Jonathan Ellenthal is a Partner and President of TEDMED, LLC. As the exclusive licensee of the globally recognized TED brand for the field of health and medicine, TEDMED focuses entirely on innovation and breakthrough thinking in service of a healthier future.
TEDMED holds its flagship event once a year at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 3-½ day program features brilliant short talks, stunning artistic performances and informal social experiences. Everything is designed to challenge our view of the world and reveal the power of unexpected connections to create important new possibilities.
Jonathan is also the Chief Executive Officer of Walker Digital, responsible for the P&L of all business operations, research and development, and IP portfolio licensing. He serves as Director for many of Walker Digital’s subsidiaries and collaborates with Jay Walker on all new business designs and the strategic direction of the firm.
Walker Digital’s mission is to use the tools of the digital age to create business systems that unlock extraordinary value for consumers and businesses. Since its founding in the early 1990s, Walker Digital has focused on a world defined by universal computing, unlimited bandwidth and continuous network access, asking “how can we reinvent businesses given that reality?
Jonathan has 25 years experience building and leading early stage companies with transformational business concepts to positions of industry leadership and large-scale customer bases. He understands the game-changing potential of innovation but also knows how fragile innovation can be without a high-quality execution to create value.
Prior to joining Walker Digital, Jonathan was the CEO of Synapse Group, Inc., a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Warner responsible for more than 30 million customers. In 10 years, Synapse grew from an idea with seed capital to an industry leader with an exit valuation of $700 million. Jonathan served in a variety of senior leadership roles at Synapse before becoming CEO.
Jonathan is a member of the Board of Directors of Affinion Group, Inc., a customer engagement and loyalty company with more than 70 million customers worldwide. He is a trustee of the Wilton Family Y and a board member of the Fairchester Chapter of YPO.
Jonathan holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He lives in Wilton, CT with his wife Suzanne and their two sons.