Vice Chairman, Board Member
Penske Media Corporation

Gerry Byrne is Penske Media’s Vice Chairman, guiding business initiatives across PMC’s entire portfolio of media brands.

Gerry’s decades of accomplishments as a media executive, entrepreneur and community leader are highlighted by his longtime run as publisher of Variety, where he dramatically transformed that business into a powerful, diversified, global media brand. He was also the launch publisher of Crain’s New York Business, a senior executive at Norman Lear’s ACT III Communications and the Creator/Chairman of the NBC Quill Awards before he led a division of Nielsen that included The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, and AdWeek.

A staunch believer in “participation,” Gerry is on the boards of numerous not-for-profits including Fisher House, The Intrepid Museum, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, The Reisenbach Foundation (Chairman), The Armory Foundation, The Independent Feature Project and John Jay College. Gerry’s awards include the “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award,” New York’s Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center’s Distinguished Service Award and the NYPD Marine Corps Association “Semper Fi” Award for his work in the community. In June 2009, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Gerry with the “Made in New York” Award for his support of the Gotham’s entertainment and media industries. And in November 2017, General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, presented Gerry the Department of the Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award.

A graduate of Fordham College, Gerry served as a Marine Officer in Vietnam in 1968/69 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V.