Our mission is to connect the world’s brands to their customers at scale. In a world of fragmented devices and attention, Signal provides an open identity foundation for brands, data owners, and their marketing partners to immediately address customers in real time across any device and any marketing channel.

Mike Sands Read Bio

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Prior to joining Signal, Mike was part of the original Orbitz management team and held the positions of CMO and COO. While at Orbitz, Mike helped take the business from start-up to IPO, then through two acquisitions (Cendant and Blackstone). After Orbitz, Mike joined The Pritzker Group as a partner on their private equity team. Mike also has held management roles at General Motors Corporation and Leo Burnett. His work at General Motors led him to be named a “Marketer of the Next Generation” by Brandweek magazine. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Northwestern University and a Masters in Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management. Mike sits on the Signal board and the board of Angie’s List (ticker ANGI). Other current and prior board experience includes YouBet.com (ticker UBET) sold to Churchill Downs and local Chicago start-ups SIM Partners and ParkWhiz. At Signal, Mike has been recognized with several honors, including the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also been named to the Crain’s Tech 50 list of top technology leaders in Chicago and the Techweek 100 list of the most influential technology leaders in Chicago.

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Marc Kiven Read Bio

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

As the founder of Signal, Marc Kiven brings a wealth of digital marketing domain expertise from senior executive roles at aQuantive (Avenue A | Razorfish and Atlas), Right Media and Centro. Marc served as COO and EVP of Global Expansion at Centro and helped take the company from small startup to dominant player in the local digital display market by building the largest platform for advertisers and agencies seeking local reach in quality publishing and contextual environments. At Right Media, Marc played a visible and active role building the company into the fastest growing media network in the world. Yahoo! acquired Right Media in 2007. Prior to his work at Right Media, Marc was one of the founding members of aQuantive’s Atlas division where he established the Atlas Digital MarketingTechnology as the leading ad server built specifically to address the needs of marketers and ad agencies. Marc began his digital marketing career as senior director of major account sales at Avenue A. Microsoft acquired Avenue A as part of the of aQuantive acquisition in 2007. Marc has a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University. He serves as a director on the Signal board, is an active participant in the IAB and also a frequent speaker at digital marketing events including OMMA, DMA and TechWeek. At Signal, Marc has been recognized with several honors, including the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also been named to the Crain’s Tech 50 list of top technology leaders in Chicago and the Techweek 100 list of the most influential technology leaders in Chicago.

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Eric Lunt Read Bio

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder

Prior to joining Signal, Eric was co-founder and CTO of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. After the acquisition, Eric remained at Google in a senior technology role. Prior to FeedBurner, Eric co-founded and served as CTO at Spyonit.com (acquired by 724 Solutions), served as lead technical architect at Digital Knowledge Assets (creators of the collaborative personal publishing software “sceneServer”), and helped to lead the application architecture team in Accenture’s next generation technology group known as “Project Eagle.” Eric graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a Certificate in Applied Computational Mathematics. Eric was recognized as one of Crain’s Tech 25 for his contributions to drive technology growth in Chicago. He is also a council member of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated effort by World Business Chicago and the Mayor’s office to drive growth and opportunity in the local technology community. At Signal, Eric has been recognized with several honors, including the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was also named Technologist of the Year by the Illinois Technology Association, and included on the Crain’s Tech 50 list of top technology leaders in Chicago and the Techweek 100 list of the most influential technology leaders in Chicago.

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Kelly Davis Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Product Operations & Delivery

Kelly leads the efforts to scale and elevate Signal’s technology solutions through operational leadership and product expertise. She spent her first six years at Signal responsible for customer success as SVP of Client Services. In that role, Kelly oversaw all aspects of technical account management, solution consulting, implementation and customer success, shaping Signal’s culture and reputation for world-class client support. Kelly brings over 15 years of expertise in digital marketing. She was a co-founder and first employee at Centro, serving as the company’s Vice President, Client Services and Operations, and later as its Vice President, Product Management. Over a five-year period, she played a foundational role in successfully leading and growing the business from the ground up to nearly $100 million in annualized revenue, with 125 employees across 11 offices. She received an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University.

