Doug Leeds is Chief Executive Officer of the leading Q&A website Ask.com. As chief executive, Leeds has grown Ask.com from a single consumer destination to an expansive portfolio of content and social media services, tripling revenue and growing profits twenty-fold in a five year period. Under Leeds’ leadership, Ask.com has invested more than $600 million in a number of high-profile acquisitions – including global social network Ask.fm and digital content publishers About.com, Dictionary.com and Investopedia. Last year, Leeds formed the Inform Media Group, turning Ask.com’s growing digital content footprint into an operating group that represents the 7th largest collection of sites in the US, allowing each site to reach its full potential through shared expertise in high quality content production and monetization, as well as world-class technology.
Prior to his current role, Doug was the president and chief executive of Dictionary.com, where he grew profits by more than 150 percent and launched the company’s mobile strategy, producing apps that have now been downloaded over 35 million times. Earlier in his career, Doug ran the product organization at Ask, bringing award-winning products, like Ask 3-D to market. Before this, he spent five years at Yahoo! (and Overture Services), most recently as Vice President of Global Product Justice, and held senior positions at mobile ISP OmniSky and mobile carrier Vodafone.
Doug received his B.A. with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Doug has served on the Board of Directors of TRUSTe and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Marketing Association.