Dean DeBiase
Dean DeBiase

Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Dean DeBiase is an expansion phase CEO and Silicon Valley veteran with a track record scaling emerging growth companies, turning around organizations and embedding entrepreneurial-grade talent into multi-national corporation—to drive innovative growth. He has led public and private corporations through expansion, turnaround, roll-up, spin-out, M&A and IPO phases in Chairman, CEO and lead director roles.

He has been chief executive of a dozen private and public corporations and Fortune 500 subsidiaries including: Entertainment Promotions, restructure and sold to a founder group; TNS Media, a roll-up of media analytics and big-data insights companies acquired by WPP; Autoweb, which he built into the most popular digital auto brand and syndicated content/advertising network, took public and merged with Autobytel to create the largest Internet automotive marketing services company; and The Imagination Network, a social games company ranked the top entertainment destination by comScore, which he sold to AOL.

Dean is Chairman of Reboot Partners, a growth acceleration and interim management group, Boardroom Innovation, enabling the next-generation of digitally savvy corporate boards and helping multi-national executives drive impactful strategy, innovation and growth partnership programs, and Startup Partners, which helps emerging growth companies disrupt, scale and grow faster.

He is a Senior KIN Fellow and Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Kellogg School of Management, a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves in board advisor, independent director and board Chairman roles, supporting civic, non-profit, government, family, foundation, private and public companies.

Dean is a lecture, author, frequent media guest, sought after speaker and a professional member of the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation. He is the co-founder of the popular innovation crowd-sourced site, Innovation Excellence and a co-author of the best-selling book The Big Moo with Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell.


Dean DeBiase on KIN
Farmhouse's Paul Earle interviews Dean DeBiase and Sonny Garg on Leo Burnett's Podcast
BRAVEntrepreneurs: Dean Debiase at TEDxUNPlaza

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BS, Marketing, Northern Illinois University
MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management

Other Professional Experience
Keller Graduate School of Management
Excelligence Learning Corporation
CenterPost/West Corporation
Donlen/Hertz Corporation
CatchTV/Liberty Media
Akoo/RMG Networks
Managing Director, FedEx
President, Optical Networks International
President, Anixter International
CMO & Entrepreneur-in Residence, Arris/Anixter
CMO & President Network Systems, Zenith/LG
CEO, AT&T-The Imagination Network
CEO, AOL-WorldPlay Entertainment
CEO, CatchTV
Chairman & CEO, Autoweb
Chairman & CEO, Free Drive
Chairman & CEO, Fathom Online
Chairman & CEO, Entertainment Promotions
CEO, TNS Media
Security Innovation Network
Innovation Excellence
NIU Foundation
Senior Fellow, Kellog Innovation Network
Board Leadership Fellow, NACD
Chairman, Boardroom Innovation
Chairman, Startup Partners
Chairman, Innovation Excellence
Chairman and Board Member, Donor Path
Chairman and Board Member, ADMCi
Executive Chairman, AKTA
Chairman & CEO, Reboot Partners

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Book Chapters
DeBiase, Dean. 2014. "Essays: Leadership Entrepreneurial Innovation." In Innovation Alchemists.

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