Erica Gruen is known as the mastermind of one of television’s biggest brands as President/CEO of the Food Network where she introduced the smash hits The Iron Chef, The Two Fat Ladies, and Emeril Live!, among others. She also launched FoodNetwork.com, the #1 website for food.
She is an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, advertising and television executive, digital media pioneer, and serial entrepreneur. In addition to building successful businesses, she is actively involved in M&A, JVs and other partnerships and is a Senior Advisor to the leading M+A mid-market investment bank, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips.
As a consultant and Principal with Quantum Media, Erica creates brand, content and business development strategies for the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, including the BBC, Conde Nast, Hearst, and Reader’s Digest. She has been a Technical Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a mentor in Kaplan Techstars, FOOD-X, and other tech accelerators, and an advisor to and investor in leading ed tech, ad tech, music tech, green tech and food tech ventures.
Erica is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the NYU Steinhardt School of Education, where she designed and teaches Lean Launch entrepreneurship classes in food and also music industries.
B.A. with Honors, University of Michigan
M.S. Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin