Leadership Team

We have international offices in Australia, Madrid, London and New York City. Each office is packed with a diverse team of employees, each with a passion for building relationships with our clients and partners.

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James Fennessy – Global CEO, New York, US

Prior to taking on the CEO role in Jan. 2016, James was Chief Commercial Officer for SMI where he was responsible for all global revenue and agency partnerships. Before SMI, he was CEO in Asia Pacific for one of the world’s leading sales effectiveness consulting groups.

Ben Tatta – President, New York, US

Ben brings more than 25 years of traditional and digital media experience to his role at SMI. Prior to joining SMI Ben was co-founder and president of advanced TV analytics company 605, where he played an instrumental role in the formation and growth of the company into one of the top TV attribution companies in the industry.

Susan Yacoub – CFO/COO, New York, US

Susan joins SMI with over 15 years in finance, ten of which have been in senior roles in SaaS companies. She was with CareerBuilder during the peak of their global expansion, including five years in London where she spent her time working on acquisitions and earning an MBA from London Business School.

Rick Bruner – Head of Insights & Analytics, New York, US

Rick has been a leader in the world of advertising analytics for more than 20 years. He ran research and product teams at DoubleClick, Google, Marketing Evolution and Viant. He is known for his passion to improve advertising measurement. That includes as an entrepreneur, founding an ad performance measurement company Central Control, as well as current industry roles including Vice Chair for the US of I-COM, a global forum for marketing science, moderator of the influential Research Wonks industry discussion community, and “Research Affiliate” of the Advertising Research Foundation.

Darrick Li – VP, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, North America

Darrick brings over 14 years of measurement, media, and advertising experience. Prior to SMI, Darrick held a senior role at Comscore, Inc., working with the leading agencies, publishers, and marketers across digital media. In his current role at SMI, he oversees the Canadian operation across partnerships, product, business development, and client service and is actively involved in global business development and strategic partnerships alongside the SMI leadership team. Darrick is actively involved with industry associations, committees, initiatives, and speaking engagements in some of the largest conferences across Canada. Darrick received his B.B.A. and Major in Marketing from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Alberto Leyes

Alberto Leyes – Global Head of Strategy

Alberto has an insatiable passion for working in media. He started his career working as a news editor for Telecinco after graduating in Journalism, and then later with an MBA from Fordham Graduate School of Business in New York.

David Dembowski VP Sales, SMI, USA

David Dembowski – VP, Sales, New York, US

David brings 20 years of leadership experience within media and technology organizations. Most recently, David served as SVP of Sales and Business Development at IgnitionOne.

Jane Schulze Ractliffe

Jane Ractliffe (nee Schulze) – Managing Director, Sydney, AUS

Jane cofounded SMI in 2009 and runs the Australian and New Zealand operations while managing local agency relationships. Jane’s background is in media as a business journalist and media editor for 15 years at Australia’s national newspaper, The Australian.

Michael Wiggins

Michael Wiggins – VP, Technology, New York, US

Michael has spent the last twenty years building software solutions across industries. He has designed and built network simulation models for the defense industry, tracked international inter-bank loans, and designed international web based data collection systems.

Aubrey Hodges

Aubrey Hodges – VP, Sales, New York, US

Aubrey has spent the last ten years spearheading sales for firms focused on datasets, fundamental research and idea generation for hedge funds, asset managers and long-only investors. Prior to joining SMI, Aubrey was a Director for a leading advisory and emerging markets data and research firm located in New York.

Andy Gibs – VP, Strategic Partnerships, New York, US

Andy has been passionate about helping his clients achieve their goals and KPIs for more than 15 years. He brings this passion to SMI from several customer-centric companies such as Hitwise, Nielsen, Marchex, and most recently iSpot.tv, where he supported many of the top brands who advertise on TV today.

Todd Koons – VP, Strategic Partnerships, New York, US

Todd has over 10 years of advertising industry experience and a passion to help marketers and agencies derive the most value out of their strategic media investments through data-driven pricing transparency and performance insights. Prior to joining SMI, he managed and executed media planning & buying at IPG’s Universal McCann and conducted media assurance assessments and optimization analytics on behalf of top advertisers at Ebiquity and PwC.

Priya Singh

Priya Singh – VP, Data Operations, New York, US

Priya brings years of media agency experience to SMI. Her media background has grown from the development and use of strategic communication plans for clients such as Exxon Mobil, Office Depot, Merck & Co, Volvo, and Oppenheimer Funds.