Joanna Stone Herman


Joined DeSilva+Phillips in 2011.

Joanna is a Partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips and co-Head of the TMT Practice for Oaklins. Joanna has worked in the broader media and technology industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining ODP,  Joanna served in executive roles at Reed Elsevier, where she was SVP, Global Strategy for LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, where she was EVP Business Development for Thomson Financial Corporate Group and VP Business Development for Thomson Learning, Joanna also worked at Dow Jones, Time Warner and Accenture’s Media & Entertainment Practice. Most recently, Joanna was co-Founder and CEO of Librify, the exclusive eBook provider for Target, which was sold to Scribd.

She has worked in the broader media and technology industry for over 20 years, and has been involved in dozens of transactions on both the sell-side and buy-side. Notable recent transactions include representing Sling in its sale to Toast, Workman Publishing in its sale to Hachette, Panjiva in its sale to S&P and supporting the acquisition of Netmaster Holdings Limited (CaseLines) by Thomson Reuters Corporation.

Joanna was awarded “Top U.S.A. Women Dealmaker” by the Global M&A Network in 2022.  She also received honorable mention as one of Mergers & Acquisitions’ “Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A” for 2023.

Joanna has served as an investor and advisor/board member of several tech start-ups including City Maps (sold to Trip Advisor in 2016), Thuzio, Axial Markets, and Matterhorn. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, People and The New York Daily News.

Joanna is on the Board of Harvard Business School New York Club, the Business Advisory Council for ProPublica, a non-profit investigative journalism organization, recently served as Board Trustee for The Dalton School and Board Member for the Leadership Committee for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Kids Cancer Walk.

M.B.A., Harvard Business School, General Management

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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