Ken Herts currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations at The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, bringing extensive senior-level operating experience in the newspaper publishing and information services industries.
Before joining the Institute, Ken spent three years at Empirical Media, conducting market research and helping newspapers, magazines, websites and other media clients build growth strategies, develop operating plans, and implement best practices for companies shifting from print to digital revenue streams.
Prior to that, Ken spent 29 years at Dow Jones, and served in a number of leadership, finance, strategy and technology roles.
As the VP & General Manager of Dow Jones Newswires, later DJ Financial Markets Group, Ken helped transform a global newswire business into a $200+ million business unit producing newswires, newsletters, magazines, databases, and events for financial market participants.
Ken also served as vice president, Finance of the Consumer Media Group at Dow Jones, a $1.1 billion business unit that included The Wall Street Journal’s print, online, and international editions; MarketWatch; Barron’s; and other properties. He played a key role in the group’s restructure of its printing and distribution operations, and developed data and metrics to support the company’s digital revenue growth.
While publisher of The Wall Street Journal Europe, he led a redesign of the paper, making it the first edition of The Wall Street Journal to use editorial color, and increased paid circulation to over 100,000 concentrated in ten European cities.
Ken graduated from Brown University, and received an MBA and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.