President and Chief Executive Officer, The Paley Center for Media

Maureen J. Reidy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Paley Center for Media, the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving media’s history and showcasing its powerful shaping influence on culture and society. The Paley Center, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, operates the renowned Paley Museum offering respected, best-in-class programs and experiences where media, sports, gaming, and entertainment come together.

With over twenty-five years of experience in the C-suite, Ms. Reidy has a reputation as a thought leader known for her expertise in board governance, expanding businesses, and delivering bottom-line results as well as her commitment to DE&I initiatives that have generated proven results and made a meaningful impact.

Previously, Ms. Reidy served as CEO of The Argus Group, a full-service strategic marketing agency, and as Chief Operating Officer of IMG Fashion, where she ran the day-to-day worldwide operations and expanded its portfolio of media assets. Before IMG, Ms. Reidy was selected by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to join his administration as CEO of NYC Big Events and later assumed the additional role of New York City’s Chief Marketing Officer.

During her tenure in the Bloomberg Administration, Ms. Reidy served on the Mayor’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission and the New York City Economic Development Advisory Council. She was credited with bringing the 2005 Country Music Association Awards and the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards to New York City – marking the first and only time these events were held in New York. She also ran the related Host Committees and served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Host Committee for the 2004 Republican National Convention when it was held in New York City.

Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, Ms. Reidy served as the President & CEO of The Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture with CBS. Ms. Reidy began her career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse in the Entertainment and Media practice. She currently serves on the Board of the Latin Recording Academy and on the Board of Trustees of The Paley Center for Media, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Dream Team.

Ms. Reidy has received multiple accolades for her leadership throughout her career, including the 2021 City & State’s annual Above and Beyond Award, which honors distinguished women in New York, and was a 2021 recipient of the Cynopsis Top Women in Media Award. She was selected to serve on the judging panel for the MIT Solve and the Elevate Prize Foundation’s inaugural Elevate Prize in 2020, which aims to support and amplify the work of those tackling the world’s most challenging problems. Crain’s New York Business named Ms. Reidy as one of the magazine’s top “40 under 40.”

Presenting the Matrix Award to Maureen J. Reidy


Executive Vice Chairman & Former CEO, Hearst 

Frank A. Bennack Jr. is executive vice chairman of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest private companies engaged in a broad range of publishing, broadcasting, cable networking and diversified media and information activities. He is also chairman of the company’s executive committee, a director of Hearst and a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust.

Bennack served as Hearst’s CEO for more than 28 years, starting his first tenure from 1979 to 2002 and returning in 2008 until June 2013, when he stepped down. During his tenures, revenues increased 14 times and earnings grew more than 30 times.

Bennack is chairman of the Paley Center for Media and the past chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

He is the author of Leave Something on the Table, sharing insider anecdotes and hard-won lessons of an American success story, incorporating his encounters with U.S. presidents, industry leaders, top editors, news influencers and broadcasters, among others.

Bennack was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2017 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Among his industry awards are the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Advertising Council and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (both in 1999), the Trustees Award (EMMY) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1993 and the Gold Medal from the International Radio & Television Society in 1991.