D and Z Media has built a best-in-class team to identify an optimal target, execute a successful merger with favorable terms, and leverage a value add strategy to premiumize and modernize business models. The company’s board of directors and advisors are a diverse, world-class team of dealmakers, media industry leaders and value creation experts.
Chairman and CEO
Ms. Liu has served as our Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. She is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, journalist, producer, and corporate executive with more than 25 years of professional experience working domestically and internationally. Her extensive background in financial journalism and professional education content, and later as a senior executive at ICE, has provided Ms. Liu unmatched connectivity and access to C-suite executives and directors across a variety of industries and geographies, domestically and internationally, particularly in Asia.
Ms. Liu most recently served as the Executive Vice Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and Chief Experience Officer for NYSE’s parent company, ICE. She was also a member of the NYSE Group board of directors. Ms. Liu oversaw the NYSE’s digital marketing operations, including customer-centric messaging, branding, digital events, and other core growth initiatives that were linear to the company’s long-term strategy. In this capacity, Ms. Liu directly managed the development of the Investor Access series, ICE CEO Forum, and monthly C-suite engagement events, which collectively brought together more than 1,600 senior executives of some of the largest publicly-listed companies, including senior executives within the media and ed-tech sectors. In addition to her role in marketing and strategy, through her role at the NYSE, Ms. Liu was actively involved in more than 25 initial public offerings, including some of the largest listings in recent history for companies such as Uber (NYSE: U), Pinterest (NYSE: PINS), and Tencent Music (NYSE: TME). Because of her background and connectivity, Ms. Liu was closely consulted and heavily involved in the planning process for several media and technology businesses as they evaluated considerations regarding becoming a public company.
Prior to ICE, Ms. Liu served as the Founder and CEO of Radiate, an online, subscription-based ed-tech content company focused on leadership, business, and personal development strategies for millennial managers and executives. As the Founder, Ms. Liu led day-to-day operations of the business and scaled the platform from concept to more than 20,000 monthly active professional subscribers in less than 2 years. Ms. Liu led the company through multiple rounds of venture-backed capital raises from notable venture capital investors, such as RSE Ventures and University Ventures. Radiate was acquired by ICE in 2018.
From 2007 to 2018, Ms. Liu was an award-winning business journalist, serving as a leading anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio (“Bloomberg”) in New York City. Ms. Liu hosted “In the Loop” and developed several franchises including “Titans at the Table,” which focused on leaders in finance, markets, entertainment, and business, reaching over 340 million viewers globally. “In the Loop” was the highest-rated morning show on Bloomberg TV and Ms. Liu was the sole anchor since the show’s inception in 2009. Before joining Bloomberg, Ms. Liu was an anchor for CNBC Asia based in Hong Kong, serving as part of the leadership group which helped build CNBC Asia into a market-leading news network within the region.
Prior to 2007, Ms. Liu was the Atlanta Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, served as the Taiwan Bureau Chief for Dow Jones Newswires, and separately was their Hong Kong-based regional correspondent. In 1997, she received a Dow Jones Newswires Award for her coverage of the Asian financial crisis. Ms. Liu earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining DNZ, Mr. Wiltamuth spent three years, from August 2017 to July 2020, at PETCO (Nasdaq: WOOF), a leading, omnichannel retailer of pet products, supplies, and services with 1,500 stores and annual revenue over $4.5 billion. Petco has been at the forefront of a significant digital transformation that saw PETCO evolve from a traditional brick-and-mortar retailer to a fully integrated, technology enabled multi-channel platform with a strong digital presence supported by a nationwide physical network. Over the course of his three-year tenure at PETCO, Mr. Wiltamuth served in various senior-level finance and corporate development roles including finance leader for the company’s international operations, head of investor relations, advisor to the CEO and CFO, and board member for PETCO Mexico. At PETCO, Mr. Wiltamuth played an active role in the evaluation and structuring of potential strategic acquisition opportunities, the divestiture of non-core and real estate assets, the identification and turnaround of under-performing business units, and the crafting and communicating of the company’s investment strategy and performance to lenders, shareholders, and analysts.
Mr. Wiltamuth brings a refined investment perspective from his 23-year career in equity research at major investment banks including Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Jefferies (NYSE: JEF), NatWest Securities, and ING Furman Selz, where he covered public companies in the consumer and retail sectors. Most recently, Mr. Wiltamuth served as a managing director of equity research at Jefferies from 2013 to 2016. His tenure as an equity research analyst overlapped with a transformative period in retail in which companies were rolling out new initiatives to capture the exponential growth of online retail, smartphone device adoption, and data analytics. His primary role was to evaluate and assess business models, earnings models, and the impact of new initiatives on company performance and valuation. During his career, he was ranked as a leading analyst by Institutional Investor and received multiple stock-picking awards from The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times.
During his time as an equity research analyst, Mr. Wiltamuth worked on more than 10 initial public offerings across multiple sectors, including Chipotle (NYSE: CMG), The Fresh Market (Nasdaq: TFM), Burger King (NYSE: QSR), Amplify Snack Brands (NYSE: BETR), GNC (NYSE: GNC), Monsanto (NYSE: MON), Bunge (NYSE: BG), Einstein-Noah Restaurant Group (Nasdaq: BAGL), and Seminis (Nasdaq: SMNS). We believe his years of identifying investment themes and value creation levers, combined with his extensive interaction with management teams and institutional investors, will be valuable in sourcing and closing a successful M&A transaction.
Mr. Wiltamuth holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.