Merkle (www.merkle.com), the nation's largest and fastest growing customer relationship marketing agency, announced the hiring of James (Jim) Foley as senior vice president and chief people officer. In this newly created position, he will oversee Merkle's corporate human resource functions and capabilties, which span from recruiting and on-boarding new staff; employee development and engagement; rewards and recognition programs; performance management; and compensation and benefits. Foley will be based in Merkle's Columbia, Md., headquarters location.
Foley brings to Merkle more than 25 years for leadership experience gained from working with emerging, mid-sized and major Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Merkle, he was senior vice president of human resources at Vertis Communications, Inc., a $1.8 billion advertising and marketing communication company based in Baltimore. Earlier, he served as vice president, human resources, at Corvis Corporation and U.S. Office Products.
Merkle Chairman and CEO David Williams said, "Given Merkle's continued expansion, the timing was right to onboard a senior human resource executive with extensive experience working with companies during periods of growth and transition. Further, to achieve our goal of becoming one fo the most admired and best-run companies in America, we understand that we must provide outstanding opportunities for our employees to learn and thrive. Adding Jim to our executive team will help us advance in that direction, and we are extremely excited to be bringing him onboard in this new function."
Foley said, "In a company like Merkle where talent is a core business asset, hiring and developing great talent is a critical capability that will drive the success of the business as a whole. Merkle continues to expand rapidly, both organically and through acquisitions, and it must align its HR functions to enable effective change as it continues to grow and evolve. My experience in working with companies through periods of transition and expansion will be extremely helpful as Merkle continues its aggressive growth trajectory."
Merkle, which has been named one of the best companies to work for by Baltimore magazine two years in a row, is currently looking to hire qualified individuals for a variety of positions in the areas of program and account management, strategy, analytics, statistics, corporate operations, creative and production. To access a listing of current openings, visit the Merkle Careers page.
Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency 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 agency’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based 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 7,000 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 21 additional offices in the US and 33 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkle.com.