May 2, 2018 – The Clark Partnership, a Monaco–based search firm, continues to fill important roles for Criteo, a global technology company that enables brands and retailers to connect with shoppers. The latest positions filled: Connor McGogney as SVP of corporate development, Jen Whelan as SVP of marketing and Mike Peralta as EVP of central sales & operations. Simon Clark, co-founder and CEO of the leadership provider, led the searches.
Mr. McGogney was most recently VP of global mergers and acquisitions at Nielsen for two years and a VP at Credit Suisse for five years. Before those roles, he was a senior consultant with Westwater Corp. Prior to that, he held various consulting roles at Accenture.
Ms. Whelan has more than 20 years of experience in marketing. She was previously the SVP of marketing at Innovid. Before that, she was with Qualcomm, where she served as senior director of global marketing. Ms. Whelan also served as director of global advertising at Microsoft, where she led the global consumer advertising campaign to launch the Windows Phone 7.
Mr. Peralta brings more than 20 years of management and internet technology experience to his new role, with deep expertise in the advertising technology and digital advertising industries. He had been president and CEO of AudienceScience, where he oversaw all functional areas of the company. Previously, he held numerous executive positions in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including jobs as the CRO of MediaMath, COO of Magnetic, CRO of Tumri and an SVP at AOL and Advertising.com.
Criteo, a leader in commerce marketing, is looking to build the highest performing and open commerce marketing ecosystem to drive profits and sales for retailers and brands. More than 2,700 Criteo team members partner with over 17,000 customers and thousands of publishers across the globe to deliver performance at scale by connecting shoppers to retailers.
Drawing on more than 20 years of executive search experience, Mr. Clark has placed over 1,000 senior executives, including chairmen, non-executive directors, CEOs and their direct reports for publicly traded and private equity-backed tech & clean-tech clients. He has built a reputation with clients for recruiting excellent leaders who create high impact for their employment brands. He is also known for helping to elevate the candidate experience, which is often neglected during the search process.
Simon, talk a little about your relationship with Criteo. Have you conducted other searches for them?
The Clark Partnership has worked with the co-founders and executive team at Criteo since 2015 and has been instrumental in hiring global functional leadership that has delivered performance and enhanced culture to the company. We are viewed by the company as a strategic search partner and viewed by the industry as a mainstay search firm for them. We have successfully completed the following searches for Criteo: general counsel and company secretary, EVP of human resources, EVP of Americas, VP of talent acquisition, VP of total rewards and VP of finance.
How and why were these three candidates placed at Criteo?
Each of the candidates possesses the cultural agility and fit that Criteo looks for when hiring senior executives. All three candidates have deep advertising and technology industry knowledge and experience, are domain expert leaders within their respective functions, can operate strategically while being very hands-on operationally, possess high EQ combined with a strong IQ and have experience in leading and managing very large global teams within matrix environments in large public technology companies.
“The Clark Partnership has worked with the co-founders and executive team at Criteo since 2015 and has been instrumental in hiring global functional leadership that has delivered performance and enhanced culture to the company.”
Can you share some other recent search work your firm has completed or is currently engaged in?
We are retained on searches for SoftBank Vision Fund, the world’s first $100 billion global tech investment firm, and are leading the head of investor relations and fundraising search and have recently completed their head of communications and head of internal audit searches, as well as being instrumental in hiring the leadership that started and regulated the fund. A number of their portfolio companies turn to us and have retained us to lead high-level leadership searches for them, such as Uber, OYO and OneWeb, and we are engaged in multiple search mandates for all of these companies, too, across Europe and the U.S.
How do you see the current state of the job market?
I can only provide insight from our unique vantage point, and as far as private equity and technology go it is incredibly buoyant, mainly because we are partnering so closely with the funders and disrupters that are sparking the growth in these areas.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media