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Joe Doran Read Bio

Chief Identity Strategist

Joe Doran, who leads development of the Signal Identity Matching Network, is dedicated to creating technology solutions that make digital marketing more addressable, scalable and efficient. Joe’s focus is on resolving customer identity across offline and online sources for the publisher and adtech ecosystem. A seasoned executive with 20 years of experience at companies including General Mills, Microsoft, Media6Degrees (now Dstillery) and Rallyverse, Joe brings to Signal significant experience across a range of sectors including marketing technology/SaaS, display/search advertising, consumer internet services and consumer packaged goods. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy (West Point).

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Neil Joyce Read Bio

Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Chief Revenue Officer

Neil leads Signal’s global sales and business development efforts. Based in Chicago, Joyce has 15 years of experience spanning the digital marketing ecosystem in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. Neil has held key management positions at IBM and Acxiom and joined Signal from BrightEdge, where he led a business expansion across APAC. He studied at the University of Kent. Neil leads Signal’s global sales and business development efforts.

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Sara Maskivish Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Global Client Delivery

As SVP of Global Client Delivery, Sara is dedicated to supporting efforts between sales and product, ensuring the successful delivery of all Signal solutions per client requirements in a repeatable, scalable and profitable way. Employee No. 17 at Signal, Sara started in client services, leading those in Implementation & Delivery, Technical Support & Engineering, Solutions, Vendor Integrations, and Knowledge Management in Chicago, London and Australia. By partnering closely with Signal’s Commercial Account Development team, Sara has contributed to efforts in growing existing data collection customers to utilizing Signal’s Customer Identity Solutions. Sara has over 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing, including time as Account Group Director for State Farm Insurance, and leading marketing for in-store services at PetSmart Inc. She received her B.A. in Graphic Design at San Diego State University.

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Kathy Menis Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Kathy Menis is an expert in technology marketing, with 20 years of experience creating and leading strategic, results-driven marketing programs. At Signal, Ms. Menis oversees all marketing initiatives, including the company’s brand, product marketing, and go-to-market strategy. Ms. Menis joins Signal from Experian Marketing Services, a leader in data-driven marketing. In her role as Director of Product Marketing, Ms. Menis supported Experian’s Targeting division, which delivers comprehensive data, linkage and audience activation services to help brand advertisers optimize their omnichannel marketing. Over her career Ms. Menis has built several marketing functions from the ground-up, including the marketing program at Chicago start-up INOC, now the leading outsourced network operating center (NOC) monitoring company in the U.S. She also launched and led the Retail Channel Management group at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. working with leading retailers such as Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and several national department store chains. She has an M.B.A. in Marketing from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in Communications from DePaul University.

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Blane Sims Read Bio

Chief Innovation Officer

Blane defines the strategy and roadmap for Signal’s award-winning technology platform. Blane is Signal’s product visionary, leading the design of its breakthrough real-time, cross-channel platform. Prior to Signal, Blane led the Private Label and affiliate marketing product teams at Orbitz. Blane helped shape the early years of dynamic web content delivery as a product manager at Vignette. He also has spent time working with early-stage companies in the enterprise search and IT systems management spaces. Blane is a frequent speaker on the topics of behavioral data collection, cookie controls and best practices with regard to the intersection of online privacy and technology.

