SVP, Business Development & Publisher Operations
Akinwole Garrett (Aki) is a Senior Media Strategy and Business Development Executive with over 10 years of deal making experience. Currently as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Publisher Operations at SheKnows Media, Aki oversees all business development and monetization platform sales initiatives across the SheKnows brands and the SheKnows Publisher Network.
Aki was previously a Director of Business Development at CBS Local Media where he developed new business, product and content initiatives, assessed new markets, financial opportunities and the media landscape for business and audience opportunities across digital radio, video and audio on demand content. Aki was also responsible for evaluating and negotiating complex business development and revenue driving projects in new and emerging businesses.
Prior to CBS, Aki worked for Disney ABC Television Group’s Digital Media Business Development Team within ABC News, based in New York. While at ABC News, Aki focused on sourcing revenue generating opportunities, deal structuring, contract negotiation, working with cross-functional teams on new product development, video syndication, and desktop and mobile monetization strategies.
Prior to ABC News, Aki worked on Wall Street as an M&A Associate within Barclays Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Investment Banking Group, where he focused on both public and private mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and financing transactions for Fortune 500 clients. Aki also lead the Barclays’ East Coast Digital Media Team.
Aki is the Chairman of The Board of Directors of New York based 501c3, Resilience Advocacy Project. He holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BSBA in Finance & Accounting from The Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.