Leadership

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David Smith | President, Sightline Media

David Smith has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of media communications — digital media, audience development, sales, marketing, production and editorial content development. David is an expert in defense, government and international markets and a leader in how to craft innovative, creative and engaging media approaches to these markets.

David has worked in a variety of media and corporate settings, including 1105 Media and TIBCO Software, and was vice president of marketing and business development for Army Times Publishing Company (now Sightline Media Group) at a prior point in his career. In his previous service to the company, he conceived and developed the Military Times Service Member of the Year program, the C4ISRNET Conference, the Middle East Air Chief Conference, and the launch of Space News. David was a key player on the original team that developed Defense News, and he planned its successful international expansion. David is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and did his graduate study at the University of Virginia.

Tony Lombardo | Military Times Executive Editor

Tony leads a team of more than 30 editors, reporters and videographers dedicated to covering the news that affects active-duty service members and their families, as well as the veteran community. As executive editor and head of content development, Tony is responsible for strategy of the Military Times digital and mobile brands, the print platform, video, military lifestyle and multimedia projects for Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.

Prior to his post as executive editor for the Military Times group, Tony served in roles as news editor at Marine Corps Times and managing editor at Navy Times and then subsequently Army Times. Tony frequently represents Military Times in national media, including outlets such as Good Morning America, C-SPAN and Inside Edition. Prior to his career in military journalism, Tony worked as a reporter for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Georgia and The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio. A native of Ohio, Tony received his degree in journalism from Kent State University.

Jill Aitoro |  Executive Editor, Business to Government Group

Jill Aitoro is executive editor of Sightline Media’s Business-to-Government Group, guiding and developing the multimedia editorial strategy for Defense News, Federal Times, C4ISRNET, and FifthDomain, Sightline’s central digital hub for news, information and collaboration about federal and defense cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. Jill is also editor of Defense News, directly managing the global and prestigious Defense News brand, working with a dedicated team of editors, reporters and videographers.  Jill brings over 15 years’ experience of editing and reporting on defense programs, policy and procurement, federal government IT and business issues facing the defense and federal sector.  She has interviewed top defense officials from around the globe,  CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, led conferences and panels at prestigious events, such as the Reagan National Defense Forum. Prior to joining Sightline Media, Jill worked for Washington Business Journal as editor of their federal practice, leading all defense and federal contracting and policy coverage.  Prior to that she was a senior reporter for  Government Executive, covering cybersecurity, defense IT and DHS among other roles. Jill anchors the weekly Defense News television program appearing on the American Forces Network, which features interviews with senior defense leaders and expert reporting on industry, politics and defense acquisition. In addition, Jill has appeared regularly on Washington DC network TV stations and in national broadcast news media outlets.   Jill has received multiple awards for her government reporting and multimedia editorial projects, including coverage of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program and sequestration and an exposé on the selling of gray market technology from China to the Defense Department.  Jill graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christine Aquino | VP, Project Development & Chief of Staff

Christine is Sightline Media’s Chief of Staff and VP, Project Development. In this role, Christine drives company-wide projects and leads cross-functional teams, including editorial, sales, marketing and digital development, to execute end-to-end solutions for client campaigns, as well as key company initiatives. Reporting and working directly with the president, Christine manages day-to-day administrative and operational activities, and champions the strategic priorities of Sightline’s leadership team.

Prior to her current role, Christine was director of marketing at Sightline Media where she led a team that handled all sales, brand and event marketing for all its media brands. She joined the company when it was Gannett Government Media under Gannett and later Tegna, as Military Times director of marketing. Previously, she worked for a boutique issue-advocacy communications firm, and marketing and sales for one of Asia’s largest real estate conglomerates. Christine graduated from the University of the Philippines and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University, where she graduated with honors.

Mort Greenberg | SVP National Brand and Ad Agency Sales, Military Times

Mort leads our national brand sales effort as SVP, National Brand and Advertising Agency Sales for Military Times. Mort brings over 20 years of sales leadership in digital, mobile, print and video media platforms to Military Times, working with the nation’s largest consumer advertisers.  He has deep experience in programmatic and digital advertising, and is an expert in developing solutions and innovative marketing packages for clientele.  Prior to Military Times Mort founded FitAd in 2014, named by ADWEEK as the first platform for programmatic wearable advertising. Mort has been an early team member for the launch of several digital start-ups and has also held senior roles at IAC / InterActive Corp, NBC Universal, Nokia, and iHeartMedia.  Mort leads our team sales office in New York City, with staff in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

Jerry Foley | Director, B2G Global Sales

Jerry Foley is the Director, B2G Global Sales for Sightline Media’s business-to-government division. In this role he leads the US domestic and international sales teams for Defense News, Federal Times, C4ISRNET and FifthDomain.com. Jerry directs business development efforts and sales for all print, digital, broadcast, custom and event platforms for our B2G brands. Jerry has strong expertise in defense and international markets and collaborates with clients to develop multimedia packages that take advantage of the wide range of platforms the B2G brands offer.  Prior to his current role, Jerry served as senior account executive for Defense News, leading major initiatives. Before joining Sightline Media, Jerry was in a sales role at Atlantic Media, where he worked on Government Executive and NextGov.  Hailing from Detroit, MI, Jerry has BA in Government with a focus on international relations from Georgetown University.

Shawn Byers | Executive Director, Audience Development

Shawn Byers is the Executive Director of Audience Development for Sightline Media. Shawn has been with the company for over nine years and has worked in the advertising, marketing, and audience development departments. He and his team bring knowledge and a passion for the audiences that Sightline Media serves. He is responsible for the circulation and distribution strategy of the various publications, and works across departments to drive the growth of the brands’ multimedia audience.

Before his current role, Shawn led the newsstand sales department. He lead the relationship with exchanges, commissaries and other vendors across the country. Prior to joining then Army Times Publishing, Shawn worked at Valpak of Virginia as the Manager of Operations. A native of Wintersville, OH, Shawn is a graduate of Ashland University; also in Ohio where he graduated with honors.