Executives and Directors
Mary G. Berner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary G. Berner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., in October 2015. As the country’s second largest radio company, Cumulus delivers premium content choices to 245 million people each week, through its 447 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top ten), and more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network, as well as numerous digital channels. In 2016, Berner was named one of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter, the only radio executive on that list, having, within the first year of her tenure at Cumulus, been selected one of Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, and Most Influential Women in Radio.
For over three decades, Berner has led some of the world’s top media companies and brands, building and directing companies to deliver strong value, financial performance and growth. Throughout her career, she has consistently distinguished herself as an innovative leader, who has broken records, setting new standards for revenue, profitability and launches, and successfully guided a global giant through restructuring.
Before joining Cumulus, Berner served as President and CEO of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media, where she leveraged her deep understanding of media to aggressively champion and advocate for that industry, among advertisers, to Wall Street, with consumers, and in Washington, DC. Most notably, during her tenure at MPA, Berner created and introduced The Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report. A first-ever among all media, this groundbreaking measurement, considers and counts audience across platforms. Magazine Media 360° affirmed the industry’s vitality and instantly became a game changer, embraced throughout the business and endorsed by advertisers. To wit, Magazine Media 360° took top honors from FIPP, at the worldwide magazine media association’s, “Insight Awards,” for becoming an “industry standard.” It is currently being adopted and implemented globally. In recognition of her work on behalf of the industry, in 2014, Berner was named one of the “Top Women in Media” by Folio magazine.
Berner also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Reader’s Digest Association, where she developed and executed a successful turnaround strategy, oversaw the restructuring of the company’s acquisition-related debt and the subsequent doubling of the company’s stock price, and optimized its brands and assets, including through the development of new digital revenue streams. Under her direction, the $2 billion global media and direct marketing company launched 83 websites and 31 mobile apps, and built Allrecipes into the world’s largest food website.
From November 1999 until January 2006, Berner led Fairchild Publications, Inc., first as President and CEO, then as President, and as an Officer of Condé Nast after Fairchild became a division of Condé Nast Publications. During her tenure at Fairchild, she was named Advertising Age’s “Publishing Executive of the Year” (2004) and inducted into the min (Media Industry Newsletter) Sales Executive Hall of Fame (2006). Berner joined Fairchild from Condé Nast’s Glamour where she served as Vice President and Publisher. She began her career selling advertising for a neighborhood newspaper in Boston, before being hired to oversee the advertising and marketing department of TV Guide, eventually rising to Publisher.
Berner serves on the boards of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City (as the Lead Director), the Fuller Project for International Reporting, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and is a member of the advisory board of AAB Research LLC.