Mode Executive Operations Team

Jack Rotolo
CEO
Ernie Cicogna
Executive Vice President, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer
Dan Lagani
President and Chief Revenue Officer
Sal Arora
President and Chief Product & Engineering Officer
John C. Small
Chief Operations Officer
Fernando Ruarte
Executive Vice President, Co-Founder, Native Ad Platform Engineering and CTO
Jill Byron
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Victor Zaud
Senior Vice President, Co-Founder and Creative Design Director
Michelle Lagandaon
Vice President of People

Mode Founders

Fernando Ruarte, Victor Zaud, Susan Kare, Ernie Cicogna, Dianna Mullins, Rebecca Bogle Arora, Raj Narayan, Emmanuel Job, Samir Arora  

Mode Management Team

Jack Rotolo
CEO
Ernie Cicogna
Executive Vice President, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer
Dan Lagani
President and Chief Revenue Officer
Sal Arora
President and Chief Product & Engineering Officer
John C. Small
Chief Operations Officer
Fernando Ruarte
Executive Vice President, Co-Founder, Native Ad Platform Engineering and CTO
Jill Byron
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Victor Zaud
Senior Vice President, Co-Founder and Creative Design Director
Raj Narayan
Senior Vice President, Co-Founder, Consumer Products Engineering
Elizabeth Thompson
Senior Vice President, Creators
Jane Loring
Vice President and Managing Director, Mode Europe
Yusuke Akiba
Vice President and CEO, Mode Japan
Michelle Lagandaon
Vice President of People

 

