Leadership Team

The FierceMarkets leadership team brings together professionals with the experience, entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to serving the needs of both of our core constituencies -- information-hungry industry professionals and the marketing teams that need to reach them. We always welcome the opportunity to connect with readers, clients and other partners, so please don't hesitate to reach out.

Kerry C. Gumas - President and Chief Executive Officer, Newton, MA
Kerry led the founding of Questex, serving  as its President & CEO since inception. In 2008 he led the acquisition of FierceMarkets, which has become the focal point for Questex’s digital media development, innovation and growth. Kerry provides overall strategic leadership and direction to the company’s senior leadership team and has led the remarkable growth and transformation of Questex to a technology-enabled business event, information and marketing platform. Under his leadership the company  drives business investment, innovation and demand creation in the markets it serves by bringing together investors, buyers, sellers and professionals through its over 50 trade shows, conferences and other business events, informing them through more than 100 business media and information products and supporting clients with a comprehensive platform of marketing solutions. Prior to founding Questex, Kerry held senior executive positions at IDG, Advanstar (UBMAdvanstar), and Reed Exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He began his career as an trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce responsible for China trade promotion activities and continues to be a strong advocate for international trade and investment. He is a board member of industry associations, including the Connectiv division of SIIA and is a past president and board member of SISO and SACEOS. Kerry earned a BA in Political Science from Widener University.

Steve Kurtz - Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Washington, D.C.

Steve is Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Questex where he oversees digital strategy, product development and technology operations.  Mr. Kurtz has over 25 years of experience in technology.  Prior to joining Questex, Mr. Kurtz served as Vice President of Product Development at Gannett/USA TODAY where he was responsible for all mobile and web product development.  Prior to USA TODAY, Mr. Kurtz served as President and CEO of CavaSoft, Inc., a software consultancy specializing in hospitality and government technology solutions.  Mr. Kurtz holds a bachelors’ degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.

Jack Fordi - Senior Vice President and Group Publisher, Telecommunications & Technology, Washington, DC

Jack is responsible for the expansion of the sales department’s infrastructure, driving revenue growth, and improving the overall quality of service delivered to B2B marketers in Fierce’s targeted industry verticals.  He also oversees the Telecommunications and Technology Publishers and their respective revenue and editorial teams.  He brings more than 15 years of executive sales/business development leadership experience in both traditional and interactive media.

Fordi spent seven years as Vice President of Sales and Sales Ops for SmartBrief, Inc., an online media firm providing vertical news services to 3 million+ individual business readers with 1200+ advertisers. Prior to SmartBrief, he served as Sales Director with a division of Gannett Co., Inc. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales with Intralinks in New York City, a technology provider of inter-enterprise collaboration solutions serving investment banks and the fortune 500. He began his career with Phillips Business Information, (now Access Intelligence).

Jack earned a BS in Business Administration and Economics from Elon University. He lives in DC with his wife and two small children. 

Auseh Britt - Vice President, Marketing & Client Services, Washington, D.C.

Auseh Britt has over 15 years of marketing experience in a variety of industries including media and publishing, information services, consumer goods, and hospitality. As the VP, Marketing and Client Services, she leads audience development, content marketing, and corporate marketing initiatives. Prior to joining Questex (Fierce Markets), she was Director, Online Marketing at Bloomberg BNA, leading the company’s digital marketing strategy with a focus on website marketing, email marketing, content marketing, marketing automation, search marketing (SEM and SEO), online advertising and multimedia production. She has extensive experience in demand generation, lead nurturing, and sales enablement.

Auseh has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and a MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, teaching in the Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications program.

Rebecca Willumson - Vice President, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Willumson is the vice president and publisher of FierceMarkets' Life Sciences and Healthcare publications overseeing the editorial, operations and sales functions of the groups. She joined the Life Sciences group in 2012 as associate publisher with a specific focus on the pharma industry. She has brought on new editors and overseen streamlining of the operational processes of the group. Prior to publishing, Rebecca led FierceMarkets' ad operations department as the head of the marketing solutions team from 2010-2012. Specializing in operations and logistics, Rebecca brings 8+ years of media experience to the Life Sciences and Healthcare groups.

Rebecca earned a BBA in Marketing from James Madison University. She is a rower and coxswain and lives in Washington, DC.

Kevin Gray - Publisher, Telecommunications

Kevin Gray oversees FierceMarkets’ Telecom group of publications.  He brings more than a decade of sales leadership experience to the position, and has been with the organization since 2010.  Before his role as publisher, he served as an associate publisher, responsible for managing the sales team of FierceTelecom, FierceCable, and FierceOnlineVideo.

Prior to joining Fierce, Kevin began his career as a top producing and award winning account executive at Comdata in Brentwood, TN.  Kevin has a BA in Business Administration from Methodist University, and currently lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife and son.