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Executive Director and CEO, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Jim Friedlich was appointed executive director and CEO of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism in September 2016. He served previously as CEO of Empirical Media Advisors, a consulting firm focused on the digital transformation of major news organizations. From 1990-2000, Jim managed the global advertising sales, consumer marketing and business development of a large and diverse group of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones & Company newspapers, magazines, websites, cable TV channels and conferences. He served on the Board of Directors of CNBC International, as well as joint ventures with Nikkei, Handlesblatt, and The Financial Times. He headed worldwide business development for Dow Jones’ digital publishing divisions: Dow Jones Interactive (WSJ.com) Factiva-JV with Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones Indexes. He was in charge of global business development for divisions with annual digital publishing revenues of $400 million.
In 2001, Jim co-founded ZM Capital, a New York-based media investment firm. From 2001-2010, he led the firm’s investment in publishing and information services. Jim also served as executive chairman of Naylor LLC, the leading business-to-business media services provider for trade associations throughout North America, a ZM Capital portfolio company. He was a seed investor in Business Insider, a digital business news publisher.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Dice Holdings (NYSE), WFMU (public radio), The Door and University Settlement (social services) and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement.