworks based off of this client library, known as Marajo and botoweb. He has deep experience assisting developers with migrating applications to the cloud and helping new startups create brand new applications that were never before possible.
Aura Sujaritchan Novembre
Vice President of Content Licensing
Aura Sujaritchan Novembre manages Content Licensing for ACI Information Group. Her role includes handling the partnerships from acquisition to technical integration and beyond.
Aura joins the company after working 5 years as a Senior Content Manager with ScreamingMedia, which eventually became Marketwatch Licensing Services and then Dow Jones & Co.
There she managed the relationships of high-profile content providers such as Associated Press, Reed Business Information and Accuweather while supporting client deals with Sony Pictures Television, Merck and Cox Communications.
After graduating from Smith College, Aura worked in the development offices of producers Scott Rudin, Alan Pakula and Jean Doumanian. She was also the Director of Development for an independent producer, bringing in projects for CBS.
Aura graduated from Smith College with a degree in Government (International Relations). In her spare time she is a Smith College Fund volunteer, Aura helps raise money for student scholarships, internships, study-away programs, facilities, and faculty-student research opportunities. She also serves as her class Social Media Chair using her social media know-how to keep her classmates informed on school events.
General Manager, ACI Scholarly Blog Index
An information industry executive with expertise in strategy, editorial development and product management, Pat has held senior management positions in leading information and media companies.
Pat holds a patent in search algorithms, with others, for her work designing Gartner’s Peer Connect. She designed and field-tested digital learning initiatives for Thomson Learning’s early foray into online courseware and was an operating partner with Apax Partners working on their acquisition of Thomson Learning. At Factiva, she led global marketing, pricing, and channel development to launch that joint venture for Reuters and Dow Jones. As General Manager of Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, Pat commercialized the online journals business and helped design the publishing platform to support digital growth. She was a team leader in AOL’s consumer digital imaging strategy, managing the Kodak relationship and the “You’ve Got Pictures” integration with the AOL service.
She holds an MBA in International Marketing from Seton Hall University and a BA in Literature from Kean College. She is on the Board of Directors of Stevens Institute of Technology’s Web Campus where she advises on trends in digital publishing and online courseware.
In her down time, or rather “up” time, Pat is an avid hiker and with boots and backpack, has hiked major peaks worldwide including the hills of Germany, Machu Picchu in Peru, the White Mountains in the US, and a long-distance trek in the Annapurnas in Nepal. Closer to the ground, Pat is an experienced gardener.
Susan Gunelius is President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. Her business career spans 20 years, and she is a marketing and branding expert having directed multi-million dollar marketing budgets for some of the largest companies in the world, including divisions of AT&T and HSBC. Today, her clients include small and large companies around the world such as Citigroup, Cox Communications, The New York Times, and many more.
Susan is also a published author with ten marketing-related books, including the widely popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, and Blogging All-in-One for Dummies, which are available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other book sellers. She is a featured marketing columnist for Entrepreneur.com and Forbes.com, and her marketing-related articles have appeared in a variety of publications and websites, including MSNBC.com, FoxBusiness.com, WashingtonPost.com, BusinessWeek.com, and many more. Susan is frequently interviewed about marketing and branding for television, radio, print and online media organizations.
Susan also owns an award-winning blog for women in business, WomenOnBusiness.com, and speaks about marketing, branding, and social media at events around the world.