Topher Kohan is Senior Search Scientist for Rockfish. He previously spent 5 years as the in-house SEO coordinator at CNN.com, a division of Turner Broadcasting and a Time Warner company. Prior to CNN, Topher spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, performing site maintenance and SEO.
As the SEO coordinator for CNN's digital news properties (including CNN, CNN International, HLN, CNN Mexico and iReport), he realized a 25 percent increase in traffic from search year-to-year and oversaw the two largest volume search traffic days in CNN's history in the days leading up to the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. He also managed the technical design and SEO for the fall 2009 re-launch of CNN.com as well as the design, implementation and migration to the current Content Management Systems (CMS). He managed and monitored the largest percentage of search referrals to CNN.com for the 2012 presidential election, launched HLNtv.com, and the managed the migration of iReport to the CNN.com platform during his tenure.
Topher is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in web development and interactive media design with an emphasis on SEO/SEM. He is a proud Eagle Scout and has been a featured speaker at such events as PubCon, SMX, SES and Digital Summit conferences.