Ashley is one of the most influential and connected figures in the global marketing, digital and ecommerce sectors. As one of the 100+ recommendations for him on LinkedIn reads, “If Ashley doesn’t know it – it ain’t worth knowing.”
Econsultancy Founder Ashley Friedlein is currently President of Centaur Marketing at Centaur Media PLC.
Ashley heads Centaur Marketing, a portfolio of creative, digital and marketing brands including Marketing Week, Econsultancy, Celebrity Intelligence, Creative Review, Design Week, Fashion and Beauty Monitor, and Year Ahead.
After a double-first in modern languages from the University of Cambridge, Ashley joined the Financial Times. He went on to roles at Bloomberg and DigitasLBi, now part of Publicis, where he delivered major digital projects for leading retailers, financial services companies and media businesses.
Ashley founded Econsultancy with Matthew O’Riordan in 1999. Econsultancy helps its customers achieve excellence in digital business, marketing and ecommerce through research, training and events. Over 600,000 professionals use Econsultancy every month with offices in New York, London and Singapore.
Home also to The Festival of Marketing, Centaur Marketing is a powerhouse of the UK and world marketing and digital communities. The combined group reaches over three million marketers, creatives and digital professionals globally every month.
Ashley speaks French and German, and is the author of two best-selling books on digital, translated for markets worldwide. A columnist, media commentator and blogger, he speaks worldwide on digital and marketing trends and best practice. In 2013 Ashley authored the Modern Marketing Manifesto which redefines marketing for the digital age.
Ashley is on the Advisory Board for the UK Government's GDS (Government Digital Service). He is an investor and board adviser for digital recruitment specialist Cranberry Panda and does pro-bono work for charities including Add-vance and the John Muir Trust.