Steve Ellis is CEO and Founder of WHOSAY, the leading influencer marketing and media company. Ellis founded WHOSAY in 2010 and oversees company strategy and operations.
WHOSAY creates campaigns for brands starring celebrities, social media influencers and tastemakers. WHOSAY has the only complete offering in the market: talent casting, content production, first-party fan data, distribution at scale and guaranteed ROI. WHOSAY has run hundreds of successful campaigns for brands such as Coke, McDonald’s, Google, AT&T, Chevrolet, Cigna, Principal and Comcast.
Ellis has a history of helping artists to participate directly in the value they create with their content via the use of technology and digital platforms.
Previously, Ellis was Founder and CEO of Pump Audio, a music licensing marketplace that connected production and agency buyers in television and advertising with a community of independent musicians. Musicians earned money from the use of their music in TV and advertising, but remained owner of all the rights to their work.
Pump Audio was sold to Getty Images in 2007 and is now the Getty Images Music Division. Prior to starting Pump, Ellis was a full time musician who signed recording contracts with independent and major labels. He came to the US from the UK in 1988 to attend the Wharton School of Business, where he earned a BSC in Economics and Management.