Leadership

Proven Leadership in Website Security and Advertising Technology

The Media Trust's leadership team has deep roots in malware prevention, site operations and the ad tech industry that dates back to the late 1990s, including a robust understanding of the technology needed to serve web pages as well as the ad execution chain for both online and mobile environments.

In 2005, leading online publishers asked The Media Trust's co-founders to develop a systematic way to verify whether an online ad published on the right page location to the right audience and at the right time. This led to the release of Media Verifier, which has grown to be the largest, most accurate automated line-item and life-of-campaign verification management system for online, mobile and search advertising campaigns.

In the course of scanning these ads, the Company detected anomalous activity that led to the release of services for malware prevention, data protection, mobile apps and websites as a whole. Today, these services provide the control necessary to secure, optimize and monetize websites, mobile apps and advertising campaigns.

Chris Olson

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Olson founded The Media Trust with Dave Crane in 2005. He currently serves as CEO, where he drives the company's vision, direction and growth plans. Prior to establishing The Media Trust Company, he spent four years as the chief operating officer and board member at Spheric Media. From 1998 until 2000, he was the vice president, global equities at Commerzbank; and from 1993 until 1998, he was the vice president of electronic trading at Salomon Brothers, Inc.

He currently serves on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau's Advertising Technology Council. He earned his bachelor's degree of science in finance from Georgetown University and a master's of business administration and a master's of science information systems from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Dave Crane

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Dave Crane is the co-founder of The Media Trust and currently serves as the company's chief technology officer. In this role, Crane drives the strategic vision and defines the product road map for The Media Trust's industry-leading website and ad tag monitoring and detection technology. He also oversees the Company's R&D, technical development and services, and incident response teams.

Crane is a leading expert in the detection and analysis of web-based malware and malvertising, exploit analysis, browser and mobile application security, intrusion detection and the online and mobile advertising ecosystems.

Prior to establishing The Media Trust in 2005, Crane held executive management roles at several successful internet startups and ISPs. Before that, he worked as a programmer at a number of large defense contractors, with his first job in Internet programming starting in 1994.

Alex Calic

Chief Revenue Officer

Since 2010, Alex Calic has served as The Media Trust's chief revenue officer, where he is responsible for the company's sales and revenue strategy. Prior to joining The Media Trust in 2010, he spent four years at AddThis, where he was part of the original management team and served as the vice president of network development. Prior to that, Alex helped take InPhonic through its initial public offering in 2004 as vice president of corporate development.

Alex is a member of IAB's Ad Technology Advisory Board and has written articles on ad tech, mobile, platforms and video, which have been posted on AdExchanger, AdMonsters and TechCocktail. Alex holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a B.S. from Pepperdine University.