Kirstine Stewart is an internationally award-winning leader with deep expertise working at the intersection of media and technology, and a reputation for turning around revenue performance and driving new market expansion on a global scale. Her work spans executive leadership roles with Twitter, Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Crown Family Media/Hallmark, the World Economic Forum, as well as other media corporations and technology start-ups.
Kirstine is presently the Chief Revenue Officer of Pex, a technology company backed by Tencent and Universal Music Group. She was formerly at the World Economic Forum, Kirstine headed the Future of Media, Entertainment, & Sport division as a member of the WEF Executive Committee, collaborating with C-level leaders from multinational enterprises like Facebook, Google, ByteDance, Publicis Groupe, P&G and more to address emerging issues such as digital disruption, the value in media, consumer privacy, and the future of work. Prior to joining the WEF, she served as President and Chief Revenue Officer for TribalScale, a global innovation and digital transformation firm, after leaving her post as Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, an early-stage tech start-up and content publisher that ranked #1 in Deloitte’s Fast50 Tech Growth Companies in Canada.
Kirstine initially entered the tech industry as the Founding Head of Canada for Twitter where she initial entry into the country before taking on the role of VP Media for all of North America. As a prolific broadcasting industry leader, she was credited with catapulting ratings and launching into the digital market as CBC’s Head of TV, Radio & Digital. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President to grow the subscriber base for Alliance Atlantis, a media company with a portfolio of Canadian lifestyle channels including HGTV, Food Network, BBC Canada, National Geographic, History, and many others.
As Head of Programming for Crown Media/Hallmark she opened five new international markets to position the portfolio for a profitable sale directly following her as General Manager and Head of Programming for Trio Newsworld International where she secured the $300M sales to NBCUniversal.
Kirstine launched her media career with Paragon, a media licensing and distribution firm where she rose from her initial entry-level position to ultimately become president leading television content licensing and global distribution into emerging markets. In 2016, Kirstine authored the bestseller, Our Turn, an internationally award-winning book on leadership published by Penguin RandomHouse.
As a sought-after board member and corporate advisor, Kirstine serves as the World Economic Forum Advisor for Young Global Leader (YGL) and member of the board for Think Research, a publicly traded medical technology company and Rivalry, a global Esports and Gaming company. Her leadership extends into non-profit advocacy as well, after serving as a member of the Founding Board for CILAR (Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism) and as a member of the board for the Center for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation.
She is also a Founding Member of Chief and Soho House as well as a Board Member of C-100, Top Canadian Technology/Business Leaders. Kirstine is internationally known as an industry leader having earned recognition including The Power 50: Canada’s Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business in 2016, Person of the Year by Playback Magazine in 2012, Woman of the Year by Canadian Women in Communications in 2010, CBC Media Player of the Year by Marketing Magazine in 2009, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2007, among others.
A native of Canada, Kirstine earned her bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto before completing executive leadership programs including the Global Leadership in the 21st Century through the Harvard Kennedy School, the Transformational Leadership program through the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, and Leading with Finance, Capital Markets and Valuation through the Harvard.