Melissa Koehler is the Vice President of Delivery and Strategic Operations for CNN Digital where she is responsible for the delivery of all products across all digital platforms, oversight and stewardship of the technology budget, and the operational processes and standards for the technical organization. She is an operational excellence leader in technology who has been delivering world-class products in media for 20 years.
She started her career at an ad agency in the cinema industry as a Production Assistant eventually rising to Vice President of Operations/Production/Exhibitor Relations where she spearheaded the digital transformation of advertising in movie theaters across the country. In Melissa's first few years at WarnerMedia, she led the implementation of an investment tracking process and system for portfolio analysis of technology spend. This system was rolled out globally across 13 different departments and to over 2500 employees. She also spent time working with both CNN and NBA on their governance and operational practices to improve the way they collaborate with technology. Melissa has spent the last 5 years helping CNN evolve their products, maximize their financial investment, and help create a culture that is cross-functional, empowered, and rooted in continuous learning. Change agent, transformation leader, and connector have been core to Koehler's strengths and her ability to create tangible and meaningful value to the business.
Koehler's dedication to her craft and growing as a leader has not gone unnoticed. She was given the Dr. Ed Montana Leadership Award by her Executive MBA professors and nominated in back-to-back years (2016, 2017) for the Woman of The Year by Women in Technology. She also was the Gold Stevie Award Winner for Leadership in Transforming Customer Engagement in 2017. Koehler has a deep passion for diversity in technology and is the co-founder of Ladies in Tech @ WarnerMedia (LiT).
Melissa attended Kennesaw State University where she obtained her BBA in Marketing and her Executive MBA. She is a native of Atlanta and now lives in Acworth.