NBCUniversal is expanding its slate of advertising technology and measurement experts, bringing on Ed Kozek as its first senior vice president of ad tech, Pankaj Kumar as senior vice president of measurement and innovation. Additionally, the company is hiring Brian Norris as senior vice president of sales for its Audience Studio.
“More accurate and precise measurement is critical to the health of the ecosystem in so many ways, [whether that’s] properly measuring cross-platform consumption through initiatives like Total Audience Delivery [or] advanced targeting of custom audiences through Audience Studio,” Mike Rosen, NBCU’s executive vice president of advanced advertising and platform sales, said to AdExchanger.
Previously, Kozek worked at The Weather Company as senior vice president of ad product and engineering, where he worked on the company’s proprietary audience and data platform. Kumar most recently served as head of media sciences for Comcast Cable, and Norris as vice president of media sales for Dish.
Ford Motor Company, after ousting previous North America president Raj Nair over inappropriate conduct allegations, has appointed Kumar Galhotra as his successor.
“Kumar is an incredibly talented executive with a special feel for product and brand. He is also a seasoned leader who knows how to drive a business transformation,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets. “Kumar is the right person to lead our North American business to new levels of operational fitness, product and brand excellence, and profitability.”
Galhotra has been with Ford for close to 30 years, and has been Lincoln Motor Company’s chief marketing officer since last year.
Glassdoor has hired James S. Cox as chief financial officer, along two further executive promotions to strengthen the recruiting site’s global growth efforts. Christian Sutherland-Wong has been promoted to chief operating officer and Samantha Zupan as vice president of global corporate communications.
“[James’] leadership, vision and rich expertise in both public and private financial matters will prove invaluable, particularly as Glassdoor continues to experience significant business expansion,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO. “Under Christian and Samantha’s leadership, Glassdoor will continue to scale as a global business to deliver on our mission of helping people everywhere find jobs and companies they love.”
Cox has served in executive finance roles for over 20 years, most recently serving as CFO at Lithium Technologies, and before that at Advent Software.
Workfront, an enterprise software provider, has appointed Heidi Melin as CMO, seeking to strengthen the company’s existing customer relationships and expand brand awareness.
“We need a person who is a modern, revenue-centric marketer, who has the knowledge and experience to help Workfront become known globally as the Operational System of Record for managing modern work, and someone with experience in the complexities of marketing to large, global companies. Heidi is that person,” said Alex Shootman, Workfront’s CEO. “She also happens to be one of the most experienced B2B marketers on the planet. Her leadership will be a driving force in the ongoing success of our marketing efforts and will play an integral role in creating demand for Workfront and our products.”
Prior to joining Workfront, Melin served as CMO of Plex Systems, Eloqua, Polycom and Taleo in the past.
Jeff Kirwan, president and CEO of the Gap clothing brand, has announced his departure from the company, citing a failure to meet the company’s growth expectations.
“While I am pleased with our progress in brand health and product quality, we have not achieved the operational excellence and accelerated profit growth that we know is possible at Gap brand,” said Art Peck, Gap Inc’s CEO. “As we move into the brand’s next phase of development, Jeff and I agreed it was an appropriate time for a change in leadership.”
Brent Hyder, currently Gap’s executive vice president of global talent and sustainability, will serve as interim chief executive while the company begins searching for a replacement.
Nestlé USA has promoted Steve Presley to the position of market head and CEO. The company’s current CEO, Paul Grimwood, will be leaving the company in 2019, and will transition to serve as a non-executive chairman until then.
“[Steve’s] powerful combination of deep commercial and financial expertise provides continuity and makes him ideally suited to lead Nestlé USA in the changing consumer marketplace,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé’s executive vice president and head of Zone Americas. “Steve’s experience will prove invaluable in continuing to pursue new internal and external models to increase the speed of innovation, capitalize on M&A to seed our innovation machine, and create new income streams and capabilities.”
Presley has been with Nestlé for over two decades, most recently as chief finance and strategic transformation officer for Nestlé USA.
