Founder & Publisher
Nick Denton is founder of Gawker Media. Before building a media business out of blogs, Nick founded two internet ventures in the late 1990s: Moreover Technologies, the news search provider, acquired by Verisign; and First Tuesday. Nick — who is half-Hungarian — began his media career as a reporter for the Economist and the Financial Times during the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. While the FT's investment banking correspondent he co-wrote All That Glitters, the account of the rogue trader who brought down Barings Bank.
Chief Revenue Officer
Andrew Gorenstein is the Chief Revenue Officer of Gawker Media Group, managing all aspects of revenue generation, including Gawker's Sales, Marketing, Commerce, Ad Operations, and Studio@Gawker teams. He is a seasoned sales executive with over a decade of digital sales and management experience. Prior to joining Gawker, he was Senior Executive Director for the Condé Nast Media Group, overseeing day-to-day digital sales operations.
Chief Technology Officer
Thomas Plunkett is Gawker Media's Chief Technology Officer, overseeing Technology and leading Product development. Prior to joining Gawker Media in 2005, Thomas was CTO of Bolt Media, one of the first social networking sites, and spent several years in academia, co-founding sites focused on education and content in the fields of Archaeology and Anthropology. More recently he is the co-founder of SuperGlued, a social music event platform, and in the recent past co-founded a video management and sharing web site. He attended the University of Connecticut where he earned his Masters in Anthropology. When not working you will find him cycling and kayaking around and near New York City.
VP, Business Development
Erin Pettigrew is Vice President, Business Development at Gawker Media. Since joining the company in 2005, she has built its key revenue products and grown its core revenue operations teams. Her business development focus includes expanding Gawker Media's revenue breadth with commerce, ad products, content licensing, and international partnerships. Erin is also a former professional dancer and graduate of Yale University.
Joel Johnson is the Editorial Director of Gawker Media, overseeing the company’s internal editorial properties, as well as expansion of Kinja, its publishing platform. Joel is an accomplished journalist and editor who began his writing career over a decade ago at Gawker Media, having been instrumental in the development of Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, and The Consumerist. He has written for magazines such as WIRED, GQ, Popular Mechanics, and Playboy, as well as providing digital strategy development for media and advertising brands such as Condé Nast and Mother New York. He is an enthusiastic (if poor) motorcyclist, reader, and dungeon master.
Peter is Gawker Media's VP Engineering, overseeing the engineering team and guiding product development. Prior to joining Gawker, Peter was running the development of the popular web application framework called Play at Typesafe. Most recently, he was the Technical Lead at Material Wrld, a small New York-based fashion startup. His background includes more than fifteen years of software development experience. This experience spans a wide range of industries including publishing, online advertising, academic research, finance and e-commerce. He is obsessed with modern web technologies, great user experience and open source.
Scott Kidder is the Vice President of Operations for leading digital publisher Gawker Media, overseeing global operations, including finance and analysis, legal, people and talent, facilities, special projects, and whatever else he sticks his nose in. One of the company’s first non-editorial hires, Scott has been with Gawker since 2005, and is an avid traveler and a graduate of New York University.
Executive Director, Studio@Gawker
James Del is the Executive Director of Gawker Media's in-house creative and events department, Studio@Gawker. As a lifelong believer in oversharing on the web, in 2008 he joined Gawker Media Group as employee #2 in Advertising Operations. From there he made the transition to sales & marketing and eventually worked his way up to Advertising Director, overseeing all of Gawker Media's most notable advertising partnerships and creative executions. Prior to Gawker, James consulted a variety of digital marketing agencies, including Mr Youth, Mekanism, Kadium and The Intelligence Group. He graduated from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and once dressed up as a lion on MTV's TRL, but never mind that.
Director of Finance
Phil Vuong is the Director of Finance and oversees all of the financial and accounting operations for Gawker Media. Prior to joining Gawker Media in 2009, he was working in finance and strategy at ESPN. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is a proud dog owner and avid Tottenham Hotspur fan.
Heather Dietrick is General Counsel of Gawker Media and oversees all things legal. Before joining Gawker, Heather worked in-house at a multinational media company, clerked in the Eastern District of New York, and practiced as an intellectual property and media attorney for two of New York’s leading law firms. Heather holds a JD/MBA from the University of Michigan. She is a fast walker and a fierce defender of the First Amendment.