Meet The Team

A united front to build a new kind of media company

Etienne Uzac

Co-Founder, Chairman
Etienne Uzac

Etienne Uzac is the co-founder and Chairman of IBT Media, a New York based digital media company. Etienne started the company in 2006 with Johnathan Davis after completing his Bachelor's degree at the London School of Economics.

Etienne grew up in France and South Africa and while studying for college in London, he saw an opportunity to enhance the business media offering to emerging and fast-growing countries. He thus started working on the launch of International Business Times (ibt.com), a digital media property with now over 40M monthly unique visitors.

Building on the success of IBTimes, Etienne and Johnathan spearheaded the launch of new consumer media brands. They also acquired the renowned Newsweek brand and are still working on its transformation for the digital age.

Dev Pragad

CEO, Newsweek and IBT Media
Dev Pragad

Dev Pragad is the CEO of Newsweek and IBT Media. Having spent many years in London as MD of IBT Media EMEA, Mr. Pragad was promoted to the role of CEO in 2016, following his success in this UK-based role, which saw him drive the expansion of the IBT Media UK and Newsweek EMEA titles in particular.

Mr. Pragad holds a PhD in Mobile Internet from King’s College London. He is passionate about the digital media space and the fast-changing ways in which societies consume and share information in the online age.

Johnathan Davis

Co-Founder, Chief Content Officer
Johnathan Davis

Johnathan Davis is Chief Content Officer of The International Business Times Inc. He is responsible for digital content strategy across the company's global network, and the deployment and delivery across new and existing platforms. Davis co-founded the company with current Publisher and Chief Executive Etienne Uzac.

Davis previously served as the company's first Executive Editor, establishing global reporting and ethical standards, as well as developing editorial operations across the world. With this framework, IBTimes has grown to serve the needs of over 50 million monthly readers on every continent.

Before IBTimes, Davis worked as an engineer at several semiconductor companies, including Nvidia and S3. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alvaro Palacios

Chief Operating Officer
Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios is the Chief Operating Officer of IBT Media with a strong background in strategy, business development, finance, sales, and marketing. He has a proven ability to improve global operations, impact business growth, and maximize stakeholder value.

Alvaro joined IBT Media from Televisa Publishing + Digital where he served as Head of US Operation. He previously held operations, finance and business development positions at companies including DLA, Inc, PRISA, Terra Networks USA and Latin America, Telefonica B2B and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Alvaro is a graduate of Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay and holds an MBA in finance from Universidad ORT Uruguay.

Michael Lukac

Chief Technology Officer
Michael Lukac

Michael Lukac is the Chief Technology Officer at International Business Times. He oversees the global IT strategy, design and deployment of all business units.

Prior to his current role in New York, he was based in London and worked as the IT Director at IBTimes UK. Lukac held various IT titles prior to joining the organization, including the University Hospital Ruzinov in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Lukac received his masters in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from FEI Technical University at Kosice, Slovakia.