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|Mark Getty||Co-Founder and Chairman|
|Jonathan Klein||Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer|
|Matthew Bencke||Senior Vice President, Product and Customer Experience|
|Lisa Calvert||Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities|
|Tara Comonte||Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President|
|Steve Heck||Chief Technology Officer|
|Marc Kurschner||Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas|
|John Lapham||Senior Vice President, General Counsel|
|Lee Martin||Senior Vice President, Sports
Senior Vice President, Sales Europe and Japan
|Adrian Murrell||Senior Vice President, Global Editorial|
|Craig Peters||Senior Vice President, Business Development, Product and Content|
|Andrew Saunders||Senior Vice President, Creative|
|Michael Teaster||Senior Vice President, Sales, North America and Asia Pacific|
Co-Founder and Chairman
Mark Getty is the co-founder and chairman of Getty Images, Inc. In 1993, Mark and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Klein founded Getty Investments LLC, which today is the principal shareholder of Getty Images.
Since that time, Mark has successfully established Getty Images as the leading provider of imagery and related products and services. He has successfully negotiated the acquisition of several major image brands, including Kodak's Image Bank collection, Stone (formerly Tony Stone Images), Visual Communications Group, and PhotoDisc.
Realizing the highly fragmented nature of the visual content industry, Mark recognized the need for a well-ordered and well-funded organization to enter the market and become the ultimate source for imaging needs. Getty Images has combined strong image collections and established customer relationships with proprietary internet technology to provide the right images for the right people at the right time.
Prior to Getty Images, Mark worked with Kidder Peabody in New York and then joined Hambros Bank Limited in London in 1991. He serves on the board of directors of several companies and is the chairman of Getty Investments LLC.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Klein is co-founder and CEO of the global digital media company Getty Images, Inc., the premier creator and distributor of still imagery, video and music worldwide.
Jonathan’s strategic vision has led the company’s growth from an analog image collection with transparencies, laboratories and print catalogs in 1995, to an award-winning, multi-billion dollar, global e-commerce business. Today Getty Images is recognized for having the broadest, deepest and highest quality content, serving customers in more than 200 countries, with plans for continued growth.
Through his principled approach to leadership, Jonathan has established a culture at Getty Images that embraces disruption and change. He has driven significant innovations, including new business and licensing models, and inventive technologies such as Getty Images’ API Connect and the social listening tool The Feed.
Jonathan has led the company’s broad-ranging consolidation strategy by successfully acquiring and integrating more than 100 collections and companies worldwide, including PhotoDisc and iStockphoto, respectively the pioneers in royalty-free and microstock imagery. He drove Getty Images’ launch into news, sports and entertainment imagery, as well as video, music, digital asset management, rights services and assignment photography. Under his direction, Getty Images has built a comprehensive network of exclusive commercial partnerships with the world’s most prestigious media, publishing and entertainment companies, as well as with dozens of the most prominent sports governing bodies across the globe. After 12 years of trading publicly on the NASDAQ and the NYSE, Jonathan successfully took Getty Images private in July 2008, in partnership with Hellman & Friedman, in a $2.4 billion transaction. In October 2012, the management team, led by Jonathan, together with the Getty family and The Carlyle Group, acquired Getty Images for $3.3 billion.
Jonathan is the recipient of numerous media, philanthropic and corporate honors. These include the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School 2012 award for Global Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration, as well as the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Business Excellence for Innovation award. Under his stewardship, Getty Images received the first International Center of Photography Trustees Award, for the company’s commitment to the field of photography, through technology and philanthropy, and dedication to the power of photography to create change. Fast Company recognized Jonathan in its “Fast 50” as a business leader who “will change the way we work and live over the next ten years” and he was named number one on American Photo’s list of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”
Jonathan also holds leadership roles in the fields of international press freedom and global health. He serves on the boards of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Grassroot Soccer. He is also chairman of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Jonathan is vice president of the board of trustees of the Groton School and serves on the boards of directors of Getty Images, Etsy, Squarespace and Getty Investments.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jonathan has spent much of his life in England. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Law from the University of Cambridge. Jonathan lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.
Senior Vice President, Product and Customer Experience
As Senior Vice President of Product and Customer Experience, Matthew Bencke is responsible for advancing technology innovations across Getty Images by developing new products and services that enhance the user experience. He also oversees the business general management, design and all e-commerce functions across Getty Images, including GettyImages.com, iStock.com, Thinkstock.com, and Getty Images' API, Connect.
