Jonathan Miller (businessman)

Jonathan F. Miller (born 1957)[1] was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp until 2012 and was the chairman and CEO of America Online from 2002 to 2006.[2][3]

Jonathan F. Miller
Born1957 (age 63–64)
OccupationMedia executive
Spouse(s)Myriam Barenbaum
Parent(s)Jean Baker Miller
S. M. Miller
FamilyEdward D. Miller (brother)

Early life and educationEdit

Miller is the son of Jean Baker Miller and S. M. Miller.[4] His father was an emeritus professor of sociology at Boston University; his mother was a psychiatrist and author.[4][5] He has one brother, Dr. Edward D. Miller.[4]


From 1987 to 1993, Miller was vice president of programming and NBA Entertainment for the National Basketball Association.[6] From 1993 to 1997, he was Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, (a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks). In 1997 he joined USA Networks as manager of its local television stations.[7] From 2000 to 2002, Miller ran the Internet operations of Barry Diller's USA Networks, (now IACI and Expedia).[8]

In August 2002, when he was brought into AOL by Richard D. Parsons, he was relatively unknown.[9] Miller pursued a strategy of cutting costs and focusing on improving ad revenues over AOL's then-dominant subscription business.[10] In 2004, Miller oversaw the $435 million acquisition of[11] In 2006, he presided over layoffs of 5,000 people at AOL.[12] He bought Weblogs, Inc., and brought Jason Calacanis to AOL, and later invested in[13] In November 2006, he was replaced by Randy Falco. Miller led the company's change from a subscription-based model to an advertising-supported model.[10][14][15][16]

After his departure from AOL, Time Warner invoked a non-compete clause to prevent him serving on the Yahoo board of directors.[17][18] In 2008, he was looking for funding for a takeover of Yahoo, but was unsuccessful.[19]

In March 2009 Miller joined News Corp as Chief Digital Officer[20] to "oversee the broad strategic digital initiatives."[21] Miller was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp, including Fox Interactive Media and Hulu,[22][23] until his departure in August 2012.[24]


As of 2009, Miller was on the Board of Directors of Clickable, Idearc Media, Mahalo, Kosmix, YP Holdings, LLC and Hanley Wood, LLC. He was an advisor to General Atlantic LLC.[1] In 2012, he served on the boards of TripAdvisor and Shutterstock.[20]


Miller received the first Pioneer Prize in 2006, for his contributions to the field of interactive television at the International Interactive Emmy Awards at Mip TV in Cannes.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Miller is married to Myriam Barenbaum. They have a son, Jake.[26]


  1. ^ a b "Jonathan F. Miller". Forbes Magazine online. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Sue Chan. "AOL Gets A New Helmsman". CBS News. August 6, 2002. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  4. ^ a b c New York Times: "Jean Baker Miller, 78, Psychiatrist, Is Dead" By Jeremy Pearce August 8, 2006
  5. ^ Jewish Women's Archives: "Psychology in the United States" by Rhoda K. Unger retrieved March 26, 2017
  6. ^ "Global Conference 2006 - Speaker: Jonathan Miller".
  7. ^ Hansell, Saul (2002-08-06). "TECHNOLOGY; Executive Of Net and TV Is Named Chief Of AOL Unit". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ Shannon Henry (August 7, 2002). "At AOL, New Boss Largely Unknown; 'Who's Jon Miller?' Employees Ask At Dulles Offices". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ a b STEPHANIE N. MEHTA (November 14, 2005). "AOL: The Relaunch". FORTUNE Magazine.
  11. ^ Oser, Kris (2004-06-24). "AOL Acquires for $435 Million". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. ^ Sara Kehaulani Goo (August 4, 2006). "AOL Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs, Some in Virginia". Washington Post.
  13. ^ Nicholas Carlson (July 1, 2008). "Jason Calacanis says ex-AOL CEO Jon Miller is the man for you, Yahoos". gawker.
  14. ^ Frank Ahrens (November 16, 2006). "NBC Veteran To Replace AOL Chief In Shake-Up Miller Out After 4 Years, Switch to Ad-Driven Model". Washington Post.
  15. ^ Staci D. Kramer (15 Nov 2006). "It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL".
  16. ^ "About Jon Miller". Calacanis weblog. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  17. ^ PETER LAURIA and ZACHERY KOUWE (August 2, 2008). "NOT MILLER TIME: TW WON'T LET YANG BRING EX-AOL CEO TO YAHOO!". The New York Post.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  18. ^ Peter Kafka (August 1, 2008). "Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal". Silicon Alley Insider.
  19. ^ Christine Seib (December 3, 2008). "Former AOL boss Jonathan Miller seeks funds for Yahoo! deal". The Times.
  20. ^ a b Swisher, Kara (2012-08-23). "Exclusive: Digital Chief Jon Miller Leaving News Corp". All Things D. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  21. ^ Li, Ken (2009-03-28). "Jonathan Miller to join News Corp". Financial Times. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  22. ^ Michael Arrington (March 27, 2009). "Breaking: Former AOL Chief Jonathan Miller To Become News Corp.'s CEO Digital Media". techcrunch.
  23. ^ Jeff Clabaugh (April 1, 2009). "Former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller heads to MySpace". Washington Business Journal.
  24. ^ "News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller to Leave Post". News Corporation. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  25. ^ Whitemann, Bobbie (March 28, 2006). "Pioneer plaudit for AOL's Miller.(Jonathan F. Miller of America Online Inc. awarded)". Daily Variety. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  26. ^ Tarrytown Sun: "Check Mate: SH Teen Wins Big - High school junior Jake Miller is a nationally ranked chess player by Sarah Studley] May 24, 2010
Preceded by
Robert W. Pittman
Succeeded by
Randy Falco