Dan is Chief Executive Officer of Rewards Network, a leading provider of financial and marketing services to restaurants, and serves on its Board of Directors. As CEO, Dan is responsible for setting the company's strategy and leading day-to-day operations. Rewards Network powers the leading dining rewards programs in North America, in partnership with major airline frequent flyer
Dan is Chief Executive Officer of Rewards Network, a leading provider of financial and marketing services to restaurants, and serves on its Board of Directors. As CEO, Dan is responsible for setting the company's strategy and leading day-to-day operations. Rewards Network powers the leading dining rewards programs in North America, in partnership with major airline frequent flyer programs, several of the nation's largest bank card issuers, numerous key players in the loyalty marketing industry, and dozens of national corporations.
Dan previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Media Services (TMS), a global leader in providing entertainment-related metadata (television listings and schedules, movie show times, online video information) to many of the world’s leading media, technology and digital companies.
Dan also previously served as Tribune Company’s Senior Vice President, Investments, where he was responsible for leading the company’s acquisition, disposition and strategic investment activity.
Dan has served on the following boards of directors:
• CareerBuilder - online recruitment
• Classified Ventures - digital solutions in the auto and apartment categories
• Nimble TV – TV Everywhere technology and services
• Homefinder – digital marketing solutions company in the real estate sector
• Perfect Market – digital solutions for driving traffic, engagement and revenue
• Journatic – community news and information
• Topix – local news and information communities on the web
* Legacy.com - online obituaries
Dan currently serves on the Advisory Board of Boxfish and Luminari Capital.
Specialties: Executive management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, strategic investments, venture capital, partnerships, joint ventures, finance, corporate and securities law, media, digital media, digital marketing, data, database services, broadcasting, entertainment, publishing
Chief Executive Officer @ Responsible for setting the company's overall strategy and leading day-to-day operations. From October 2014 to Present (1 year 3 months) Greater Chicago AreaSenior Vice President, Investments | VP & Director, Corporate Development @ Senior Vice President, Investments 2009 to Present
Vice President, Corporate Development 2005 – 2009
Director, Corporate Development 2003 – 2005
Led acquisition, disposition, and strategic investment activities and managed joint ventures and strategic partnerships, such as The Food Network, CareerBuilder, and Classified Ventures. Represented Tribune on seven Boards of Directors of established and emerging digital media, technology, and marketing services companies. Reported to EVP, Chief Business Strategy and Operations Officer; previously to CEO. From 2003 to 2014 (11 years) Chief Executive Officer @ Overall management and P&L responsibility for this 500-employee global leader in entertainment-related metadata (television listings/schedules, movie showtimes, online video information). Customers include large entertainment and technology companies such as Time Warner Cable, DirectTV, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and TiVo. From 2011 to 2013 (2 years) Senior Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions | Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions @ Senior Counsel/Mergers & Acquisitions 2000 – 2003
Counsel/Mergers & Acquisitions 1998 – 2000
Managed the legal and procedural aspects of the company’s acquisitions, dispositions, and investments. Advised the company on a variety of legal topics, including securities law, antitrust, employee relations, takeover defense, and intellectual property. Reported to SVP and General Counsel. From 1998 to 2003 (5 years) Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary | Counsel and Assistant Secretary @ Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary 1997 – 1998
Counsel and Assistant Secretary 1996 – 1997
Managed the legal and administrative aspects of the company’s transition from a privately-held to a public company. Helped lead the company’s mergers and acquisitions activities. Reported to EVP and General Counsel. From 1996 to 1998 (2 years) Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities @ From September 1993 to July 1996 (2 years 11 months)
JD, Law @ University of Chicago Law School From 1990 to 1993 BS, Finance @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign From 1986 to 1990 Dan Kazan is skilled in: Strategy, Joint Ventures, Mergers, Start-ups, Executive Management, Asset Dispositions, Strategic invesments, Partnerships, Finance, Corporate and Securities Law, Media, Digital Media, Digital Marketing, Database Services, Broadcasting, Media & Entertainment, Publishing