Centro Announces Board of Directors
CHICAGO, IL – May 10, 2012 – Centro, the leading provider of intelligent media logistics software and services for agencies, publishers, and advertisers, today announced its board of directors to include Andrew Swinand, Eric Byunn, Leland Putterman and Mike Brochu. The members were selected based on their wide range of talent in leadership, finance, technology and marketing.
Centro’s newly elected board includes:
Andrew Swinand, Founding Partner, Abundant Venture Partners and former President, Global Operations, Starcom Mediavest Group
Regarded as an innovative leader by the industry, Andrew Swinand was previously president at Starcom MediaVest Group, where he led global operations, the agency’s human experience network, and the B2B and technology practice. He has been recognized by Advertising Age as a Media Maven, Mediaweek magazine as one of the Industry’s “Power 50” and Media Magazine’s “Rising Star”, and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2008. Andrew proudly served his country as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army after receiving his degree from the Wharton School of Business.
Eric Byunn, Partner, Head of Software, FTV Capital
Eric Byunn has more than 14 years of experience in venture capital, technology and management consulting. Currently, he serves as the head of software at FTV Capital, a multi-stage growth equity firm that invests in innovative, high-growth companies. Prior to joining FTV Capital, Eric was director of online services at myCFO, a start-up wealth management firm. He joined myCFO from AOL, where he held several roles including management of Netscape’s Personal Finance Channel. Prior to the acquisition of Netscape by AOL, Eric led product management for the Netscape Navigator browser. Eric received an A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University, where he focused on economics and computer science, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Leland Putterman, CEO, Acorn Systems
Leland brings extensive experience in managing large organizations that deliver software solutions to corporate customers. Leland came to Acorn from BMC Software where he served as an executive officer and vice president of global marketing. Prior to BMC, Leland worked for Oracle in various senior management positions, including vice president of product marketing. He was also responsible for launching Oracle Energy, a multi-million dollar division focusing on the upstream sector of the energy industry. Leland sits on the board of Digital Consulting and Software Services and has served on several other software company boards. He received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University.
Mike Brochu, Past President and CEO, GMI
Mike Brochu is a seasoned technology executive who brings more than 20 years of senior-level experience and operational excellence. He most recently served as the president and CEO of GMI, a provider of technology enabled solutions for global market research. He has held the CEO post at multiple major technology companies, including Loudeye Corporation, Primus Knowledge Solutions, Inc., and Sierra On-Line, Inc. Mike was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. Mike is a certified public accountant and has a B.B.A. in accounting and finance from the University of Texas at El Paso.
“We are thrilled to introduce Andrew, Eric, Leland, and Mike as members of Centro’s board. They truly understand the problems facing the industry and are passionate about helping Centro’s media logistics platform transform how the industry works,” said Shawn Riegsecker, Founder and CEO of Centro. “Their expertise, integrity and talent give Centro excellent oversight and outside leadership as we continue to build software that helps agencies and publishers create a healthier and more prosperous future.”
Since its founding in 2001, Centro has made it easier to buy and sell digital media as a partner to more than 2,900 advertisers and 750 agencies, helping them simplify complex media decisions, connections, and processes in an increasingly digital world. Centro’s leadership, commitment to innovation in the digital media industry, and unique approach to culture and employee engagement has led to many accolades, including appearing on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, the Inc. 500, and No. 1 on Crain’s Chicago Business’ Best Places to Work 2012 for the second year in a row.
Centro (www.centro.net) partners with advertising agencies to improve their campaign performance and digital media teams’ productivity in order to better manage costs and maximize profitability. Centro is the only provider that offers both managed services and cloud software options to simplify and streamline the full campaign life cycle to meet the unique requirements of every agency. Since 2001, Centro’s media logistics specialists have successfully planned and executed more than 22,000 local and national campaigns across all digital display platforms and ad media types. Headquartered in Chicago with 32 offices nationwide, Centro’s success and commitment to culture has led to many accolades, including #1 on Crain’s Best Places to Work in Chicago in 2011, 2012 and 2013.