Valerie Combs is the Head of Global Communications for IAC, overseeing strategic communications for IAC and helping guide its portfolio of over 150 brands and products. Prior to this role, Valerie was Senior Vice President of Communications for IAC Publishing, IAC’s collection of premium publishers, where she shaped and continues to help drive PR strategy for brands including Investopedia, Dictionary.com, The Daily Beast and About.com. Before this, she led strategic communications across IAC’s search businesses within its Search and Applications segment, which included Ask.com and top iOS developer Apalon. Valerie started her career with IAC at the Oakland-based headquarters of Ask.com as Vice President of Communications, where she helped accelerate the search brand’s evolution to a Q&A platform with 30 percent year-over-year increases in positive press coverage during her tenure. She also served as the brand’s resident consumer trend expert with her commentary appearing in dozens of national and local publications, including USA Today, Huffington Post, MSNBC and Fox Business.
Prior to joining IAC, Valerie ran communications and marketing for a variety of digital advertising start-ups, including BuzzLogic (now Twelvefold Media) and Ingenio, a venture-backed, search-based ad platform that empowered small businesses to monetize phone leads, eventually acquired by AT&T. Valerie was also responsible for launching the first-gen social networking start-up, Tribe.net, and spent years at Omnicom-owned boutique firm InterActive PR, where she led accounts for B2B tech companies and start-ups in categories like enterprise security and open source software, while also satisfying her love of writing by contributing to the SF Weekly part time. Valerie holds a B.A. in Journalism and Theater Arts from CSU Chico.