People: Acxiom Corp (ACXM.O)
Mr. John L. Battelle has been appointed as Independent Director of Acxiom Corp., effective August 16, 2012. He is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor and author who has founded or co-founded various online, conference, magazine and other media businesses. In 2005, he founded the Internet media company Federated Media Publishing, where he serves as chairman and CEO. From 2001 – 2004 he occupied the Bloomberg chair in Business Journalism for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He served from 1997 – 2001 as chairman and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI) and as publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to that, he was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. Mr. Battelle currently sits on the board of directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and was a founding board member of the Online Publishers Association. He has experience in the field of media and technology, and has appeared on national and international news channels such as CBS, BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery and CNBC. Mr. Battelle holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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