Executive Leadership

  • Jonah Peretti
    Jonah Peretti
    CEO & Founder

    Jonah Peretti

    CEO & Founder

    Jonah Peretti is the Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, a leading tech-powered, diversified media company focused on building a new media business model for the Internet and social media world. Jonah Peretti has served as BuzzFeed’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s board of directors since 2006.

    Prior to founding BuzzFeed, Mr. Peretti co-founded The Huffington Post, a digital publisher of news, lifestyle and popular culture content, and served in various management roles there from the company’s founding until its sale to AOL Inc. In 2021 BuzzFeed acquired HuffPost, bringing the award-winning news organization back full circle to Peretti.

    Mr. Peretti holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

  • Christian Baesler
    Christian Baesler
    COO, BuzzFeed, Inc. CEO, Complex Networks

    Christian Baesler

    COO, BuzzFeed, Inc. CEO, Complex Networks

    Christian Baesler is the Chief Operating Officer for BuzzFeed Inc, where he oversees all revenue functions for the company. Baesler also serves as the CEO of Complex Networks, where he is responsible for the growth of the company’s portfolio of brands – Complex, First We Feast, Sole Collector, Pigeons & Planes, ComplexCon and ComplexLand. As part of his role, Baesler oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and the core digital business teams that have bolstered Complex Networks to the leading voice of youth culture.

    Prior to Complex Networks, Baesler spent nearly a decade at Bauer Media Group, most recently as President of Bauer Xcel Media, Bauer Media Group’s global digital division. During his tenure at Xcel, he built the U.S. operation into a team of more than 70 across editorial, technology, marketing and product management. In addition to his U.S. responsibilities, Baesler expanded his role to include overseeing Bauer’s digital business in the U.K., where the company is the largest magazine publisher, as well as Europe’s largest commercial radio operator.

    Baesler holds a B.S. in Business Informatics from Nordakademie.

  • Felicia DellaFortuna
    Felicia DellaFortuna
    Chief Financial Officer

    Felicia DellaFortuna

    Chief Financial Officer

    Felicia DellaFortuna has served as BuzzFeed’s Chief Financial Officer since February 2020. DellaFortuna previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance from May 2019 to February 2020, as the Vice President of Finance from June 2017 to May 2019, and started at BuzzFeed as the Senior Director of Finance from October 2015 to June 2017. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, DellaFortuna served as Senior Director of Finance at Viant Technology Inc., an advertising software company, from 2013 to 2015. DellaFortuna also served as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at XIX Entertainment Limited, an entertainment content and intellectual rights organization, from 2011 to 2013.  

     DellaFortuna started her career at Ernst & Young Inc., an accounting firm, where she held several roles in its Assurance and Transaction Advisory Services divisions, including Manager of Transaction Advisory Services, from August 2005 to May 2011.

     DellaFortuna holds a B.S. in Accounting from Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics.

  • Dao Nguyen
    Dao Nguyen
    Publisher; Head of Content and Tech for BuzzFeed

    Dao Nguyen

    Publisher; Head of Content and Tech for BuzzFeed

    Dao Nguyen joined BuzzFeed in 2012 and has served as the company’s Publisher since 2014. Additionally, Nguyen leads BuzzFeed’s Content and Tech teams.

    Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Nguyen worked at Le Monde Interactif SA, or Le Monde, the digital subsidiary of the Le Monde newspaper in France, from 2001 to 2008. Nguyen served as the subsidiary’s Chief Executive Officer during her last 2.5 years at Le Monde. She has held technical and product positions at several other digital companies including a Dow Jones venture from 2009 to 2012, Concrete Media Inc., an internet consulting company, from 1998 to 2001, and Accenture plc, formerly Andersen Consulting, from 1994 to 1998. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Applied Math/Computer Science from Harvard University.

