Wenda Harris Millard
Vice Chairman, MediaLink
Recipient of the David Bell Award for Industry Service
In April 2009, Wenda Harris Millard became President and COO of MediaLink, a leading strategic advisory and business development firm that provides critical counsel and direction to the media, advertising and entertainment industries and to companies and investors that interact with those sectors. She was named Vice Chairman in 2016, and in June of 2017 relocated to London for 18 months to launch MediaLink in Europe.
Prior to joining MediaLink, Millard was Co-CEO and President, Media for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. She joined MSLO in July 2007 after serving for three years on its Board of Directors. Ms. Millard oversaw MSLO’s media businesses—publishing, internet and broadcasting. She was the driving force behind creating cross-platform programs for marketers in TV, digital, magazines and radio.
Before MSLO, Millard was Chief Sales Officer at Yahoo! where she led the team that drove revenue from $700 million to over $6 billion in six years and was consistently credited as the number one sales organization in the media industry. On an industry-wide level her work at Yahoo! established brand advertising on the web. Prior to Yahoo!, Millard was Chief Internet Officer at Ziff Davis Media and President of Ziff Davis Internet. She was a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick, where she served as Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the operations of DoubleClick Media. She also served as President and Group Publisher of SRDS, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Family Circle and Executive Vice President/Group Publisher of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek magazines.
In 2015, Millard was named a MAKER in AOL’s Makers: Women Who Make America series created by Gloria Steinem and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dyllan McGee. Millard has received numerous industry awards including being named by Ad Age in 2012 one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising in the Last 100 Years”; the 2011 Oracle Award from Springboard; the 2009 ad:tech Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2007 John A. Reisenbach Award for Distinguished Citizenship; the 2006 “Advertising Person of the Year” AAF Silver Medal Award and the 2005 Matrix Award for “Women Who Change the World”. Ad Age acknowledged her as a “Digital Media Master”, one of the 20 most influential executives in interactive media. She was the subject of a profile by Tom Brokaw as part of NBC’s “Women to Watch” series.
Millard is past Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and former President of the Advertising Club of New York. She has served on the Boards of the Advertising Research Foundation, the Advertising Council, the Advertising Education Foundation and others. Currently, she serves on the boards of Caleres, Inc. a $3 billion global, publicly traded footwear company and Simulmedia, which leverages the power of digital for television buying. She also sits on the board of the James Beard Foundation, the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival and Wings for Kids, a national social and emotional learning program for kids at risk. She served two terms as a Trustee of Trinity College in Hartford. She holds a BA from Trinity and an MBA from Harvard University.
Inductee, Advertising Hall of Fame
Last Updated: January 2020