LEADERSHIP

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This motto is exemplified by our leadership and apparent at every level of our company. Our leaders have transformative experience in the media and data industries. They eagerly share their expertise 1:1 with their teams and company-wide through executive chats, job shadowing and mentorship. They even embrace reverse mentorship to stay connected, learn and innovate further.


Valassis leadership team

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Wayne Powers

President

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President

Wayne is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, driving financial growth through product innovation, growth initiatives, organizational efficiencies and operational excellence…


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Greg Green

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

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Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Greg drives data strategy, vision and execution across Harland Clarke Holdings…


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Grant Fitz

Chief Financial Officer

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Chief Financial Officer

With more than 25 years of financial and operational experience, Grant has a proven track record as a talented and strategic finance leader…


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Curtis Tingle

Chief Marketing Officer

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Chief Marketing Officer

Curtis leads the company’s marketing organization with a keen sense of innovation, client focus and clear vision…


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Mark Ellis

Chief Revenue Officer

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Chief Revenue Officer

Mark leads the sales organization and is charged with maximizing revenue across the company’s print and digital media portfolio while identifying new opportunities for growth and driving client value…


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Gene Brandon

Chief Product & Innovation Officer

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Chief Product & Innovation Officer

Gene’s focus is on driving growth and innovation across the company’s core solutions – Direct Mail Package, Free-Standing Insert and Neighborhood Targeting…


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Sean Lewis

SVP, Operations

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SVP, Operations

Sean’s leadership spans print and production operations, engineering and logistics…


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Laura Lofthouse

SVP, Media Delivery Team

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SVP, Media Delivery Team

Laura leads a 400-plus member team that services a wide range of clients from global to hyper-local – focused on delivering the right offer to the right consumer at the right time…


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Lisa Pick

SVP, Chief Counsel and Compliance Officer

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SVP, Chief Counsel and Compliance Officer

Lisa leads the Valassis legal team which provides legal support and counsel to all business units within the Valassis enterprise…


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John Spano

SVP, IT Solutions

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SVP, IT Solutions

John leads Information Technology for Valassis, NCH, and Clipper and has been with the company for 21 years…


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Cindy Walker

SVP, Human Resources

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SVP, Human Resources

Cindy oversees all aspects of human resources for the 3,000-plus employees across the company and its subsidiaries…


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Wayne Powers

President

Wayne is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, driving financial growth through product innovation, growth initiatives, organizational efficiencies and operational excellence. His 20+ years of leadership experience in the media industry has been extremely valuable. Prior to Valassis, Wayne was President of Gravity4, a multi-channel marketing services platform that allows marketers to engage with targeted consumers. As President of Parade Media Group, Wayne transformed the consumer and advertiser experience across print, digital and social platforms. In his role as Senior Vice President, North America, for Yahoo! he led the transformation of their go-to-market strategy, which reimagined the consumer and advertiser experience. As President at Time Inc. Media Group, a division of Time Warner, Wayne managed four operating divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University.



Greg Green

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Greg drives data strategy, vision and execution across Harland Clarke Holdings. With 25 years of industry experience, Greg is fluent in applying data science to business applications and driving revenue. He founded and served as CEO of FourThirds, LLC, an analytics and consulting firm to agencies and clients in the marketing services and media space. Before that, Greg served in key leadership roles at Google. While at Digitas/Publicis Groupe Media, he patented an innovative, cloud-based, media analytics platform for cross-channel marketing performance. Greg is an adjunct faculty member in Northwestern University’s Integrated Marketing Communications Program. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University in California, master’s degree in statistics from Michigan State University and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University.



Grant Fitz

Chief Financial Officer

With more than 25 years of financial and operational experience, Grant has a proven track record as a talented and strategic finance leader. Before joining Valassis in 2016, he was Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Xerox® Technology. Grant also held various senior leadership roles at General Motors, both in Europe and the United States, and served as GM’s first Chief Risk Officer. He also worked as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nexteer Automotive, a global automotive steering systems company. Grant received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.



