Co-founder and Publish of Tortosie Media with James Harding and
Matthew Barzun, Katie has left the corporate bosom of News Corp after
more than 20 years. Prior to this new adventure as an entrepreneur, Katie was the
President of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where
she led the company to over 3m subscribers, the largest number in WSJ
history. She has previously worked at the Telegraph Media Group and
The Times, where, as Chief Marketing Officer, she was the architect of
the newspaper's early move to paid digital subscriptions. She created
the UK's first news membership brand, Times+, and oversaw the events
programmes, including both the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the
Times CEO Summit. She was named Pioneer of the Year at the British
Media Awards. She is vice-patron of the charity, Family Action.
Married to Nick Smith, with one son Stanley.
"I'm looking for evidence of people who have really thought about sustainable business models built around what customers want. It sounds so obvious but digital media innovation is pointless if people won't use it. None of us needs more stuff to do with our phones. What we need to stuff that makes a genuine difference because then we'll be prepared to pay for it"