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Kevin Akeroyd
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Akeroyd oversees the Cision executive management team across operations globally.

He has more than 25 years of experience in reshaping modern digital, social and mobile marketing globally. Prior to Cision he was general manager and senior vice president at Oracle Marketing Cloud. Akeroyd and Oracle created the Enterprise Marketing Platform category and led it from the onset. Prior to Oracle, he held senior leadership positions at several companies, including Data.com, Salesforce.com, RR Donnelley, and Jigsaw.

Akeroyd holds degrees from both the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jack Pearlstein
Executive VP And Chief Financial Officer
With 20 years of financial, operational and strategic planning experience working with technology companies, Jack Pearlstein oversees our finance, accounting, legal, and HR and facilities functions.

Prior to Cision, Pearlstein was CFO of Six3 Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software development, sensor development and signal processing services to the intelligence community. As a CFO, Pearlstein has led three different companies through their initial public offerings: AppNet, DigitalNet and Solera.

Pearlstein is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from New York University. He also holds an MBA in finance from The George Washington University.
Mark Jones
Chief Product Officer
Mark Jones oversees Cision’s global Product and Technology teams. Serving as Chief Product Officer, Mark plays a critical role in delivering on Cision’s overall product vision.

Prior to Cision, Mark was the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Ellucian, an educational software organization.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and completed coursework for the Master of International Management program at the University of Denver.
Jason Edelboim
President, Americas
Jason Edelboim is President of PR Newswire Americas and is a member of the Cision Executive Management team.

In his role, Jason oversees PR Newswire’s businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, and is responsible for developing and executing the company’s go-to-market strategy to drive revenue growth and profitability. He joined PR Newswire in February 2012. A media industry veteran with over 15 years of experience at the intersection of content and technology, Jason spent the majority of his career at Bloomberg LP, where he held progressing leadership roles within the company’s Media Group. Jason has also worked at Time Warner and Institutional Investor.

Jason holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA from Columbia University.
Paul Salay
Chief Commercial Officer
Paul Salay serves as Chief Commercial Officer, overseeing Cision’s commercial operations. He drives the development and execution of Cision’s go-to-market strategies while expanding the company's position in the market.

Paul brings 20 years of general management experience leading firms across the market research industry. Prior to joining Cision, Paul served as President of Market Track, the leading competitive intelligence provider for promotions, advertising and pricing, and Group Vice President at Gartner, the technology industry’s premier IT Advisory firm.

He has led successful organizations by leveraging its most important asset, its people, to create innovative products, thought leadership in the industry and improving the client’s experience, satisfaction and level of engagement.

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree graduating with honors from Wittenberg University and an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Liam Power
President, Vintage
Liam Power joined PR Newswire in 2011 as President of Vintage. Liam has full P&L responsibility for the Vintage division, driving sales, operations and technology.

Prior to Vintage, Liam was VP Magazine Group at UBM Global Trade, which included publications and events in North America, Brazil, China and Singapore. Prior to UBM Global Trade, Liam held a number of leadership roles in operations, general management, sales operations and finance.

Liam has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Cork, Ireland and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers.
Geoff Alexander
President, iContact
Geoff Alexander oversees iContact’s day-to-day business operations, including strategic direction, revenue, sales, services and marketing.

Alexander has 20 years of experience in management, marketing, product strategy, revenue optimization and business development with a concentration in business-to-business online/software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Prior to Cision and iContact, he held key management positions at a variety of innovative technology companies ranging from venture-backed startups to the Fortune 500 list.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University. He is also a board member for the North Carolina Technology Association, and regularly advises early and mid-stage startups.
Ken Wincko
SVP, Marketing
Ken Wincko is the SVP of Marketing at Cision and PR Newswire, where he manages the company's global marketing strategy. He is also a member of the Executive Management Committee. He has more than 20 years of marketing, product and business development experience in bringing innovative marketing programs and solutions to market for both B2B and B2C organizations.

Prior to Cision and PR Newswire, Ken held senior-level marketing and product leadership roles at Dun & Bradstreet, ADP, Citigroup, and IBM. Ken is an advisory board member of the CMO Council. He is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences and has been covered in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, TechTarget, Information Management, The Demand Gen Report, and MarketingSherpa.
Whitney Benner
Chief HR Officer
Whitney Benner is the Chief HR Officer for Cision. In her role, Whitney is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation.

Whitney was previously Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PR Newswire, where she set and implemented Human Resource strategy in support of the company’s overall business objectives. Before Whitney joined PR Newswire, she held human resources leadership roles at Medialink and MJI Broadcasting.

Whitney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College.
Jeremy Thompson
Managing Director, EMEA
Jeremy Thompson is Managing Director of Cision EMEA, based in London, UK.

Jeremy formed Gorkana Group, where he served as CEO from 2011 to 2014, through a a series of mergers, combining Gorkana, Durrants and Metrica. Cision acquired Gorkana Group in 2014. Jeremy began his career in the information industry at Thomson Reuters, followed by a stint at PR Newswire before getting into the media intelligence sector.

He is chairman of the industry trade association, AMEC (International Association for the Measurement & Evaluation of Communication), and has served on their board since 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Classics from The University of Manchester.
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