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Todd Schoenherr Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Product

Todd Schoenherr is SVP of Product at Signal. Prior to Signal he was a VP at Guild Capital, a boutique venture capital firm focused on growth media and technology companies. While there, he evaluated investments and served in a number of leadership positions at portfolio companies. He also has led various product and marketing teams at Orbitz Worldwide and consulted for Fortune 500 clients at Accenture. Todd received a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Giuliana Summer Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Finance

Giuliana has over 20 years of experience in setting up and growing financial operations, including transactional experience in early-stage companies. Prior to Signal, she worked at FeedBurner, where she managed accounting and finance, and was instrumental in developing and implementing the sales, revenue and accounting operating system to effectively manage over 200 advertisers and 1,500 publishers in FeedBurner’s ad network. Giuliana was also a key member of the deal team closing the sale of FeedBurner to Google and joined Google to integrate FeedBurner’s operations and revenue management platform into Google’s financial operations platform. Giuliana began her career at Ernst & Young, working extensively in the entrepreneurial services and transaction advisory practice for 10 years. Giuliana holds a B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a CPA.

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Franco Turrinelli Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Strategic Development

Franco contributes to Signal’s strategic initiatives and corporate development efforts, working closely with all members of Signal’s leadership team to advance the company’s strategic agenda, and leveraging more than 20 years of experience in tracking and contributing to the growth and success of technology services companies. Franco joins Signal from Textura Corporation, a software-as-a-service solution provider to the construction industry, where is served as their Head of Corporate Development. While at Textura, the business grew more than tenfold and Franco played a central role in taking the company public on the NYSE. Franco’s responsibilities included operational oversight for new products he brought to market, product strategy, pricing strategy, international market entry, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets initiatives. Prior to Textura, Franco was a Principal at Investment Bank William Blair helping oversee their SaaS practice. Franco graduated from Imperial College, London with an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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Tomo Yamazaki Read Bio

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Japan and East Asia

Tomo leads Signal’s strategy, sales and business development efforts in Japan and East Asia. Based in Tokyo, he works closely with Yahoo! JAPAN, the digital market leader in Japan, bringing Signal’s real-time, cross-channel marketing technology to Japanese agencies and clients. Prior to Signal, Tomo served as Japan Country Manager at the NYSE- listed Chinese company, Renren, where he developed business partnerships and built and operated social network services and social gaming services in Japan. Previously, he led digital marketing businesses at Overture Japan and Yahoo! JAPAN, where he was responsible for enhancing paid listing and interest-matching ad products, and optimizing monetization for publishers. He began his career as a software engineer for digital consumer electronics products at Sony, designing innovative products such as PalmOS-based PDA “CLIE.” Tomo holds an M.B.A. from Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and a M.S.E. in Mechano-Informatics from University of Tokyo.

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2010

Mike Sands, Marc Kiven and Eric Lunt, much dismayed by a fragmented marketing landscape, meet to strategize ways to fix what they see as missed opportunities for brands. Together, they share a vision for making sense of the mess, and found Chicago-based BrightTag. Its tag management solution enables online publishers and marketers to streamline data as well as advertising management and complexity — something Signal still does today.

Gaining momentum, the company raises $3 million in Series A funding led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and TomorrowVentures. Recognizing our enormous promise, other investors jump on board, including EPIC Ventures and Jason Knapp.

2010

2011

Our tag management solution and data hub integration platform officially launches to the public. The platform is purpose-built to optimize the collection of data, with server-direct, real-time capabilities for passing data from websites and mobile apps to multiple vendors.

As the product takes off, the company secures $5 million in Series B funding, and adds I2A Fund to its roster of ardent supporters.

2011

2012

Two sure signs that a company’s heading in the right direction: a new address for a growing team, and fresh funding from some leading venture capital firms. In our case, that comes as a move to new offices at 440 N. Wells Street in Chicago and a $15 million Series C funding round led by Baird Capital, with contributions from EPIC Ventures, I2A Fund, Pritzker Group Venture Capital and TomorrowVentures.

With a Chicago Innovation Award and an eTail Rising Star Award further galvanizing our mission to fix the broken marketing machine, we enter the European market through the acquisition of SiteTagger — at that time among the largest tag management solutions in the U.K.

2012

2013

Yahoo! JAPAN becomes the Japanese market’s exclusive distributor of the BrightTag platform. We next sets our sights on Latin America, partnering with AUNICA to provide Brazilian and Latin American marketers with a results-driven, omnichannel data platform.

