Jonathan Ewert
President, TransforMedia

Jonathan Ewert has 25 years' experience revitalizing public and private companies in several tech-enabled sectors, including Internet hosting, interactive media networks, SaaS, e-commerce, and social networks. Jonathan is regarded as an authentic and passionate leader with a strong client focus and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Future in Review (FiRe), Local Social Summit, and Search Engine Strategies.

As president of TransforMedia, Jonathan is currently pursuing acquisition and investment opportunities in partnership with Catalyst Investors, a lower-middle-market growth equity firm headquartered in New York with $600MM under management across three funds. Catalyst Investors focuses on a variety of tech-enabled services sectors, including software-as-a-service, digital media, internet infrastructure, wireless communications, and business and consumer services.

Prior to TransforMedia, Jonathan served as president and CEO of Codero, a dedicated cloud hosting company based in Kansas City. At Codero, Jonathan led the company through a restructuring following the divestiture of two business units, recruited his successor, and currently serves on the board of directors.

Prior to Codero, Jonathan served as SVP of Corporate Development for LookSmart (Nasdaq: LOOK), a leading search advertising network and management company, where he led the turnaround of the media business. From 2003 to 2006, Jonathan served as CEO of ePALS (TSXV: SLN) until selling the company. Prior to ePALS, Jonathan served as vice president of Business Development to restart eCommerce Solutions and as vice president of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Modem Media, where he led the preparation and positioning of the company for Modem's successful IPO in 1999. Previously, Jonathan served in a variety of management roles at Infoseek Corp. until the sale of the company to Disney.

Jonathan currently serves on the steering committee of SNS Project Inkwell, as well as the advisory boards of Stuart Levine & Associates, a leadership development firm; and Cancer101, a nonprofit that provides tools to the newly diagnosed. He is a past board member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Advantage Business Media, and Wowd Inc., which was sold to Facebook in 2010. He earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1986 from the College of the Holy Cross.

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