Since we started, we’ve had one goal: improve the lives of the people behind the campaigns. That’s why we build media management software to help people reach their business goals better, faster and more frequently. Let’s eliminate unnecessary activity. Let’s improve collaboration between actual humans. Let’s offer greater insight, reduce screw-ups and help people get what they want: connection with audiences across all digital channels in the most successful way possible.
We’ve built a leadership team that’s constructively discontent. Who care about our industry. And the people who are in it.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Shawn Riegsecker founded the company in 2001 intent on building software to eliminate operational inefficiencies, solve growing complexity and fragmentation challenges, and help marketers make smarter decisions. Since then, as CEO, he has built Centro into one of the largest providers of media operations software and managed services in the industry. His leadership, commitment to innovation and modernized approach to culture and employee happiness have led Centro to receive many accolades, including No. 1 on Crain's Chicago Business' Best Places to Work for four years in a row (2011-2014). Shawn is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Economic Club of Chicago as well as a founding board member of The Centrist Party, a political party for moderate Americans, and an advisory board member for TechWeek. He also serves on the selection committee for 1871, a community of Chicago-based digital start-ups and is an angel investor in the FireStarter Fund, a group of Chicago founders supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Leo Brubaker is responsible for the management and execution of Centro's vision and strategy. Prior to becoming Centro's COO, Leo led Centro's financial strategy as CFO. Leo joined Centro in 2006 and has since helped Centro grow and scale its operations, organically and through acquisition. In addition, in 2010 Leo helped lead Centro's Series A round of institutional financing. Leo started his career in public accounting with Ernst & Young and then served as VP and Controller at Oak Brook Bank, a publicly traded company. Leo holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern as well as an M.S. degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Miami University (Ohio). Leo is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Kelly is responsible for leadership and management of Centro's marketing activities, including strategy, branding and communications and multi-channel programs. Kelly has more than 19 years of experience marketing high-growth firms in the enterprise software sector. While at Undertone, Kelly spearheaded the company's brand re-launch as well as multiple successful acquisitions, product launches and marketing campaigns, helping the company significantly grow market share and revenue. Previous positions include CMO and senior management roles at Tideway, DataSynapse and Optum. In 2008, Kelly was named Business Executive of the Year in a Computer Software and Services Company by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. In 2014, Kelly won the AWNY Working Mothers of the Year Award for her role as a new mom.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Michael Bruns is responsible for providing financial leadership and guidance to move Centro through its next phase of growth. Michael has more than 20 years of experience building and advising technology businesses from early stage through IPO or sale. Before Centro, he was COO/CFO of Codifyd, a provider of cloud-based software and technology services for online retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. Prior to that, he was COO/CFO of ClearTrial, where he built the financial and operational infrastructure required to scale the business, eventually leading to its sale to Oracle, where he led the due diligence, transaction negotiation, and integration. Previously, he served as a senior technology investment banker at Robert W. Baird & Co. and Jefferies Broadview. Michael earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.
Executive Vice President, Client Services
Scott Neslund joined Centro as Executive Vice President of Media Services, a role which oversees Centro's client services units. Scott has over 20 years of experience leading media and digital agencies in the U.S. with significant global experience in Europe, Asia and Canada. He started his career with a 17-year stint at Leo Burnett where he oversaw media for clients United Airlines, Kellogg's and Coca Cola's agency of record in Italy, and led Leo Burnett's media services in Japan. Scott went on to launch Starcom MediaVest's agency business in Canada. From 2005 to 2009 Scott led Mindshare, first as Managing Director of the Chicago office and then as CEO of North America. He then served as CEO of Red Bricks Media and, later, as President of Moxie Interactive, a subsidiary of the Publicis Group. Scott is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management with an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business.
