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Our Team

Lynn McNutt


Lynn is editor in chief and leads business and publishing operations. She joined CEO Update in 1997 and before becoming editor in chief in 2018, held a variety of roles in the company in editorial, membership, marketing, operations and product and service development. Lynn enjoys gardening, the Washington Capitals and spending time with her young son, husband and a house full of animals.

Mark Graham

Managing Director

Mark joined CEO Update in 1997 and manages the Association Intelligence division, CEO Update LIVE event series, and CEO Update peer groups for CEOs and executive staff. An expert on executive recruiting, association management and executive compensation, Mark manages the team that produces CEO Update’s Salary Reports, the Annual Salary Guide, including customized salary reports. In his free time, he spends his time outdoors in Colorado, where he skis in the winter and hikes +14,000 ft mountains in the summer.

Lori Sharn

Editorial Director

Lori sharpened her skills as a reporter, writer and editor at USA Today, Public Works Financing and other news organizations before joining CEO Update in 2012. She sings soprano in her church choir and also volunteers on a nonprofit board.

Walt Williams


Walt joined CEO Update in 2011 as a reporter and website editor. He previously spent eight years covering state politics in West Virginia and Montana for weekly and daily newspapers, and started his journalism career as an education reporter in Ohio. On weekends, you are likely to find him hiking in western Maryland.

William Ehart


Bill joined CEO Update in 2010 with a background in business and financial writing at organizations including The Washington Times and T. Rowe Price. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In his spare time, he enjoys writing for an investment blog geared to ordinary investors.

Kathryn Walson


Kathryn joined CEO Update in 2019. She studied journalism at Syracuse University and has worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Texas and Virginia and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report in Washington D.C. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the nation’s capital.

J. Spencer

Advertising and Sponsorships

J. Spencer is the Director of Business Development, Events & Advertising at CEO Update and Leading Authorities. J. connects advertisers and sponsors to our audience at live events and via print or digital media. She enjoys building brand awareness, making meaningful connections, and ensuring the delivery of real value for clients. Afterhours, she’s a songwriter and violinist.

Jordon Ronan

Communications Associate

Jordon joined CEO Update in 2021 as Communications Associate, overseeing social media management and digital marketing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Virginia Tech in 2019, where he also minored in creative writing. Outside of work, Jordon is passionate about music, sports and comedy.