David H. Steward ’79

David H. Steward

Cornell degree: AB ’79 (A&S)

Read David’s interview. 

Professional experience:

  • Overlook Enterprises, managing director, 2008–present
  • Overlook Farms, partner, 2018–present
  • Shermans Travel, CEO, 2012–2016; Board of Directors, 2010–2016
  • 20×200, a division of Jen Bekman Enterprises, president and COO, 2010–2012; COO (fractional), 2013–present
  • International Masters Publishers (IMP), CEO North America, 2001–2004
  • TV Guide, a division of News Corporation, president, 1997–1999
  • Martha Stewart Living, COO and president of publishing, 1989–1997
  • Time Warner, various positions, 1985–1989

Alumni service

  • Cornell University Council, Engagement Committee vice chair, 2023–present; Administrative Board member, 2022–present; member, 2020–present, 2014–2018
  • Cornellians Alumni Advisory Council, member, 2022–present; Ad Hoc Committee on Alumni Publications, member, 2020–2022
  • Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee, member, 2017–2021; Task Force member, 2016–2017
  • Steven W. Siegel ’68 Award recipient, 2022
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN), member, 2018–present
  • Cornell Mosaic, member at large, 2018–2023
  • Cornell University Pride LGBTQIA+ Alumni Association, Strategic Planning chair, 2016–2017; board member, 2014–2016; Development Committee chair, 2013–2016; Governance Committee chair, secretary, 2015–2016; secretary, 2014–2015
  • Class of 1979 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, 2009

Community/public service/philanthropic priorities:

  • The Executive Forum, co-chair New Products and Business Development Committee, 2020–2022; co-chair Member Engagement Platform Committee, 2019–2020; Board of Directors, 2019–2022; Robert C. Sloan Award for Outstanding Contribution, 2020; member 2004–present
  • Slow Food New York State, Board of Directors, secretary and member, 2019–2022
  • Slow Food East End, strategy consultant, 2017–present
  • Point Foundation, co-chair Board of Directors, 2009–2012; committee chair, 2005–2012; emeritus board member, 2012–present
  • GLAAD, co-chair Board of Directors, 2001–2003; committee chair, 1998–2001; Board of Directors, 1998–2003
  • Out Magazine 100, 1999
  • PFLAG NYC Stay Close Leadership Award, 2010
  • Advertising Hall of Achievement, inductee, 1997
  • Advertising Age, The Marketing 100, 1995

Other education:

  • MBA, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, 1985

Student involvement/activities:

  • Watermargin Cooperative, president
  • Cornell Gay Liberation, secretary and treasurer
  • Olin Library, student employee

Additional information:

David leads Overlook Enterprises, delivering solutions to CEOs and boards seeking to transform their creatively-driven businesses. Previously, David was instrumental in building and reinvigorating three top media brands: People Magazine, Martha Stewart Living (as COO), and TV Guide (as CEO). He has also brought his leadership and media chops to a wide range of nonprofit organizations. David is passionate about using technology and media to build deep engagement between organizations and their members. He lives on a 125-acre farm in the Hudson Valley where he and his husband Pierre raise poultry, pigs, and beef cattle.