Conal Byrne is the president of iHeartMedia’s podcasting division and oversees the iHeartRadio Podcast Network of more than 750 original shows that amass more than 118 million downloads a month, making it the number-one commercial podcast publisher globally. Mr. Byrne also oversees a team of over 50 podcast producers throughout Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. He led the launch of the HowStuffWorks (HSW) podcast program 10 years ago, making it the central focus of the company and closing a $15-million investment from the Raine Group in late 2017. Conal joined iHeartMedia when the company acquired HSW in September 2018. He also previously served as senior vice president of digital media for Discovery Communications, where he ran digital for all of Discovery’s United States networks and led the launch of Discovery VR. Mr. Byrne graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also went on to graduate summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York City, where he received a master’s degree in literature. In his free time, Conal also writes and records music, supports up-and-coming indie film directors and tries to keep up with his four young kids.