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Tad Smith

Tad Smith

Joined Stern 1999

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012

E-mail tsmith@stern.nyu.edu


Tad Smith joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Adjunct Professor in 1999.

As president of Cablevision's Local Media group, Tad Smith is responsible for Cablevision Media Sales, the company's advertising sales division, as well as the company's media and programming properties that are focused specifically on the communities Cablevision serves. These properties include Newsday Media Group with assets such as Long Island's leading daily newspaper Newsday, its popular website, Newsday.com, and amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City. Also part of the Local Media group are Cablevision's News 12 Networks, consisting of 12 local news, weather and traffic channels, and MSG Varsity, a suite of television and interactive services dedicated to covering high school sports and activities across the tri-state area.

Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Smith worked for Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a worldwide provider of business information. An accomplished veteran of both print and electronic operations, he most recently served as chief executive officer of the company's U.S. division, Reed Business Information (RBI), where he had leadership and operational oversight for a number of well-known brands, including Variety, Daily Variety, Publishers Weekly, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. He also was responsible for developing and running RBI's digital media businesses, including its extensive e-commerce operations.

Previously, Mr. Smith was senior vice president of e-commerce for Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive global Internet strategy for the company. From 1996 to 1998, he was with BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of global publisher Bertelsmann AG, where he served as head of the company's merchandising unit, and managed strategy, acquisition and restructuring for its North American business units, including Arista Records, RCA Records, BMG Direct Record Clubs and BMG Music Publishing. Mr. Smith began his business career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., a leading global management consulting firm advising corporations, industry, governments and institutions

He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the R.W. van de Velde Prize. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Smith also served on the Dean's Leadership Council of the Woodrow Wilson School.

He won Folio's Executive of the Year in 2008, min's Top Executive of the Year in 2007, and Media Business' Top Innovator in 2007, and was inducted into the Digital Media Hall of Fame in 2006.

Academic Background

Harvard Business School

Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Areas of Expertise


  • Entertainment & Media