Conde Nast on boards digital expert Maria Valero

As VP of business affairs, the former Amazon exec will oversee content production, distribution and advertising relationships across platforms.
April 28, 2016

Former Audible executive Maria Valero has joined the top ranks of Conde Nast Entertainment as the publishing brand looks to grow its video distribution capabilities across platforms.

As head of CNE’s business affairs team, Valero will be responsible for leading all business and legal matters pertaining to digital video, including oversight of content production and distribution, and advertising relationships.

“Maria is a digital content expert,” said Joy Marcus, EVP and GM of digital video for CNE, in a statement confirming the appointment.

Valero joins CNE from Audible, an Amazon-owned company, where she served as VP of business affairs and content. In that role, she led strategic deal making, managed key partner relationships and oversaw the teams responsible for the acquisition of digital audiobooks, content marketing and operations for ACX, Audible’s self-publishing platform.

Valero previously served as VP, business and legal affairs, for Sony Music Entertainment’s Global Digital Business Group, where she led strategic deal

negotiations for the distribution of digital music content and managed key partner relationships. While at Sony, Valero worked with clients such as Apple, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Nokia.

She began her career as a corporate associate at Rosenman and Colin and holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

CNE’s digital video network spans 19 brand channels. Last year, the company produced more than 4,000 videos, delivering over 2.7 billion views, according to its own statistics. CNE also operates The Scene, a digital portal spanning 40 channels of programming ranging from entertainment and music to sports and comedy from Condé Nast brands including Allure, Epicurious, Golf Digest and The New Yorker.

In March, CNE’s senior digital programming executive Michael Klein left to join MTV as EVP of original content , as the Viacom-owned cable network looks to chase digital-first audiences.





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