A Proven Formula for Digital Publishing & Ad Tech Success

Next Management Partners is a private equity firm solely focused on acquiring and scaling digital publishing and advertising technology businesses and building leadership teams. Our deep industry expertise and hands-on approach differentiates NMP from any other investment company.

Leadership Team

Jimmy’s investor-backed digital publishing company was acquired in 2015 by the Maker Studios’ co-founders at Zealot Networks, where he served as SVP of strategy and monetization, managing revenue for its ViralNova and Allscreen properties and overseeing partnerships with long-time clients Conde Nast, AOL, Scripps Networks (Food Network) and Time Inc.

As founder and CEO of Hutch Media, Jimmy scaled revenue to tens of millions of dollars for its own content properties, including RumorFix, which aggregated a network of sites boasting over 100MM pageviews per month.

Jimmy is a managing member of Snakkle.com, alongside Rich Battista, president of People & Entertainment Weekly. He served on the advisory board of Affinity Networks from 2014-2015 and the advisory board of ad tech company nRelate from 2010-2012, which was acquired by IAC.

He is currently on the board of Saving Innocence and the event committee of First Star, both nonprofits to whom a percentage of NMP proceeds are directed. Jimmy began his career as an advertising executive at RWB, working with clients such as Intel, VW, Herbalife and Dow and helping procure engagements with Toyota and Lexus.

ED WILSON

ADVISOR

Wilson was President of Tribune Broadcasting/ CRO of The Tribune Company (2008 to 2011), President of FOX Television Network (2004 to 2008), President of NBC Enterprises (2000-2004), and the Founder, President, and COO of CBS Enterprises (1996-2000).

Wilson was Executive Chairman of Timeline Labs – a big-data social intelligence network that provides the world’s leading media companies and brands with social content focusing on hyper-local, national and global news – he successfully guided the company to an acquisition by SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a TV software-services company.

Wilson is a Senior Media Advisor to Guggenheim Securities.  Wilson is a partner at New Form Digital, a studio that develops and produces scripted content for global digital platforms and linear networks, and was created in partnership with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Craig Jacobson, Jim Wiatt, and Discovery Communications.

Wilson currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees for Southern Methodist University, the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, the Advisory Board at Walton Business School at The University of Arkansas, and board member for SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC).

BRETT JOHNSON

ADVISOR

Mr. Johnson is currently CEO of Benevolent Capital, Co-chairman of Phoenix Rising Football Club, director of TerraCycle (http://www.terracycle.com) and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (http://www.ypo.org). He served as Managing Director, Zealot Networks, from 2015 to 2017, where Zealot acquired 17 digital media and marketing services companies, including Mr. Hutcheson’s last digital publishing business.

From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Johnson was a member of the board of directors, and the chairman of the compensation committee, at Blyth Inc. (http://blyth.com, NYSE: BTH). Blyth is a $1 billion direct to consumer sales company and leading designer and marketer of accessories for the home and health & wellness products. Blyth was acquired by the private equity firm, Carlyle, in November 2015.

From 2010 to August 2012, Mr. Johnson was the CEO and President of Forward Industries (www.forwardindustries.com, NASDAQ: FORD).

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a masters of business administration from the Presidential/Key Executive program at Pepperdine University. In 2014, Mr. Johnson graduated from the Harvard Business School’s President’s Leadership Program through YPO.

He is a member of the board of trustees for Choate Rosemary Hall and is a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship and a member of the board of visitors for the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.

JAY WESTLIN

CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Jay Westlin leads corporate development efforts for Next Management Partners and is also founder and CEO of Fastener.io, a consultancy he founded in 2013 to provide outsourced corporate and business development and publisher acquisition for consumer digital content publishers and advertising technology platforms.

A 20-year business development veteran of media, entertainment and advertising, Jay is a multiple-time founder, executive team member, advisor and mentor whose primary focus is on forging valuable corporate and business development partnerships among a deep base of digital content publishers and their surrounding platforms.

Before Fastener.io, Jay was executive vice president of corporate and business development at Spin Media (previously BUZZMEDIA) where he was originally recruited in 2007 to help turn Buzznet.com into a publishing group with more than 100 million global unique visitors per month across 40 digital properties.

Prior to Spin Media, Jay was vice president at AtomicOnline (sister company of Gorilla Nation and now part of Evolve Media) which owns and operates 50+ websites including men’s lifestyle publication CraveOnline and women’s lifestyle site SheKnows.

Jay received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University.

MITCHELL CHUN

ADVISOR

Mitchell has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media and technology space, having held a number of senior executive positions at Yahoo!, Fox Interactive Media, and Fox Networks Group, as well as co-founding a number of digital ventures and managing them from ideation, to launch, to successful exits.

Most recently, he was Co-founder, COO and CFO of Timeline Labs, a social media data mining company, which sold to SeaChange International, and of 5to1, a premium online advertising platform, which sold to Yahoo!

Previously, he spent over a decade at News Corp. where he led strategic and new business development initiatives and M&A across the interactive media group, broadcast, cable and international networks.

He holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and a minor in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and currently resides in Manhattan Beach.

JORDAN POSELL

CFO ADVISOR

After 23 years in financial and operational executive roles for high-growth technology companies, Jordan is now the co-founder and Managing Partner of Full Stack Finance. Jordan was the CFO for Beachmint, helping the company raise almost $80 million and grow into six ecommerce verticals. He joined Beachmint after serving as CFO for Total Beauty Media, the web’s fastest growing beauty publisher.

Previously, Jordan was COO of ContentNext (parent company of paidContent, sold to Guardian Media Group) and CFO at NevenVision (image recognition software company acquired by Google).

He has also held executive-level finance and operations roles at GameFly LivePlanet, eToys, idealab!, Gemstar, and CS First Boston. He has lived and worked extensively in Europe and Asia.

Jordan holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Santa Monica, CA., where he enjoys skiing, travel, cooking, wine appreciation, and music when not battling Excel spreadsheets.

Rick has a 20-year extensive background in building out the operational and finance functions (people, processes and systems) for high-growth companies and private equity. In addition, Rick has expertise in assisting high growth businesses to achieve “lift off” through a mix of strong strategic direction and team building.

Rick served as CFO for Pathway Partners (Austin, TX), Colony Logic (Los Angeles, CA) and OpenX (Pasadena, CA). Prior to these roles, Rick held senior operational and finance roles at Yahoo!, Overture and Veoh. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

ABEL HERNANDEZ

PRODUCT MANAGER

Successful product manager in e-commerce, fintech, advertising, eLearning, blockchain industries. Diverse product management, operations and development experience from A4C Technologies, Karl Technologies and Warner Bros.

JAMES CHUNG

SVP, MARKETING

James has15 years of experience in user acquisition and ad operations. Has expertise in growing startup user bases at cost efficient rates. Also, well versed in monetization through multiple channels mixing a combination of programmatic and direct campaigns.

James is also the founder of Quanta Media a network that has generated over 100M+ monthly pageviews/ month and 1B ad impressions/ month. James was the VP of Marketing at Zealot Networks, formed by the co-founders and CEO of Maker Studios. In addition, he managed multi-million dollar marketing budgets while at Experian Interactive Media and also managed marketing for SKilljam and Mediatrust.

KIM MARTIN

VP AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & CONTENT

Former executive and consultant at Business Insider, Access Hollywood and Turner, specialized in audience development and editorial supervision.

Giving Back

First and foremost, we generate great returns for our investors. We also reserve a percentage of profit to give back to the underserved, especially groups that support children.

Organizations we support include:

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