TORONTO--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2012) - In a move designed to propel Marketwire to the next stage in its rapid expansion, the information, communications and social analytics company today announced the appointment of three new members to its management team: James Delaney becomes Marketwire's Chief Operating Officer; Jeff Bennett has been appointed Senior Vice President, Client Experience; and Victoria MacDonald is the company's new Vice President of Human Resources.
"Marketwire is in a period of aggressive growth and innovation. Sales, marketing, client service and human resources are the foundation of our continued expansion in both information distribution and business intelligence," said Michael Nowlan, Marketwire's president and CEO. "Social media is rapidly changing the way organizations communicate and engage with their target stakeholders and Marketwire is at the forefront of helping our clients stay abreast of these changes. Jim, Jeff and Victoria join our company at a pivotal time as we roll out innovations to inspire and empower the world's communicators. I am very pleased to have three such experienced business executives joining our team."
James Delaney has a reputation for delivering exceptional results for prominent international companies. He most recently served as President of Global Sales and Marketing Solutions for Dun & Bradstreet where he pioneered the development of its Data-as-a-Service platform -- a platform that transformed the commercial data industry and today represents Dun & Bradstreet's largest growth strategy. Prior to this role, he held various senior leadership roles in the financial services and telecommunications industries with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Verizon Communications.
In his new role, Delaney will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including all client-facing aspects of Marketwire's business: sales, marketing, media relations, business solutions, editorial and international divisions. Delaney is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeff Bennett is a seasoned technology executive with 16 years of experience leading client-facing departments for companies such as Corel Corporation and WebPlan (currently Kinaxis). As the founder of ServiceVantage Corporation, he helped executive teams at more than 30 technology companies build best-in-class and scalable approaches to client retention, recurring revenue and renewal predictability. An expert in the "software as a service" space, Bennett will be responsible for maintaining and growing client relationships through world-class service delivery and an industry leading approach to client success as Marketwire continues to integrate its information distribution and social analytics services.
Victoria MacDonald has spent 15 years in progressively more senior human resource positions. Her experience spans both the pharmaceutical and technology sectors, and includes talent management and employee engagement. MacDonald established the HR department for Takeda Canada, the local subsidiary of Japan's largest pharmaceutical company. Before that she was on the HR leadership team of the Swiss-based global giant AstraZeneca's Canadian subsidiary, which was consistently rated as one of Canada's top employers. As vice president of human resources at Marketwire, MacDonald will be responsible for continuing to recruit, manage and empower top talent from around the world.
"I've been watching Marketwire evolve into an industry leader for some time now -- first in wire distribution and more recently, in social media monitoring and analysis," said James Delaney. "It's quite clear to me that the company is in a unique position to truly capitalize on the seismic shift that's underway as brands embrace social media and integrate it into their business strategies at an increasingly rapid pace. I see a tremendous opportunity ahead and look forward to helping move Marketwire to a new level that's mutually prosperous for us and for our clients."
Every day, Marketwire plays a critical role in shaping the conversations that happen in newsrooms, corporate boardrooms and social networks around the world, helping communicators move markets, change public opinion and influence consumer behavior. For everyone from a start-up to a Fortune 500 enterprise, Marketwire is a social communications company that provides its clients with powerfully simple solutions: global news distribution, industry-leading Sysomos social media monitoring and analytics, and a fully integrated marketing communications platform for content creation, optimization, distribution and measurement.
Marketwire is majority-owned by OMERS Private Equity (www.omerspe.com), which manages the private equity activities of OMERS Administration Corporation and today has $6.4 billion of investments under management. OMERS Private Equity is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has offices in New York and London.