SOURCE: Marketwired


April 13, 2015 16:23 ET

Marketwired Strengthens Executive Leadership Team With Key Appointments

Management Additions Fuel Innovation in Customer-Focused Solutions and Drive Corporate Growth

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 13, 2015) - Following the appointment of Adnan Ahmed to President and Chief Executive Officer earlier this year, Marketwired is pleased to announce recent management appointments within its executive team. Mark Dillon, Executive Vice President, Sales; Clark Ferguson, Vice President, Infrastructure and Security, Chief Security Officer; Sylvie Harton, Vice President, Business Development; and Sanjay Kulkarni, Vice President, Product & Marketing join the Marketwired executive team and position the company for renewed growth and innovation in news distribution and social communication solutions. 

  • Mark Dillon, Executive Vice President, Sales, leads Marketwired's global sales and is a 20-year veteran of the media, advertising and publishing industries who brings a deep understanding of digital content and multichannel business information to the company and its customers. Dillon has a successful track record of managing industry-savvy sales teams, driving revenue and prioritizing service excellence within the organization following stints with NBC, ZDNet/CNET, and quadrantONE, a joint venture of The New York Times Co., Hearst, Tribune and Gannett.
  • Clark Ferguson, Vice President, Infrastructure and Security, Chief Security Officer, oversees all information management and security governance across the enterprise, protecting customer data and ensuring that the company's systems and processes exceed industry standards. Ferguson comes to Marketwired following positions with the University of Lethbridge, BC Hydro and Bell. The first to hold this position within the company, his appointment underscores Marketwired's ongoing investment in infrastructure and commitment to best-in-class systems and information security.
  • Sylvie Harton, Vice President, Business Development, accelerates Marketwired's partnership strategy in an effort to bring progressive solutions and maximum business benefit to its customers. With deep industry experience and expertise in progressive PR, marketing and social media solutions for business, Harton returns to Marketwired in this newly created role after leadership positions with Critical Mention, Sysomos and Canadian Corporate News (now Marketwired).
  • Sanjay Kulkarni, Vice President, Product & Marketing, drives customer satisfaction and revenue growth through product strategy and innovation, and elevates the company's brand. His expertise with customer-centric product development and SaaS platforms allows for the accelerated delivery of new solutions for Marketwired customers. Kulkarni is a seasoned leader who joins the company following positions with Deloitte, Allstream, and ADP Canada where he led product and marketing teams to successfully conceive and commercialize new products that drove enhanced customer value.

"Communication is becoming increasingly complex and fast-paced, so we need to continually evolve and bring progressive solutions to our customers to help them solve their business challenges," explains CEO Ahmed. "These appointments, and the entirety of our leadership team, are a direct reflection of Marketwired's commitment to bring together seasoned leaders with deep industry knowledge to help build the industry's best, most customer-centric solutions and deliver service excellence that is second to none."

Marketwired continues its transformation from newswire to full-service partner for public relations, investor relations and marketing professionals, and with its flagship SaaS platform, Marketwired Resonate, the company provides its customers with the distinct advantage and unique benefits of an integrated, intelligent solution for news distribution, social communication and social media analytics.

The recent appointments within the company's leadership team enable renewed focus on the needs and experiences of its customers and an accelerated product development cycle. With regular introduction of new functions and significant enhancements to the Marketwired Resonate platform in 2015, customers can benefit from existing and soon-to-be launched workflow solutions that include:

  • Social media analytics and insight reports provided through an exclusive technology partnership with Sysomos, the industry's foremost provider of social media intelligence;
  • News release sharing to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn groups from directly within the Marketwired Resonate platform, instantly, and at no additional cost with distribution;
  • Influencer relationship management tools to help customers better target and build relationships with the people and publications most relevant to their companies;
  • Content enhancement and optimization solutions to help customers create and publish search-friendly, share-worthy news releases and multimedia; and
  • Customer pilot programs with exclusive access to partner services and solutions.

About Marketwired
Marketwired is a communications leader and partner of choice for public relations, investor relations and marketing professionals seeking premier news distribution and social communication solutions. For more than 30 years, the company has played a pivotal role in connecting newsmakers to news consumers by sharing market-moving, direct-from-source information on behalf of companies worldwide. Visit and follow @Marketwired

Marketwired is majority owned by OMERS Administration Corporation, whose private equity investments are managed by OMERS Private Equity ("OPE"). OPE has approximately CAD$7 billion of investments under management. OPE is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in London and New York. Visit:

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