Executive Bios

Jack Rotolo, CEO
Jack Rotolo is CEO of Mode Media. An early member of the executive team, Rotolo  built the company’s North American sales organization and later managed operations both in the U.S. and internationally. Rotolo is widely recognized  as part of the team that established Mode Media as a top 10 media company (comScore) in the U.S. and helped grow the company (formerly known as Glam Media) to become the largest lifestyle property for women. Mode was one of the first media companies to build a network of curated global lifestyle sites where Rotolo aggressively grew revenue and market share while expanding the company’s key lifestyle categories. Under his leadership, the company partnered with some of the world’s largest brands to pair them with proprietary creators and influencers through innovative advertising and content marketing programs. Prior to Mode Media, Rotolo held executive positions with Apple, PepsiCo and NetObjects.
Ernie Cicogna, Executive Vice President, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer 
Ernie Cicogna is Chief Financial Officer at Mode Media. In addition, he is responsible for Global sales & operations. In his tenure at Mode, Cicogna has played an integral role in establishing and launching markets in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Russia. Cicogna’s breadth of experience has positioned him to lead a variety business functions within Mode including: EVP and CFO (Mode’s first ) from 2004 to 2008; EVP, Glam Partners and Glam Publishers from 2008 to 2009; EVP and General Manager at Glam International from 2010 to 2012; EVP, Global Creators, Partner and Ad Operations. Cicogna is a co-founder of the company, and has served as a member of the board of directors from 2004 to 2009 and Director of Mode Media Limited, Mode Media SARL and Mode Media International, Ltd. He has more than 40 years of executive management experience with leading consumer and technology media brands. He began his career at IBM, where he worked for thirty years, of which 13 were spent living and working overseas.
Dan Lagani, President and Chief Revenue Officer 
As President and CRO, Dan Lagani is responsible for Mode Media’s revenue including strategic sales, brand strategy and client solutions, media agency relationships, category development, and sales operations for the company with focus on North America. An accomplished media executive with experience in print and digital advertising sales, branded content marketing, and consumer subscription revenue, Lagani has led large-scale organizations and was the driving force behind the digital transformation of some of the world’s best-known media brands including: Reader’s Digest, Women’s Wear Daily, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Condé Nast Bridal Group. Most recently, Lagani served as President, North America, for Reader’s Digest Association, managing more than 500 employees with annual revenue of over $600 million. In addition to making Reader’s Digest the number one paid digital magazine on Amazon’s Kindle, he produced the business’s first top line revenue growth in 13 years, doubled online traffic and total digital revenue. Lagani’s other accomplishments include award-winning websites, television programs, live consumer events and Fortune 500 partnerships including a line of co-branded insurance with Humana.
Sal Arora, President and Chief Product & Engineering Officer
As President and Chief Product Officer & Engineering Officer, Sal Arora is responsible for all Mode products Mode.com; our channel brands: Glam, Foodie, Tend, Brash, and Bliss.com; ad products; content; native and social solutions; and our video and creator partners. Prior to joining Mode, Arora served in various engineering leadership roles at Microsoft, including Director of Engineering, where he led the development of the multi-device strategy and experiences for Microsoft Mediaroom, the world’s largest IPTV platform. Arora was also responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and shipping Mediaroom experiences on Windows Phone 7, Windows 7 Media Center, Silverlight, and Xbox, in deep collaboration with various Microsoft product, design, and commercial groups. Before joining Microsoft, Arora was co-founder and CEO of ibizu, an early stage social networking company creating online collaborative spaces, and the co-founder and Chief Technology Architect at NetObjects, a Web software and services company.
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John Small, Chief Operations Officer
As COO John C. Small is responsible for managing day-to-day business operations and, along with the senior executive team, implementing procedures to help Mode reach our next major level of growth. Small brings over 20 years experience on Wall Street in technology, media and telecom managing IPO’s and M&A as well as corporate development and strategy. As President and Senior Asset Manager at GLG Partners in New York, Small managed public and private investments for telecom, media, technology and renewable energy from 2000 to 2011. Prior to that he was at Ulysses Management and Odyssey Partners. Small started his career at the investment bank Morgan Stanley.
Jill Byron, Senior Vice President, Marketing
As SVP of Marketing, Jill Byron oversees sales marketing and client solutions as well as global corporate marketing and communications. A seasoned marketing veteran, Byron draws on her extensive corporate and ad agency experience to create immersive brand experiences for our clients and to lead Mode Media’s brand-building and marketing programs while contributing to overall strategic goals for the company. Byron left her six-year post at CBS Interactive as VP of Marketing where she led brand building, strategic planning, and program execution. Prior to CBS Interactive, she led marketing and advertising for Chevron Retail at Y&R San Francisco and before that led the Sybase mobile database repositioning campaign. Early in her career, Byron developed and executed global and regional campaigns for many leading consumer brands including Dreyer’s/Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, Fisher-Price, Horizon Organic Dairy, Rice-A-Roni and Dell Computers.
Victor Zaud, Senior Vice President, Co-Founder and Creative Design Director
As SVP and Creative Design Director, Victor Zaud oversees the creative direction and design for Mode Media’s corporate identity, as well as Mode’s portfolio of ad products, consumer editions and consumer properties. Prior to Mode, Zaud was the founder of the strategic design and technology firm, Zaudhaus, where he helped conceive, shape, design, and build some of the most notable technology products in use from companies including Arena Solutions, Dell, J2 Communications, Microsoft and PureStorage. Prior to Zaudhaus, Zaud was the Director of Product Design at NetObjects, a leading Web-Authoring Software company, where he was responsible for the development of NetObjects Fusion. Prior to NetObjects, Zaud was a principal designer and business consultant for The Understanding Business (TUB). He started his career in Apple’s Creative Services department on projects including the introduction and definition of Desktop Publishing and Hypercard.
Fernando Ruarte, Executive Vice President, Co-Founder, Ad Platform Engineering & CTO
In his role as EVP Native Ad Platform Engineering and CTO, Fernando Ruarte oversees our proprietary ad-serving platform, Adapt. In 2010, Ruarte led the development for the Adapt platform that enables the distribution of ads across the Mode ecosystem of over 6000 publishers. Ruarte also led the technology and delivery of our programmatic marketplace. A seasoned information technology executive, Ruarte has over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Mode, Ruarte was a vice president of engineering at ViaFone, NetObjects, Extended Systems, and SIF. He was a member of Mode Media’s board of directors from 2009-2015.
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Michelle Lagandaon, Vice President of People
As Mode’s first Vice President of People, Michelle Lagandaon is responsible for leading our global HR function and focuses on driving culture, employee development, leadership and the overall organizational people strategy. Prior to joining Mode, Lagandaon spent 15+ years in various Global HR executive and leadership roles in the Financial Services, Property Management, and Fitness industries. Michelle has a true entrepreneurial spirit and has owned several of her own companies. Throughout her career, Michelle has worked in several markets including Europe, China, Japan, Canada, Australia and Mexico.  Her strengths are in organizational development and culture.  Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.