February 23, 2023

Industry Dive CEO Griffey receives Top Management Fellowship

In recognition of Industry Dive’s success and contributions to the business-to-business media genre, Northwestern University awarded Industry Dive CEO and co-founder Sean Griffey the McAllister Top Management Fellowship today at Business Information & Media Summit in Orlando. 

As part of the fellowship, Griffey will visit Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism on the Evanston, IL campus this fall to discuss the company’s path from a boot-strapped start-up to a multi-million dollar acquisition, the importance of B2B journalism and what the future might look like for the media business overall. 

“In recent years, niche media has been leading the way in innovating new business models that support robust independent journalism,” Griffey said at BIMS, hosted by the Associations, Media & Publishing Network of the Software & Information Industry Association. “I’m proud that Industry Dive has been part of this transformation and am honored to be recognized with the McAllister Top Manager Fellowship.” 

Last year, Informa PLC acquired Industry Dive for its Informa Tech Division, after the company’s explosive growth in 2020 and 2021 through five acquisitions, the launch of studioID - its content marketing and branding studio,  and 10 new publication titles. The Industry Dive newsroom also won 10 Neal Awards and six National Gold Azbee awards, more than any other publisher.  Working with Informa Tech, it will launch Fashion Dive, Packaging Dive and Hotel Dive in March and is on track to bring its audience- building expertise to more industries later this year. 

“The McAllister fellowship is designed for dynamic CEOs who can reinforce and enrich curricula that are evolving as fast as the sectors that they lead and serve,”  said Abe Peck, Northwestern University’s Director of Business to Business Communications, who selects the McAllister fellowship recipients with SIIA. “Sean Griffey has co-founded and grown a digital media company that succeeds as an enterprise while delivering high-quality digital content across numerous verticals.”

The fellowship is named for Donald McAllister, Sr. He was American Business Media's chairman in 1955 and an active figure in specialized business media for over 70 years until his death in 1993. He was chairman of the executive committee at Geyer-McAllister, one of the country's oldest family-owned publishing firms until its magazines' sale to Reed Business Information in 1998.


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