We meet extraordinary challenges with extraordinary talent. These industry leaders are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to powering your story.

 

Brandon Crawley, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Brandon Crawley
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Brandon Crawley joined Cision as Interim Chief Executive Officer following Platinum Equity’s acquisition of the Company in January 2020 and currently oversees the Cision executive management team across operations globally. Crawley is a Principle at Platinum Equity, LLC, and since 2013, has served on the Operating Councils of several Platinum portfolio companies, helping companies transition into the Platinum Equity portfolio.

Prior to joining Platinum Equity, Crawley was in the Private Equity Practice at Alvarez and Marsal PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on the performance improvement and acquisition integration strategies for private equity portfolio companies across a variety of industries.
 
Crawley holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Prasant Gondipalli, EVP/Chief Financial Officer
Prasant Gondipalli
EVP/Chief Financial Officer

With more than 15 years of accounting and finance experience working in consulting and corporate, Prasant Gondipalli oversees Cision's finance and accounting functions as Chief Financial Officer. 

Prior to Cision, Gondipalli was Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Platinum Equity. He was also Senior Vice President Transformation at Key Energy Services, and Vice President, Corporate Controller/Treasurer/Business Transformation at BlueLine Rental. Before moving to corporate, Gondipalli worked in Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring practice.

Gondipalli is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University. He resides in Chicago with his wife and children.

Robert Coppola, Chief Information Officer
Robert Coppola
Chief Information Officer
Robert Coppola is responsible for managing and enhancing Cision's technology capabilities and security posture on a global basis. Prior to joining Cision, Coppola spent four years with McGraw-Hill Financial as the Chief Information and Technology Officer for S&P Capital IQ and S&P Dow Jones Indices, a leading provider of ratings, benchmarking and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets. There, he was responsible for driving the overarching technology strategy, architecture and development in addition to evolving multiple silo-based teams into one global operating team. He has also held leadership positions with Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg LP. Coppola holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Rutgers University.
Chris Copeland, Chief Technology Officer
Chris Copeland
Chief Technology Officer
Chris leads the global product and development teams to build and deliver the Cision platform. His focus is on harnessing our large-scale data to make earned media measurable. 

Prior to joining Cision, Copeland was CTO at TrendKite, and SVP Engineering at RetailMeNot, Inc. His professional experience spans 20 years in Austin tech companies across enterprise software, ecommerce, consumer web, data, and data science. 

Copeland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. In his free-time he enjoys traveling, home improvement projects, bootcamp workouts, and chasing after his two young sons. 
Kristie Scott, General Counsel
Kristie Scott
General Counsel

Kristie Scott has more than 20 years of experience as in-house counsel to technology companies. As General Counsel, Scott is responsible for structuring and negotiating a broad range of technology and corporate agreements, including software licenses, partnerships, vendor contracts, and acquisition documents, as well as advising the company and its board of directors on corporate governance issues and M&A.

Prior to joining Cision in 2004 via Vocus, Scott worked as in-house counsel to Aether Systems, Inc., a wireless technology company, and Credit Management Solutions, a credit processing software provider. Prior to receiving her JD, she developed and programmed various software applications in the defense, time management and recording, and credit processing industries.

Scott graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in computer science and engineering and earned her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She lives with her husband and two sons in Maryland.

Nicole Guillot, President, EMEIA, Canada & LatAm
Nicole Guillot
President, EMEIA, Canada & LatAm
Nicole Guillot is President, EMEIA, Canada & LatAm for Cision. In this role, she leads the Global strategy for all inbound and outbound content for Cision; along with operational and strategic activities across EMEIA, Canada and Latin America.  Guillot’s career has taken a cross-functional journey across all areas of business, within the news and information industry. She has served as corporate director and primary representative in Canada since 2016.  Previous to Cision’s acquisition of Canada Newswire (via PR Newswire), Guillot was President & CEO of Canada Newswire, a role she began in 2013, following two years as Senior Vice President, Global Products for PR Newswire.

Of particular interest to Guillot is work that transforms the way we distribute and engage with content in the digital environment, with focus on analytics that deliver actionable insights.

Guillot is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and based in Toronto, Ontario.
Yujie Chen, President, Asia-Pacific
Yujie Chen
President, Asia-Pacific
Yujie Chen, President, Asia-Pacific, is responsible for Cision's strategic direction and its expanding business operations across the region.

Chen joined PR Newswire in late 2003 to lead its efforts in developing its media distribution network in China. His role steadily expanded to include sales and marketing, editorial and customer services, product development and innovation. Working with his team, Chen pioneered the commercial newswire industry in a market where few believed it had any future and helped establish the company as the dominant player in providing news distribution, financial disclosure as well as media intelligence and monitoring services to customers. He was promoted to head of the company’s business for the entire APAC region in 2013 and currently leads a team of some 200 professionals working out of over a dozen offices across the region, serving thousands of global and local customers with their communications needs.
Ulrik Larsen, President, Cision Social
Ulrik Larsen
President, Cision Social
Ulrik Larsen serves as President, Cision Social, leveraging his experience as CEO of Falcon.io to solidify Cision’s presence as a leader in social media management for Comms.

Larsen has two decades of entrepreneurial experience in the groove between marketing and technology. On the tech side, he had a stint at Oracle as one of the youngest engineers on their consulting team. He later went on to build the global communities’ platform at NetDoctor.com with a small team. This experience led him to co-found and build a Scandinavian social network from the ground up, which was then acquired by media group JP/Politiken.

He went on to co-found a boutique social tech consultancy, working with marquee brands and agencies. After growing its customer base, tech stack, and staff, he led a spin-off of the internal social media management product that would become Falcon.io, now a part of Cision.
Timo Thomann-Rompf, President, Cision Insights
Timo Thomann-Rompf
President, Cision Insights
As President of Cision Insights, Timo Thomann-Rompf plays a lead role in the company’s innovation engine through the creation and deployment of Cision Insights’ portfolio of integrated services for monitoring, analyzing and interpreting social and traditional media. 

Thomann-Rompf has nearly 20 years of experience in communication research and consulting, with a strong understanding of various markets throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He joined PRIME Research in 2000, where he served as Director of Automotive in Mainz, Germany, and later was tasked with overseeing operations in the Americas. 

Thomann-Rompf holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science, having studied Political Science, Sociology and Public Law at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, University of Trier and at Instituts d'études politiques / Sciences Po in Bordeaux, France.