Stephanie Sharis, Chief Executive Officer
Having started her career as a public high school teacher, Stephanie Sharis has spent the last 16 years working in the digital sector, building digital products and running digital companies. Prior to Cricket Media, she served as CEO of DailyClout, a civic tech start-up that enables citizens to become political influencers through voter engagement tools. With funding from the Knight Foundation, DailyClout launched BillCam in January 2016, a federal and state bill-tracker that can be embedded inside online news articles and blog posts to enable anyone to engage with the bill (e.g., vote, share, annotate, contact bill sponsor). Before joining DailyClout, Stephanie was COO of SnagFilms, Inc., the pioneering digital distributor of independent film programming and then-owner of the Webby Award-winning movie site, Indiewire. From 2003 to 2007, Stephanie worked at AOL, as Director of Business Development and then Director of Creative Development. She developed and launched AOL True Stories in 2006, the precursor to SnagFilms, where users could watch documentaries and engage with content through Web 2.0 tools. Stephanie received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Afterward, she joined Teach for America and taught English (grades 9 – 12) in East Los Angeles at Roosevelt High School, the nation’s largest public high school at the time, and earned her teaching credential through the LA Unified School District fellowship program for gifted teachers. Stephanie holds a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a focus in education policy. From 2010 to 2014, Stephanie served on the Board of Directors for icouldbe.org, a non-profit whose mission is to provide at-risk middle and high school students with an online community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life.
Victor Block, Chief Operating Officer
Victor Block brings to Cricket Media financial and operational experience in both start-up and established companies. Most recently, Victor served as EVP and CFO of ViewLift, a technology company founded by Ted Leonsis and backed by NEA, Comcast and Revolution. At ViewLift, Victor led the company’s evolution from a content company to a leading enterprise PaaS OTT distribution platform.
Prior to that, Victor was VP of Finance at Revolution Health, the health company created by AOL co-founder Steve Case, where he built the financial, planning and reporting systems that helped manage its development from a start-up to a growth stage company, resulting in its eventual merger with Everyday Health. Following the merger, he served as a Senior Advisor at Revolution, LLC. Prior to Revolution, Victor held finance positions with Freddie Mac and led business development for digital video at WordWave (since acquired by Merrill Corporation). Earlier in his career, Victor co-founded two smaller technology and media start-up companies, both of which were successfully acquired, and served as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
Jon Zeitler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Jon Zeitler is responsible for corporate and business development and legal affairs at Cricket Media. Jon brings more than 20 years of business and legal experience to this role, with particular focus on high growth companies and disruptive products and technologies. Prior to joining Cricket Media Jon served as Executive Vice President for Corporate Development at Zipcar, Inc., where he was a member of the senior executive team that led the company from venture stage through a successful IPO. At Zipcar Jon was responsible for strategic partnerships, international new market expansion, and government affairs. Prior to joining Zipcar Jon worked with a number of smaller high growth companies, including acting as primary advisor to ConsumerSearch in the successful sale of that company to the NY Times Company in 2007. Prior to 2007, Jon worked in several key roles over ten years at America Online gaining deep experience with interactive products and services. At AOL he served as Associate General Counsel for Network and Strategic Transactions before moving into a number of senior business roles including Vice President of Business Development for Web Services and later Vice President for International Strategic Alliances. Jon began his career practicing corporate law in the Washington, DC office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. Outside of the office Jon is active on several fronts including advising on a number of smart cities efforts and on education reform in Washington DC where he served for many years on the board of the non-profit Center for Inspired Teaching, including as its Chair. Jon lives in northwest Washington, DC with his wife and three sons.
Mike Kelly, Office of the Chairman/International
Mr. Kelly oversees Cricket Media’ international operations, including the Company’s Chinese Joint Venture with Neusoft. Prior to joining Cricket Media, Mr. Kelly was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AOL International and Web Services where he was responsible for AOL’s international operations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including the management of leading AOL brands including Netscape, CompuServe, MapQuest, Moviefone, ICQ, and AIM. Since he left AOL in late 2005, Mr. Kelly has been a financial advisor and investor. Mr. Kelly previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner, following Time Warner’s merger with AOL in February 2000. During his tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kelly oversaw the completion of the merger and helped spearhead the integration of the two companies while managing the combined company’s corporate finance functions including tax and accounting issues, financial planning, investor relations, and treasury. Mr. Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Gettysburg College with a bachelor of arts in business administration.