Abel Clark joined Cision in 2020 as the Chief Executive Officer, where he oversees the executive management team across all business operations globally. Prior to joining Cision, Abel was CEO and Chairman of TruSight, a start-up backed by leading financial services companies, established to transform third party risk management. Under his leadership the business achieved rapid market adoption and customer expansion, positioning the company for long-term success.
Previously, Abel was the Global Managing Director of Thomson Reuters’ $5.5bn Financial division, serving 40,000 customers in over 100 countries. His focus on strategic growth opportunities, resource reallocation, business simplification and the shift from a product focus to a customer-led platform business resulted in an increased organic growth rate and substantial margin expansion. Prior to his role in the Financial division, Clark ran the $1.8bn trading systems business, Marketplaces, during which time he led the turnaround and re-positioning of the global foreign exchange business to achieve market leadership and sustainable growth. Earlier, he was the Chief Strategy Officer for Thomson Reuters Corporation and member of the Executive Committee.
Abel holds an MBA from London Business School and a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Southampton, England.
With more than 15 years of accounting and finance experience working in consulting and corporate, Prasant Gondipalli oversees Cision's finance and accounting functions as Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to Cision, Gondipalli was Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Platinum Equity. He was also Senior Vice President Transformation at Key Energy Services, and Vice President, Corporate Controller/Treasurer/Business Transformation at BlueLine Rental. Before moving to corporate, Gondipalli worked in Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring practice.
Gondipalli is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University. He resides in Chicago with his wife and children.
Nicole Guillot is Chief Operating Officer at Cision. Guillot was previously Cision’s President of EMEIA, Canada and LatAm, where she led the strategic direction, financial performance and operational activities across all the regions.
Guillot’s career has taken a cross-functional journey across all areas of business, within the news and information industry. She has served as corporate director and primary representative in Canada since 2016. Previous to Cision’s acquisition of Canada Newswire (via PR Newswire), Guillot was President & CEO of Canada Newswire, a role she began in 2013, following two years as Senior Vice President, Global Products for PR Newswire.
Of particular interest to Guillot is work that transforms the way we distribute and engage with content in the digital environment, with focus on analytics that deliver actionable insights.
Guillot is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and based in Toronto, Ontario.
Maggie Lower joined Cision in 2020 as the Chief Marketing Officer, where she is responsible for day-to-day leadership of the Marketing organization and all of the company’s marketing efforts. In her role, she is focused on scaling leads, growing the Cision brand and driving execution against mid and long-term goals.
Prior to joining Cision, Maggie was the first Chief Marketing Officer at TrueBlue, where she led the company’s digital, brand marketing, innovation, and communications strategies for each of its brands. She has also held previous marketing leadership positions at Alight and Aon Hewitt, and spent 15 years at Bank of America, leading development of go-to-market plans.
In addition to her expertise as a marketing leader, Maggie is also a strong cultural leader, advocating for LGBTQ+ causes and building mentor programs to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has been recognized by numerous industry associations and peer groups for her work and advocacy.
Maggie is a graduate of Hamilton College and earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She currently lives in Chicago and volunteers as member of the Peer 150 Marketing Advisory Board and also as a mentor for The Marketing Academy US, helping develop and nurture top talent within the Marketing, Advertising, and Communications industries.
Paul Dumas is serving as Cision's CHRO where he is responsible for driving Cision's global HR strategy. Dumas is a hands-on HR executive who is passionate about building a culture and purpose that drives strong employee engagement.
Dumas has held numerous senior HR positions over the course of his career and in recent years has been CHRO at Fiserv, Inc and US Anesthesia Partners. At Fiserv, Paul embedded formal diversity and inclusion practices, improved employee engagement and built talent management systems. Paul maintains a strong focus on creating strong hiring processes, talent development practices, change management and employee engagement strategies. He is a seasoned business executive in addition to being an accomplished HR leader and spent three years as the Chief Operating Officer of a successful start-up, Workpays.
Paul holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson & Wales University.
Kristie Scott has more than 20 years of experience as in-house counsel to technology companies. As General Counsel, Scott is responsible for structuring and negotiating a broad range of technology and corporate agreements, including software licenses, partnerships, vendor contracts, and acquisition documents, as well as advising the company and its board of directors on corporate governance issues and M&A.
Prior to joining Cision in 2004 via Vocus, Scott worked as in-house counsel to Aether Systems, Inc., a wireless technology company, and Credit Management Solutions, a credit processing software provider. Prior to receiving her JD, she developed and programmed various software applications in the defense, time management and recording, and credit processing industries.
Scott graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in computer science and engineering and earned her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She lives with her husband and two sons in Maryland.
Yujie Chen, 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.
Ulrik Larsen serves as Cision's Head of Falcon, leveraging his experience as CEO of Falcon.io to solidify Cision’s presence as a leader in social media management for Comms.
Larsen has two decades of entrepreneurial experience in the groove between marketing and technology. On the tech side, he had a stint at Oracle as one of the youngest engineers on their consulting team. He later went on to build the global communities’ platform at NetDoctor.com with a small team. This experience led him to co-found and build a Scandinavian social network from the ground up, which was then acquired by media group JP/Politiken.
He went on to co-found a boutique social tech consultancy, working with marquee brands and agencies. After growing its customer base, tech stack, and staff, he led a spin-off of the internal social media management product that would become Falcon.io, now a part of Cision.
Michael Laxineta assumed the role of Cision's Head of Global Insights in 2020 after serving as the President of Bulletin Intelligence. Laxineta joined Bulletin Intelligence in 2013 and was previously responsible for the Bulletin Healthcare and Bulletin Media subsidiaries, which deliver must-read daily briefings to more than one million members of the nation’s premier associations, including the American Medical Association.
Laxineta began his career in newspaper publishing and has since held senior positions in market-leading business services and content marketing firms, where he focused on sophisticated and innovative bespoke solutions for customers operating across a range of industries.
Laxineta holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
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