Jade Eckardt 10 May 2017 // 6:58AM GMT
LONDON — Global media intelligence company Cision will see the departure of two key players at the end of May — EMEA CEO Jeremy Thompson and EMEA CFO and Gorkana UK MD Myles Johnson.
Thompson led the company through three acquisitions during his 15-year tenure, which began at Xtreme News in 2002. After becoming Durrants MD two years later, in 2011 he was named CEO of Gorkana Group, the business created by the merger of Durrants, Metrica and Gorkana.
Cision acquired Gorkana in late 2014, with Thompson stepping up to become EMEA MD of the Swedish/US company. One year later it bought PR Newswire in an £841m deal, with Thompson promoted to CEO of EMEA and India for Cision. It is understood that Thompson is exploring new career ventures before deciding on his next move.
Johnson, who reported to Thompson, was responsible for the group's EMEA financial strategy across offices in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Portugal and India. At the same time he served as Gorkana's UK MD, after a stint as the group's CFO.
Johnson joined Gorkana Group in 2013 after 13 years with UBS Investment Bank as MD for the telecoms, media and technology practice.
Cision, which began life in 1892 as the advertising department of Sweden's Svenska Telegrambryan, has grown rapidly in recent years as a result of M&A with such companies as Vocus, Gorkana Group, Visible Technologies, PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out and iContact.
Representatives from Cision did not respond to request for comment as this story went live.