SOURCE: 500px

September 15, 2015 09:00 ET

Ellen Desmarais Joins 500px to Head Marketing

Former Vice President & General Manager of iStock by Getty Images Joins as Company Ramps Up Growth

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2015) - 500px, the premier global photo community for discovering, sharing, buying, and selling the highest quality photography, today announced that Ellen Desmarais has been named VP & Head of Marketing, based in San Francisco. Ellen comes to 500px from Getty Images where she was vice president & general manager of iStock.

In this new role, Desmarais will lean on her years of industry experience in the stock photography and media industries to influence and design the marketing strategy for 500px as well as lead specific initiatives for the company's community and licensing business. Her appointment comes on the heels of the company's recent announcement that it has closed $13 million in Series B funding.

"500px has grown significantly over the past year, and we see tremendous opportunity to continue this path and to take on a greater position in the market," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. "Ellen will be instrumental in helping us achieve this."

Desmarais comes to 500px with 20 years of experience in marketing, strategy and digital operations, recently holding senior positions at Getty Images and Dow Jones & Company. Prior to heading iStock, she was vice president of marketing strategy for Getty Images where she led the CRM and product marketing teams. Before joining Getty Images, she was executive director of corporate strategy and business development for Dow Jones & Company where she led strategic plans for international expansion and digital investments and steered development in expanding the Wall Street Journal franchise globally.

"This is a great time to be part of the 500px team," said Ellen Desmarais. "We've seen an acceleration in demand by photographers on the platform and a significant uptick in the licensing of their work. I'm excited to work with the team to carve out new opportunities for us to leverage the creative assets on our platform and to bring the 500px brand to the forefront."

About 500px:
500px is a photo community and marketplace designed to enhance and support the creative process for creators and buyers. More than 6 million creatives use the 500px platform to improve, showcase and monetize their work. The 500px marketplace provides buyers with the opportunity to license fresh, powerful images to use in their creative campaigns.

The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada where it was founded in 2009 and has an office in San Francisco, USA. 500px has raised $23 million in funding to date, from Andreessen Horowitz, Harrison Metal, ff Venture Capital, Visual China Group and other investors. Learn more about 500px at: http://500px.com/about

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