Orchid Richardson serves as the newly appointed Vice President & Managing Director of the IAB Data Center of Excellence. She is charged with driving the Center’s mission to define boundaries, reduce friction, and increase value along the data supply chain, for consumers, marketers, and the ecosystem that supports them.
Before joining the IAB Data Center, Orchid was General Manager of Publisher & Media Solutions for 33Across, Inc. where she was responsible for leading the global business strategy & development for both the company’s growth and the growth of their publisher partners. Her successes include leading the development and integration of the 33Across Real Platform with over 250 demand partner, developing a product suite that was the catalyst for the company’s pivot into programmatic and launching the Real Platform in 12 countries located in EMEA, LATAM and North America.
Orchid also served as Head of Digital Operations for Hearst Magazines Digital Media. There, she was responsible for architecting the Hearst Audience Exchange that represented the consolidation of Hearst’s audience data for multiple Hearst corporate units including Magazines, Newspaper, Entertainment, and Broadcast on to one platform for strategic company-wide initiatives.
Before Hearst, Orchid was Senior Director of Advertising Operations & Strategy for BET Networks within the Digital Group. Orchid has also served in management roles at other leading digital companies including Everyday Health, Singer Direct (an Omnicom Media Group Company) and Multimedia Solutions.
Orchid is actively involved in the advertising community, having held leadership roles in key industry trade organizations. Additionally, she is an active of member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., (previously serving as Chapter Vice President), the Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated (serving as the 2016 Gala Co-Chair, 2018 Gala Chair and currently serving as the Corresponding Secretary and Technology Chair) and the Westchester Chapter of Jack & Jill of America. Orchid also serves as a board member and fundraising chair of the Ujamaa Community Development Corporation which has built over $100 million in affordable housing in Westchester County, New York.
She is an alumna of Spelman College and New York University’s Stern School of Business where she holds a degree in Business Administration & International Business.
A citizen of the world having visited over 35 countries, Orchid is based in New York where she lives with her husband, Eugene Uzamere, Esq. and their children, Owen, Addison, Ivie, Eki, and Nosa.