Support grows and grows, culminating in $27 million in Series D funding from Baird Capital, EPIC Ventures, G-Bar Ventures, I2A Fund, Jumpstart Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital and TomorrowVentures.

2013

2014

Ahead of our inclusion in the Red Herring Top 100 North America, we take a bold step and change our name to Signal, a brand better reflecting our vision for the future of marketing technology. To help brands create next-generation customer experiences, the open data platform that sits at the core of Signal’s business today is born.

Building a global brand means you must have reach and presence in places like Sydney, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Melbourne and Sao Paulo. It also means you must have a world-class headquarters. So Signal relocates again, to a new HQ enjoying state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities while providing ultimate accessibility to Chicago’s West Loop, the heart of the city’s technology corridor.

To close out the year, Signal surpasses 10,000 customers. That’s a lot of happy people.

2014

2015

Signal ranks number 51 on Inc. magazine’s annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., buoyed by 5,244% year-over-year growth and more than 100 new team members.

The honors don’t stop there. Signal also lands at number 11 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 names the fastest-growing technology, life sciences, energy tech and media companies in North America. This continued recognition helps position Signal at the forefront of its industry as a cross-industry vertical solution provider.

2015

2016

Crain’s Chicago Business names Signal the number one fastest-growing company in the Windy City. The company also completes a $30 million Series E funding round, led by Chicago-based I2A, joined by Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Baird Capital, EPIC Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

Signal also joins the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory association dedicated to responsible data collection and its use for digital advertising. No one captures the spirit of this partnership better than NAI President and CEO Leigh Freund: “Signal honors high standards for consumer privacy and upholds a true commitment to compliance. We look forward to helping innovative businesses thrive, together.”

In addition, Signal is once again named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, coming in at number 14 in Chicago and number 13 in Illinois. Credit the more than 130 dedicated, passionate team members that help make honors like this possible.

2016

2017

Moving on up (and over), Signal relocates to its new 27,000-square-foot headquarters at 222 N. LaSalle St., a.k.a. the Builders Building, a 90-year-old office tower overlooking the Chicago River. Following five-year growth of more than 10,000% and with a staff eclipsing 160 employees company-wide, the new space comes as a very welcome change.

Here’s to all that the future has in store.

2017

How stop-and-go onboarding goes off the rails

The Drum

Given the breakneck speed at which new engagement channels emerge and the dubious incentives that drive manufactured scale and reach, it’s no wonder that the ad tech world is notorious for over-promising and under-delivering

How to win new customers without losing loyal ones

Business Insider

Business Insider features Signal SVP of Marketing, Kathy Menis, discussing the rise of the Chief Growth Officer, and implication for the CMO.

3 ways CMOs can meet the c-suite’s digital demands

Information Age

Signal SVP of Marketing, Kathy Menis, discusses how CMO’s can implement digital transformation to keep up with increasing customer expectations.

It’s 9 pm – Do You Know Where Your Customers Are?

MediaPost

On Prime Day, @Signal’s CEO discusses with MediaPost how identity can help improve retailer personalization efforts.

Forget Creativity, Data: Celebrate the Customer Experience

Advertising Age

Advertising Age features Signal’s Neil Joyce to discuss why the Cannes Lions advertising event should celebrate a better customer experience going forward.

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Baird Capital, the U.S.-based venture capital fund of Baird Private Equity, makes venture capital investments in early and expansion stage business services and life sciences companies. Baird Capital leverages its in-depth sector knowledge, experienced investment team and network of relationships to serve as a value-added partner for its portfolio companies. Baird Capital and its affiliates have raised and managed over $2.8 billion in capital and invested in more than 250 companies since the 1980s.

I2A is a Seed/Early Stage Venture Capital Fund focused on catalyzing and partnering with the next wave of successful entrepreneurial companies in the Illinois region. I2A was co-founded and launched by many of Chicago’s most prominent business leaders and entities. These leaders of their respective industries have not only invested in I2A but also are committed to helping I2A’s portfolio companies with their collective expertise and networks.