Curtis Tingle

Chief Marketing Officer

Curtis leads the company’s marketing organization with a keen sense of innovation, client focus and clear vision. He partners with our sales teams to deliver proven, integrated marketing programs that leverage shopper insights to drive consumer activation for clients. Curtis has a track record of exceptional performance since joining the company in 1997 in the areas of driving client success, activating consumers, strategic thinking, cross-functional team leadership and business development. He is a recognized expert on promotional strategy, data intelligence, coupon trends and the ever-changing consumer path to purchase. Curtis received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University with an emphasis in marketing and finance.



Mark Ellis

Chief Revenue Officer

Mark leads the sales organization and is charged with maximizing revenue across the company’s print and digital media portfolio while identifying new opportunities for growth and driving client value. A seasoned leader, Mark was President and Chief Operating Officer, Sales and Marketing at Time, Inc. While at Yahoo!, he was Vice President North American Sales and Global Partnerships, responsible for driving digital revenue growth and introducing new ad products, technology and formats. As Executive Vice President North American Sales at AOL, Mark led the sales, agency and account management teams. A Detroit native, Mark earned an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Detroit. He also serves on a variety of advisory boards and industry organizations, including the Internet Advertising Bureau and the American Advertising Federation.



Gene Brandon

Chief Product & Innovation Officer

Gene’s focus is on driving growth and innovation across the company’s core solutions - Direct Mail Package, Free-Standing Insert and Neighborhood Targeting. Most recently, he served as Valassis’ Senior Vice President, General Manager of Direct Mail Package, which he knew intimately well from his early years at ADVO (acquired by Valassis). Capping off his sales career, Gene rose to Senior Vice President of National Sales, guided a team of 300, and instituted the Challenger™ model across all Valassis Sales divisions. He is a certified CEB Challenger trainer. Gene started his career with Estee Lauder in New York City, recruited from the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics. He spent 10 years at Estee Lauder, building the foundation for client-facing roles throughout his career.



Sean Lewis

SVP, Operations

Sean’s leadership spans print and production operations, engineering and logistics. Prior to this role, he provided the same oversight for Harland Clarke’s operations network. Preparing him for that responsibility was his service as Senior Vice President of Harland Clarke Client Services with responsibility for client implementations, client configuration, production support, and billing services. Sean joined Harland Clarke in 1989 and has 29 years of quality, operations, engineering and client services leadership experience. He serves on the board of directors for the Check Payment Systems Association and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.



Laura Lofthouse

SVP, Media Delivery Team

Laura leads a 400-plus member team that services a wide range of clients from global to hyper-local - focused on delivering the right offer to the right consumer at the right time. Due to her extensive leadership experience, she has been recognized for providing strategic direction, continued process improvements, aggressive cost containment and creating an engaging culture. Over her 30 years at Valassis, Laura has gained extensive experience in client services, targeting and manufacturing. She possesses a well-rounded understanding of the business and the industry. Laura attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in printing management.



Lisa Pick

SVP, Chief Counsel and Compliance Officer

Lisa leads the Valassis legal team which provides legal support and counsel to all business units within the Valassis enterprise. She also serves as the Valassis compliance officer. Lisa provides guidance as to strategic initiatives, alliance arrangements, corporate restructuring and acquisitions, commercial transactions and employment matters. Lisa joined Valassis in 2015 and has over 25 years of legal experience. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.



John Spano

SVP, IT Solutions

John leads Information Technology for Valassis, NCH, and Clipper and has been with the company for 21 years. His team supports all areas of functionality from day-to-day support to new development across all business functions. His responsibilities include Business Intelligence, Business Architecture, Solution and Data Architecture, Oracle ERP, Helpdesk, release management, custom apps, and more. With a technical undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in CIS as well as an MBA from Davenport University, John’s focus is to have a good understanding of the business to apply automation through technology in the areas that will bring the most value to our companies.



Cindy Walker

SVP, Human Resources

Cindy oversees all aspects of human resources for the 3,000-plus employees across the company and its subsidiaries. This includes responsibility for talent acquisition, employee engagement, talent management, HR service delivery, HR policies and programs, organizational development and development. Prior to Valassis, Cindy served as Vice President and Director at Credit Acceptance, Director of Talent Acquisition at Comcast, and various HR-related roles at Suburban Automotive Group and Ford Motor Company. Cindy graduated from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and from Wayne State University in Detroit with both a master’s degree and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources®.



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