Owler Names Kevin Akeroyd to Its Board of Directors

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Today, Owler announced that Kevin Akeroyd, chief executive officer at Cision, has joined its board of directors. Akeroyd has more than 25 years of experience in the business information industry.

“Kevin and I partnered to build Jigsaw, which we sold to Salesforce.com, and we’ve worked together at Digital Impact before that,” says Jim Fowler, founder and chief executive officer at Owler. “Kevin is one of the brightest stars in the business information industry, and I’m thrilled to work with him again.”

Prior to Cision, Kevin was general manager and senior vice president at Oracle Marketing Cloud where he orchestrated and executed a prolific acquisition strategy, including Marketing Automation, Data, Omni-Channel Campaign Management, and Web Personalization, and grew Oracle to the #2 player in the entire industry in under three years. Akeroyd has held senior leadership positions at companies including Jigsaw (now Data.com), Salesforce.com, and RR Donnelley.

“Owler is fundamentally disrupting the business information industry with its crowdsourced business model,” said Kevin Akeroyd. “I’m honored to work with Jim again and serve on Owler’s Board of Directors.”

Kevin joins Owler’s existing board whose members include:

Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner at Norwest Venture Partners. Jeff currently serves on the boards of Lending Club, RetailMeNot and private companies Extole, Glint, HoneyBook, Madison Reed, Modsy, Opendoor, Owler, Talkspace, and Turn. Jeff is responsible for Norwest’s investments in Jet (acquired by Walmart), Spotify, and Uber. Jeff’s past investments include Badgeville (acquired by Callidus), deCarta (acquired by Uber), Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce.com), amongst many others.

Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures. Patricia has investments in EAT Club, KIXEYE, Mayvenn, Owler, Ruby Ribbon, ThredUP, and Turo. Patricia’s past investments include Affinity Labs (acquired by Monster Worldwide), Care.com (IPO), LoopNet (IPO), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters), and more.

Patrick Spain, Co-founder and long-time chairman and CEO of Hoover’s, Inc., Spain led the company from a small book publisher in 1992 to a profitable, online business information services company with $31 million in revenue in 2001 with a sale to D&B in 2003 for $119 million. Following Hoover’s, Spain founded and served as chairman and CEO of HighBeam Research, an online research service, which he started in 2002 and sold to Cengage Learning in 2008. Currently, Spain is the Chairman & CEO First Stop Health, and an investor in other companies.

Jim Fowler, founder and CEO of Owler. Prior to Owler, Jim founded Jigsaw in 2003 and was CEO until it was acquired by Salesforce for $175 million in 2010. Jigsaw is best known for pioneering crowdsourcing in the B2B information industry and for creating the business category of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).

About Owler

Owler (http://www.owler.com) is the crowdsourced business insights platform that business professionals use to outsmart their competition, gain competitive insights, and uncover the latest industry news and alerts. Owler is powered by an active community of over 1 million business professionals, who contribute unique business insights such as competitors, private company revenue, and CEO ratings. From startups all the way to large enterprises (including 96% of the Fortune 500), CEOs, salespeople, marketers, product managers, and all types of business professionals use Owler daily.

With unique data on 15 million searchable company profiles and proprietary community driven Competitive Graph, Owler helps business professionals uncover competitive insights and discover new companies that participate in their space. Owler’s web platform provides members with real-time actionable insights not found anywhere else.

Launched in 2014, and funded by Norwest Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures, Owler is headquartered in San Mateo, CA with offices in Coimbatore, India.

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