  • Peter Wang
    Peter Wang
    Chief Technology Officer

    Peter Wang

    Chief Technology Officer

     Peter Wang is Chief Technology Officer at BuzzFeed, where he oversees and manages all Tech functions across engineering, data, design, and project management to support the business. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Wang was CTO at The Mighty, the largest global healthcare community, where he managed product, engineering, and growth for the company. He was also previously the CTO of Refinery 29 and brings more than15 years of tech experience to BuzzFeed from a career spanning across a variety of industries, including venture-backed consumer apps, digital media, SaaS, and financial services platforms.

      He was also CTO at Narrativ, a commerce platform that powers monetization for publishers and retailers and Head of Engineering at Buddy Media, where he built out the team and integrated an acquisition by Salesforce. Wang started his career in financial services, managing trading and wealth platforms at Morgan Stanley, Citi, and UBS. He also serves as an advisor to several startups in New York City, such as DEV Community and EarlyBird

      Wang received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Carole Robinson
    Carole Robinson
    Chief Communications Officer

    Carole Robinson

    Chief Communications Officer

    Carole Robinson joined BuzzFeed in 2016 as the company’s first Chief Communications Officer. Robinson oversees all global communications strategy, public and media relations, financial communications and internal communications.

    Prior to BuzzFeed, Robinson spent 30+ years at MTV Networks and Viacom in communications and management roles including Executive Vice President of Communications and Chief of Staff for the network group that included MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, and Executive Vice President of Corporate & Marketing Communications for Viacom.

    Robinson holds a B.A. in English from Colgate University and currently serves on Colgate’s Alumni Council.

  • Rhonda Powell
    Rhonda Powell
    Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

    Rhonda Powell

    Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

    Rhonda Powell has served as BuzzFeed’s Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since September 2018. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Powell served as Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at Complex Networks from 2017 to 2018.  

     Between 2004 and 2017, Powell held several roles at Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (now part of Discovery Communications), including Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Prior to joining Scripps Networks, Powell served as Senior Counsel to Reuters America Inc., a subsidiary of the multinational media conglomerate now known as Thomson Reuters Corporation, from 2000 to 2004. Powell began her career as an Associate, first at Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae from 1993 to1996, and then at Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm, from 1996 to 2000. Ms. Powell holds an A.B. in Sociology from Harvard University and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.

  • Katie Sitter
    Katie Sitter
    Chief People Officer

    Katie Sitter

    Chief People Officer

    Katie Sitter is Chief People Officer at BuzzFeed where she oversees strategic programs to support the company’s continued business transformation, growth strategy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. In her role, Sitter manages all strategic initiatives related to organizational planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and diversity, equity, and inclusion 

     Sitter was previously VP of Human Resources at Activision Blizzard, where she developed talent strategies and advised stakeholders on the impact of talent-related strategic business initiatives and organizational changes. Prior to joining Activision Blizzard, Sitter spent over 10 years at Deloitte serving in multiple HR-related roles. Sitter started her career within Financial Planning & Analysis in the entertainment industry, previously working for Paramount and Sony Pictures.

     She holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Trinity College in Connecticut.

  • Mark Schoofs
    Mark Schoofs
    Head of News for BuzzFeed Inc

    Mark Schoofs

    Head of News for BuzzFeed Inc

     Mark Schoofs is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News and Head of News for BuzzFeed Inc, which is now home to two Pulitzer Prize-winning news organizations - BuzzFeed News and HuffPost - each of which features award-winning reporting across tech, politics, culture, investigations, science, lifestyle, and more.

     Over the course of his 30-year career, Schoofs has earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on AIDS in Africa at The Village Voice; shared in another Pulitzer Prize at The Wall Street Journal for reporting on the 9/11 terrorist attacks; led a team of investigative journalists at ProPublica; and, in 2014, created BuzzFeed News’s investigations team, which is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and a winner of the Polk and National Magazine Awards.

     Under Schoofs’ leadership this year, BuzzFeed News won its first Pulitzer Prize for an investigation uncovering a vast system for the mass detention of Muslims in China. Schoofs began his career editing Chicago's weekly LGBTQ newspaper, The Windy City Times. Schoofs also serves on the faculty at USC Annenberg, allowing BuzzFeed and the school to build a unique collaboration.