Steven Haft, former SVP Innovation, Time Inc.
Most recently, as SVP Innovation at TIME Inc, Steven Haft helped lead the digital transformation of its iconic brands. While there Haft was also convener of the Fortune Global Forum on the “Social Compact”, hosted by Pope Francis at The Vatican. Steven Haft is currently Advisor/shareholder in several start-ups based in Tel Aviv and the USA, focused on media and blockchain.
Prior to TIME, Haft built a media consultancy, where he advised companies ranging from the CEOs of Comcast Cable, PBS and EPIX, to AirMedia in Beijing and the consultancies – -Edelman and Burson-Marstellar.
In 2001, Steven Haft joined AOL as Head of Programming for AOLTV, transitioning to Chief Strategy Officer of AOL’s $1.2 billion Interactive Marketing Group. Haft returned to AOL in 2012-13 as Senior Strategic Advisor.
A veteran filmmaker, Steven Haft’s work garnered 8 Academy Award nominations; the BAFTA and, for television, 8 Emmy nominations and the Peabody. The Company operated under the umbrellas of Disney, Universal, and Fox. Haft productions, which included “Dead Poets Society” starring Robin Williams, “Emma” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and MADtv (Fox), generated more than $500,000,000 in revenue.
Steven Haft is an elected Member of AMPAS, BAFTA and NATAS. He is a Trustee (Emeritus) of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Mayor Bloomberg appointed him to the Board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, home to numerous New York media businesses.
In 2015, Haft was named a Fellow of the Disruptor Foundation by Prof. Clay Christensen of HBS, where he completed the Program on Leadership & Organizational Renewal.
Before his focus on media, Steven Haft worked at the NY City Hall and the Rockefeller Family Offices and was a Co-Founder of Earth Day. As a lawyer, Haft is a Member of the US Supreme Court Bar and served on the National Staff of the ACLU.