Kenshoo, a global leader in search marketing and online advertising technology, announces today the appointment of Chris Ward as Managing Director of Kenshoo’s UK operations. Ward will be responsible for continuing the company’s strong business growth in the UK and developing industry partnerships that will drive customer acquisition.
Since opening its London office in 2008, Kenshoo has rapidly expanded its footprint in the UK and across Europe. Kenshoo now powers retailers such as John Lewis and global agencies including Havas, Latitude and Omnicom Media Group.
Ward joins Kenshoo after serving 13 years at Microsoft where he grew the online ad sales and search engine marketing staff from 20 to 200. Brought on to set up and run a news site for the fledgling MSN business in 1996, Ward became head of content development, then director of business development and, finally, commercial director. During his tenure, Ward also spearheaded the integration of aQuantive in the UK after its acquisition by Microsoft in 2007.
Prior to Microsoft, Ward was a newspaper journalist for ten years and worked at various national publications including the Daily and Sunday Express, Sunday Times and Daily Mail.
“We’re very excited to have Chris on board at Kenshoo,” said Kenshoo CEO, Yoav Izhar-Prato. “He has an impeccable reputation and strong relationships in the market. Chris also shares the same level of integrity that runs throughout our organization. We are bullish on expanding our presence within the UK and all of Europe and I’m confident Kenshoo’s customers and employees will benefit from Chris’ vision and leadership.”
“Over my career in media and advertising, I’ve seen a lot of change in the industry and technologies available to marketers and agencies,” said Ward. “I believe Kenshoo stands alone on the cutting edge of innovation in the digital space. The company understands the importance of partnership and has a proven ability to interpret customer needs and create scalable solutions that drive results.”
Kenshoo provides a global technology platform for search marketing and online advertising. Kenshoo’s digital marketing software delivers the control, automation and results needed to make better investments across search, social and display campaigns. Advertisers, agencies, and marketing providers use the Kenshoo Enterprise(TM) and Kenshoo Local(TM) suites to direct more than $15 billion USD in online sales revenue and over $1 billion USD in annual ad spend. Kenshoo’s world-class engineering team creates SaaS solutions that power the 8 of the 10 largest ad agency networks and 5 of the top 10 retailers. Kenshoo customers include such brands as Barnes and Noble, Facebook, Havas Digital, Hitwise, iREP, Jobsite, John Lewis, Omnicom Media Group, Starcom MediaVest Group, and Zappos. Kenshoo has 9 international offices and is backed by Sequoia Capital and Arts Alliance. Please visit http://www.Kenshoo.com for more information.
Director of Corporate Marketing and PR, Kenshoo