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Fehnel, Jay, 1962-



  • Existence: 1962    


James David “Jay” Fehnel was born August 10, 1962, at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Millersville, Pennsylvania, through the age of 11. In 1974, he and his parents moved to Kankakee, IL, where he attended grades 7-12 at Kennedy Upper Grade Center and Kankakee Westview High School.

He took a 1984 Bachelor of Arts degree with Highest Distinction in Mass Communications from Purdue University. Upon graduation, he was selected as one of ten Summer Fellows of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) in New York City, where he subsequently spent the first six years of his career. Fehnel matriculated to Northwestern University in 1990 and in 1992 received his Master of Management degree, with concentrations in marketing and finance, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, later the Kellogg School of Management. In 2017 he received from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership a certificate in leadership coaching.

Fehnel held early career positions with Katz Communications, NBC TV Stations Group, and Disney Consumer Products. After graduation from the Kellogg School, he began a 19-year career at Tribune Media Services (TMS), a subsidiary of Tribune Company. TMS created and sold databases of TV program listings, theatrical movie showtimes and related content to media, entertainment, and technology firms. At TMS, he advanced from Business Development Analyst to Chief Operating Officer. (TMS renamed Gracenote in 2013 and sold to Nielsen in 2016 for $560 million.) While at TMS, he served as a board director of Yellowbrix, Inc., a web-based content aggregator. After Tribune, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Integrated Marketing for Redbox, which rented movies and videogames to consumers. In 2014, he became principal and owner of Johan Advisors, an executive coaching and management consulting firm. He served 20 years on advisory boards at Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts, Brian Lamb School of Communication, and President’s Council. His undergraduate papers are held in Purdue’s archives.

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James D. "Jay" Fehnel (1962- ) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/218

The collection reflects Jay Fehnel’s curricular progress through the Kellogg School of Management. Included within the collection are course syllabi, lecture notes, readings and case studies, Fehnel’s student papers, and his completed examinations.

Dates: 1990 - 1992