March 18, 2014 /

Wakefield, MA, March 18, 2014 – SEMPO, the leading international organization for the search and digital marketing profession, today announced the results of its 2014 Board of Directors election, from ballots cast by the organization’s members.  The term of office for the new Board – comprised of 13 members – will begin on March 19, 2014.  The new Directors will serve through March 2016.  One of their first responsibilities after taking office will be to elect the SEMPO Officers.

“The new SEMPO Board represents a deeply experienced and diverse group of individuals ranging across agencies, technology providers, publishers and brands” says SEMPO Board Chairperson, Chris Boggs of Internet Marketing Ninjas. “The SEMPO membership had to make some difficult decisions as we had 20 highly qualified marketers seeking the 13 seats available. As I enter my ninth year on the board I feel rejuvenated by the nine new Board members, many of whom I have had the pleasure of working on SEMPO initiatives with over the past years. This proven group of Search and Social Marketers will help SEMPO continue to grow globally, with the ongoing support of our members, committees, and local groups.”

Boggs continued, “I also want to thank the 9 outgoing members for their volunteer service to SEMPO, and know that many of them will continue to support our organization and our industry. As we move forward with the new Board, I look forward to supporting the new executive leadership team, and growing the relevance and prominence of the organization within the global marketing ecosystem”

SEMPO’s 2014 Board of Directors includes:

Chris Boggs, COO & CMO, Internet Marketing Ninjas
Mike Corak, EVP of Strategy, Ethology
Ryan DeShazer, EVP,  Managing Director, inVentiv Media 360º
Marc Engelsman, Director,  Strategy & Analytics, Digital Brand Expressions
Mike Grehan, Group Publishing Director, Incisive Media
Michael Gullaksen, CEO, Covario
Simon Heseltine, Senior Director of Audience Development, AOL, Inc.
Krista Larivière, Co-Founder & CEO, gShift Labs
Nathan Safran, Director of Research, Conductor
Angie Schottmuller, Director of Interactive Strategy & Optimization, Three Deep Marketing
Nick Stamoulis, President, Brick Marketing
Tony Wright, CEO, WrightIMC
Michael Xu, Senior Vice President , Beijing Gridsum Technology Co., Ltd.

SEMPO, is a global non-profit serving the search and digital marketing industry and the marketing professionals engaged in it. Its purpose is to provide a foundation for industry growth through building stronger relationships, fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research and creating a better understanding of search and its role in marketing.

SEMPO includes thousands of professionals across 50 countries. The organization’s mission is to represent the common interests of companies and consultants worldwide and provide them with a voice in the marketplace. SEMPO’s education and outreach initiatives are funded in part by Google and Baidu, and supported through partnerships with BDI, ClickZ Live, MediaPost and WBR Research. For more information or to join the organization, visit

SEMPO Media Contact Information:

Brooke Weldon
+1 781-876-6268

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