Bill Werde Editorial director, Billboard

As Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde leads the editorial strategy and vision for the brand, which includes the weekly publication, websites (Billboard.com and Billboard.biz) and other digital content offerings, as well as industry-leading conferences and events. Werde joined Billboard in July 2005 as senior news editor and has steadily climbed the ranks of the organization, having been promoted to deputy editor and later executive editor of the brand. Prior to Billboard, Werde was the associate editor for Rolling Stone. Before that he worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice and Wired magazine on matters of culture, politics and technology.