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Our Team

Michael Steib

President and CEO

Michael Steib

Michael Steib is our President and CEO, and joined XO Group in July 2013. Prior to joining XO Group, Steib served as Chief Executive Officer at Vente-Privee USA, an ecommerce venture backed by American Express and the world’s largest private sales site, beginning in 2011. Prior to that position, Steib served at Google, Inc. as Director, Google TV Ads from January 2007 to September 2009, and Managing Director, Emerging Platforms, from September 2009 to July 2011, where he helped build Google TV Ads and grow Google Mobile Ads and YouTube’s advertising business. From 2001 through 2006, Steib held positions at NBC Universal/General Electric, where he served as General Manager, Strategic Ventures, leading the creation of new digital businesses, and later as Vice President, Business Development, helping to close $20 billion in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he previously worked on the development of new media businesses for Walker Digital, LLC, and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Steib received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Carley Roney

Cofounder and Chief Content Officer

Carley Roney is our cofounder and Chief Content Officer. Roney and her partners founded XO Group Inc. in 1996 and quickly took the wedding world by storm with a fresh voice, stylish ideas and up-to-date advice. Today, The Knot Wedding Network is home to the #1 online wedding-planning resource, TheKnot.com, and the #1 registry site, WeddingChannel.com, which together reach nearly 2 million U.S. brides annually. Roney has been the driving force behind the brand’s expansion across multiple media platforms: from the web to magazines and books, television and video, social media and mobile applications. In 2010, she proved the brand’s global reach with the launch of Ijie.com, a lifestage website for the Chinese consumer.

Inspired by thousands of loyal users, Roney also created The Nest (www.thenest.com) and The Bump (www.thebump.com) brands for young couples and first-time parents—offering multimedia content, tools, and community platforms designed specifically for the unique needs of couples setting up homes and getting ready for baby. As today’s leading expert on real-world weddings and young married life, Roney has made frequent appearances on television shows such as TODAY, ABC Nightline, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Access Hollywood and more. She is the author of more than a dozen popular wedding, newlywed and baby books.

In 2008, Roney was named one of Crain’s New York “40 Under 40” and is regularly recognized and consulted as a mentor for women in business and entrepreneurs. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies and a BFA in Film and Television from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and three children.

Rob Fassino

Rob Fassino

Chief Product Officer

Rob Fassino is a cofounder of XO Group, and rejoined the company in June 2012 as Chief Product Officer. Before that, he was a systems and operations consultant to the iCC division of Group Commerce from May 2012 to June 2012. Prior to that, Fassino was Vice President/General Manager of Interactive at United Media from April 2007 to January 2011. Fassino previously served at XO Group as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1996 to 1998 and in 2005, and as Vice President of Business Integration from 1999 to 2004. Before cofounding XO Group in 1996, Fassino was a Broadcast Producer, Information Architect, and Co-Founder/Director of the Interactive Division at the Margeotes Fertitta + Partners advertising agency. Fassino received a BFA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Nic Di Iorio

Chief Technology Officer

Nic Di Iorio has been our Chief Technology Officer since February 2010. He previously served in the same position since February 2008, under the title of Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Technology Group. Before joining XO Group, he was oncofounder and CEO of City24/7 LLC from October 2006 to January 2008, where he remains a member of the Advisory Board. Di Iorio was also a Principal at MarCom ASP Limited, a consulting company, from July 2006 to January 2008. Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer of the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), after serving as Chief Information Officer of the McCann WorldGroup (a wholly-owned subsidiary of IPG), among other roles at the company.

Prior to joining McCann, Di Iorio spent four years at Young & Rubicam as Vice President, Director of Global Network Services, where he was responsible for the worldwide strategy and implementation of its IT infrastructure. He also spent 10 years in Research and Development organizations at GTE and AT&T Bell Laboratories working on new technologies in the area of distributed systems, data networking, security, and telecommunications.

Di Iorio received a BS from City College of New York, earned an MS from Polytechnic University and has been published in both trade and academic publications.

Gillian Munson

Chief Financial Officer

Munson joined XO Group in November 2013 from Allen & Company LLC, where she was Managing Director leading the firm’s principal investing and outreach activities with early stage technology-oriented companies. Munson was also a Vice President, Business Development at Symbol Technologies from March 2003 through July 2007, aiding in the company’s multi-billion dollar turnaround, M&A processes, strategy, and eventual sale and integration with Motorola. Prior to joining Symbol Technologies, Munson was an Executive Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Morgan Stanley, where she covered the mobile, storage and personal computing sectors. Munson began her career as a Research Associate at Hambrecht & Quist.

Kristin Savilia

Kristin Savilia

Executive Vice President, Local Enterprise

Kristin Savilia is our Executive Vice President of Local Enterprise, and joined XO Group in July 2005. From September 1999 to June 2005, Savilia was Executive Director of Bridal and Gift Registry at Linens ’n Things, Inc. Prior to that, she was a Regional Bridal Director and a buyer for Macy’s beginning in 1991. Savilia received a BA in History from Dartmouth College.

Jennifer Garrett

Executive Vice President, National Enterprise Group

Jennifer Garrett joined XO Group in February 2014 from Viacom Inc., where she spent twelve years in senior sales roles at Nickelodeon and MTV Networks International. Most recently, she was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Nickelodeon Group of Viacom Media Networks, where she led a convergent team responsible for driving a substantial amount of TV and online advertising revenue. At Nickelodeon, she developed distinctive multi-platform marketing solutions across on-air, online, mobile, recreation, and consumer products to drive business. Previously, she was instrumental in building the global advertising business for MTV Networks International, where she contributed a significant portion of the group’s revenue by delivering TV and digital media dollars to MTV, Nickelodeon International and Neopets. Earlier in her career, Garrett was a lawyer at the firm now known as Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Katharine Wu Brady

Katherine Wu Brady

Executive Vice President, E-Commerce and Registry

Katherine Brady joined XO Group in March 2014 from Vente-privee USA, where she most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and sales doubled in 2013 under her management. She helped launch Vente-privee USA in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and oversaw sales operations, human resources, product development and a variety of strategic cross-functional initiatives. Previously, Brady held senior-level positions at AOL, in strategy and operations, and at NBC Universal, where she was part of the Hulu launch team and helped to transform the company’s Local Media digital business into a profitable and dynamic organization. Brady started her career in Technology and Health Care investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Brady is a graduate of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, earning bachelor’s degrees in Finance from The Wharton School and in Systems Engineering from The School of Engineering and Applied Science. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Dhanusha Sivajee

Executive Vice President, Marketing

Dhanusha Sivajee joined XO Group in August 2014 from AOL, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer for the AOL Brand Group and was responsible for driving audience growth across AOL's portfolio of digital brands. Previously, Sivajee worked for Bloomberg as VP of Global Marketing for Bloomberg Mobile, where she was part of the executive team that launched a suite of Bloomberg Mobile products, including the award-winning Bloomberg Businessweek & Bloomberg TV iPad apps. Sivajee also spent seven years at HBO in several leadership roles, where she created signature cross-platform marketing campaigns that drove cross-screen consumer engagement and developed the go-to-market strategy for the broadband video product, HBO GO.