Event strategist to lead company’s event portfolio, including signature BarkWorld event

Irvine, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2016) – Lumina Media™, a leading media company that connects brands with passionate audiences of enthusiasts by providing iconic content across all platforms, today announced that it has appointed Rania Leite as the company’s new vice president of events.

In this new position, Leite will be responsible for leading the company’s recognized events business, including BarkWorld, its leading marketing and digital event and experience for animal-centric social media influencers and creators taking place October 12-16, 2016, at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta.

“This appointment represents the next chapter in our ongoing commitment and investment in growing our events strategy and business,” said Lumina Media chief executive officer, Keith Walter.“We’re confident that Rania will play a pivotal role in extending the company’s events’ footprint and further establishing Lumina Media as an industry leader focused on animal-centric events.”

Leite joins the team with more than 15 years of experience in strategic event management and marketing, most recently leading events and sponsorships for IHOP and Applebee’s. Leite also led sales relations and event planning for Lieberman Research Worldwide, a custom market research consultancy.

“We are thrilled to have Rania join the team,” said Lumina Media chief digital and events officer, Jennifer Black-Glover. “She has already made a significant impact on our business by taking our BarkWorld agenda to the next level with more educational and engaging content. Her breadth of experience, strategic insight and knowledge of building world class events will be extremely valuable as we grow our events portfolio.”

Leite earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Since 2010, BarkWorld has connected top consumer brands with some of the most influential bloggers and social media personalities in the industry, while providing these sponsors the opportunity to maximize their marketing efforts and boost brand awareness through engagement with these key social influencers.

BarkWorld is the world’s largest gathering of animal content creators across social media, video, photos, and the web. The 2015 conference empowered over 400 of the animal community’s largest social media influencers and brands to connect and inspire each other.

Sponsors for BarkWorld this year include:

  • WhyDoesMyDog.com
  • Lucy Pet Products
  • Pet Safe
  • Precious Cat
  • Sleepypod
  • Izea
  • Tomlyn

About BarkWorld

BarkWorld is the world’s largest gathering of animal content creators across social media and the Web. Founded in 2009, it’s the only marketing and digital event and experience focused on animal-centric social media influencers, creators and businesses. BarkWorld’s mission is to align the social pet community with leading technology and lifestyle communities, deliver authentic engagement between influencers and brands and provide a face-to-face forum for these conversations. The event drives impact by engaging, educating, and inspiring influencers, brands and the community. For more information, visit www.BarkWorldExpo.com.

About Lumina Media

Lumina Media is a leading media company that connects brands with passionate audiences of enthusiasts by providing iconic content across all platforms. With extensive reach and experience, the company’s media engages, informs and inspires, while its platforms ensure the right media is delivered whenever, however and wherever audiences want it. Founded in 2013, Lumina Media is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit www.luminamedia.com.

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Lumina Media
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ctriebwasser@luminamedia.com