2011 Outward Bound National Benefit Dinner


Outward Bound National Dinner Honorees:

Mike Perlis   •   Michael Rooney

Kurt Hahn Award Winner: Chien Lee


Mike Perlis

President and Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Media

Mike Perlis was appointed President and CEO of Forbes Media on December 1, 2010. Mr. Perlis joined Forbes Media from SoftBank Capital, where he served as a General Partner.

Previously, Mr. Perlis was President and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing. Before joining Ziff-Davis, Mr. Perlis was President at TVSM, where he directed all strategy and operations, culminating in the sale of the company to NewsCorp.

Mr. Perlis also served as the President of the Playboy Publishing Group. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of IDG Peterborough, Publisher of Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and built the Rodale Active Sports Network. Mr. Perlis is a graduate of Syracuse University.

“Michael (Rooney) and I were hosting an expedition to Mt. Hood. It was six big ugly publishers and Margaret (who was VP of Marketing at Outward Bound). We got stuck in a blizzard with 50 inches of snow and 60 mph winds. That’s how we met… a true Outward Bound love story.”
  – Mike on meeeting his wife Margaret on an Outward Bound course seven years ago

Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President, The Wall Street Journal


Mike Perlis

Michael Rooney is the Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President for The Wall Street Journal. He oversees the sales and advertising sales marketing staff and is responsible for executing strategies to generate advertising revenue across print and digital properties.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Mr. Rooney has been Executive Vice President of multimedia sales for ESPN. He also served as Senior Vice President and Publisher of Field and Stream and Outdoor Life Magazines. He previously served as Publisher of Discover magazine and Men’s Health magazine.

Mr. Rooney graduated from Boston College. His daughter, Leigh Ann, and son, Hank, are Outward Bound alumni.

“My father came home one day and said he met a fundraiser from OB. In the conversation, Dad said that suits my son Michael perfectly. Two weeks later, I was eating freeze dried food in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and loving it!”
  – Michael, about his first Outward Bound course mountaineering in Colorado in 1975

The Kurt Hahn Award

Presented to special individuals who serve Outward Bound with compassion, unwavering dedication and embody the moral character of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

Chien Lee

Chien Lee
Private Investor, Hong Kong

Chien Lee is a non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited, Swire Pacific Limited and Television Broadcasts Limited in Hong Kong.

Mr. Lee has been Chairman of Outward Bound Hong Kong and Vice Chairman of Outward Bound International and is currently Chairman of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and Outward Bound China. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Stanford University and was on the Board of its Alumni Association and on the Advisory Board of its Graduate School of Business. Currently he serves on the Advisory Board of its Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, its School of Education and its School of Engineering.

Mr. Lee is also a Board Member of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, St. Paul’s Co-educational College and The Asia Society (Hong Kong Center) in Hong Kong and of Phillips Academy, Andover and The Asia Foundation in the United States.

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