The Piano Media / Press+ Team
Press+ and Piano Media are the global leaders in online subscription monetization solutions, digital audience development and online subscriber data analysis. We offer the most comprehensive digital subscription platforms in the world, backed by a world-class team of digital subscription marketing experts, data scientists and digital innovators. More publishers worldwide use our online monetization solutions than any other.
Kelly Leach – Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Leach, a Dow Jones veteran, joins Piano Media and Press+ as CEO of the combined companies after being the managing director for Dow Jones in EMEA and publisher for The Wall Street Journal's European edition. Appointed to her role there in June 2012, she was responsible for the company's businesses in the EMEA region including Financial News, Dow Jones Energy & Commodities and various regional joint ventures. Previously she was a Dow Jones SVP for strategy where she guided business strategy for consumer and enterprise products across traditional and digital platforms. Ms. Leach joined Dow Jones in 2003 from the Time Inc. division of Time Warner, where she served as manager of marketing and business development for Time.com, Time Magazine’s website. Ms. Leach received a bachelor's degree from Rhodes College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Alex Franta – Chief Finance Officer
Alex Franta takes over CFO duties for both Piano Media and Press+ after working as corporate finance specialist working for the past 15 years in corporate finance management and M&A. In addition to advising companies in M&A situations, Mr. Franta has taken on a number of CFO assignments helping companies with post-merger integration and with the development of internal corporate finance and administrative functions. He was a managing director of the Soravia Group's outdoor advertising business in CEE and a director in the group's equity investment business. Prior to his time at Soravia, he was at Deutsche Bank's Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory Group in New York. Mr. Franta has a business degree from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mikey Wang – Chief Technology Officer
Mikey Wang is the founding technologist and CTO of Press+, is adding CTO duties for Piano Media. Mr. Wang has spent his career leading highly successful software engineering teams for e-commerce, internet, and media companies. Prior to joining Press+, he served as VP of Engineering at eMusic.com, where he developed and maintained the company's e-commerce platform. He also held leadership positions at Thomas Publishing, dELiA*s, and iVillage.com.
Matt Skibinski – Vice President, Affiliate Relations
Matt Skibinski has led the Press+ Affiliate Relations team since joining the organization in 2009. He oversees client relations, onboarding, and support for more than 630 publications and websites using the Press+ and Piano Media platforms with a focus on helping publishers leverage data, best practices, case studies, and other key insights from across the network to achieve the best sales results. Mr. Skibinski holds degrees in Political Science and Communications and Media Studies from Tufts Unversity, where he served as editor of the Tufts Daily.
Peter Richards – International Operations Director
Peter Richards joined Piano in 2012 and is leading the expansion of Piano into new global markets and adds Press+ to his operational portfolio. Mr. Richards has worked in a variety of industries helping companies and government institutions launch new products or enter new markets. He has been involved in five start-ups, including Carbon International, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and Renaissance Technology Group. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, a certificate in Public Policy from the Legislative Studies Institute and has studied Environmental Management at Harvard University Extension School.