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Lee Fentress

VP Business Development
Los Angeles Times

Lee Fentress is the Vice President of Business Development at the Los Angeles Times. He joined The Times in 2017 and led the advertising division through the 2018 acquisition of the L.A. Times by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. During that period, he managed the build out of the programmatic, branded entertainment, affiliate commerce, e-commerce and national sales teams. Additionally, he led the sales organization across print, digital, audio, events, direct mail and branded entertainment.

Currently, Fentress leads business development for the organization, focusing primarily on revenue diversification, innovation and the creation of new programs and products for subscribers. His operational mandate consists of looking around the corner for growth and sustainability via product innovation, strategic partnerships and acquisitions; IP creation, development and licensing; and direct-to-consumer offerings.

Prior to the LA Times, Fentress co-founded two startups in Santa Monica and began his career at CBS Television and Sports Illustrated, working in cross-platform monetization and ad sales.

Fentress lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children and is an active angel investor and advisor in the L.A. technology and consumer product categories.

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