Thai Randolph is an award-winning marketing, business development & operations leader who has spent her career at the intersection of content, consumers and commerce. Randolph has a proven track-record of developing brands, audience and revenue for some of the biggest names in advertising, technology and entertainment – including WPP, Publicis, Sony, Facebook, and Kevin Hart. In 2018, Randolph was named to AdAge’s 40 Under 40 list and Cynopsis’ It List. Last year, Randolph was named one of Multichannel News’ Wonder Women in Streaming “Women to Watch.”
As the CEO of HartBeat, Randolph manages day to day business strategy, operations, and P&L Management for Kevin Hart’s comedy brand and multi-platform network. Previously, in her role as SVP, Marketing & Monetization for Laugh Out Loud, Randolph oversaw audience development, brand strategy and ad sales for the network – working with advertisers such as Lyft and P&G on brand-supported content series including Kevin Hart: Lyft legend and Cold As Balls – which collectively reached more than 225MM views, multiple Streamy and Cynopsis Model D nominations and a Streamy win for Lyft Legend as best Branded Content Series.
Prior to joining Laugh Out Loud, Randolph was a member of Facebook’s Global Marketing Solution’s team. In this role, she managed strategic partnerships and digital transformation initiatives with some of the most innovative marketing and technology agencies in the US.
Randolph served as CMO & SVP, Marketing for Sony DADC New Media Solution’s GENERATOR business unit. Randolph was named one of Black Enterprise’s Leading Women in Advertising and Marketing in 2016 for her work transforming Sony Music’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) digital group from an internal cost center to an independent digital marketing and ecommerce service provider. Her efforts attracted 3rd party media and entertainment clients such as AMC Networks, A+E Networks and Universal Music Group.
A seasoned agency executive, Randolph’s experience includes digital leadership roles with WPP (VML) and Publicis (Moxie Interactive) agencies, where she’s provided new media strategy and consultation to world-class brands including Verizon Wireless, Dell, Saks Fifth Avenue, Colgate-Palmolive and Revlon.
She holds B.A. in Communications with a minor in Performing Arts at American University and is co-founder of I2AM, a nonprofit she founded with her brother dedicated to increasing educational and cultural access at-risk youth. Randolph is frequently invited to speak as an industry thought leader at high profile events such as Digiday’s Content Marketing Summit, Future of Television Conference, The Wrap’s TheGrill, Variety’s “Tune In” Summit, Variety’s Inclusion Summit, Adobe’s Digital Marketing Conference, YouTube’s Publisher Summit, Digital Hollywood IT Summit, Streaming Media West & BAA’s first-ever Millennial Panel.