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Kevin Akeroyd
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Akeroyd oversees the Cision executive management team across operations globally.

He has more than 25 years of experience in reshaping modern digital, social and mobile marketing globally. Prior to Cision he was general manager and senior vice president at Oracle Marketing Cloud. Akeroyd and Oracle created the Enterprise Marketing Platform category and led it from the onset. Prior to Oracle, he held senior leadership positions at several companies, including Data.com, Salesforce.com, RR Donnelley, and Jigsaw.

Akeroyd holds degrees from both the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jack Pearlstein
Executive VP And Chief Financial Officer
With 20 years of financial, operational and strategic planning experience working with technology companies, Jack Pearlstein oversees our finance, accounting, legal, and HR and facilities functions.

Prior to Cision, Pearlstein was CFO of Six3 Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software development, sensor development and signal processing services to the intelligence community. As a CFO, Pearlstein has led three different companies through their initial public offerings: AppNet, DigitalNet and Solera.

Pearlstein is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from New York University. He also holds an MBA in finance from The George Washington University.
Mark Jones
Chief Product Officer
Mark Jones oversees Cision’s global Product and Technology teams. Serving as Chief Product Officer, Mark plays a critical role in delivering on Cision’s overall product vision.

Prior to Cision, Mark was the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Ellucian, an educational software organization.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and completed coursework for the Master of International Management program at the University of Denver.
Jason Edelboim
President, Americas
Jason Edelboim is President of PR Newswire Americas and is a member of the Cision Executive Management team.

In his role, Jason oversees PR Newswire’s businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, and is responsible for developing and executing the company’s go-to-market strategy to drive revenue growth and profitability. He joined PR Newswire in February 2012. A media industry veteran with over 15 years of experience at the intersection of content and technology, Jason spent the majority of his career at Bloomberg LP, where he held progressing leadership roles within the company’s Media Group. Jason has also worked at Time Warner and Institutional Investor.

Jason holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA from Columbia University.
Paul Salay
Chief Commercial Officer
Paul Salay serves as Chief Commercial Officer, overseeing Cision’s commercial operations. He drives the development and execution of Cision’s go-to-market strategies while expanding the company's position in the market.

Paul brings 20 years of general management experience leading firms across the market research industry. Prior to joining Cision, Paul served as President of Market Track, the leading competitive intelligence provider for promotions, advertising and pricing, and Group Vice President at Gartner, the technology industry’s premier IT Advisory firm.

He has led successful organizations by leveraging its most important asset, its people, to create innovative products, thought leadership in the industry and improving the client’s experience, satisfaction and level of engagement.

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree graduating with honors from Wittenberg University and an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Chris Lynch
Chief Marketing Officer
Chris Lynch oversees Cision’s global marketing teams. Serving as Chief Marketing Officer, Lynch is responsible for Cision’s global marketing strategy — spanning communications, product and digital marketing. Previously, he ran product marketing and go-to-market strategy for Oracle’s Marketing Cloud business and also held leadership positions at companies like Badgeville and TIBCO. Based in San Francisco, Lynch attended Northeastern University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @cglynch.
Robert Coppola
Chief Information Officer
Robert Coppola is responsible for managing and enhancing Cision's technology capabilities and security posture on a global basis. Prior to joining Cision, Coppola spent four years with McGraw-Hill Financial as the Chief Information and Technology Officer for S&P Capital IQ and S&P Dow Jones Indices, a leading provider of ratings, benchmarking and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets. There, he was responsible for driving the overarching technology strategy, architecture and development in addition to evolving multiple silo-based teams into one global operating team. He has also held leadership positions with Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg LP. Coppola holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Rutgers University.
Sean O’Driscoll
Chief Strategy and Insights Officer
Sean O’Driscoll leads Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, Business Development, Customer Success, Managed Services and Insights for Cision. O'Driscoll joined Cision from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was a key Partner with global leadership responsibilities for Digital Transformation, Social and Community Technologies practices. He also ran his own Agency, Ant's Eye View, and has held several senior leadership positions at Microsoft including General Manager of their MVP Program and Community Support organization. O’Driscoll holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Marketing and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Pacific University.
Liam Power
President, Vintage
Liam Power joined PR Newswire in 2011 as President of Vintage. Liam has full P&L responsibility for the Vintage division, driving sales, operations and technology.

Prior to Vintage, Liam was VP Magazine Group at UBM Global Trade, which included publications and events in North America, Brazil, China and Singapore. Prior to UBM Global Trade, Liam held a number of leadership roles in operations, general management, sales operations and finance.

Liam has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Cork, Ireland and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers.
Geoff Alexander
President, iContact
Geoff Alexander oversees iContact’s day-to-day business operations, including strategic direction, revenue, sales, services and marketing.

Alexander has 20 years of experience in management, marketing, product strategy, revenue optimization and business development with a concentration in business-to-business online/software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Prior to Cision and iContact, he held key management positions at a variety of innovative technology companies ranging from venture-backed startups to the Fortune 500 list.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University. He is also a board member for the North Carolina Technology Association, and regularly advises early and mid-stage startups.
Whitney Benner
Chief HR Officer
Whitney Benner is the Chief HR Officer for Cision. In her role, Whitney is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation.

Whitney was previously Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PR Newswire, where she set and implemented Human Resource strategy in support of the company’s overall business objectives. Before Whitney joined PR Newswire, she held human resources leadership roles at Medialink and MJI Broadcasting.

Whitney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College.
Jeremy Thompson
CEO (EMEA & India) Cision and PR Newswire
Jeremy Thompson is CEO of Cision & PR Newswire (EMEA & India, responsible for Cision’s business in twelve markets from London to Bangalore).

Formerly Managing Director of Durrants, Thompson led his team through three acquisitions to create Gorkana Group, where he served as CEO from 2011 to 2014, when he sold the business to Cision. Thompson began his career in the information industry on the graduate scheme at the Thomson Corporation, followed by a stint at PR Newswire before getting into the media intelligence sector.

Thompson is also the immediate past Chairman of the industry trade association, AMEC (International Association for the Measurement & Evaluation of Communication), is on the Appeals Board of Bowel Cancer UK, and is a Non-Executive Director of Trint.
Yujie Chen
Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific
Yujie Chen, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific, is responsible for Cision's strategic direction and its expanding business operations across the region.

Chen joined PR Newswire in late 2003 to lead its efforts in developing its media distribution network in China. His role steadily expanded to include sales and marketing, editorial and customer services, product development and innovation. Working with his team, Chen pioneered the commercial newswire industry in a market where few believed it had any future and helped establish the company as the dominant player in providing news distribution, financial disclosure as well as media intelligence and monitoring services to customers. He was promoted to head of the company’s business for the entire APAC region in 2013 and currently leads a team of some 200 professionals working out of over a dozen offices across the region, serving thousands of global and local customers with their communications needs.

Prior to PR Newswire, Chen had worked in many sectors of the media and publishing industry and held various positions at CNBC Asia, Deluxe Global Media, Beijing Television, among others. Chen holds an MBA degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
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