Brian McAndrews leads the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions (APS) Group at Microsoft Corp., reporting to Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division. The APS team is responsible for building and marketing all ad platforms, including Atlas, DRIVEpm, MSNDR, Microsoft® AdCenter and PubCenter, along with emerging media including Atlas On Demand, Massive Inc. and ScreenTonic.
McAndrews ran aQuantive Inc., one the fastest-growing global digital marketing companies in the world, before its acquisition by Microsoft in August 2007. He served as aQuantives chief executive officer since September 1999. The company included three distinct business units: Avenue A | Razorfish, one of the worlds largest interactive advertising firms (with agencies in Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.); Atlas and DRIVEpm.
aQuantive reached many milestones under McAndrews direction, including its initial public offering in 2000, the launch of the Atlas advertising technology division in 2001 and the launch of DRIVEpm in 2004. McAndrews also guided the company in 13 acquisitions, including Razorfish in 2004 and numerous international acquisitions, giving the company a global presence in six countries.
From July 1990 to September 1999 McAndrews worked for ABC Inc., a broadcasting and communications company, holding executive positions at ABC Sports, ABC Entertainment and ABC Television Network and eventually becoming executive vice president and general manager for ABC Sports. From 1984 to 1989 he served as a product manager for General Mills Inc., a leading consumer products manufacturer.
McAndrews serves on the board of directors for Fisher Communications Inc., a media company based in Seattle; for WhitePages.com Inc.; and for the Seattle-Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He earned a bachelor of arts (A.B.) in economics from Harvard University, and graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.