Mr. Tom Harty
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tom Harty is President and Chief Executive Officer of Meredith Corporation, the leading media and marketing company reaching nearly 200 million unduplicated American consumers monthly, including 85 percent of U.S. Millennial women. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms − including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video − to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.
In his current role, Harty oversees operations related to Meredith’s National Media and Local Media business groups. Most recently, Harty was instrumental in the acquisition of Time Inc. to create a media powerhouse with leading brands in the celebrity, lifestyle, food, home, parenting, wellness, news and sports content areas, with 60 million active magazine subscribers. The acquisition also transformed Meredith into a Top 10 digital player, with 170 million monthly unique visitors.
Harty was President and COO before assuming the role of President and CEO in 2018. Prior to that, Harty served as President of Meredith’s National Media Group, a position he assumed in 2010. Harty has played a key leadership role in the development and execution of Meredith’s strategic initiatives by helping the Company increase its connection to the American consumer through growth in magazine audience, online traffic, brand licensing and marketing services. As President of the National Media Group, Harty led the acquisition of Allrecipes.com—the world’s largest food site—and subsequent launch of Allrecipes magazine. Harty also added the Martha Stewart Living, Rachael Ray Every Day, FamilyFun, Parenting, and EatingWell brands to the Meredith portfolio. He spearheaded the expansion of Meredith’s digital initiatives, as well as the Company’s high-margin brand licensing business, which includes Better Homes & Gardens products at Walmart, and the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Network.
Under Harty's leadership, Meredith has consistently increased its share of advertising revenues against its competitive set. He created the innovative Meredith Sales Guarantee, which proves that advertising on Meredith’s media platforms directly leads to an increase of product sales at retail. It has subsequently been adopted across the industry. Additionally, Harty expanded advertising and digital revenue platforms, which led to Meredith being named the No. 1-rated Media Company by Advertiser Perceptions in 2010 and 2013.
Before joining Meredith, Harty served as Senior Vice President, General Manager for The Golf Digest Companies. His broad media company experience includes senior leadership positions with several of the industry’s largest titles, including TV Guide, where he served as Vice President and Publisher; and Reader’s Digest, where he was Advertising Director. Harty has also held key business positions with The New York Times Company, Forbes and Gruner + Jahr USA.
Harty earned an MBA from Iona College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Castleton University. He currently serves as Treasurer and on the Board of The Association of Magazine Media.