Thomas H. Lipscomb is one of the few executives with high-level experience in both conventional broadcast and print media and the world of electronic media. He has been both a magazine publisher of consumer magazines such as The Ladies Home Journal and a CEO in book publishing, where he was responsible for bestsellers by authors as diverse as Agatha Christie, Susan Isaacs, Craig Claiborne, Jack Anderson, and William Safire. Books he has published have won literary awards such as the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards. His most recent publishing position was as founder and President of Times Books -- The New York Times book division.
He is the author of articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harpers, The Nation as well as The Readers’ Digest etc., front page stories in The Chicago Sun-Times and The New York Sun, and articles in internet sites such as TechCentral Station and the Jewish World Review. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. He has served in numerous non-profit positions including the boards of PEN, the George Polk Award in Journalism, The New York University Center for Copyright in New Media, The Museum Digital Licensing Collective, The Governor’s Island Technology Center, The Foundation for Entrepreurialism in the Arts, and the Gibraltar-American Council. He is a Fellow of The Digital Copyright Forum, a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and the Toqueville Institute and has been a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and The New York Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Lipscomb has had numerous speaking engagements at colleges and universities such as Harvard, Stanford, The University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia, as well as organizations such as The Davos World Economic Forum, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Association of American Publishers, The Seybold Conference, and The National Center for Automated Information Retrieval.
He has appeared on many public affairs shows from NBC's Today Show, and The ABC Evening News, to BBC Channel 1 News, Extra (Germany), News Netherlands, MSNBC, Fox News and PBS, where he has hosted “The Digital Age.”
He is a founder and on the board of CardiACT Inc. He is the founder and formerly CEO of two current public companies, ICC and Wave Systems, which use proprietary technology to create advantaged systems for the secure distribution, marketing, control and auditing of valuable digital information (DRM). He holds five patents in digital technology and he has received coverage by Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, Newsweek, Wired, Advertising Age, Crain's, Publishers' Weekly, Success and other publications.
ICC was named one of Fortune Magazine's "25 Cool Companies" in technology (along with companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems) and Newsweek listed Lipscomb as one of the "50 most influential people to watch in cyberspace."