Susan Lyne serves as Chairman of Gilt Groupe, an innovative ecommerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Susan joined the company as Chief Executive Officer in September 2008, less than a year after Gilt’s launch as a women’s apparel and accessories business. Today the company has over three million members, 500 employees, operates six distinct business lines in the US as well as the leading flash sale site in Japan. Susan assumed the role of Chairman in September 2010.
From November 2004 to July 2008, Susan was President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO). In that capacity, she steered the company’s recovery and return to profitability, led by a three-fold increase in advertising revenue and the diversification of its merchandising business.
Before joining MSLO, Susan spent eight years at Disney/ABC, rising to President of ABC Entertainment where she oversaw the development of shows such as Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy. Prior to that she ran the network’s long-form division, fielding a schedule of original movies and miniseries that won time periods and earned numerous awards.
Susan’s early career was spent in the magazine industry. She was managing editor of New Times and later of The Village Voice and, in 1987, created and launched Premiere Magazine for News Corp.
Susan serves on the board of AOL and is a trustee of The New School. She lives in New York City.
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