Charles Tillinghast – Chief Executive Officer
Joining Friend MTS in August 2013, Charlie Tillinghast is a strategic and resonant leader who has over 25 years of notable executive impact in start-ups, large corporations, and joint ventures. Applying a broad, long-range view of strategic opportunities, he backs his vision with practical implementation approaches. Tillinghast is known for exceptional people leadership fostering high levels of discretionary effort, loyalty, and job satisfaction.
From 1999 – 2012, Charlie held management positions at MSNBC Interactive News, LLC (msnbc.com), the last eight as President & CEO of the news joint venture between Microsoft and NBC News. At MSNBC Interactive News, Charlie led the portfolio of web properties, consisting of msnbc.com (now NBCNews.com), today.com, nbcsports.com, and three start-ups, to industry leading levels of profitability, audience reach, product innovation, and editorial excellence. In 2003, Charlie launched the first scale, advertising supported news video product and in 2010 led the industry with the first site entirely serving viewable ad impressions. As an organizational leader, Tillinghast fostered the development of a high integrity company culture known for its transparency and respect for all employees.
Prior to MSNBC, Charlie led corporate development for Primary Health, Inc., a venture-backed health care company; served in a variety of management positions at Micron Technology, Inc.; and began his career in a start-up software company, Learned-Mahn, Inc., where he held sales and marketing positions.
Tillinghast is a member of the board of directors of Mixpo, Inc., a multiscreen video advertising platform and service. He was a member of the Online Publishers Association for 11 years and served on its Chairman from 2009 – 2011. Tillinghast is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.