Charles Wilson is a serial entrepreneur. Most recently Senior Vice President of Business Development and Monetization for Mobile Content Networks, Charles lead the company’s monetization and advertising strategy globally, as well as spearheading business development in the Americas.
Prior to MCN, Charles most recently led New Business Development and M&A for Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY), where he spearheaded the corporation’s efforts in new and emerging businesses and markets. He led Avery’s entry into online direct-to-consumer services from launch to 50% month over month growth. Charles also conceived of and developed the company’s mobile platform, structuring and launching the company’s first joint venture with Motorola, launching the product/services offering globally through both retail and online channels and achieving distribution in 45 countries in its launch year. His efforts at Avery were featured on the cover of the company’s 2006 Annual Report.
Earlier in his career, Charles was a senior executive at several successful Silicon Valley startups in the online services and media space, leading marketing and raising venture funding, including Pivia, sold to F5, and Classroom Connect, now a part of Reed Elsevier. He helped create Allaire (IPO ’99) and named and positioned its hugely successful flagship product, Cold Fusion. He also conceived of and co-founded Edview, an Internet company which was acquired by Apple.
Charles has been widely quoted in publications, including The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek, and has been profiled in the media several times. He is a frequent public speaker and has served on the board of The Loft, North America’s largest non-profit literary center. He currently sits on the advisory boards of several prominent startups in Silicon Valley.
Charles holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from Carleton College, attended graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill, and has completed studies at the University of Chicago.
In his spare time Charles enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.