May 5, 2022; Washington, DC – NPR welcomes the election of Catherine Levene to the NPR Board of Directors as Public Director for a term from May 2022 until November 2024.
NPR’s 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 Member Directors who are managers of NPR Member stations and are elected to the Board by their fellow Member stations, 9 Public Directors who are prominent members of the public selected by the Board and confirmed by NPR Member stations, the NPR Foundation Chair, and the NPR President & CEO.
Catherine Levene is an experienced CEO/President/Entrepreneur/Advisor/Board Member and executive with more than 25 years in the digital and traditional media and commerce sectors. She has a proven track record of operating success, recruiting and building world class teams at organizations of all sizes – from start-ups to growth companies – and driving digital transformation and sustained growth at larger corporate companies. Her expertise includes strategy, sales, marketing, business development, product development and finance. She has extensive experience working with boards and CEOs to establish strategy, recruit teams, implement business plans and direct M&A activities.
Most recently, Levene was president of the National Media Group at Meredith Corporation, where she oversaw the company’s 40+ iconic brands including PEOPLE, Allrecipes, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, TRAVEL& LEISURE, REAL SIMPLE and Magnolia Journal. She joined the company in 2019 as chief Strategy Officer. Later that year she was named Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the digital P&L of the company’s iconic brands. In late 2020, she was named President of Meredith’s National Media Group adding the print and licensing businesses to her management portfolio and making history as the company’s first female Corporate Officer. As President, she led the National Media Group through a period of unprecedented digital expansion, revenue growth and diversification, and strategic application of first-party data and insights. Prior to Meredith’s sale to IAC’s DotDash in December 2021, the National Media Group reached nearly 190 million unduplicated American consumers every month across digital, print, social platforms, video, audio and connected home assistants.
Prior to Meredith, Levene was the co-founder and CEO of Artspace Marketplace, an online marketplace for discovering, learning about and buying fine art from world-class artists. The company was sold to Phaidon, Inc, in 2014. Prior to this, Levene was the COO at DailyCandy, one of the first digital media companies focused on women (sold to Comcast) and before this, she held numerous executive positions at New York Times Digital from 1998-2005.
Levene holds an MBA from the Harvard University Business School and dual undergraduate degrees in history and business from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School. She is on the board of Digital Content Next. She was formerly a board member of Rent the Runway (IPO), Purch (sold to Future) where she was on the audit committee, Business.com (sold to Centerfield Media) TheFind (sold to Facebook) and is an active advisory board member of the Skimm. During her time at Meredith, she sat on the executive committee of the board of Digital Content Next (DCN), the trade organization dedicated to serving the unique and diverse needs of high-quality digital content companies that manage trusted, direct relationships with consumers and marketers.
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About the NPR Board of Directors
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Ben Fishel, NPR Media Relations
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