Chief Operating Officer
Leo Brunnick brings to Naviga decades of experience covering the full lifecycle of a business from inception to exit. He’s perhaps best known as the founder of Patheos.com, which he grew into a world-known website for religion opinion and news with over 15 million unique readers per month. However, he’s also served in various executive roles at Vignette, founded The World Table, a SaaS experience management platform for Media companies, and has served as board member and strategy officer for several companies. Leo is a graduate of Harvard University and a former Marine Corps officer.
President and Chief Strategy Officer
Jeff Shine was the co-founder and CEO of the Media Services Group Ltd (MSGL). An engineer by trade, Jeff and his team created a modern, cloud-based advertising sales and management system that handles both digital and print advertising. The software is used by many media organizations including National Geographic, The Economist and the American Medical Association. Over $2bn per year of advertising is booked through it. When Naviga acquired MSGL, Jeff became a member of its executive team as President and Chief Strategy Officer. Jeff was born and raised in London but is now living in Los Angeles.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff left behind his work as an independent financial consultant and rejoined Naviga in December 2018 as its Chief Financial Officer. Jeff is not new to Naviga, as he previously held the role of Vice President of Finance from the years 2015 to 2017. Additionally, Jeff has over twenty years of experience as CFO and in other financial leadership and consulting roles serving software and technology-enabled businesses. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance at Minnesota State University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management and is a licensed CPA (Inactive).
Chief Revenue Officer
Kevin Ferguson is an accomplished professional with 20 years of direct sales, sales management and leadership experience in early-stage, turnaround situations and mature software companies. His background includes record-breaking performance in starting, re-starting and rapidly scaling Global GTM operations including direct sales, inside sales, channel sales and business development. He has a proven track record in setting strategic direction, building teams from the ground up, and running global sales organizations as well as a deep knowledge of enterprise software, cloud managed services, SaaS and data subscription services.
Executive VP of Marketing
With more than 20 years experience in enterprise software marketing and product management, Chris Nguyen serves as Executive Vice President of Marketing where he is responsible for go-to-market strategy and field readiness for Naviga’s product offerings. Most recently, Chris was at Salesforce leading the go-to-market strategy and adoption for Salesforce Lightning. He has also served in a variety of roles at Adobe, TIBCO, and BEA Systems in the capacity of Product Marketing and Management. Chris holds a BS in Computer Science from University of California, Riverside and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
President and General Manager Content
Karin Söderlund joined Naviga from the Infomaker acquisition, where she was CEO. She started her first company, Camedia, at the age of 28. It became a trusted partner for the publishing and media industry in the Nordic region. In 2004, Karin founded Onmedia, which provided online training for the media industry. In 2010, Karin joined Infomaker as a partner and Director of Professional Services. She became COO in 2014 and CEO in 2017. Karin has a master’s degree in graphic engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and studied leadership at Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education.
President and General Manager Ecommerce
Raul Suarez joined Naviga in May 2019 from the Zinio acquisition, where he was General Manager. Raul joined Zinio in 2005, starting the European operations and was responsible for developing Zinio’s business into all major international markets. Raul worked in the travel industry business in the early internet years and had international management positions with specific focus in developing online commerce. He was Director at ACCESOGROUP, a leading Media Intelligence and Communications Management Systems company based in Spain. Raul graduated in Economics and with a post-graduate degree in International Management from Thunderbird.
President and General Manager Audience
Rolf joined Naviga in May 2019 after the company acquired Zinio, where he was Senior Vice President of Product management at the time. Prior to Zinio, Rolf was Managing Director & Co-Founder of Audience Media, a leading developer of multichannel software solutions for the media and publishing industry, which was acquired by Zinio in 2014. Prior to founding Audience Media, Rolf was Director for Global Media at eZ Systems, an open source Web CMS provider for the media industry and worked for 5 years at FIPP, the worldwide magazine media association as Marketing & Research Manager in London.
General Manager Book and Commerce
Bill Everitt is an operational and engineering executive whose business experience has made him an asset to Naviga. He serves as the General Manager of the Book/E-commerce Division. Bill began his career as an electrical engineer at New York Air Brake and at ABB, then moved to GE Transportation where he became Program Manager/Director of Engineering. Desiring a change, he joined a startup software company in the news industry, Atex, and helped it grow into an industry leader. When Naviga acquired Atex, he brought his expertise in management and problem-solving that has propelled the company into a trusted leader as well. Bill has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Managing Director EMEA
Jonas Bringle began his career as the Sales and Marketing Director for Mactive AB and was a part of the team that developed AdBase. He was promoted to Scandinavian Managing Director at Atex Group, Ltd. when the company acquired Mactive, leading business development and expansion in Northern Europe. Jonas joined Naviga in 2013 when it acquired Atex, where he served as Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales in EMEA. As Managing Director for Naviga’s European, Middle Eastern and African-based business, Jonas oversees sales, finance and operations for Naviga in EMEA. Jonas has a Master of Science degree in Business Economics and IT from Högskolan i Halmstad.
Executive VP of Cloud Operation and IT
Bob joined Naviga from Digital First Media where he served as Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he was also CTO of Journal Register Company and impreMedia and served as the head of technology for La Opinión. He was the architect and primary executor of technical strategy, overseeing software selection, implementation, operations, training, systems architecture and software development. While at Naviga, Bob has established cybersecurity as a priority, recruiting top security talent and implementing companywide standards and best-in-breed tools. He has dramatically reduced operating costs, improved service levels, and leveraged new technologies to increase efficiencies.
Executive VP of Services and Support
Bill Mercer began his career at Harris Publishing, working on the transition from proprietary to open systems and later joining the Harris Publishing management team. Bill joined Mactive in 1997 and built its customer support department from the ground up and expanded the professional services department. In 2007, Mactive was purchased by Atex and Bill became COO, leading Atex’s transformation into a SaaS environment. When Naviga acquired Atex, Bill became Vice President of Professional Services. Currently, Bill is Executive VP of Support and Services. Bill is a Florida native and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Computer Technology.
Executive Vice President, Sales Americas
Ken is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and executive management experience. He started his career working directly for newspapers where he held multiple management positions including Publisher and was responsible for launching a new revenue division inside a large multisite group as well as leading the launch of a number of publications. His background includes sales, management and executive roles for some of the most innovative providers of technology to the world-wide media space including Agfa, FileFlow, Prepress Solutions and MediaSpan. Ken was part of the executive team involved in selling MediaSpan to Vista during the early days of Newscycle. Now responsible for all sales activities from Canada to Latin America Ken is an expert at finding and growing new revenue streams, building processes and helping customers find success utilizing Naviga tools. Ken graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Mass Communications.