David H. Steward is a leader in brand-building and turnaround across multiple platforms, including e-commerce, digital, direct marketing, magazines, television and books. He has built several online companies, led a dramatic turnaround of a $200M direct marketer, and was also instrumental in building/ redeveloping three of America’s top media brands: People magazine, Martha Stewart Living and TV Guide. His leadership, analytical, financial and creative skills propelled these brands into profitable new directions.
Currently President / COO of 20x200 | Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. which encompasses a variety of interrelated businesses, all of which are organized around the concept of "art for everyone." including 20x200.com, the innovative and critically acclaimed website, which offers limited edition prints at ridiculously affordable prices. Founding President of InMarkit which powers personalized, authentic word of mouth marketing for retailers and brands. InMarkit technology combines the viral distribution benefits of a share utility with greater consumer influence power than anonymous reviews, and it works online and with any mobile device.
Previously CEO of F+W Media, a $200M private-equity backed niche consumer media company. Partnered with ABRY Partners on the acquisition, grew eMedia revenues, integrated a set of disparate existing businesses and built a platform for future growth.
Steward also served as CEO of International Masters Publishers (IMP) Inc., a large direct marketing and continuity publishing company where he lead a dramatic turnaround in the company’s fortunes. He also served as President of TV Guide, where he led the magazine during its transition from a digest-size magazine to a brand that is THE source for television guidance.
Before joining TV Guide, Steward was COO and President of Publishing at Martha Stewart Omnimedia (MSO) where he was responsible for nearly all of the company’s revenues. He co-authored the business plan and during his 8 year tenure MSO grew from $0 to $125M in revenues through launching a new business every year including magazines, television properties, a website, paint, books, catalog, etc. He was also a key player in the February 1997 transition of the company from Time Warner to its current status as an independent corporation.
Steward was also Business Development and Strategic Planning Director for People Magazine, where he managed and directed all franchise development for People, including the development of special issues.
He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement for “Outstanding Career Achievement with Measurable Results”. Selected by Advertising Age as one of their "Marketing 100", which is their annual list of 100 executive "superstars" behind successful and innovative marketing campaigns. Named one of 30 Distinguished Classmates Cornell University - Class of 1979.
David has long been active in the LGBT community including serving as co-chair of the GLAAD Board of Directors for several years and was also active in the New York chapter of PFLAG. His service to the community was acknowledged with the honor of the PFLAG NYC Stay Close Individual Leadership award.
Steward holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's from Cornell University. David Steward was a Point Foundation Board Member from 2005 to 2012 serving as the BOD Chair and Co-Chair from 2008 to 2011.
David and his partner Pierre live in East Hampton and New York City with their Doberman - Austin.