David-Michel Davies
Executive Director | @DMDlikes

David-Michel Davies is President of Webby Media Group, which owns and produces The Webby Awards, The Lovie Awards in Europe and Netted by the Webbys.

Since taking over The Webby Awards as Executive Director in 2005, DMD and team have grown the award to be what The New York Times calls “the Internet’s highest honor.” In 2014, The Webbys received a record 12,000 entries from more than 60 countries globally making it the most sought after award for digital work on the planet.

In 2008, DMD teamed up with long time business partners – current About.com CEO Neil Vogel, Rachel Zoe President Rodger Berman, and New York City Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver to co-found Internet Week New York, now a top gathering for Internet leaders. Under the Internet Week banner, DMD subsequently launched Internet Week Europe in London in 2010 and the Made in NY Digital Map (mappedinny.com) in 2012. Crain Communications acquired a majority interest in the global Internet Week properties in August of 2012.

A proud alumni of the University of Pennsylvania, DMD lives with his wife Stella Lee and sons Louis and August in Brooklyn, NY.

Steve Marchese

Executive Producer | @SteveMarchese

As Executive Producer at Webby Media Group, Steve has led production duties on eight Webby Awards cycles, and he has also been fortunate to lead a number of initiatives including Internet Week New York, Internet Week Europe, The Lovie Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Netted by the Webbys, and a recent collaboration with NYC Digital, the Made in New York Digital Jobs Map.

For five years prior to joining Webby Media Group in 2006, Steve served as the Senior Producer and Manager at The One Club, where his main responsibility involved overseeing the production of The One Show, One Show Interactive and the growth of the then brand-new One Show Design and One Show China. In the late 90s as a journalist (Flavorpill, XLR8R and Stash) and as a first-wave music blogger with his long-running blog scissorkick.com, Steve’s columns and features identified the burgeoning nexus between motion graphics, Web design, and electronic music.

Claire Graves

Managing Director | @ClaireGraves

As Managing Director of The Webby Awards Claire leads a team dedicated to celebrating the very best of Internet culture each year.
Prior to joining the Webbys, Claire was a Client Lead at one of the UK’s most celebrated interactive advertising agencies, Poke London. There she managed the strategic design and build of brand Websites and communications for The Guardian, The BBC, Skype, Orange, Topshop, and the children’s charity Barnardos. Her work at Poke includes several Webby Award winning projects.

A History graduate from Edinburgh University, Claire hails from Adelaide, South Australia. Her favorite yoga pose is Shavasana.

Beth Highbee

European Director | @Higs

An honoree at the first annual Webby Awards and now European director for the Lovie Awards, Beth has led digital innovation for media companies and startups around the world. Following years of developing digital content for such major multi-platform brands as Food Network, NBC and Rodale, Beth focused on launching lifestyle and entertainment startups in Europe — interrupted only by 6 remarkably active months of guiding bicycle tours across France. She’s a fan of disruptive inventions, particularly any that transform traditional media into interactive powerhouses.

Jeff Zemetis

Director of Creative Content | @JZems

As Director of Creative Content at The Webby Awards, Jeff is responsible for all the breadth of creative produced by The Webby Awards, from the annual ceremony campaign, to the videos featured on stage, to the Call for Entries poster and The Webby People’s Voice campaign.

Emily Warren

Managing Director – The Lovie Awards | @emilyhonora

Emily leads the charge for The Lovie Awards, the only pan-European award for excellence on the Internet. Now in it’s fourth year, The Lovies recognizes the best from across the region, from major advertising campaigns to net art projects.

Before The Lovies, Emily spent six years working on The Webby Awards with particular focus on international development and the Webby Ambassador Program. Prior to Webby Media Group, Emily directed the ADC Awards program and served as Editor for three volumes of the Art Directors Annual, for which she won awards in One Show Design and The American In House Design Awards.

A native of Boston, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters (and one rescue dog). She holds a degree in English from Wesleyan University and speaks decent Italian.

Lauren Appelwick

Marketing + Partnerships Director | @laurenwick

As the lead for all marketing and partnership efforts at Webby Media Group, Lauren is responsible for driving international brand awareness and growth for The Webby Awards, Netted by the Webbys, and The Lovie Awards. She manages The Webby and Lovie Awards media partnerships programs globally, and drives subscription growth for the Netted by the Webbys daily email through strategic partnerships, social media campaigns, sweepstakes, special promotions, and other creative programs.

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Email us: hello@webbyawards.com

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