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LIGHTSPEED APPOINTS NEW MANAGING DIRECTORS TO FOCUS ON GROWTH AND INNOVATION ACROSS EUROPE
February 7, 2019
Jackie Blackler and Simon Buckley promoted to the roles of Managing Director, based out of London
LONDON (07 February 2019) – Today, Lightspeed announced two key internal staff promotions to lead its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business. Jackie Blackler and Simon Buckley have been named Managing Directors, both reporting to Caroline Frankum, Global Chief Executive Officer. With overall responsibility for operations, sales, marketing, leadership and development of Lightspeed across seven European offices, Blackler and Buckley will play key roles in meeting the company’s ambitious growth goals as well as continuing to build Lightspeed’s reputation as a global insights technology platform.
“I am excited to see this new leadership team move our business forward as we build a stronger organization across Europe,” stated Frankum. “Jackie and Simon have played integral roles in Lightspeed’s growth, and share the same core values and goals to support the performance of EMEA going forward. Their abilities and management styles complement each other perfectly, and have helped solidify our EMEA performance as best in class in our industry.”
With 20 plus years of experience in the research industry, Blackler brings a holistic mix of client and agency-side experience to this new role. She joined the company in 2018 as Vice President of Client Services and immediately provided clients with the highest quality research services and ensured Lightspeed is the partner of choice. Prior to joining the company, she served as Global Account Director at Kantar and Global Media Director at Kantar Worldpanel.
“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to lead Lightspeed EMEA at this exciting time within our company,” stated Blackler. “Being part of a company that has been bold in their ambitions to create unprecedented access to 80 million consumers for our clients is truly inspiring. I look forward to joining the leadership team in 2019.”
Responsible for the overall success of Lightspeed’s transformational offer and sales initiatives across EMEA, Buckley has successfully identified market driven strategies and enhanced the organization’s class leading capabilities since joining the business in 2008. Buckley most recently served as Vice President, Client Development and had previously held roles in both Kantar Millward Brown and Kantar’s operations team, where he had a wide ranging set of responsibilities relating to servicing: global accounts, survey platforms, online tools, technical support, sampling and procurement.
“Lightspeed has transformed into a digital data nexus offering clients speed, improved research, connectivity, scale and efficiency,” stated Buckley. “Stepping into this role, alongside Jackie, opens new opportunities to expand our reach, focusing on quality-driven client relationships and showcasing our talents.”
Lightspeed is a leading digital data collection company on a mission to help clients discover truth through data. Our 700 employees in 14 countries are helping clients find more creative ways of collecting and connecting data: from search to modern survey, from opt-in panels to programmatic exchanges and DMPs, from self-reported answers to appended profiles, from insights to activation. Headquartered in the US, Lightspeed is part of Kantar, one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies.
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