Ross Levinsohn is a Sports Illustrated CEO and a former Yahoo. executive who announced his resignation shortly after being accused of sexual harassment. On October 17, 2018, he was hired as the Sports Illustrated CEO of Yahoo. Sports Global Media Group.
Ross has been accused of sexual misconduct numerous times, including by ESPN’s Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, who claims that he masturbated into an open laptop at a work event and later denied it. Although Ross’s lawyers argue that this is not true, Ross resigned nonetheless to “avoid distraction” from Yahoo! Sports’ operations in their current state.
He then took on jobs with Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign and Steve Wynn Entertainment Group, both of which Steve Wynn made investments. Wynn is accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, including rape.
Ross Levinsohn was born on November 3, 1962, in Riverside, California, to Jack and Linda Levinsohn. He graduated from high school in 1980, where he was President of the student body and class president and graduated as valedictorian. After graduating from high school, he attended Stanford University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and a Master’s Degree in Journalism in 1985. Later he attended UCLA School of Law on a full scholarship and earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree in 1990.
Ross started his career in 1990 as an analyst with the Wall Street investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He then moved on to the media and publishing group of Macmillan Publishing, which publishes textbooks in the U.S. and professional magazines for the energy and technology industries. In 1995 he was promoted to Chairman of the company and became an executive at Forbes magazine from 1996-2000. In 2000, he became President of America Online’s business-to-business division.
Ross became a Yahoo! executive in 2003 as President of the Americas Sales division, where he led sales, marketing, and business operations teams that generated 800 million dollars in revenue through advertising. He was promoted to managing director in 2007; in 2008, he was appointed Vice Chairman with the title of President. In 2009, that enabled him to become Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Americas Sales which is where he had his allegations made against him.