Prior to joining Getty Images, Bencke worked at Microsoft, most recently as General Manager for the Xbox Live Subscriptions Business where he developed and led long-term product and business strategies for growth. He has extensive international experience as a business and product leader across the software and aerospace industries, and has directed successful global strategy teams at The Boeing Company.
Bencke received a B.A. in International Relations from Harvard, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities
Lisa Calvert serves as senior vice president of human resources and facilities, overseeing all aspects of Getty Images' diverse global workforce. Her responsibilities include directing and leading global initiatives and programs that align with the company's objectives, including staffing, employee and leadership development, employee relations, compensation and benefits.
Calvert has over twenty years of experience in the human resources field. She began her career at Howard Johnson & Company, a benefits and actuarial consulting firm. Prior to Getty Images, Calvert spent eleven years with the Harris Group Inc., a consulting firm in Seattle, and ultimately served as head of human resources there. She joined Getty Images in 2000 as vice president, human resources for North America, and later assumed responsibility for facilities in 2004. By 2006, Calvert was responsible for Getty Images' global human resources and facilities operations. Calvert was promoted to senior vice president, human resources and facilities in April 2008.
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President, Tara Comonte is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of all aspects of the global financial function for Getty Images.
Tara joined Getty Images in April 2013 from McCann Worldgroup, the world’s largest marketing communications business, where she also served as CFO. Previously Tara was one of the key founding leaders of IPG Mediabrands and served there as Global CFO and Chief Operating Officer; Global CFO of Universal McCann; and Regional CFO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa within the Publicis Groupe.
Throughout her various roles and international experience, Tara has received many prestigious honors for her achievements. In 2012, she was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and received the Industry Innovator/Quantum Leap Award from Advertising Women of New York. She is a Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” honoree, an Advertising Age “Woman to Watch” and was the first CFO inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement.
A native of Scotland, Tara lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is based in Getty Images’ New York City office.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Steve Heck is responsible for leading the continued development and execution of Getty Images' overall technology strategy and vision. He oversees the global technology infrastructure to best serve Getty Images' customers, and explores new business and technology opportunities.
Heck brings over fifteen years of information systems-related experience to Getty Images. Prior to Getty Images, Heck was a database engineer for Photodisc which was later acquired by Getty Images.
His career at Getty Images includes director of enterprise architecture, vice president of architecture and emerging technologies, and vice president of web technology. Heck assumed his current role in April 2008.
Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas
As Senior Vice President of Sales for the Americas, Marc Kurschner is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's sales team and customer service in the region.
Marc joined Getty Images in 2007 as Vice President of Sales for North America following the acquisition of MediaVast. In this role, he managed sales strategies for Getty Images' portfolio of still imagery, video, music and multimedia products. As Senior Vice President of Global Sales at MediaVast, Marc oversaw business operations, sales and marketing, licensing, as well as various aspects of production for the company's Entertainment, Sports and News divisions.
Prior to joining MediaVast, Marc founded New York-based sports marketing company, Tele-Sports Inc. He began his career in 1994 working in sales and management roles for the New York Mets, New Jersey Devils and Madison Square Garden.
Marc is a graduate of Babson College in Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
As SVP, general counsel, John manages Getty Images' global legal team. His role includes providing support for the Board of Directors, overseeing the company's corporate governance, regulatory, litigation and intellectual property matters, and providing legal assistance for major corporate transactions and other legal issues.
John's expertise includes merger and acquisition work, intellectual property rights protection, competition matters, litigation, employment law and contracts. His experience and contributions are an important part of advancing the company's growth and intellectual property rights and managing legal and business risks.
John's legal career began as a litigator for business, intellectual property and employment matters predominantly at the northwest law firm of Garvey, Schubert & Barer. He joined Getty Images in June 2001, after serving as the vice president for legal and business affairs for a venture funded digital media company. Most recently, John served as Getty Images' Deputy General Counsel and his tenure has included a rotation in London as the head of Getty Images European legal team.
