Mike Leo
Summit Alumni

Mike Leo

CEO and President, Operative

Mike Leo joined Operative in 2003 as chief executive officer and president. Considered by many to be one of the interactive industry’s most recognized thought leaders, Mike brings to Operative leadership and industry perspective based on more than 14 years at the executive level at some of the most prestigious marketing and media companies in the d... more

Mike's Bio

Mike Leo joined Operative in 2003 as chief executive officer and president. Considered by many to be one of the interactive industry’s most recognized thought leaders, Mike brings to Operative leadership and industry perspective based on more than 14 years at the executive level at some of the most prestigious marketing and media companies in the digital world. In his role as CEO and president of Operative, Mike infuses an unmistakable entrepreneurial drive and vision with business acumen to spearhead corporate growth. The company has quickly risen to be a “must have” solutions provider for interactive advertisers and publishers including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, WPP, MediaCom, Omnicom and MSN. With Mike at the helm, Operative has experienced doubled-revenue growth for the past two consecutive years and has recruited some of advertising’s most recognizable talent.

Mike is best known as co-founder of Avenue A, now Avenue A/Razorfish, a digital marketing organization that became one of the industry's biggest success stories. Mike assembled that team that helped to grow Avenue A from a startup with three employees to one of the best and largest interactive agencies in the world. Today, with over $100 million in sales and over 300 employees, AQuantive has acquired multi-million dollar accounts like Microsoft, Gateway, Expedia and Disney and earned ADWEEK magazine's Independent Interactive Agency of the Year award. Earlier in his career, Mike served as president of the technology group at L90. He rebuilt the company's technology division and helped expand its sales and marketing teams. While at L90, Mike developed relationships with clients such as Microsoft, Visa, General Motors and Procter & Gamble.

Mr. Leo lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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