Jared Grusd is the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School, specializing in corporate strategy applied to the technology and media sectors. He serves on the board of directors of Newsela, a leading venture-backed education technology company, and as a mentor at Techstars. He is an angel investor in several promising start-ups.
Previously, Jared held top leadership positions at several of the world's most innovative companies. He was Head of Corporate Development and General Counsel of Spotify, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of AOL, and a key member of the executive team responsible for Google's multi-billion dollar advertising business in the Americas. Jared also co-founded Shake, a venture-backed legal technology company that was acquired by Legal Shield in 2015.
Jared has received several notable industry awards and accolades. He was one of Adweek’s 2015 Class of Young Influentials, which honors 27 individuals from media, marketing, tech and entertainment who are remaking business and culture. He was included in Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100 List three times – in 2012, 2013 and 2015, their annual list of the 100 “Coolest and Most Influential” people in NY Tech. Jared was in TechWeek’s Top 100 List based on his significant impact on the technology and innovation ecosystem and was named one of Fortune’s Five of Tech's Most Powerful Lawyers.
Jared spent the early part of his career specializing in technology and corporate transactions at Capgemini North America and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He received a MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD, with Honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys competing in marathons, Ironman-distance triathlons, and tennis.