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Tom Kohn, Executive-in-Residence

Thomas Kohn

Executive in Residence Department of Management

Executive-in-Residence Tom Kohn is a digital veteran of companies both big and small with a focus on early stage companies and turnarounds. He has been CEO of two high-tech start-ups in the Washington, DC area, raising over $10MM for each; Chief Revenue Officer of USATODAY.COM, creating and building a $20MM e-commerce division; and most recently EVP of Digital for a $65MM/year B2B media company, running the DC office and helping to infuse this traditional print media company with a digital DNA. Once a Kogod Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tom is currently working with several early stage companies on issues of strategy, business development and fundraising in the fields of online education, e-commerce, social media, digital advertising and others. He has had positions of Board member, CEO, President, Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and, as the EVP of Digital for Cygnus Business Media, Tom helped to transform the company's digital strategy and increase digital revenue, overseeing groups focused on technology, new product development, multi-media, rich media, digital operations and design. In April 2013, in New York City, he was inducted into the Media Industry News (MIN) Digital Hall of Fame. Tom was an entrepreneur for 10 years: as CEO of Bid4Assets, an online auction company that has enjoyed 15 years of profitability, and as co-founder/CEO of Transactis, a company he launched in 2002 and pivoted three times, which is now a top electronic billing company with top 10 bank clients such as Wells Fargo and PNC. Tom has worked in the Internet industry since it began, enjoying positions with AOL, Viacom, Freeloader (a Mark Pincus company) and Pre-Internet and business school, he conceived of, launched, and produced several television and radio programs in New York City, produced nationally-aired commercials for Ogilvy & Mather – including a Super Bowl commercial for American Express – and launched the east coast office of an LA-based television production company.


BA, Stanford MBA, Harvard

KSB - Management
Kogod - 221
Contact Info
(202) 885-1988

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  • Fall 2016