Chief Executive Officer
Peter Granat oversees our executive management team across operations in North America and Europe.
For over 20 years, Granat has been instrumental in the development of innovative products and services to enable effective communication between the PR, marketing and media communities. He has worked closely with clients to deliver solutions that address a wide range of agency and corporate communications needs. Prior to Vocus, Granat served as Group CEO of Cision AB. Before that, he was senior vice president of sales and business development at MediaMap.
Granat holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
With 20 years of financial, operational and strategic planning experience working with technology companies, Jack Pearlstein oversees our finance, accounting, legal, and HR and facilities functions.
Prior to Vocus, Pearlstein was CFO of Six3 Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software development, sensor development and signal processing services to the intelligence community. As a CFO, Pearlstein has led three different companies through their initial public offerings: AppNet, DigitalNet and Solera.
Pearlstein is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from New York University. He also holds an MBA in finance from The George Washington University.
Chief Operating Officer
As Cision’s Chief Operating Officer, Dawn Conway leads Cision’s product, sales, marketing, analysis, and research teams to drive the overall strategic vision for the business. Dawn has an extensive background in content licensing, marketing, and business development and has held key senior management positions at LexisNexis.
She is an attorney, current member of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Dawn is also responsible for acquiring and retaining all content in support of Cision’s global businesses, including news monitoring and media database services.
Chief People Officer
Maureen Calabrese joined Cision in 2012 and currently serves as Chief People Officer. She is responsible for leading people initiatives across all offices, including talent management, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and organizational development.
Prior to Cision, Maureen worked in marketing for General Mills before joining The Nielsen Company as part of the Client Service team focused on selling and supporting the Spectra software and service offerings. After being asked to take a leadership role in developing a Client Service training and development certification program, Maureen joined and later led the Spectra HR team with a focus on organizational development. Following her time at Nielsen, Maureen joined Ipsos as VP, Human Resources, where she a led a 10-person HR team providing strategic human capital support for three Ipsos divisions consisting of 1500+ hourly and salaried employees located in the US, Canada, and Romania.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mark Thabit helps guide our global product vision, builds Vocus’ brand in the marketplace, and oversees the development of integrated demand generation plans that drive leads, acquire customers and increase customer retention across product lines.
Thabit joined Vocus in 2014 with 23 years of sales and marketing experience in the technology arena. Prior to Vocus, he served as senior director of marketing at CDW for nearly 10 years. He has also worked at Wingcast, SBC and AT&T.Thabit holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a BSBA from Bucknell University.
Chief Technology Officer
David Pearah joined Cision in 2013 and serves as the Chief Technology Officer, overseeing Product Management, Technology and IT operations for the U.S. business. His experience in lean product management and agile software development drives Cision’s commitment to product innovation.
David most recently served as CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Management for Emmi Solutions, a healthcare enterprise software vendor in Chicago. During his tenure, the company launched an HTML5 mobile platform and was successfully acquired by private equity.
Prior to his position at Emmi Solutions, David was SVP of the ePrescribe Business Unit for Allscripts, serving five years with the company in Chicago. He also formerly served as Director of Product Management, Healthcare Division at Nuance/Dictaphone, and CTO of Boston-based startup PhoneRun.
David holds dual master’s degrees in Technology Management and Policy and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Ford Foundation.
Managing Director, Europe
Magnus Thell joined the company in 2005. He formerly served as the Managing Director of the business in Cision Nordics, and in several sales and marketing director roles across the Cision group.
Prior to being employed at Cision, Magnus worked in management consulting at Ernst & Young. He holds a BBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, and an executive education from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.
Terry Foster joined Cision Canada as President in 2011, following a management career in public relations and marketing in the US and UK.
Prior to joining Cision, Terry served as CEO of a Toronto company that uses social media, traditional media and viral video to support enterprise PR, corporate communications and marketing strategies. From 2006 to 2009, he was Executive Vice President and COO at BurrellesLuce. Terry began his career at Durrants in London, where he rose from an account manager to Director of Client Services. As an entrepreneur, he has advised many social tech startups in Toronto.
Terry graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He belongs to several professional organizations, including the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, the Institute of Public Relations and the Software & Information Industry Association. He is also an author of Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970, a book chronicling the history of the iconic electric guitar.
Geoff Alexander oversees iContact’s day-to-day business operations, including strategic direction, revenue, sales, services and marketing.
Alexander has 20 years of experience in management, marketing, product strategy, revenue optimization and business development with a concentration in business-to-business online/software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Prior to Vocus and iContact, he held key management positions at a variety of innovative technology companies ranging from venture-backed startups to the Fortune 500 list.
Alexander holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University. He is also a board member for the North Carolina Technology Association, and regularly advises early and mid-stage startups.