Mike Perlis is a media industry CEO with deep experience managing a wide range of content and multimedia brands. He joined Forbes in 2010 from SoftBank Capital, where he served as a General Partner for 10 years and continues to be special partner.
Before joining SoftBank, he served as President and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing until its sale in 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perlis served as Publisher of GQ, President of Playboy Publishing, President of TVSM, Publisher of Runner’s World and Men’s Health, and Chairman and CEO of IDG Peterborough. He began his career in media as the co-founder of special interest publisher New England Publications in Camden, Maine. Mr. Perlis currently serves on the boards of BuzzFeed, Spanfeller Media Group and YourTango.
He served on the board and was chairman of Associated Content before its sale to Yahoo! Previous board observer positions include GSI Commerce (sold to eBay), The Huffington Post (sold to AOL) and KickApps (sold to KIT digital).
He is on the Board of Advisors of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and is a trustee of Outward Bound International.