Matthew Kearney has a 25-year track record in media and media technology in the US, UK and internationally. He is currently an Operating Partner for Dan Gilbert’s PE fund Rockbridge, overseeing its media portfolio and advising on new investments. He is also currently advisor to the Telenor Group’s Board on advertising, media and its supporting technology and serves on boards within the Group.
Matthew’s career in media began in the early 1990s when he joined international media group Carlton Communications (now ITV Plc) to run their M&A. He moved to the US in 2002 to lead Screenvision as CEO, a company in which ITV had a stake, and eventually led to it being sold to the Disney family’s Shamrock in 2010. He then joined DMGT Plc to launch the Daily Mail’s news service in the US, overtaking New York Times and Huffington Post to become the largest online news publisher in the world. He subsequently founded Acuity, an advertising technology start-up, and backed by the Carlyle Group made a reverse takeover of Talent Partners, a SaaS company serving the major ad agencies. He served as Executive Chairman of the resulting entity, Carlyle Talent Partners Holdings, which was sold to Extreme Reach in 2015.