TomorrowVentures is a seed and early-stage venture capital firm focused on developing innovative ideas that have the power to change the way we live, interact, and thrive. Founded in 2009 with a unique approach to venture capital and an extensive, diverse base of experience and expertise, TomorrowVentures adds value far beyond capital. The firm’s goal is to grow companies capable of transforming technology, lifestyle and philanthropy. TomorrowVentures is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has an office in Denver, Colorado.

EPIC Ventures is a premier early stage software and Internet infrastructure venture firm whose mission is to back entrepreneurs and companies positioned to lead the information economy of tomorrow. We bring the collective operational and financial experience of our partnership, our world class advisors, and our extensive network of technology industry contacts to engage and ensure our portfolio’s success. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, EPIC Ventures was originally founded by Zions Bank and is a Partner Fund in the DFJ Global Network.

Pritzker Group Venture Capital, formerly New World Ventures, helps entrepreneurs build market-leading technology companies at every stage of their growth. Since our founding in 1996, our firm has worked side-by-side with entrepreneurs at more than 100 companies, building partnerships based on trust and integrity. Our proprietary capital structure allows for tremendous flexibility, and our experienced team of investment professionals and entrepreneurs offers companies a vast network of strategic relationships and guidance. Successful exits in recent years include Fleetmatics (NYSE: FLTX), SinglePlatform (acquired by Constant Contact), Zinch (acquired by Chegg), Playdom (acquired by Disney), LeftHand Networks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster).

Yahoo! JAPAN, operated by Yahoo Japan Corporation, is a leading Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations in Japan. Yahoo! JAPAN seeks to provide online products and services essential to users’ lives, and offers a full range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users in Japan. Yahoo! JAPAN is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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Mike Sands

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

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Prior to joining Signal, Mike was part of the original Orbitz management team and held the positions of CMO and COO. While at Orbitz, Mike helped take the business from start-up to IPO, then through two acquisitions (Cendant and Blackstone). After Orbitz, Mike joined The Pritzker Group as a partner on their private equity team. Mike also has held management roles at General Motors Corporation and Leo Burnett. His work at General Motors led him to be named a “Marketer of the Next Generation” by Brandweek magazine. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Northwestern University and a Masters in Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management. Mike sits on the Signal board and the board of Angie’s List (ticker ANGI). Other current and prior board experience includes YouBet.com (ticker UBET) sold to Churchill Downs and local Chicago start-ups SIM Partners and ParkWhiz. At Signal, Mike has been recognized with several honors, including the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also been named to the Crain’s Tech 50 list of top technology leaders in Chicago and the Techweek 100 list of the most influential technology leaders in Chicago.

Marc Kiven

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

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As the founder of Signal, Marc Kiven brings a wealth of digital marketing domain expertise from senior executive roles at aQuantive (Avenue A | Razorfish and Atlas), Right Media and Centro. Marc served as COO and EVP of Global Expansion at Centro and helped take the company from small startup to dominant player in the local digital display market by building the largest platform for advertisers and agencies seeking local reach in quality publishing and contextual environments. At Right Media, Marc played a visible and active role building the company into the fastest growing media network in the world. Yahoo! acquired Right Media in 2007. Prior to his work at Right Media, Marc was one of the founding members of aQuantive’s Atlas division where he established the Atlas Digital MarketingTechnology as the leading ad server built specifically to address the needs of marketers and ad agencies. Marc began his digital marketing career as senior director of major account sales at Avenue A. Microsoft acquired Avenue A as part of the of aQuantive acquisition in 2007. Marc has a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University. He serves as a director on the Signal board, is an active participant in the IAB and also a frequent speaker at digital marketing events including OMMA, DMA and TechWeek. At Signal, Marc has been recognized with several honors, including the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also been named to the Crain’s Tech 50 list of top technology leaders in Chicago and the Techweek 100 list of the most influential technology leaders in Chicago.

