Wade Davis is Chief Executive Officer and one of the owners of Univision Communications Inc. As the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., Univision is guided by its long-standing mission to entertain, inform and empower U.S. Hispanics with news, sports and entertainment content across broadcast and cable television, audio and digital platforms. The company’s top-rated media portfolio features the Univision and UniMás broadcast networks, 10 cable networks, 61 television stations, 58 radio stations and a robust audio and music experience footprint, and various market-leading digital properties.
Davis has served as a media industry leader for over 25 years, including founding ForgeLight in 2019 to build, acquire and operate companies in the Media and Consumer Technology sectors. His experience includes serving as a C-Suite Fortune 100 operator, board director, investment banker and entrepreneur.
Prior to founding ForgeLight, Davis served as EVP & CFO for Viacom, where he played a key role in driving a turnaround of the business. In this role, he delivered total company growth across revenue, operating income, and earnings per share. Davis achieved these results by creating several strategic operational improvements, implementing an organizational redesign, leading cost transformation initiatives, and directing the operational oversight of key growth segments. The success of this turnaround paved the way for the merger of Viacom and CBS to create ViacomCBS.
Prior to Viacom, Davis co-founded America’s Choice, Inc. where he acquired research and associated IP to build a for-profit K-12 school performance improvement solutions business. He also founded AdvancePath Academics, a technology-based provider of dropout recovery and alternative education solutions. AdvancePath was successfully sold to Graduation Alliance. Earlier in his career, Davis spent nine years in M&A investment banking with ThinkEquity, Lazard, and Wasserstein Perella and led nearly $30B in total transactions, primarily in the tech, education and media sectors.
Davis’ Board memberships include Cengage Learning, Executive Chairman of Hammerhead Navigation and the Board of Directors of Daybreak Games. Previously he was a Board Observer on the Board of Directors of Roku, the rotational Chairman of the Rhapsody/Napster Board and on the Board of Viacom18 India.
Davis earned a dual BA degree, with honors, in Economics & Philosophy from Williams College.