CEO and President | Andrews McMeel Universal | Kansas City, MO
Andy Sareyan is President and CEO of Andrews McMeel Universal, the world's largest content syndicate, a leading publisher and producer of pop culture content, and an agency for some of the most extraordinary and vibrant creative talents working today.
Sareyan is one of the country’s most experienced media executives and has an extensive background in building and leading national brands. Prior to joining Andrews McMeel Universal, he was President of the National Journal Group and before that he spent five years at the Meredith Corporation where he was Chief Brand Officer and President of Consumer Brands.
Before joining Meredith Corporation, Sareyan spent 18 years at Time Inc. where he held a number of leadership positions. He served as President of Entertainment Weekly, President of The Parenting Group, founding Publisher of Real Simple, and Vice President, Associate Publisher at InStyle.
Commitment to Water.org
"Like so many others, I’ve long felt a deep calling to give back and serve in the nonprofit sector, yet also been confronted with the realities of an overflowing schedule. To bridge that gap, I’ve sought out organizations: where I wholeheartedly believe in the scope and depth of the mission; where the leadership is completely dedicated, impeccably honest, and very smart; where the problems and opportunities being addressed are truly within reach; where there is a track record of sustainable success and an intelligent, yet fluid approach; where the Board is active and without ego; and where my own personal skill set and interests are in solid alignment with the needs and direction of the organization. Water.org seems to meet and exceed every one of these criteria.
With regard to the last, having spent my career in marketing and media, I am often struck at the discrepancy in funding or support that one idea or one entity receives over another, not by virtue or by logic, but through the way it is communicated to the many constituents who can contribute to its success. As I have started to learn about and understand the enormity of the issues of providing clean, safe, sustainable water supplies to millions around the world, and the very tangible opportunities to make a profound difference, it seems clear that “water” hasn’t received its fair share of attention. This hits a strong emotional chord. I am extremely hopeful that my professional experiences and life’s passions will allow me to make a meaningful contribution."
M.B.A., the Stanford Graduate School of Business 1987
B.A. in economics, Middlebury College, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1981