Mary Berner To Co-Chair Forecast 2020

By April 3, 2019Updates

Radio Ink is proud to announce that Forecast 2020 will be co-chaired by Mary G. Berner, president and CEO of CUMULUS MEDIA.

Forecast is the radio industry’s most respected and influential annual financial conference, bringing broadcast executives, investors, and advertisers together to discuss the trends, influences, and policies that will shape radio in the coming year.

“I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with Mary Berner on Forecast 2020,” says Radio Ink EVP/Publisher Deborah Parenti. “Mary’s extensive media background will bring a uniquely 360 perspective in creating a timely and provocative agenda that will take a look at what’s in store in 2020 and how that will impact future industry growth and direction.”

“I’m delighted to co-chair this year’s Radio Ink Forecast,” said Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, CUMULUS MEDIA. “With renewed interest in the power of audio, there has never been a more critical time for us to understand the shifting dynamics of the audio landscape and the opportunities and risks these changes may bring.”

Mary Berner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CUMULUS in October 2015 after having served on the company’s Board of Directors for six months. Under her leadership, the company reversed four years of financial and listenership declines. 

Her previous experience includes serving as President and CEO of MPA — The Association of Magazine Media — and as Chief Executive Officer of Reader’s Digest Association, the $2 billion global media and direct marketing company where she developed and executed a successful turnaround strategy that ultimately led to a doubling of the stock price. Prior to that, Berner led Fairchild Publications, Inc. for more than five years, first as President and CEO of the standalone company, and later when it became a division of Condé Nast Publications at which time she served as President and an Officer of Condé Nast.

She joined Fairchild from a position as Vice President and Publisher of Condé Nast’s Glamour, and was previously the Publisher of News Corp’s TV Guide. She began her career selling advertising for a neighborhood newspaper in Boston.

Mary Berner has been ranked #3 on the Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list for the past three consecutive years since joining Cumulus.

Forecast brings together the best and brightest talent in broadcasting and advertising to forecast the coming year, to discuss the trends and momentums that will affect ratings and revenue. From Washington to Wall Street, automobiles to mobile devices, Forecast focuses on what’s ahead in the broadcast community’s future and how to prepare for its opportunities and challenges.

This is the industry’s only forum that allows radio owners, CFOs, group executives, managers, and Wall Street analysts to gather for an open exchange on conditions and expectations for the coming year. 

The conference concludes with the networking event of the year, the annual “Top 40” cocktail reception, honoring Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.

Seating at the event is limited. You can save $300 off the regular price if you register now at the special pre-early bird price. Click here.