Xconomy Welcomes Susan Hunt Stevens to Our Board

6/10/10Follow @bbuderi

A lot of great things have been happening here at Xconomy lately. We have done syndication deals with the Boston Globe and Motley Fool, launched our new Health IT channel, and expanded to Detroit—with another geographic expansion coming up very soon (stay tuned). Today, though, I am extremely pleased to announce that we have expanded in a different way—by adding a new board member. She is Susan Hunt Stevens, a longtime Boston Globe and New York Times digital executive, and an entrepreneur herself. Welcome Susan!

Susan is the founder and CEO of Practically Green, a still pretty stealthy startup here in the Boston area that employs technology and social networking to inform people about making environmentally sound choices in their lives—and then to motivate and recognize them for actually making those changes.

Before embarking on this important entrepreneurial endeavor Susan spent nearly a decade at The New York Times Company, most recently serving as senior vice president, digital for Boston Globe Media, where she oversaw Boston.com. As many of our readers may know, Boston.com is a pioneering online news site. And Susan was a key player in its growth. During her tenure, online traffic and circulation profitability increased, e-commerce and product revenues grew rapidly, and the company brought a strong focus on the customer to the product development processes.

A bit more on her background: Susan earned her MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she graduated as an Edward Tuck Scholar; she also holds a BA degree in Government with high honors from Wesleyan University and is studying for a graduate certificate in sustainable design at the Boston Architectural College. And she’s active in the community, serving on the board of the Center for Women & Enterprise, a non-profit that helps women start and grow businesses, and Inspiring Kids, a non-profit in New England that helps schools raise funds in a way that promotes environmental stewardship and social philanthropy.

Not only does Susan have incredible expertise in online marketing and business development, but she is passionate about new media and the future of journalism. That makes her a great addition and complement to a powerhouse board, which includes myself; Alun Anderson, former editor-in-chief and publishing director of New Scientist magazine and a former member of the Board of IPC Media, Europe’s largest magazine house and now a part of Time Warner; Chris Sheehan, managing director of CommonAngels, New England’s largest angel investment group; and William Taylor, a co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company magazine and best-selling author of Mavericks at Work.

Again, we are extremely excited to have Susan join us here at Xconomy. Welcome, Susan!

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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