Walter Levitt is one of North America’s most accomplished marketing and media executives. As a senior leader with companies in Canada and the US, he has a successful history of transforming mature businesses and growing startups. Walter is known as an innovator who drives change, champions bold approaches, and leads digital transformation.
Walter recently accepted a new role as Chief Executive Officer of Ramah Darom, a non profit based in Atlanta.
Previously, Walter spent six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Comedy Central in NYC from. He led multiple successful new initiatives including a strategic repositioning of the brand, boldly accelerating Comedy Central's transition into the digital world; the introduction of numerous high profile multiplatform hits including Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; and the launch of the widely acclaimed Comedy Central App. He also oversaw the marketing of Comedy’s Central’s highest-rated specials of all time, The Roast of Charlie Sheen and The Roast of Justin Bieber. Walter and his team negotiated key partnerships with Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and others. Under his leadership, Comedy Central was widely acknowledged for its innovative multiplatform approach to branding and marketing.
Walter is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, has won numerous awards for marketing excellence, and has been profiled in prominent business and marketing publications - including the books "CMOs at Work" and "The TV Brand Builders". He was featured in Variety's first ever Marketing Impact Report, named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top Thought Leaders”, elected as an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Marketing Association, and was listed at #12 on ExecRank’s inaugural ranking of the top private company CMOs in America. Walter currently serves on the Board of the Banff World Media Festival, the Board of JFL42, and is a past Board Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association. He is also well known for his active involvement in social media including his popular Twitter feed @MediaMktgGuy and his blog Dispatches from the Exit Row.
Prior to Comedy Central, Walter was Chief Marketing Officer at Canwest Broadcasting in Canada where he oversaw a portfolio of over twenty tv and digital brands including broadcast network Global Television, Food Network, History Television, National Geographic, and Showcase. Prior to Canwest, he was Senior Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services at Alliance Atlantis and also worked in key marketing and sales roles at the CTV Television Network and at CJEZ-FM in Toronto. A Montreal native, Walter began his career as an on-air producer at radio station CKGM.
Walter splits his time between Atlanta and Toronto.
A dynamic and passionate bilingual business leader, Muriel Solomon has always shown a unique ability to creatively deliver sustained, industry leading growth by combining sophisticated analytical skills and innovative marketing execution. She has extensive leadership experience in marketing and general management spanning the entertainment, lifestyle, CPG, sport and food industries.
Most recently, Muriel was CMO of Tennis Canada, where she helped drive incremental revenue, stakeholder engagement and historical attendance levels for Rogers Cup and Davis Cup.
Muriel built a deep marketing foundation at a Tier 1 packaged goods company, then held senior leadership roles at Canada’s top media companies (Alliance Atlantis, CanWest, Shaw) where she led the launch of some of the country’s top TV brands and shows. In her last role at Shaw, she oversaw a team of 70 across 19 specialty channels, and her scope of responsibility included the leadership of Shaw’s unique in-house advertising agency.
Recognized as a strategic thinker with a unique ability to turn data insights into successful growth strategies, Muriel has a track record of driving business transformation, operational efficiencies and financial growth, in highly disrupted markets.
Named one of Canada’s top marketers by Strategy Magazine, Muriel spearheaded award winning branding, marketing and publicity campaigns which repeatedly resulted in record breaking audiences across Specialty TV. With a talent for creating and reengineering brands and businesses to drive bottom line growth, Muriel built the country’s most popular and profitable roster of specialty channels, including Food Network, History, Showcase, HGTV.
Having honed her general managements skills through senior roles at CanWest and Shaw, and driven by her passion for food, Muriel then joined King Street Food Company (one of Canada’s premier group of restaurants and owners of Buca and Jacobs) as acting COO and head of Marcom where she helped raise capital, scale the operation and launched Buca Yorkville and the first North American outposts of Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian.
Praised for her commitment to building and nurturing talent, Muriel’s leadership was recognized with a Leadership Excellence Award for Mentorship from Canadian Women in Communications. Muriel was also selected for the prestigious Judy Project, an exclusive Executive Leadership program from Rotman School of Management and included in the 2017 book “Your Turn: Powerful thoughts from today’s women to the next”.
Born and raised in Paris, France, Muriel moved to Canada after graduating from business school. Driven by her curiosity and sense of adventure, Muriel leads a dynamic lifestyle balancing family activities, not for profit work for The Stop (an organization that fights hunger in Toronto), current board activity with Tourism Toronto and previously Women in Film and Television, multiple hobbies and athletic activities. Muriel Solomon is also known to be an adventurous world traveler, whether taking her family kite boarding in Thailand, seeing Orang Utans in Borneo or working in an orphanage in Tanzania.