SOURCE: Dachis Group

Dachis Group

May 03, 2011 07:00 ET

Dachis Group Announces Peter Kim Promoted to Chief Strategy Officer

Industry Veteran Jen van der Meer Promoted to Managing Director of Dachis Group

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - Dachis Group, the world's largest Social Business consultancy, announced today the promotion of Peter Kim to Chief Strategy Officer and Jen van der Meer to Managing Director, emphasizing the company's commitment to build and maintain a strong and dynamic management team as Dachis Group continues to expand globally.

"Peter Kim's new role will focus on driving value through the organization from thought leadership, to demand generation, to business development, through service delivery. His impact will be felt in every aspect of our business," said Jeffrey Dachis, Dachis Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer. "Jen van der Meer's operating experience, sheer intellect, client relationships, and no-nonsense approach to managing our business will provide raw horsepower and stability to the leadership team as we continue our aggressive growth."

"Their promotions are a result of their ability to conceive, plan, and execute multi-disciplinary Social Business engagements; develop and nurture talent; and operate on a global scale," added Dachis.

"Now is the time for companies to chart their path towards Social Business," said Kim. "Dachis Group has an unmatched lineup of global thought leadership, and I look forward to leveraging our insights to benefit our clients and their operating ecosystems."

"I have big shoes to fill as I take over Peter's role as Managing Director," said van der Meer. "I'm thrilled to lead a team of consultants around the world. With our capabilities and growing talent base, Dachis Group continues to enhance its ability to serve our international clients with a diversified offering across the social engagement spectrum."

Continuing the growth of the international firm, serving clients in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, the company now employs over 250 professionals in ten cities in five countries worldwide.

About Peter Kim

Peter Kim has worked with dozens of Dachis Group clients to formulate and implement strategy. He is recognized as a leading thinker on Social Business, which he discusses on the Dachis Group Collaboratory and his blog, Being Peter Kim. As a public speaker, Peter also drives global industry discourse, participating in events including SXSW, Web 2.0 Expo, and the Dachis Group Social Business Summits.

Prior to joining Dachis Group, Peter was an analyst at Forrester Research, focusing on the intersection of social technology and marketing strategy while winning awards for best research and top keynote. Earlier at PUMA AG, he managed international marketing operations, e-commerce, and digital marketing. Peter holds an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Jen van der Meer

Jen van der Meer is a strategist focused on developing sustainable relationships between people, products and brands. A former Wall Street analyst and economist, Jen has held executive management roles at Organic and Frog Design. She has provided brand strategy, research, product design consulting, and technology marketing strategy to clients such as MTV, Chase, Nextel, Interface Inc., Disney, and GE.

Jen joins Dachis Group from Drillteam, an online social marketing company recently acquired by Dachis Group as part of the company's strategy to build and grow through targeted acquisitions. At Drillteam, Jen served as lead strategist, and conducted research and brand engagement plans for Toyota, Nestlé, Saucony, Neiman Marcus, and Target.

In addition to serving on the board of the Designers Accord, she writes and speaks on the topic of Social Business and sustainable design, and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's ITP School. Jen holds a BA in comparative religion from Trinity College, and an MBA from HEC in France.

About Dachis Group

Dachis Group is the world's leading Social Business consultancy.

Social Business Design is connecting with your customers + your workforce + your enterprise to create powerful business value. Through its three main Social Business practice areas, Social Business Strategy, Social Business Engagement, and Social Business Intelligence, Dachis Group helps large organizations become more connected and engaged with their constituents. The company has developed a framework for Social Business Design by addressing organizational transformation across business systems, process, and culture.

Dachis Group serves or has serviced clients including AT&T, BBC, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder, General Electric, HBO, Hewlett Packard, Nestlé, Target and UBS.

Founded in 2008 by Jeffrey Dachis, the company offers services around the globe with offices in ten cities in five countries, employing over 250 professionals. Dachis Group is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in Lincoln, Nebraska; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; London, England; Sydney, Australia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Madrid, Spain.

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