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|Mark Getty||Co-Founder and Chairman|
|Jonathan Klein||Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer|
|Lisa Calvert||Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities|
|Yvonne Chien||Senior Vice President, Marketing|
|Tara Comonte||Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President|
|Steve Heck||Chief Technology Officer|
|John Lapham||Senior Vice President, General Counsel|
|Lee Martin||Senior Vice President, Sales Europe|
|Adrian Murrell||Senior Vice President, Global Editorial|
|Craig Peters||Senior Vice President, Business Development, Product and Content|
|Rebecca Rockafellar||Senior Vice President, Ecommerce Platform Management|
|Michael Teaster||Senior Vice President, Sales, North America and Asia Pacific|
|Andrew Saunders||Senior Vice President, Creative|
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 co-founded Getty Images, Inc. in March 1995 and has served as its chief executive since the company's inception.
Mr. Klein has led Getty Images' strategic direction, creating and extending the company's global leadership position across all aspects of the imagery industry into the digital age. The innovations he introduced, and his foresight into accessing the tremendous value of the Internet in its earliest days, transformed Getty Images into one of the most successful companies in the digital media arena and expanded opportunities for customers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians. Getty Images is now a broadly based global digital media company with operations throughout the world. Jonathan has also overseen an ambitious and broad ranging consolidation strategy with the successful acquisition and integration of more than 70 collections and companies worldwide, including the industry-leading micropayment site iStockphoto. Under his direction, Getty Images has expanded value-added services for clients, including digital asset management, rights services and assignment photography.
At the core of Getty Images is a fundamental belief that imagery is a powerful force for change. This approach has achieved recognition from many sources, including the Business Excellence for Innovation award from the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. In May 2006, Klein and fellow co-founder, Mark Getty, were honored as the inaugural recipients of the International Center of Photography's (ICP) Trustee's Award. The award was for "Getty Images' commitment to the field of photography, through technology and philanthropy, their dedication to the ideas that encourage the power of photography to create change, and their support of the ICP." In May 2005, Jonathan received top honors on American Photo's list of the "100 Most Important People in Photography," he is a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Washington and was named in the March 2006 Fast Company issue as one of "The Fast 50 -- The people who will change the way we work and live over the next ten years."
Before founding Getty Images, Jonathan led the media industry group for the London-based investment bank, Hambros Bank Limited. Jonathan currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, the Board of Directors of Friends of the Global Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Board of Trustees of the Groton School. He is also on the boards of Directors of Getty Images, RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK), Squarespace, Daylife, Life.com and Getty Investments.
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.
Senior Vice President, Marketing
As Senior Vice President of Marketing at Getty Images, Yvonne Chien is responsible for the global marketing organization, overseeing Getty Images' brand portfolio, as well as marketing channels and functional disciplines.
Yvonne has held the role of vice president of marketing with Getty Images since 2010, overseeing customer segmentation, lead generation and digital marketing strategies. In 2011, she took additional responsibility for the overall brand strategy of Getty Images. Prior to joining Getty Images, Yvonne held senior marketing positions with various internet companies, including Google, Bebo (previously owned by AOL) and BrainJuicer.
Yvonne holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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, 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, Sales Europe
Lee Martin serves as senior vice president of sales, overseeing all aspects of the company's sales operations in Europe. Martin is responsible for developing and implementing relevant sales strategies across our agency, corporate and media customer segments in the region. Martin has more than 25 years of industry experience, with a particularly strong background in the media and sports sectors. He was an integral part of the management team that successfully grew Getty Images' editorial business both organically and via acquisition over the past ten years.
Prior to joining Getty Images, Martin began his career with Allsport, the world's largest sports photo agency. He joined Getty Images as the joint managing director of Allsport, when it was acquired by Getty Images in 1998. In addition, Martin is a committee member on a number of organizations including The International Association of Athletics Federations, the British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies and the Football Association Premier League photographic working party. He has also served as a judge for many prestigious photographic around the world, including the Association of Photographers Awards, the Press Photographer's Year Awards, and the International Olympic Committee Sport and Photography Contest. While at Getty Images, Martin previously served as vice president of sales, UK and Ireland, before being promoted to VP sales for Europe.
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, Ecommerce Platform Management
As the senior vice president of ecommerce platform management, Rebecca Rockafellar manages the program management, user experience, search strategy, internationalization and ecommerce optimization teams who are responsible for developing and driving the ecommerce platform strategy Getty Images. In this position, Rebecca oversees the teams that are integral to the development of the core websites and enterprise capabilities that power Getty Images, with a view to improving the company's overall online customer experience.
Rockafellar brings more than fifteen years of experience in business and technology management, from small start-ups to large enterprises. She held senior program management positions at Avenue A and Loudeye prior to joining Getty Images in February of 2003, as director of program management. In December 2005, Rockafellar was appointed as senior director of business development where she was responsible for various mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and management of company-wide business initiatives. By April 2008, she became the vice president of platform and product management, leading teams to leverage technology to Getty Images' strategic benefit. Rockafellar was promoted to senior vice president, ecommerce platform management in February 2010.
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.
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.