Kathy Styponias is Executive Vice President of Technology Strategy & Business Operations at WarnerMedia. Reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Styponias and her team oversee strategic planning and enterprise program management for WarnerMedia Technology & Operations (WMTO), an 8,000+ division with staff around the globe supporting iconic brands such as CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and sports franchises such as the NBA and March Madness. Under Business Operations, Ms. Styponias oversees WMTO’s sourcing & procurement, asset management, and payment operations. Prior to this role, Ms. Styponias was Senior Vice President of Technology Business Management, where she oversaw strategic and financial planning and technology vendor procurement for the HBO Technology department.
Ms. Styponias joined WarnerMedia via HBO in May 2014. During her tenure at HBO, her team implemented rigor around the budget planning cycle as well as put processes in place that had resulted in better relationships and efficiencies with third party vendors. These efforts have been critical in helping not only the Technology department, but all of WarnerMedia in navigating the significant structural changes that are occurring in the media industry.
Prior to joining HBO, Ms. Styponias was a General Manager in Microsoft’s Media and Entertainment Group, part of the Interactive Entertainment Business division. During her tenure at Microsoft from 2007 to 2014, Ms. Styponias and her global team helped grow Microsoft’s relationships with key media and entertainment companies around the world including Hollywood studios, TV broadcasters, multichannel providers and the music industry. Her efforts forged strong partnerships and led to innovative products and apps that gave people new ways to enjoy their favorite content.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Styponias was Senior Vice President and the senior cable, entertainment and satellite equity analyst at Prudential Equity Group. As an analyst, Ms. Styponias was widely recognized as an expert on the media industry trends and companies. She was named in the Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street poll for earnings estimate accuracy and stock picking in the entertainment category. She was also recognized in Institutional Investor’s All-America Research poll and was named the number one earnings estimator for the media sector in the Forbes.com/StarMine Analysts Awards for 2004. Prior to joining Prudential, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Ms. Styponias is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2011, Ms. Styponias served on the board of advisors of the mobile advertising agency Skyrockit; she was also on the advisory board of Tribalist. She also served a 2009-2011 term on the board of the National Association of Television Program Executives, a global nonprofit organization committed to meeting the needs of the changing media landscape.
Ms. Styponias graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College, City University of New York and received her MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University. She is fluent in Greek, enjoys cooking, traveling and is an admitted TV junkie.