Eric J. Gertler
CEO, Ulysses Ventures
Eric Gertler currently serves as Chairman of U.S.News & World Report, the nation’s leading news authority on rankings and expert guidance on life decisions; and CEO of Ulysses Ventures, a multi-strategy investment fund that invests in both early and growth stage companies.
Gertler formerly served as Co-Chairman and Co-Publisher of the New York Daily News, New York’s hometown newspaper. In September 2017, Gertler negotiated the sale of the New York Daily News to tronc, Inc., which operates numerous newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Under Gertler’s leadership, the New York Daily News was honored with a Pulitzer Prize, in the category of public service journalism in 2017.
Prior to these roles, Gertler served as Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) 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 by overseeing over 100 initiatives and directing hundreds of millions of dollars of city investments into the local economy. The comprehensive suite of initiatives under his supervision included job growth programs, investment funds, incubators, training and mentorship programs, and public-private partnerships, all of which encompassed a broad range of industry sectors including life sciences, healthcare, finance, non-profit, international, media, technology, manufacturing, and clean-tech.
Prior to his government service, Gertler successfully led several technology and media companies. In technology sector, Gertler served as CEO of Altruik (product search optimization), PrimeAxis Media (content aggregation/consumer rankings), and Privista (identity theft protection). In media, Gertler served concurrently as the President of the three magazines U.S.News & World Report, Fast Company, and The Atlantic, for which he managed day-to-day operations with a focus on expanding the respective brands into new areas, including online and conferences.
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). He began his career as an attorney with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Gertler was honored in 2017 as a Great Immigrant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of naturalized citizens through its annual Great Immigrants tribute. Gertler was also named to City & State Magazine’s “The 2016 Responsible 100 List” honoring corporate social responsibility in New York City.
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.