Gary Laben Selected as New CEO of Research Now
PLANO, Texas, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Research Now, the global leader in digital data collection to power analytics and insights, today announced that Gary Laben has been chosen as the new Chief Executive Officer effective as of March 29 and will become a member of the Board. He succeeds former President and CEO Kurt Knapton, who tendered his resignation in October 2015, but remains on the Board.
Laben brings over 25 years of executive leadership and industry experience in using data to power marketing decisions for clients, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of KBM Group and as Global Chief Data Officer of Wunderman. KBM Group, a data-driven marketing solutions company, and Wunderman, a digital and direct marketing agency, are both part of WPP. As CEO of KBM, he led the company through the successful integration of several acquisitions and mergers, directed its global expansion, and is recognized for having built and unified the management teams.
Research Now also announced today that John Rothwell, the company’s Chief Operating Officer has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. Rothwell, the first employee of Research Now, returned to the company four years ago and now leads the company’s market-facing functions.
“The Board of Directors of Research Now is very excited about Gary joining the company as its CEO,” said John Civantos, Board member and Managing Partner at Court Square Capital Partners, the majority owner of Research Now. “He is an executive with substantial demonstrated leadership success; and we are thrilled to have him leading Research Now, along with John Rothwell and the rest our exceptional management team. His experience in growing businesses both organically and through acquisitions will further support Research Now’s innovation, customer focus and growth in this dynamic industry.”
“Research Now is at the forefront of an evolving industry,” said Laben. “The organization is preparing to offer extensive data and technology solutions to research problems, and continues to be the dominant player in data collection for the market research industry. I am thrilled to join at this exciting time.”
About Research Now
Research Now Group, Inc., is the global leader in digital data collection to power analytics and insights. It enables data-driven decision making for its 3,000 market research, consulting, media, and corporate clients through its permission-based access to millions of deeply-profiled consumers using online, mobile, social media and behavioral data collection technology platforms. The company operates in more than 36 countries, from 23 offices around the globe, and is recognized as the quality, scale and customer satisfaction leader in its industry. For more information go to researchnow.com.