Fred Santarpia, Former Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast, Named U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2018 by CDO Club

Fred Santarpia, Digital Transformation Expert and former Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast, was recognized today as the U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2018 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.

Mr. Santarpia will receive the award at the 7th annual NYC CDO Summit on Wednesday, May 8 in the Roone Arledge auditorium at Columbia University from David Mathison, CEO of the CDO Club.

“On paper, the CDO title implies the importance of the digital platform over all else, but the truly successful CDO recognizes that its an emphasis on people, not platform, that matters most,” said Fred Santarpia. “I take great pride in the strong transformative cultures I’ve built across my career. They all had one thing in common – they were built on a foundation of great teams. On behalf of their work, it’s an honor to be recognized by the CDO Club and to receive this award.”

“With this award, the CDO Club recognizes Fred as a seasoned executive and inspirational team leader who has successfully transformed both large media companies and startups at Conde Nast, VEVO, and the Universal Music Group,” noted David Mathison, CEO of the CDO Club.

“Fred’s motto is ‘Make Big Promises and Keep Them,’ and he has consistently proven himself to be a leader and mentor for his team, collegial and helpful with his peers, and a well-respected colleague inside and outside of his organization. We are delighted to recognize Fred as the U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year for 2018,” said Mathison.

Santarpia was named Chief Digital Officer of Condé Nast in October 2014, responsible for building and executing the company’s digital strategy, leading to explosive growth in both digital audience and revenue.

He led the company’s acquisitions of Pitchfork, Poetica, Backchannel, Citizen Net, and the launch of the company’s digital innovation center in Austin, Texas. He oversaw the development and launch of Conde Nast Spire, the company’s first ever proprietary data platform.

Previously, Santarpia served as EVP and CDO of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ). Under his leadership, the company launched and scaled 15 fully distributed digital video and OTT channels from Condé Nast’s portfolio of brands, building a subscriber base of millions and making digital video a core discipline at the company.

Prior to joining CNÉ, Santarpia was EVP & GM of VEVO, where he served as head of all business operations. Before VEVO, Santarpia worked for Universal Music Group where he held a variety of senior level positions, and in the media assurance practice at Arthur Andersen.

Santarpia is a graduate of Villanova University, and holds an M.S. in Finance from Boston University.

Previous U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year award winners include Thomas Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer at NPR (2017); Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer at GE (2016); Adam Brotman, former Chief Digital Officer at Starbucks Coffee Company (2015); Rachael S. Haot, former Chief Digital Officer of New York City and New York State (2014); and Teddy Goff, former Digital Director at Obama for America (2013).

U.K. CDO of the Year award winners include Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Sainsbury’s Argos (2016); Tanya Cordrey, former Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News and Media (2015); and Mike Bracken, former Chief Digital Officer at U.K.’s Government Digital Service (2014).

The EU CDO of the Year award winner was Patrick Hoffstetter, former Chief Digital Officer at Renault (2016). Australian CDO of the Year award winners include Clive Dickens, former Chief Digital Officer at Seven West Media (2017); and Rebekah Horne, former Chief Digital Officer at Network Ten (2016).



The NYC CDO Summit will feature keynotes and panelists that will change the way you think about digital transformation and data-driven culture. 

Listen to leaders from around the globe and from different industries as they reveal the challenges they face and the ways in which they solved them.

Learn from your peers and network with knowledgeable executives at the 7th annual NYC CDO Summit presented by Globant on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the spectacular Roone Arledge Auditorium at Columbia University.




  • Alejandro Scannapieco: EVP & General Manager at Globant’s US East Region
  • Andrew Fitzgerald: Chief Digital Content Officer at Hearst TV
  • Asha Saxena: Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School
  • Atif Rafiq: Chief Digital Officer & Global Chief Information Officer at Volvo Cars
  • Chris Wiggins: Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times
  • David Mathison: Founder CDO Summit/CDO Club
  • Destry Sulkes, MD, MBA: Chief Experience Officer at Wunderman Thompson Health
  • Emi Horcada: Global Head of Design and Digital Transformation Partner at Globant
  • Fred Santarpia: Former Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast
  • Janice Ellig: Chief Executive Officer of Ellig Group
  • Janko Bazhdavela: VP of Product & Engineering at The Corcoran Group
  • Jeff Sporn: Chief Digital Officer, Data-driven Marketing at Equifax
  • Joe DeCosmo: Chief Analytics Officer at Enova International
  • John Minardi: Senior Director, Digital Healthcare & Connected Commerce Technology Services at Johnson & Johnson
  • Joyanta Majee: VP & Head of the Data & Analytics Practice at Orion
  • Julia Bardmesser: SVP, Head of Data, Architecture and Analytics at Voya Financial
  • Karl Hightower: SVP – Chief Data Officer at Novant Health
  • Kendra Bracken-Ferguson: Founder and CEO at BrainTrust
  • Lili Gil Valletta: CEO and Co-founder at CulturIntel and CIEN+
  • Linda Avery: Chief Data Officer at Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Lisa Schneider: Chief Digital Officer & Publisher at Merriam-Webster Inc.
  • Marc Blaskey: Senior Vice President, Account at POSSIBLE
  • Michael Donnelly: Former SVP, Digital Experiences Group at Mastercard
  • Ritesh Patel: Chief Digital Officer – Health & Wellness at Ogilvy
  • Sanjeev Addala: SVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer at AES Corp.
  • Satyam Priyadarshy, MBA, Ph.D: Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton
  • Seri Nabeshima: Chief Global Officer at CDO Club Japan
  • Subha Madhavan, PhD, FACMI: Chief Data Scientist at Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Topher Wurts: Partner and CMO at Chief Outsiders


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