Chris Sumner

Chris Sumner

SVP, Business Development & Strategy at Refinery29, Inc.
Los Angeles, United States

About me

I am Head of Business Development & Strategy at Refinery29. My role is to work with the team to drive Refinery29’s strategy as it pertains to new business opportunities, and then secure and close the right deals to help Refinery29 realize those opportunities, furthering the company’s mission to help women to see, feel, and claim their power.


SVP, Business Development & Strategy
New York, United States
July 2018 - Present (5 years 9 months)
Head up business development & strategy at Refinery29, the leading digital media & entertainment company dedicated to helping women feel, see, and claim their power.
Senior Vice President, Business Development & Operations @ Greenlight
Live Nation Entertainment
United States
March 2017 - July 2018 (1 year 4 months)

Greenlight is an award-winning creative agency & industry-leading production studio responsible for the likes of the Lady Gaga x Intel x Grammys platform, Huddle Up with Cam Newton & Under Armour, and the Spotify original series Music Happens Here. We build creative platforms that transform culture..
Greenlight is a Live Nation Company born out of Red Light Management
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Live Nation Entertainment
United States
March 2016 - March 2017 (1 year)
Responsible for building Live Nation's media & content business across Live Nation Originals, Live Nation Studios, and Live Nation Productions.

Report to Chief Strategy Officer at Live Nation.
General Manager, Live Nation TV
Live Nation Entertainment
United States
March 2016 - October 2016 (7 months)
Oversaw Live Nation's joint venture with Vice Media to produce best-in-class digital music content for live music fans.
Senior Director, Corporate and Business Development
Sony Music Entertainment
United States
May 2014 - April 2016 (1 year 11 months)
Responsible for evaluating new investment & acquisition opportunities for Sony Music Entertainment and forging partnerships to help improve business outcomes for Sony Music and its artists.

Led Sony Music's acquisition of The Orchard in 2015, and helped to found Sony Music Originals (now Rumble Yard) alongside Lee Stimmel.
Interim COO
Astronauts Wanted
United States
April 2015 - July 2015 (3 months)
Took over as Chief Operating Officer / Business Lead for Astronauts Wanted while the permanent COO was on maternity leave.
Summer Associate
The Chernin Group
United States
June 2013 - December 2013 (6 months)
Performed Hulu Due Diligence; strategic initiatives for Fullscreen, Base79 and Mitu Networks; evaluation of new venture investment opportunities

Senior Director, Digital Business Development
Emi Music
United States
2009 - 2012 (3 years)
EMI Global Digital Business Development. Responsible for sourcing, negotiating, analyzing and obtaining internal exec approval for new digital distribution opportunities for EMI content throughout the Americas; together with developing EMI's digital strategy with respect to new business models.
Associated Northcliffe Digital
Associated Northcliffe Digital
United Kingdom
March 2009 - September 2009 (6 months)
Provided strategic analysis and advice to portfolio companies within the digital arm of the Daily Mail General Trust, including:
- Pricing model for Property Classified business (
- Branding for Motors Classified business (
- Expansion of job posting aggregation (Broadbean)
Business Analyst
McKinsey & Company
United Kingdom
2007 - 2009 (2 years)
Strategic adviser to major multinational corporations and governmental institutions. Provided in-depth analysis and advice to senior clients, including:
- Global strategy for incoming CEO of major pharmaco
- M&A opportunity for CEO of major UK Tour Operator
- Joint growth initiative between major FMCG and supermarket retailer
- Addressing health challenges in Tanzania with the goal of meeting the country's MDGs for Health
- Published McKinsey knowledge papers on pharmacy management systems


Master of Business Administration (MBA) GradeBaker Scholar (top 5%)

2012 - 2014 (2 years)
Activities: President of HBS Rugby Football Club; InSITE Fellow

Master's Degree PPE

2003 - 2006 (3 years)
Activities: President of EXVAC; President of PPE Club; President of Ski & Snowboard Club

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