Senior Vice President, Software Client Solutions
Katie is Senior Vice President of Software Client Solutions, leading a team that helps brands, agencies and publishers maximize the value of Centro’s technology for their businesses. Katie is responsible for elevating customers’ technology expertise and capabilities through training and best practices. Katie was previously Centro's Senior Vice President of Publisher Development where she led strategic relationships with more than 10,000 publisher partners. She launched Centro's audience extension business unit as well as the Centro Brand Exchange. She began her decade-long career at Centro as a media buyer, handling the planning and execution of campaigns for marquee accounts including General Motors and Lionsgate. She started in print, as a sales account executive for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Katie is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and lives in Chicago. Katie holds a B.A. in English from Indiana University.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Ben Pashman leads the company's strategic partnerships with emerging media technology companies in the areas of video, social, mobile and digital out-of-home, among others. Ben is also responsible for evaluating strategic investment opportunities for Centro. Ben has 15 years of digital media marketing experience, including 10 years in internet advertising sales and business development. Most recently he served as the first business executive at Gigya, a leading social media SaaS technology company. Previous positions include senior sales and product management roles at Doubleclick, Conde Nast and Travelzoo.
Past President and CEO, GMI
Mike Brochu is a seasoned technology executive who has over 20 years of senior-level experience at a variety of global companies. Most recently he was the President and CEO of Global Market Insite, a developer of technology platforms serving the market research industry, acquired in September 2011 by WPP. Prior leadership positions include President and CEO of Loudeye Corporation and Primus Knowledge Solutions, Inc.,and President and COO of Sierra On-Line, Inc. Mike currently sits on the board of directors of Vines of Mendoza, Zotec Partners, hopTo and the advisory board of Seattle-based venture capital firm Voyager Capital, which is also one of GMI's early institutional investors. Mike was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.
Partner, FTV Capital
Liron is responsible for leading investments in the software and business services sectors. Prior to joining FTV Capital, Liron was responsible for software investments at venture funds including Lazard Technology Partners, Giza GE Venture Fund and BRM Capital. Before entering the venture capital field, Liron served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Fundtech Corporation, a global provider of electronic payments, cash management and settlement solutions. At Fundtech, Liron was responsible for leading strategic planning, and for identifying and executing on strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Liron began his career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, where he provided corporate finance and strategic advisory services to leading companies in the technology industry. Liron received a BS degree magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a joint JD/MBA degree from the Columbia Law and Business Schools.
CEO, Acorn Systems
Leland is on the board of Labanswer (lab informatics), Solarsense (alternative energy development), Realnexx (real estate software), Trivie (social gaming/training) and also a co-founder & Executive Chairman. He helps these companies with strategy, marketing, sales and general mentoring. Previously, Leland set the strategy for Acorn Performance Group and oversaw its daily operations. He brings extensive experience in managing large organizations that deliver software solutions and consulting services to corporate customers. Prior to Acorn, Leland was at BMC Software, where he served as an Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. There, he was responsible for worldwide marketing operations and grew the division to 275 employees, as BMC evolved from a mainframe product vendor to an enterprise software company. Prior to BMC, Leland worked for Oracle in various senior management positions, including Vice President of Product Marketing and Regional VP of Sales. He received a B.A. with Honors in Economics from Princeton University.
Founding Partner, Abundant Venture Partners
Prior to forming the partnership, Andrew was president at Starcom MediaVest Group, where he led global operations, the agency's human experience network, and the B2B and technology practice. Andrew rose through the ranks at Starcom having entered the organization via Starcom IP, the agency's digital unit. Andrew Swinand began his professional career as an account supervisor at BBDO, then served as a brand manager in Procter & Gamble's beauty care division, later becoming marketing director for reflect.com, P&G's first ecommerce company. Andrew proudly served his country as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army, after receiving his degree from the Wharton School of Business. Regarded as an innovative leader by the industry at large, Andrew has been recognized by Advertising Age as a Media Maven, was included in Mediaweek's "Power 50," appeared on the Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40" list, and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement.
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