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Mike Hodges Managing Director

Mike is Managing Director of Mindgruve where he focuses on growth strategies and business innovation for global brands. For nearly twenty years, he has lived at the intersection of media, marketing and technology as a CEO, chief strategist, industry thought leader and business innovator.

Prior to Mindgruve, Mike was President of The San Diego Union-Tribune - a Platinum Equity Company - where he spearheaded its digital transformation from a regional newspaper group into a national, integrated media organization with large-scale print, TV and digital properties. During Mike’s tenure, The San Diego Union-Tribune ranked #1 in the U.S. for all newspapers in terms of year-over-year revenue growth. In December 2011, Mike and Platinum Equity sold to Manchester Financial Group. Mike stayed on to lead the new ownership group for three more years until they sold to the Tribune Company (Tronc Media Company NASDAQ: TRNC) in 2015.

A successful entrepreneur, Mike has built and sold several startups including an advertising technology company that was acquired by Google’s DoubleClick. Mike also serves on several company and industry boards and is an active public speaker on Business Innovation & Revenue Growth Strategies for Global Brands and Amazon Channel Strategies for Revenue Optimization.