CEO and Chairman, Gilt Groupe
Susan Lyne is Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative e-commerce company that pioneered "flash sales" in the US. Since its launch in 2007, the company has attracted millions of members with a growing array of lifestyle sites including Gilt.com (fashion, home, and kids); Gilt City (local services and experiences); Jetsetter (vacation travel); Gilt Taste (artisanal food and wines); and Park and Bond (men's apparel and accessories). The company also operates the largest flash sale business in Japan, a joint venture with Softbank.
Before joining Gilt, Ms. Lyne served from 2004-2008 as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) where she led the company's recovery and return to profitability. During her tenure at MSLO she was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age and received a Matrix Award from New York Women In Communications.
From 1996 to 2004, Ms. Lyne held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP Development and New Business and EVP Movies and Miniseries. In 2002 she was named President of ABC Entertainment where she was responsible for the network's primetime schedule and oversaw the development of shows such as Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey's Anatomy.
Ms. Lyne spent 15 years in the magazine industry before joining Disney. She was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice and, in 1987, created and launched Premiere Magazine, where she served as Editor-in-Chief and Publication Director.
In addition to Gilt Groupe, Ms. Lyne is on the board of AOL, Inc. She is a trustee of Rockefeller University and The New School, and a former trustee of The Posse Foundation and The Public Theater.