Dana Hayes

Dana C. Hayes Jr. is an experienced executive in the television, publishing & digital media focused around advertising, content, and technology.

Currently, Dana Hayes, Jr. as Group Vice President of Global Partner Development for Acxiom. Hayes leads a new team focused on building strategic partnerships and distribution relationships to advance data-driven marketing and advertising globally.

Dana has held the Executive in Residence/Advisor role for Abundant Venture Partners (AVP). AVP (abundantventurepartners.com) is a business incubator focused on early-stage, service-based companies in media and healthcare. AVP was founded on a set of values, principles, and core beliefs that drive all of our actions and investments. He has held a number of leadership positions around leading the ad sales teams in both television and digital. Dana has also been involved in launching digital products, business development, marketing, and ad operations. His portfolio includes both New York and Chicago companies with the following media brands; Startle.com, Travora Media, Tribune Interactive, Turner Broadcasting, The Travel Channel and weather.com. During his tenure at Tribune Interactive, Dana led the creation, development, and funding, of the Joint Venture quadrantONE.com, a premium national ad platform for online newspaper and television publishers including investors NYT, Gannett, Hearst, and Tribune. He was interim CEO and was an active board member.

Dana is an accomplished leader with a strong portfolio of successes in leading the start-up, growth and optimization of a number of digital and media businesses. A native of Chicago, Hayes has a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePauw University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

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