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Vox Media brings on new board member, chief financial officer

Susan Decker, a long-tenured executive, has joined the board of Vox Media, the company announced. Additionally, Stephen Swad, has become the company’s chief financial officer. Vox Media has a range of popular digital properties including The Verge, vox.com, SB Nation, Polygon, Eater, Racked, Curbed and Re/code.

Decker, prior to joining the board, served as Yahoo’s president from 2007 to 2008 and chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administration from 2000 to 2007. She has served on boards for a number of Fortune 500 companies throughout her career including Intel, Yahoo, Pixar, Berkshire Hathaway, and Costco. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Save The Children.

“Vox Media is known for their smart brands, trusted voices, and underlying product and design capabilities,” said Decker. “They are proving that the business of developing high quality content and media brands can scale. In doing so they have set a new standard for the rest of the industry. I’m looking forward to contributing to their Board and the entire Vox Media organization, and to support them in their continued growth.”

Swad is the company’s first CFO and was previously president, chief executive officer and a director of Rosetta Stone Inc. Before Rosetta Stone, he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Comverse Technology, Inc., Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and America Online.

“I have immense respect for Steve’s strong strategic abilities, guidance, and unique insights into the media industry,” said Jim Bankoff, CEO and chairman, Vox Media. “He’s a welcomed addition to our executive team as we enter our next big phase of growth."

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