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 of directors. Other current and prior board experience includes Angie’s List (ticker ANGI) acquired by IAC subsidiary HomeAdvisor, YouBet.com (ticker UBET) acquired by Churchill Downs, local Chicago start-ups SIM Partners, acquired by Reputaion.com 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.
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.
EVP, Chief Identity Officer
Joe spearheads Signal’s efforts to deliver world-class Identity solutions for clients, including managing the Signal Identity Network as well as leading sales to publishers, media companies marketers and technology platforms. Joe is dedicated to creating technology solutions that make digital marketing more addressable, scalable and efficient, with a focus on resolving customer identity across offline and online sources at scale and in real time. 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).
Managing Director, EMEA
Michael is Managing Director EMEA, responsible for Signal’s business based in London. Having lead Spongecell’s European growth and a key part of the leadership team, his flair for building multi-disciplinary teams was instrumental in pivoting the business to a successful Enterprise SaaS model, which culminated in an acquisition by Flashtalking in early 2018. His experience spans technology, media, advertising and creative, honed during his career that has evolved from “paper” to “pixels.” He has held management positions at Hearst, News Corp Digital and Associated Newspapers. Michael has a relentless passion for partnerships that add critical business value and help drive better business outcomes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Sport from Leeds Trinity University.
Chief Operating Officer
Jay helms Signal’s marketing, product and delivery efforts, bringing to the company more than two decades of executive leadership in data-driven marketing. Prior to joining Signal, Jay held several executive leadership roles at Experian’s Marketing Services division, including Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Jay is passionate about helping clients connect their data to the emerging world of people-based marketing. Prior to Experian, Jay held product, sales and operational roles at Yahoo!, Nvidia and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), as well as founding his own digital transformation consulting business. He studied computer engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering before earning his MBA from the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business.
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
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.
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.
EVP, Chief Technology Officer
Jason Yanowitz leads Signal’s technology organization. He oversees a fast-paced engineering culture where team members enjoy the satisfaction of complex problem solving across highly scaled low latency systems. Jason brings a quarter century of technological experience to Signal: prior to joining the company, he served as chief architect at digital lending platform Bolstr, also spending five years at e-commerce marketplace Groupon, where he spearheaded development of its international merchant payment system. Jason began his career in the digital gaming sector, with stints at Gamesville and GameLogic. He attended Hampshire College, followed by graduate studies in computer science at UMass Amherst.
During his time at Signal, Marc Kiven brought 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.
Prior to his time at 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.
Now serving as an advisor, Blane previously led the strategy and roadmap for Signal’s award-winning technology 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.