How to Craft Powerful Brand Messaging with Valerie Combs, Head of Global Communications for IAC
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Valerie Combs oversees communications for IAC (Nasdaq: IAC), the tech and media conglomerate that is parent company to popular websites such as Angie’s List, Care.com, Vimeo, the Daily Beast and Investopedia, among 150 other digital brands and products. In this role, she works closely with executive leadership and other stakeholders to build and manage IAC’s corporate brand, as well as the narratives of each of its unique portfolio companies.
Prior to this, Valerie oversaw PR for IAC’s collection of publishing sites (including Dictionary.com and Dotdash, formerly known as About.com). She first came to IAC more than a decade ago as Vice President of Communications at IAC-owned search engine Ask.com, where she grew press coverage 30 percent year-over-year and served as the search engine’s resident Consumer Search Expert, with her commentary appearing in national outlets including USA Today, Huffington Post, MSNBC and Fox Business. Prior to this, Valerie ran communications and marketing for a variety of venture-backed ad tech, social and search start-ups based in San Francisco, including Ingenio (the Benchmark-backed former Keen.com, acquired by AT&T); BuzzLogic (backed by Adams Capital Management); and Tribe Networks (social classifieds network founded by Mark Pincus). Valerie started her career at the height of the SF dot-com bubble in 1999, where she led accounts for B2B tech companies (including Nokia’s network security division) at Omnicom-owned boutique PR firm InterActive PR while also serving as a contributor to the SF Weekly. Today she resides in Northern California with her husband, two kids, a dog, two black cats and a bearded dragon—and runs IAC’s Corporate Communications team and department remotely.
Ian Wishingrad is a CPG veteran who started BigEyedWish with his wife
Margaret and is the co-founder of Three Wishes.
Ian began his career creating campaigns for Pepsico and Unilever and currently works for Diageo, Nestle and a handful of innovative startups in the food, beverage and pet product space.
While working for the Fortune 100 is lucrative and educational, Ian’s real satisfaction comes from collaborating with creative and bold entrepreneurs looking to make waves and unseat the incumbents. Ian’s passion and experience position him perfectly to turn Three Wishes into the next big cereal brand.