John Penney is a Chief Strategy Officer, Business Development, and Strategic Partnerships Executive. His expertise includes developing new businesses, business model innovation, growth opportunities, subscription businesses, direct-to-consumer business models, product innovation, and content economics. He has held senior executive positions with 20th Century Fox, Starz, IMG, HBO, Scient, and Viacom. John helped launch and was Chairman of Starz Play Arabia, the largest subscription content service and a technology leader in the Middle East and North Africa. He serves on the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association, which stages CES, the annual innovation show in Las Vegas. He is also a Member of The Board of Advisors to the CEO of Lifebox, the only NGO devoted to safer surgery in low-resource countries. Before working in media, entertainment, and technology, John was an equity research analyst with Sanford Bernstein.
John holds a BA in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MPA with a concentration in Science & Technology Policy from Columbia University. He is also credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMPÒ) and holds a Medical Statistics certificate from Stanford University Medical School. John lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.