Turner Sports Promotes Howard Mittman to Chief Executive Officer of Bleacher Report
Turner Sports is promoting Howard Mittman to Chief Executive Officer of Bleacher Report, the highest-ranking position in the B/R organization. Mittman, who has held a dual role as Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of B/R since August 2017, will report to current B/R CEO and Founder Dave Finocchio until Finocchio’s departure from the company this June. Mittman will then report to Matt Hong, Chief Operating Officer, Turner Sports, who has overseen Bleacher Report, among his responsibilities, the last six years.
“Howard has a wealth of industry experience to match his creativity, innovative thinking and unwavering passion for the Bleacher Report brand,” says Hong. “We’re confident in his abilities to lead the rapidly growing B/R business, and the talented team of people who work on B/R and House of Highlights every day, as we further deepen our connection with sports fans and create new experiences centered on the vibrant intersection of sports and culture.”
“I’d also like to thank and acknowledge Dave, without whom there would be no B/R, whose contributions to the organization are immeasurable and will be seen for years to come throughout the business strategy and products,” adds Hong. “Dave is an incredibly talented and innovative executive, and we’re immensely appreciative of everything he’s done to build B/R into the world-class brand and leading media destination it is today.”
Since joining B/R in 2017, Mittman has led the brand’s revenue generation process, including the development of new opportunities and business models, as well as client account strategy and planning. He has also been responsible for B/R’s marketing strategy, leveraging all assets to evangelize and advance the brand’s story.
Under Mittman’s guidance, the brand has further enhanced its marketplace position as the preeminent leader in fueling the intersection of sports and culture, including the launch of several new events and content franchises such as B/R x NBA All-Star (in L.A. and Charlotte), The Jump Off x Summer League, B/R Kicks Presents: The Drop Up, The Steve Nash Showdown, The Champions, and B/Real, among others.
“It was Dave Finocchio’s passion for identifying unmet needs of sports fans, and then delivering them the most relevant content to meet those interests, that originally drew me to Bleacher Report. And, today, it is B/R’s powerful relationship between sports and culture that resonates and inspires all of us, including our ever-expanding community of millennial and Gen Z fans,” says Mittman. “I’m equally excited and humbled to assume this role and I cannot thank Dave enough for building this incredible brand into what it is today. My goal is to continue honoring his vision as we further evolve its presence and elevate the brand to even greater heights.”
“I’m incredibly grateful to the many, many people who’ve helped make B/R so successful, going back to our humble beginnings,” says Finocchio. “This has been the experience of a lifetime, and I believe the work we put in over the past few years, in particular, helps set B/R up for great future success. I will continue rooting hard for Howard and the entire team.”
Prior to joining B/R, Mittman served as Chief Business Officer of Condé Nast’s men’s group, which included GQ, GQ Style, Wired, Pitchfork, Ars Technica, Backchannel, Golf World and Golf Digest. Preceding his 12 years at Condé Nast, Mittman was the acting publisher for Popular Science. He has also held positions at New York magazine, Mutual Funds, Financial Planning magazine, and Sanford C. Bernstein and Co.
Mittman is based in Bleacher Report’s New York office.