Eric J. Gertler

Co-Chairman and Co-Publisher, New York Daily News
Chairman, U.S. News & World Report
Opening Keynote Session
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Eric J. Gertler currently serves as Co-Chairman and Co-Publisher of the New York Daily News, New York’s hometown newspaper; Co-Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice; and CEO of Ulysses Ventures, a multi-strategy investment fund that invests in both early and growth stage companies.

Prior to these roles, Gertler served as Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and as Managing Director of the Center for Economic Transformation under both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Bill de Blasio. In this role, he was responsible for spurring economic development through programs that promoted industry growth, with an emphasis on innovation, job creation, public-private partnerships, investment funds and industry diversification. He oversaw over 100 initiatives to further these goals and also directed hundreds of millions of dollars of city investments into the local economy.

Prior to his government service, Gertler successfully led several technology and media companies. In tech, Gertler served as CEO of Altruik (product search optimization), PrimeAxis Media (content aggregation/consumer rankings), and Privista (identity theft protection). In media, Gertler was President of U.S. News, Fast Company and The Atlantic, where he managed day-to-day operations with a focus on expanding the respective brands into new areas, including online and conferences.

He began his career as an attorney with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Gertler is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Prying Eyes: Protect Your Privacy From People Who Sell To You, Snoop on You or Steal From You (Random House).

Gertler has been actively involved with many non-profit organizations, including as a founding board member of City Year New York. He is a member of YPO-WPO (and past Chair of the New York Metro chapter).

A graduate of Brown University, Gertler also holds degrees from the Sorbonne at the University of Paris and the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Paris and a law degree from American University (where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review).