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Merkle Appoints Liz Rutgersson as Chief Media Officer, Merkle Americas

January 22, 2021
Columbia, MD

Merkle (www.merkle.com), a leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company, has appointed Liz Rutgersson to the position of chief media officer, Merkle Americas. In this new role, Rutgersson will focus on driving client success while overseeing the full adoption and implementation of Merkle’s unique approach to performance media. Rutgersson was previously responsible for Merkle’s EMEA media and planning practice and agency operations.

As chief media officer, Rutgersson will further develop Merkle’s data-driven, technology-enabled media capabilities for the Americas. She will be responsible for driving growth and maturity through new business support and existing client engagement, as well as be accountable for key publisher relationships, and the development of joint business plans with essential partners. Rutgersson will continue to represent Merkle as a leader within the global media community, as well as with leadership at dentsu.

“As a long-time member of the media industry, it’s been incredibly rewarding to be part of the impressive and innovative work happening at Merkle around transforming the customer experience through data and technology,” said Rutgersson. “The task of further pushing this vision along for our Americas media practice is very exciting. I’m looking forward to harmonizing Merkle’s media community and approach globally, as I believe experience-focused media can and should be a crucial part of an advertiser’s digital transformation journey.”

With almost fifteen years of experience leading media teams, Rutgersson has been part of the Merkle team for a decade and was instrumental in growing the company’s market-leading media capabilities. Since joining the team via Merkle’s Periscopix acquisition, she has been responsible for launching the company’s programmatic, paid social, and integrated media teams, as well as building the foundation for aligned agency services operations across the UK and EMEA.

“The media space has drastically changed over the past ten years, and Liz has been a driving force of this innovation,” said Patrick Hounsell, EVP and global head of performance media at Merkle. “She has been a strong industry voice around the importance of data-driven and performance media and will continue to be a leader of this space in her new role. With her impressive background, outstanding leadership skills, and clear understanding of Merkle’s goal to deliver a total customer experience, there is no better person than Liz to take on this role as chief media officer.”


Rutgersson will be based in Merkle’s New York office and report to Hounsell.

About Merkle

Merkle is a leading data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The company’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive hyper-personalized marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 12,000+ employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. Merkle is a dentsu company. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkle.com.

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