We meet extraordinary challenges with extraordinary talent. These industry leaders are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to powering your story.

 

Chelsea Mirkin, Senior Vice President, Cision Insights Americas
Chelsea Mirkin
Senior Vice President, Cision Insights Americas

As the head of the Cision Insights Americas division, Chelsea oversees a team of 200 research consultants in the delivery of research-based consulting to enhance corporate and brand reputation, while counseling executives on communications measurement best practices. The work she and her team deliver fuels the world's most admired organizations with the interpretive analysis, actionable insights and strategic guidance they need to set objectives, develop strategies and tactics, and stay on track over time, versus competitors and in light of best practice.

Chelsea has held various leadership positions in the communications research field since 2005. Leading up to the acquisition of PRIME by Cision in 2018, Chelsea led client strategy for PRIME Research US as the Vice President of Client Solutions and Product. Prior to her role on the executive team, Chelsea served as a senior research practitioner and consultant, specializing in the design, execution, oversight and evolution of global research-based consulting programs across a variety of sectors. During her tenure at PRIME, Chelsea also launched and directed a strategic research partnership with a top Global PR Agency, partnering with executives in delivering custom research programs across a diverse portfolio of clients. Her measurement work has been recognized with awards from PRNews, The Holmes Report’s SABRE Awards, and by the IPR for Excellence in PR Measurement.

Chelsea is a member of the Measurement Commission at the Institute of Public Relations, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from The University of Michigan.

Chris Hackney, Senior Vice President, Global Product
Chris Hackney
Senior Vice President, Global Product

Chris Hackney is a leading technology executive bringing 20 years of SaaS, digital media and brand marketing experience to his current role as Chief Product Officer at Cision. In this role he oversees product planning and solutions advancement across all Cision global product lines.

His early career was shaped by roles at Bank of America, Coca-Cola, and WebMD, but realizing the potential of SaaS to transform traditional marketing he joined the executive team of Vitrue to help brands take advantage of an emerging social platform called Facebook. That enterprise grew rapidly and was successfully exited to Oracle, where he then took on building Oracle’s early-stage Customer Success organization to better capture and manage the customer journey across much of Oracle’s SaaS business (including CRM, CPQ, ERP, Social). Following his stint at Oracle he jumped back into the startup waters as President and COO of Insightpool where he established it as the global leader in Influencer Marketing. Insightpool’s success led to its merger with TrendKite and subsequent combination with Cision in pursuit of building the industry-leading earned media software solution in the world today.

Kevin West, Senior Vice President, MultiVu
Kevin West
Senior Vice President, MultiVu

Kevin West is Senior Vice President of MultiVu, where he is responsible for the management of the overall business providing strategic vision, operational efficiency/excellence and technical development leadership.  Under his leadership, MultiVu has seen growth and expansion through the addition of Creative services and Agency capabilities.

Kevin is a 30-year veteran of PR Newswire/Cision and has served in a wide range of roles – client services, sales, marketing, product development and operations.

Michael Laxineta, President, Bulletin Intelligence
Michael Laxineta
President, Bulletin Intelligence
Michael Laxineta joined Bulletin Intelligence in 2013 and assumed the role of President in 2020. Prior, Laxineta was responsible for the Bulletin Healthcare and Bulletin Media subsidiaries, which deliver must-read daily briefings to more than one million members of the nation’s premier associations, including the American Medical Association and American Dental Association. Laxineta began his career in newspaper publishing and has since held senior positions in market-leading business services and content marketing firms, where he focused on sophisticated and innovative bespoke solutions for customers operating across a range of industries. Laxineta holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
Nikki Grigsby, SVP, Customer Service and Customer Success
Nikki Grigsby
SVP, Customer Service and Customer Success

Nikki Grigsby is the Senior Vice-President of Customer Service and Customer Success where she leads a team focused on providing an integrated and enhanced client experience. Her team is committed to helping our clients achieve their desired results and drive their business forward through delivery of world class service, innovative strategies, process standardization and continuous improvement.   

Prior to joining Cision, she was the Vice President of Service at ADP, where she held various leadership roles in L&D, Implementation Operations and Services. She also served as the Chair for the International Women’s Inclusion Network business resource group leading initiatives in support of 5000+ members and was awarded the 2017 Women of Distinction award. 

In 2019 she was recognized by the Illinois Diversity Council with the Power50 award for inspiring and influencing others to help shape the future. Grigsby believes in authentic leadership, diversity and taking risks as keys to success and is passionate about developing people and fostering leadership opportunities.

Rakesh Kumar, Chief Information Security Officer
Rakesh Kumar
Chief Information Security Officer

Rakesh Kumar is Chief Information Security Officer and Enterprise Architect for Cision. He is responsible for developing security strategies, setting policy, managing risk and implementing security programs for the enterprise. Kumar is also accountable for managing architectural standards, reference architecture and related technology governance processes. He leads the Information Security Office in developing a comprehensive security program for Cision globally.

Prior to joining Cision, Kumar held the Chief Architect position at S&P Capital IQ, where he established and led Enterprise Architecture and Identity and Access Management in Cyber Security and got recognized with iCMG Enterprise & IT Architecture Excellence Award. He has over 20 years’ experience in information security, enterprise architecture, and risk management.

Kumar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mysore University, India and maintains CISSP certification.

Sharlene Dozois, Senior Vice President, Sales & Client Experience
Sharlene Dozois
Senior Vice President, Sales & Client Experience

Sharlene Dozois is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Experience at Cision. With more than 20 years of experience, she has held senior-level positions with Airbnb, UPS, Kitco Metals, Rogers Communications and Stack8 Technologies. She has a proven track record of leading marketing and sales innovation at the enterprise level, profit optimization, customer experience and branding. 

Dozois holds a degree in business from Concordia University and is based in Montreal.

Valerie Lopez, Global Head of Employee Engagement & Inclusion
Valerie Lopez
Global Head of Employee Engagement & Inclusion

Valerie Lopez is Global Head of Employee Engagement & Inclusion at Cision, where she is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the diversity, inclusion, and equity program across the global organization.

Under her leadership, Cision has seen growth in several new ERG chapters and initiatives including EMPOWER, focused on female leadership, PULSE, dedicated to LGBTQ+, PRIDE month and Global Diversity Awareness month and most recently Embrace, a multicultural resource group raising awareness of the company’s multicultural community. The mission of these ERG groups is to initiate conversations that inspire diverse viewpoints, resulting in colleagues drawing upon each other's unique personal strengths to work toward a common goal.

Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Gender Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. She is a certified diversity professional through the Society for Diversity and is a member of the National Diversity Council, the Illinois Diversity Council and the National Association of Asian American Professionals.