Senior Vice President, Sports
Senior Vice President, Sales, Europe and Japan
Senior Vice President, Sales, Europe and Japan
Lee Martin is Senior Vice President of Sports, overseeing Getty Images' expansion into emerging sports markets and the integration of non-traditional sponsorship opportunities and new technologies into the Sports division. He also serves as SVP of Sales for Europe and Japan, overseeing all aspects of sales operations including the development and implementation of strategies across agency, corporate and media customer segments.
Martin has more than two decades of industry experience, with a strong background at the intersection of media and sports. He serves as a press commission member of The International Association of Athletics Federations and, during the London 2012 Olympics, was honored by the International Sport Press Association as one of the world's top Olympic journalists for having covered 14 summer and winter games. Martin is a committee member of the British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies and the Football Association Premier League photographic working party. He has served as a judge for many prestigious photographic awards around the world, including the Association of Photographers Awards, the Press Photographer's Year Awards and the International Olympic Committee Sport and Photography Contest.
Senior Vice President, Global Editorial
Adrian Murrell serves as senior vice president of editorial imagery, overseeing the global editorial operations of news, sport and entertainment. Murrell manages a staff of world-class, highly experienced editors and award-winning photographers who capture defining moments and take photojournalism to the next level. Under his leadership, Getty Images has flourished as an industry leader and played an instrumental role in revitalizing the photojournalism movement. Going forward, Murrell will continue to take Getty Images' editorial business to new heights while maintaining the high standards of quality and service our customers require. In addition, Murrell oversees the operation of Getty Images' London office, the company's second largest office.
Murrell has an extensive career in the photography industry. After studying photography at the Guilford College of Art & Design, Murrell joined Allsport in 1977 as a sport photographer. When Allsport was acquired by Getty Images in 1998, Murrell joined as UK joint managing director of Allsport and later became vice president operations, news and sport. Murrell was appointed senior vice president of editorial imagery in April 2008.
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Product and Content
As Senior Vice President of Business Development at Getty Images, Craig Peters is responsible for the global development and management of strategic partnerships, evaluating and executing investments and acquisitions and pursuing new business opportunities, products and services.
Craig joined Getty Images in 2007 as Vice President of Footage, Music and Multimedia following the acquisition of Mediavast, where he served as Senior Vice President of New Media and Strategic Development.
Prior to joining Mediavast, Craig served key roles in media and technology including business development for FOX Sports Interactive, new media strategy and business development for the PGA TOUR, business development at Homestead.com (acquired by Intuit) and positions with A. T. Kearney and Eastman Kodak Company. In 2005 while at the PGA TOUR, Craig was awarded an Emmy by the National Television Academy for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Enhancement of Original Television Content.
Craig holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS in Finance from The Ohio State University.
Senior Vice President, Creative
Andrew Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Imagery and Product Development at Getty Images directs the creation of imagery and footage used in award-winning advertising, design and editorial around the world. Working closely with photographers, filmmakers and art directors globally, Andrew plays a critical role in ensuring that Getty Images is continually evolving and provides fresh relevant content, which in turn engages and inspires communicators around the globe. His foresight into cultural and societal trends that shape visual communications drives Getty Images' creative offering.
Andrew began his career at Tony Stone Images in 1991 following five years as a commercial photographer. Within Tony Stone Images, and subsequently Getty Images, he provided a major hand in leading the evolution of pre-shot imagery from the traditional stock photo editor approach into what has become the accepted norm - a global creative team of researchers and art directors that are closely aligned with the methods of an advertising agency.
While he trained as a photographer, Andrew's particular expertise lies in being able to apply the trends that he and his team see in advertising and in society, to the forging of the next generation of photography.
Senior Vice President, Sales, North America and Asia Pacific
Michael Teaster serves as senior vice president of sales, overseeing all aspects of the company's sales operations in North America and throughout several regions of Asia. Teaster is responsible for developing and implementing relevant sales strategies across our agency, corporate and media customer segments.
Teaster has more than 15 years of industry-related experience. In 1994, Teaster managed the international network of licensees for The Image Bank and became vice president of licensee relations in 1998 (prior to the acquisition of The Image Bank by Getty Image in November 1999). From 2001-2004, he served as vice president of agent development, managing the strategy and implementation of Getty Images' master delegate network worldwide. In 2004, he was appointed vice president of image partners before his role expanded to include business development in July 2005. Teaster became senior vice president of business development in November 2006, and by 2007 he increased his role to senior vice president of imagery, products and services. Teaster was appointed to his current position in April 2008.