Stewart Mader currently leads worldwide digital strategy for Fitch Ratings. He relaunched the company’s digital platforms to feature its newsmaking insight and research on economics, infrastructure, and geopolitical risk. Mader previously led digital and social media strategy at CFA Institute.
He helped establish, and chairs, PATH Riders Council for the subway connecting NY & NJ. He created the New York & New Jersey Subway Map, helped design a new brand identity for Hoboken, NJ, and is advocating for a pedestrian plaza at Hoboken Terminal.
Before joining CFA Institute, Mader was chief evangelist at Atlassian, wrote Wikipatterns, and guided digital strategy for clients including Airbus, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), SAP, and the World Bank-International Finance Corporation.
Earlier in his career, Mader led instructional design at Brown University, Emerson College, Long Island University, and University of Hartford. At Brown, his team was one of the first six universities selected by Apple to pilot test podcasting in education. Mader received funding from NASA to produce Skysight, a documentary on the airborne space telescope in a 747 that is helping scientists study the makeup of the universe.
“Stay hungry, stay foolish. If it worked for Steve Jobs, it’ll probably work for you. I don’t even know what Steve really got from that, but I think that mentality helped make sure he stayed creative, disruptive, and took risks. It’s a mode I thought people who were using Whole Earth Catalog were in. They were looking forward with excitement and curiosity, which meant acknowledging their ignorance. It’s a pretty good frame of mind to be in, but one easily fallen out of. Why not make an effort to maintain it?” —Stewart Brand