Austin will lead a team in the development and implementation of sales strategies to grow market share. She will focus efforts on acquiring new customers, developing key agency relationships as well as increasing business at several key customers.
Livonia, MI (Vocus) March 31, 2010
Valassis (NYSE: VCI), one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies, announced today that it has named Gabrielle Austin, an industry leader with extensive new business development experience and broad advertising and marketing knowledge as Vice President, New Account Development.
At Valassis, Austin will lead a team in the development and implementation of sales strategies to grow market share. She will focus efforts on acquiring new customers, developing key agency relationships as well as increasing business at several key customers.
Austin joins Valassis from EPMG, a multicultural media buying and planning firm where she served as president. In her most recent role, Austin focused on news business development and the firm achieved a significant increase in new account growth under her leadership. She also brings to her new position, 10 years of experience with NSA Media, a national print media and planning agency, where she spearheaded media research analysis and strategy development for the Atlanta division. As a divisional president, she led all account service and operational support. Her background also includes experience at various newspapers and publications including the Miami Herald Publishing Group and Essence magazine.
A recognized leader, she has been inducted into the Black Women’s Hall of Fame and received numerous awards including recognition among Atlanta’s top 25 Outstanding Business Women in 2006.
She makes her home in Marietta, Georgia.
Valassis is one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies, offering unparalleled reach and scale to more than 15,000 advertisers. Its RedPlum media portfolio delivers value on a weekly basis to over 100 million shoppers across a multi-media platform – in-home, in-store and in-motion. Through its interactive offering – redplum.com – consumers will find compelling national and local deals online. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan with approximately 7,000 associates in 28 states and eight countries, Valassis is widely recognized for its associate and corporate citizenship programs, including its America’s Looking for Its Missing Children® program. Valassis companies include Valassis Direct Mail, Inc., Valassis Canada, Promotion Watch, Valassis Relationship Marketing Systems, LLC and NCH Marketing Services, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.valassis.com or http://www.redplum.com. To learn about advertising opportunities with RedPlum, please call 1-800-437-0479.
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