20th Century Fox Distribution has named Greg Drebin executive vice president of worldwide marketing—a promotion from his previous senior role as senior vice president of worldwide marketing. With the new title comes expanded responsibilities: Drebin will now oversee Fox’s TCFTVD and Fox Networks Group Content Distribution’s research divisions.
“Greg has been instrumental in showcasing our content around the world,” said Mark Kaner, President of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, to Deadline. “He has not only elevated our creative and strategic marketing, but he has developed new processes and structure to make us the preeminent global marketing partner for our clients.”
Prior to signing joining Fox in 2014, Drebin served at Warner Brothers as senior vice president of marketing for international television.
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Amber Kirby has joined Virgin Holidays as its marketing and customer experience director.
“I’m really excited about continuing to grow a much-loved British brand with an award-winning in-house team, whilst simultaneously tackling other business priorities such as a loyalty initiative and improving the digital experience,” Kirby said.
Kirby previously worked at Boots as global brand director of its skincare division.
Adtech vendor Codewise has appointed John Malatesta as chief revenue officer.
“John’s world-class experience in building, managing and scaling ROI-efficient marketing, sales and operations engines at such companies as IBM, Sun Microsystems, Accenture, Oracle, Kaspersky Lab, and Socialbakers, will help us reach and win more customers and revenue and, most importantly, help us deliver an even better experience to our current and future customers,” said Codewise CEO Robert Gryn.
A doctor in economics, Maladesta previously served as CMO for Socialbakers.
Dedren Bailey has joined Live! Casino and Hotel as vice president of marketing.
A 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Bailey most recently worked at Harlow’s Casino Resort and Hotel as director of marketing.
Otter Media has made a number of additions to its executive team, bringing on Andy Forssell as COO, Sean Kisker as chief strategy officer, Jennifer Cho as CFO and Alan Beard as chief brand officer.
“Andy, Sean, Jennifer, and Alan are skilled executives with great instincts. They each bring a strong point of view, knowledge and vast experience,” said Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media. “This exceptional team will lay a solid foundation for us to continue to build and evolve Otter’s leadership in the digital media space.”
J. Crew, signalling a focused transition toward digital, has hired Adam Brotman as its first-ever chief experience officer.
Before joining the fashion retailed, Brotman spent almost a decade at Starbucks, most recently as executive vice president of global retail operations and partner digital engagement.
Michael Roytman has been added to Forbes’ invite-only Technology Council, a platform for thought leaders in the business technology field.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Forbes Technology Council and recognized among this community of leaders and pioneers in technology,” said Roytman. “A data science-driven approach to cyber security can benefit organizations of all sizes, across all industries, and I look forward to sharing my perspective on that approach through the Forbes media channels.”
Roytman is currently chief data scientist for Kenna Security, responsible for building the company’s core analytics functionality. He has also been named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30.
Startup investor Bain Capital Ventures has appointed a new partner, Adam Levin, to expand its Boston-area investment team.
Adam brings a unique blend of capabilities, having served as a venture stage investor, growth stage investor and operator in a fast-growing startup,” said Mike Krupka, Bain Capital Ventures managing director. “His experience across enterprise and SaaS markets will help us deepen our founder relationships in one of BCV’s strongest investment areas.”
Most recently, Levin served as vice president for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, where he specialized in software and enterprise companies.
Business-growth software provider Epicor has appointed Colleen Langevin as CMO, completing the company’s round of executive appointments targeted toward global growth.
“Colleen brings extensive marketing leadership experience coupled with a customer and growth-oriented mindset, and a recognized track record of raising brand profiles,” said Epicor CEO Steve Murphy.
“”From artificial intelligence (AI), big data and blockchain, to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT)—business leaders are striving to identify the digital transformations they can make that will have the biggest impact on enhancing employee and customer experiences and drive growth,” Langevin added.
Before joining Epicor, Langevin held the same position at CLEAResult, another business management software provider.
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