Mr. Gene Quinn
Gene Quinn, a pioneer in digital media and e-commerce, is Co-Founder of Tnooz. He was the founding CEO in 2009 and led the company until January 2017. Tnooz is the leading source of news and analysis about technology and its impact on the global digital travel economy.
In the 1990s, Gene transitioned from traditional publishing and broadcasting media to lead a digital strategy team at Tribune Company in Chicago. That digital team made early-stage investments in new media and e-commerce companies, including America Online, Checkfree, Open Market, Excite, iVillage and Peapod.
In 1997, he was named the first Senior Vice President, Online and Interactive at MTV Networks, home of Viacom’s global entertainment brands MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and TVLand. He developed web media platforms for the brands and business development and content partnerships with Yahoo, AOL, Intel, Microsoft and other technology and distribution companies.
Since 1999, Gene has been a private investor and adviser to public and private companies in travel, media, marketing, financial services and web technology. He is former chairman of PhoCusWright; advisory board chairman of BzzAgent, a word-of-mouth marketing leader acquired by Tesco’s Dunnhumby agency; and adviser to Newtrade Technologies, a hotel marketing platform acquired by Expedia.
Gene’s background includes: director of public companies Checkfree and Open Market; director of private companies Tnooz and PhoCusWright; chairman/director of the trade group Interactive Services Association and non-profit conservation group Henry’s Fork Foundation; member of advisory boards of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the birthplace of the Mosaic web browser, and the MIT Media Lab.
He holds a BA in English literature from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.