Eric Lunt

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder

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Prior to joining Signal, Eric was co-founder and CTO of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. After the acquisition, Eric remained at Google in a senior technology role. Prior to FeedBurner, Eric co-founded and served as CTO at Spyonit.com (acquired by 724 Solutions), served as lead technical architect at Digital Knowledge Assets (creators of the collaborative personal publishing software “sceneServer”), and helped to lead the application architecture team in Accenture’s next generation technology group known as “Project Eagle.” Eric graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a Certificate in Applied Computational Mathematics. Eric was recognized as one of Crain’s Tech 25 for his contributions to drive technology growth in Chicago. He is also a council member of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated effort by World Business Chicago and the Mayor’s office to drive growth and opportunity in the local technology community. At Signal, Eric has been recognized with several honors, including the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was also named Technologist of the Year by the Illinois Technology Association, and included on the Crain’s Tech 50 list of top technology leaders in Chicago and the Techweek 100 list of the most influential technology leaders in Chicago.

Kelly Davis

Senior Vice President, Product Operations & Delivery

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Kelly leads the efforts to scale and elevate Signal’s technology solutions through operational leadership and product expertise. She spent her first six years at Signal responsible for customer success as SVP of Client Services. In that role, Kelly oversaw all aspects of technical account management, solution consulting, implementation and customer success, shaping Signal’s culture and reputation for world-class client support. Kelly brings over 15 years of expertise in digital marketing. She was a co-founder and first employee at Centro, serving as the company’s Vice President, Client Services and Operations, and later as its Vice President, Product Management. Over a five-year period, she played a foundational role in successfully leading and growing the business from the ground up to nearly $100 million in annualized revenue, with 125 employees across 11 offices. She received an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University.

Joe Doran

Chief Identity Strategist

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Joe Doran, who leads development of the Signal Identity Matching Network, is dedicated to creating technology solutions that make digital marketing more addressable, scalable and efficient. Joe’s focus is on resolving customer identity across offline and online sources for the publisher and adtech ecosystem. A seasoned executive with 20 years of experience at companies including General Mills, Microsoft, Media6Degrees (now Dstillery) and Rallyverse, Joe brings to Signal significant experience across a range of sectors including marketing technology/SaaS, display/search advertising, consumer internet services and consumer packaged goods. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy (West Point).

Neil Joyce

Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Chief Revenue Officer

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Neil leads Signal’s global sales and business development efforts. Based in Chicago, Joyce has 15 years of experience spanning the digital marketing ecosystem in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. Neil has held key management positions at IBM and Acxiom and joined Signal from BrightEdge, where he led a business expansion across APAC. He studied at the University of Kent. Neil leads Signal’s global sales and business development efforts.

Sara Maskivish

Senior Vice President, Global Client Delivery

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As SVP of Global Client Delivery, Sara is dedicated to supporting efforts between sales and product, ensuring the successful delivery of all Signal solutions per client requirements in a repeatable, scalable and profitable way. Employee No. 17 at Signal, Sara started in client services, leading those in Implementation & Delivery, Technical Support & Engineering, Solutions, Vendor Integrations, and Knowledge Management in Chicago, London and Australia. By partnering closely with Signal’s Commercial Account Development team, Sara has contributed to efforts in growing existing data collection customers to utilizing Signal’s Customer Identity Solutions. Sara has over 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing, including time as Account Group Director for State Farm Insurance, and leading marketing for in-store services at PetSmart Inc. She received her B.A. in Graphic Design at San Diego State University.

