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James Bilefield

Digital Expert and Entrepreneur
  • Former CEO of Open X, a leading digital and mobile advertising platform
  • Built a series of high-growth, digital and multichannel businesses as an entrepreneur and executive, including Skype, Yahoo, and Conde Nast
  • Believes that technology has the power to transform life for the better
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EntrepreneurshipBusiness StrategyTechnologyGrowthCEOs

James has built a series of high-growth, global digital and multichannel businesses as entrepreneur and executive (Skype, Condé Nast, Yahoo!, OpenX, UpMyStreet), non-executive chairman and board director (Stagecoach Group plc, Ticketscript, Farfetch, Teach First, Vestiaire Collective), senior advisor, (UK Government, Science Museum Group, McKinsey & Company, Advent International) and investor (Entrepreneur First, Seedcamp, Roli, Kano). 

During his executive career, he served as President of the digital division of Condé Nast International, where he led the multimedia transformation of iconic brands such as Vogue, GQ, Wired, and Vanity Fair across 27 markets outside the USA. He also led Series C round investments in e-commerce leaders Farfetch and Vestiaire Collective, whose boards he joined as part of those transactions.

He was formerly CEO of OpenX, a leading digital and mobile advertising platform, serving billions of ads daily across 100+ countries, backed by Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and others.

James joined OpenX from Skype, where he served as part of the founding management team as its first Vice President to run the global Business Development team. Following the $4.1bn sale of the company to eBay Inc., he took responsibility for Skype's activities and performance across Europe, its largest region.

James previously held a range of senior commercial and general management roles at Yahoo! in Europe. Prior to that, he co-founded and ran UpMyStreet.com, an award-winning local information business, following a successful career in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan Chase in London and New York City.

James currently juggles a range of Chair and Board Director positions (at Ticketscript, Teach First, Stagecoach Group plc and the Science Museum Group) with advisory roles at McKinsey & Company and Advent International, whilst also finding time to be a professional speaker, technology investor, and mentor (Kano, Roli, Polar, Entrepreneur First).

James is a lively and passionate speaker, with a core belief in the power of technology to disrupt and transform for the better organisations, industries and all of our lives. He is ready to speak on a variety of topics, including business and industry transformation, globalisation, and our shared digital future.  He has spoken at major events across Europe, Asia and the USA for groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to global professional services companies to major media groups. 

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