Providence Symposium Speaker Date: November 3, 2015
Curt Viebranz became president of George Washington’s Mount Vernon in September 2012. Only the tenth head of Mount Vernon in the 160-year history of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, he brings a passion for delivering the message of Washington’s singular role in leading our nation to independence, in the creation of a new republic and in establishing the enduring strength of the Executive branch as our nation’s first President. Under his leadership, Mount Vernon continues as the nation's most visited historic home welcoming more than one million visitors annually. Viebranz has spearheaded numerous preservation initiatives, including the upcoming installation of a state-of-the-art fire suppression system for the Mansion and dependencies, the creation of a Historic Buildings Information Management System and the establishment of the first dedicated endowment for the Mansion, historic buildings and landscape at Mount Vernon. He has also overseen a major expansion of Mount Vernon's digital efforts, resulting in a more than four-fold increase in visitors to Mount Vernon's website (www.mountvernon.org) In 2015, the website had more than four million visitors. Mount Vernon has an annual operating budget of $50 million and an endowment of $150 million. Viebranz oversees a workforce of 520 paid employees and more than 200 volunteers.
Curt spent his career in the business world before joining Mount Vernon. He has run both large and small companies in the U.S. and abroad. In 2007, Viebranz was named an Executive Vice President of AOL after successfully growing and engineering the sale of an Internet advertising company, TACODA to AOL. Curt joined TACODA as COO in 2004 and was named its CEO in 2006. In his role at AOL, Viebranz led advertising sales for its own web properties as well as its third party advertising networks. AOL’s total advertising revenue in 2007 exceeded $2 billion.
Prior to his stint in the start-up world, Curt had a nearly twenty-year career at Time Warner. He managed a number of enterprises including Time Inc. Europe, Time Inc. New Media and HBO Video. His last executive role at Time Warner was as president of HBO International where he led the effort to extend the HBO brand outside the United States.
Throughout his career, Viebranz has devoted time and energy to a variety of not-for-profit enterprises. Long active in the Boys & Girls' Club movement, he is a former president of the Boys and Girls' Club of Newark. Viebranz is a past president of the Middlebury College Alumni Association and a recipient of the Alumni Plaque and an Alumni Achievement Award.
Curt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard University.