Executive Team

Executive Team

Shani Higgins | Chief Executive Officer

Shani joined Technorati in 2007 to lead strategy and day to day operations for the company’s advertising sales, business development and the Technorati Media advertising network. In 2008 the company launched an ad network giving a marketing voice to the independent web and offering a way for top brands to tap into their influence in meaningful ways. In 2010 the company turned profitable and in 2011 Shani took over as CEO. Under her leadership, Technorati Media has become an integrated online media company with an advertising network, a social rich media technology platform, and three owned web properties including the internet’s largest blog directory. Today Technorati Media represents over 1,300 independent sites, blogs, and social networks boasting an audience of 129 million US unique visitors a month. Technorati Media is the 49th largest media property in the US, the 8th largest social media property and the 3rd largest blog property. Prior to joining Technorati, Shani held senior management roles at Infoseek/GO/Disney, Ziff Davis, Benedek Investment Group, and Tacit Software. She earned her B.A. in Communication and Art History from Rutgers University where she also ran the university newspaper, The Daily Targum.

Abderrezak Kamel | Chief Technology Officer

Abderrezak Kamel (fondly referred to as “AK”) is responsible for spearheading Technorati Media’s Social Rich Media advertising products, including Conversational Ads that have already been run by 40+ top brand advertisers, Technorati Media’s audience targeting technology, and the Technorati Media Exchange. AK brings almost two decades of experience in Online Advertising, Information Retrieval, and Natural Language Processing. For the past 3 years he directed the development and enhancement of LucidMedia’s DSP, contextual analysis and RTB offerings. Prior to his position at LucidMedia, AK held integral roles at Autonomy and Verity. AK was a Computational Semiotics PhD student at Leonardo da Vinci University, Paris, France and earned his MS in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Montpellier, France.

Robin Nebel | Chief Financial Officer

Robin oversees Technorati Media’s finance and accounting, ad operations, publisher development, human resources and administration. Robin has 25 years of experience as CFO, COO and President of high tech start-ups. Prior to joining Technorati Media, Robin held management roles at InStore Broadcasting Network, Ellie Mae, Ensenda and 800-Software. Robin has MBA and BS degrees from The University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Chris Manolarakis | VP of Product

Chris is a technological leader who combines a wide-ranging tech know-how with a unique, problem-solving approach. Chris held senior-level product management roles in leading marketing and advertising technology companies. Prior to Technorati, he was Director of Product Development at IPG Mediabrands Audience Platform. He holds a B.A. in Economics, and a Msc in Business Innovation Management.

Michele Slack | General Manager

Michele is a seasoned media executive having held senior-level strategic planning, business development, marketing, and operations positions at leading digital media brands, including SFGate.com, Hearst, and NYTimes.  More recently, Michele was SVP of Business Operations for inPowered, an ad technology start up focused on content marketing.  Michele holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.