Ross Levinsohn has had a long career in the American broadcast communications, media and technology industries. He and a fellow graduate from American University founded their own production firm in 1985, as soon as they had their broadcast communications degrees in hand. A successful entrepreneurial effort, they operated the agency for four years before selling and moving on to greener pastures.
For Levinsohn, that meant joining Time Warner Sports for several years. There, he created promotions and managed marketing activities. He also spent several years at SportsLine, where he produced a popular television talk show and radio show related to the National Football League. In the late 1990s, the internet was soaring in popularity. Levinsohn spent a few years at Alta Vista, coordinating its plans to launch a portal.
In 2001, Ross Levinsohn accepted a position at Fox Interactive Sports Media. There, he was able to marry his passion for sports with his adept marketing skills. Levinsohn rose to the position of CEO of Fox Interactive Media in 2004, which would be the first of many CEO positions for him. After leaving in 2006, the entrepreneurial side of Levinsohn struck again. He and a fellow entrepreneur, James Heckman, started a digital ad agency. In 2010, Yahoo bought them out. Levinsohn was offered a leadership role at the organization and eventually became its temporary CEO for a few months in 2012.
Through the mid-2000s, Levinsohn filled a variety of roles, including the Tribune of Chicago, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Consultants Group, Scout Productions, Guggenheim Interactive Partners and more. In 2019, Levinsohn’s former partner, Heckman, invited him to accept a position. He wanted Levinsohn to be the leader of his company’s newest acquisition, Sports Illustrated media. Levinsohn took Heckman up on the offer.
Levinsohn excelled in the role. He brought a fresh batch of authors and updated the brand’s reach. Heckman announced retirement plans in 2020. Ross Levinsohn’s skills and leadership made him the natural choice to take over as Maven’s CEO. He started the position in August 2020. Maven owns many popular printed and online properties, including History.com and Biography.