Kevin P. Ryan ’85 B.A.
New York, New York
Kevin P. Ryan is the cofounder and chairman of GILT, an innovative e-commerce company with business lines in men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and accessories, as well as home decor and local services. An economics major at Yale, Mr. Ryan started his career in investment banking with Prudential Investment Corporation in New York and London. After earning an M.B.A. from INSEAD and working at Euro Disney, he returned to the United States to serve as senior vice president of business and finance at United Media, an editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service. From 1996 to 2005 he was the first president and then CEO of DoubleClick, the Internet advertising company that grew from fifteen employees to a publicly traded international leader with 1,500 employees by 2005; it was sold to Google in 2007. Mr. Ryan cofounded and serves as chairman of the online publisher Business Insider; 10gen, an open-source database; and Zola, an Internet wedding registry company. He serves on the board of Human Rights Watch and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. At Yale, he is a member of the Investments Committee, and he served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Digital Yale and the University Council Committee on Reputation. Mr. Ryan was elected Alumni Fellow in 2012.