William F. Cobert


EBITDA Media llc 2006 – Present (10 years)

Provider of management and advisory services to media and information businesses, as well as to PE firms and financial institutions looking to invest in such businesses or to maximize their current investments. We also provide senior-level hands-on operational services as needed, with broad experience running and managing media businesses, including digital, print, information and content, events and large-scale tradeshows, and marketing services. Current assignments include serving in a Board capacity for GTxcel (a leading digital technology SaaS provider), and for Sustainable Life Media (b-to-b digital media and events), as well as consulting for several PE firms and business owners active in the media marketplace.


Modern Luxury Media 2009 – 2011 (2 years)

Served as CEO of Modern Luxury Media, one of the nation's leading publishers of major metropolitan magazines for the high-end luxury goods consumer. At the time, MLM published over 40 titles annually, reaching over 1 million affluent readers. EBITDA Media was brought in to help manage these bank-owned titles (primarily NewStar and GE Capital) first in an independent board member capacity and then as the full-time CEO. Within two years we successfully transitioned the properties back to growth and profitability, and in 2011the company was sold to DickeyMedia/Cumulus.


Canon Communications (now UBM Tech) 1990 – 2006 (16 years) Los Angeles

Canon Communications (now UBM Tech) was founded as a single-title B-to-B publisher focusing on the newly emerging medical device manufacturing market. Building on our first-to-market prime mover advantage, we created several additional titles and also entered complementary adjacent markets. We also added trade events and digital media to our media mix, ultimately becoming the dominant player in our various marketplaces. In 1996 the company was sold to Veronis Suhler Stevenson as a platform company within VSS Fund II, and after a very successful 10-year run we sold again to Spectrum Equity. At the time of the sale, Canon employed over 300 people worldwide, produced 35 national and international large-scale trade events, published over 40 magazine titles, and produced dozens of digital content and information sites.