Alvin Bowles, CEO for Grab Media, Inc. – one of the fastest growing US based digital media
companies, is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations as well as spearheading
strategy development and managing the firm’s growth. This venture-backed business is focused
on digital video syndication, a high growth sector within the online media space. Bowles has
led sales and multimedia strategy and execution for leading media brands BET/Viacom, Time
Warner, AOL Networks and Sony Music. Based in New York with an additional office outside of
Washington DC, he reports directly to the board.
Bowles joined Grab from BET Networks, where as senior vice president – brand solutions,
he led customized sales and strategy efforts, including product integration, branded
entertainment, original digital content, event execution and experiential marketing. He created
a number of television and online properties on behalf of advertisers.
Before joining BET Networks, Bowles worked at AOL as vice president and publisher of AOL
Black Voices as a key member of the strategy sales team 2006-2007. In this role he oversaw
sales and sales development for AOL Black Voices as the brand experienced tremendous growth
during this period.
From 2004-2006, Bowles worked at Time Warner as the vice president of the global media
group developing cross-functional sales and marketing platforms for various divisions across
Time Warner’s portfolio, including Turner, HBO and various Time Inc publications. Before that,
he served as Sony Music’s director of business development and created strategic traditional
and digital partnerships with brands on behalf of the label group. He began his career at JP
Morgan where he spent three years as a corporate financial analyst, eventually moving into
Bowles earned his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business, where he was
the chair of the annual HBS Alumni Conference. He received his undergraduate degree in
Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He serves on the Board
of Directors for a number of civic-minded and media ventures and is an active alumnus for both
Michigan and Harvard.
Alvin Bowles resides in New Rochelle, NY with his wife and two daughters.