Kathy Menis

Senior Vice President, Marketing

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Kathy Menis is an expert in technology marketing, with 20 years of experience creating and leading strategic, results-driven marketing programs. At Signal, Ms. Menis oversees all marketing initiatives, including the company’s brand, product marketing, and go-to-market strategy. Ms. Menis joins Signal from Experian Marketing Services, a leader in data-driven marketing. In her role as Director of Product Marketing, Ms. Menis supported Experian’s Targeting division, which delivers comprehensive data, linkage and audience activation services to help brand advertisers optimize their omnichannel marketing. Over her career Ms. Menis has built several marketing functions from the ground-up, including the marketing program at Chicago start-up INOC, now the leading outsourced network operating center (NOC) monitoring company in the U.S. She also launched and led the Retail Channel Management group at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. working with leading retailers such as Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and several national department store chains. She has an M.B.A. in Marketing from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in Communications from DePaul University.

Blane Sims

Chief Innovation Officer

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Blane defines the strategy and roadmap for Signal’s award-winning technology platform. Blane is Signal’s product visionary, leading the design of its breakthrough real-time, cross-channel platform. Prior to Signal, Blane led the Private Label and affiliate marketing product teams at Orbitz. Blane helped shape the early years of dynamic web content delivery as a product manager at Vignette. He also has spent time working with early-stage companies in the enterprise search and IT systems management spaces. Blane is a frequent speaker on the topics of behavioral data collection, cookie controls and best practices with regard to the intersection of online privacy and technology.

Todd Schoenherr

Senior Vice President, Product

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Todd Schoenherr is SVP of Product at Signal. Prior to Signal he was a VP at Guild Capital, a boutique venture capital firm focused on growth media and technology companies. While there, he evaluated investments and served in a number of leadership positions at portfolio companies. He also has led various product and marketing teams at Orbitz Worldwide and consulted for Fortune 500 clients at Accenture. Todd received a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Giuliana Summer

Senior Vice President, Finance

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Giuliana has over 20 years of experience in setting up and growing financial operations, including transactional experience in early-stage companies. Prior to Signal, she worked at FeedBurner, where she managed accounting and finance, and was instrumental in developing and implementing the sales, revenue and accounting operating system to effectively manage over 200 advertisers and 1,500 publishers in FeedBurner’s ad network. Giuliana was also a key member of the deal team closing the sale of FeedBurner to Google and joined Google to integrate FeedBurner’s operations and revenue management platform into Google’s financial operations platform. Giuliana began her career at Ernst & Young, working extensively in the entrepreneurial services and transaction advisory practice for 10 years. Giuliana holds a B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a CPA.

Franco Turrinelli

Senior Vice President, Strategic Development

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Franco contributes to Signal’s strategic initiatives and corporate development efforts, working closely with all members of Signal’s leadership team to advance the company’s strategic agenda, and leveraging more than 20 years of experience in tracking and contributing to the growth and success of technology services companies. Franco joins Signal from Textura Corporation, a software-as-a-service solution provider to the construction industry, where is served as their Head of Corporate Development. While at Textura, the business grew more than tenfold and Franco played a central role in taking the company public on the NYSE. Franco’s responsibilities included operational oversight for new products he brought to market, product strategy, pricing strategy, international market entry, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets initiatives. Prior to Textura, Franco was a Principal at Investment Bank William Blair helping oversee their SaaS practice. Franco graduated from Imperial College, London with an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Tomo Yamazaki

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Japan and East Asia

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Tomo leads Signal’s strategy, sales and business development efforts in Japan and East Asia. Based in Tokyo, he works closely with Yahoo! JAPAN, the digital market leader in Japan, bringing Signal’s real-time, cross-channel marketing technology to Japanese agencies and clients. Prior to Signal, Tomo served as Japan Country Manager at the NYSE- listed Chinese company, Renren, where he developed business partnerships and built and operated social network services and social gaming services in Japan. Previously, he led digital marketing businesses at Overture Japan and Yahoo! JAPAN, where he was responsible for enhancing paid listing and interest-matching ad products, and optimizing monetization for publishers. He began his career as a software engineer for digital consumer electronics products at Sony, designing innovative products such as PalmOS-based PDA “CLIE.” Tomo holds an M.B.A. from Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and a M.S.E. in Mechano-Informatics from University of Tokyo.