Group Nine Media Brings on April Mellody as Head of Communications

Chief Communications Officer for the 2016 Democratic National Convention & Former White House Spokesperson To Lead Group Nine’s Communications Efforts
Company Release
July 27, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2017) – Group Nine Media is excited to announce that April Mellody has joined as Head of Corporate Communications, responsible for overseeing all external and internal communications strategy and execution across the organization. Mellody started last week and will be based in the company’s New York headquarters in SoHo, reporting to CEO Ben Lerer.

Group Nine’s VP of Communications Devon Giddon will report to April and continue to manage the daily public relations operations.

April brings to Group Nine over 20 years of experience in branding, political strategy, corporate positioning, marketing and investor relations. She was most recently the Chief Communications Officer for the 2016 Democratic National Convention where she managed a team of over 30 full-time staffers and more than 40 consultants. In that role, she was responsible for all communications for the convention including digital strategy, press operations and the national platform rollout. Prior to that, Mellody was Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Previously, she was a Senior Vice President at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery and Assistant Press Secretary in the Clinton White House. She started her career at WUSA-TV in Washington, DC.  

“As Group Nine continues to grow and evolve, it’s more important than ever to have the right communications infrastructure in place to keep the team aligned and our mission focused. April is a true communications vet, with incredible experience managing comms for massive organizations and bringing their stories to the world,” said Ben Lerer, CEO of Group Nine Media. “April is joining at exactly the right time and I look forward to learning from her as we set out to develop our communications strategy, both internally and externally.”

"I could not be more excited to join Ben and Group Nine's family of uplifting, category-defining brands,” said Mellody. “No one understands how to inspire engagement and foster passion better than this dynamic team. They are truly building the future of media and I am thrilled to join them on this venture."

About Group Nine Media:
Group Nine Media is one of the world's largest digital-first media companies, boasting nearly 5 billion video views every month. The media holding company consists of four mission-driven, category-leading brands across food, drink, travel and entertainment (Thrillist), news (NowThis), animals (The Dodo) and science & exploration (Seeker). Home to the no. 1 video news publisher on Facebook, with 2 Snapchat Discover channels and a combined 30+ million YouTube subscribers, Group Nine's brands are built for consumption on the social web where their millennial-focused audience spends the majority of their time.


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