Harris Interactive Names New North American President
Harris Interactive (NASDAQ:HPOL) announced that David B. Vaden has been promoted to President, North America & Global Operations, reporting to Gregory Novak, President and CEO. Mr. Vaden will be responsible for all North American research, sales and operations units in addition to his ongoing leadership of the global research operations, Internet panel management and information technology teams.
“As the Company continues to focus more attention on European growth and global expansion, the US business must have a dedicated leader who can rapidly respond to the demands of this fast-paced environment,” said Gregory Novak, President and CEO. “David’s long record of past successes has been propelled by his extraordinary ability to analyze problems and then lead teams to quickly solve them. Because of that history and his deep understanding of our business, I believe that he will make significant improvements in our North American business.”
Mr. Vaden, a seven year veteran at Harris Interactive, served as EVP, chief operations officer immediately prior to this assignment. Since joining the Company as VP, finance in January 2000, David has served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility including SVP, business development/Internet services and EVP, operations/chief strategy officer. Prior to joining Harris Interactive, Mr. Vaden was a manager in the audit and business advisory services division at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). While at PwC, David was selected as one of fifty employees among 37,000 personnel in the US to participate in the PwC Scholars program. David, who is a CPA, received an MBA with distinction from Columbia University Business School and a BS in accounting with honors from St. John Fisher College.
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