BURLINGTON, Mass. – Burst Media, a leading provider of advertising representation, services and technology to independent Web Publishers, announced the appointment of Jim Garrity to the company’s Board of Directors. Garrity, who retired from his most recent position as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Wachovia Corporation in July of 2007, will provide strategic leadership and support for Burst’s global business objectives.
“Jim Garrity has a longstanding reputation as a dynamic leader who has played a key role in elevating the brands of Fortune 50 companies,” said Jarvis Coffin, president and chief executive officer for Burst Media. “His vast experience and proven success in marketing both services and technology will be a tremendous asset to Burst.”
During his decade long tenure as CMO of Wachovia, Garrity played an instrumental role in transforming the brand (Wachovia) into a national financial services powerhouse. He also developed a highly regarded marketing ROI measurement system that ultimately moved marketing investment choices from intuitive and anecdotal guesses to fact-based decisions. Prior to that role, Garrity held executive roles in sales and marketing at IBM and Compaq. At Compaq he led a rebranding effort as they entered more mainstream markets and introduced more innovative products.
“Today more than ever, companies rely on Burst’s unparalleled targeting capabilities to reach deeper and engage more with their audiences,” said Jim Garrity. “I look forward to supporting the company as it continues to deliver consistent, bankable results for web publishers, advertisers, and media professionals around the world.”
He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) from 1995-2007 and as Chairman in 1998. Garrity founded the ANA’s New Technologies Committee in 1995 and chaired the committee until 2007. From 1996-2007 he was a member of the board of directors for the AdCouncil.
Garrity is a co-founder of Bellwether Digital Bridge, LLC, a consulting firm which helps advertisers, agencies, and digital media companies bridge the gap between traditional and digital media with integrated marketing campaigns. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Advisors to two technology companies, Yap (Charlotte, NC) and Visual IQ (Waltham, MA).
About Burst Media
An online media and technology company founded in 1995, Burst Media (www.burstmedia.com) is a leading provider of advertising representation, services and technology to independent Web Publishers. Burst Media enables advertisers to reach finely segmented, engaged consumers as they visit Burst’s extensive number of interest-based sub-channels. Through its Burst Network and Burst Direct units, the company represents one of the broadest and deepest offerings of interest-based websites online. Burst also markets its ad management platform, adConductor™, which empowers content websites, online ad networks, and web portals to manage the complete process of ad sales and service. Burst Media is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, with offices throughout the United States and in London, UK. For more information, visit www.burstmedia.com or call 781.272.5544.