Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
American Media, Inc.
David Pecker has led American Media, Inc. as chairman, president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, AMI established its position as the leading publisher of celebrity and active lifestyle newspapers and magazines.
Pecker began to build American Media, Inc. in 1999 with the acquisitions of Star and The National Enquirer, adding The Globe in 2000. In 2003, he became the first publisher to successfully convert a tabloid to a glossy magazine when he relaunched Star. Pecker further secured American Media, Inc.’s dominant position with the acquisition of OK! in 2011 and US Weekly in 2017.
In 2003, Pecker created an entirely new avenue for growth for American Media, Inc. by leading the acquisition of Weider Publications, adding Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness magazines, among others, to American Media Inc.’s impressive portfolio. In 2015, he sold Shape to Meredith Corporation, underscoring the incredible valuation American Media, Inc. had created in the brand. In 2017, he acquired Men’s Journal from Wenner media.
Prior to taking over AMI, Pecker served as president and chief executive officer of Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, the American arm of France’s largest communications company. During his tenure there, he established several successful magazine brands including Elle and Elle Décor in the United States, and partnered with John F. Kennedy Jr. on George, which is widely recognized as one of the largest and boldest consumer magazine launches of the past two decades. In his 30-plus years of publishing experience, he has also overseen the financial divisions of CBS Magazine Group and Diamandis Communications, Inc. and has led the acquisition and divestiture of more than $3.5 billion of magazine brands. Since 2005, he has led over $5 billion of bank and high leverage financing.
Pecker earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and business in 1972 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Pace University in 1998.