INVISION, Inc. Adds Seasoned Media Executives to Team Launching Industry’s Most Advanced Integrated Sales and Traffic System
NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — INVISION, Inc., the leading provider of advertising planning and sales solutions to the media industry, today announced the addition of three experienced executives from Turner Broadcasting, VCI Solutions, and The Weather Channel to join the team launching its new DealMaker/Crossroad — or “DMC” — platform for integrated ad sales and commercial operations in the second half of this year.
Charlane Hemphill and Marcy Vincent have joined INVISION’s product management team for the DMC platform as, respectively, Senior Director of Product Management and Senior Product Owner. Hemphill joins INVISION from Turner Broadcasting, where she managed the Turner team that implemented Crossroad. Vincent is transferring from INVISION’s DealMaker product team, bringing her extensive knowledge of the DealMaker system and prior experience managing the ad sales and traffic systems for The Weather Channel.
With the additions of Hemphill and Vincent, INVISION’s product management team has deep experience in designing integrated sales and traffic systems. Hemphill and Vincent will work closely with Jennifer New, Vice President of Product Management. New joined INVISION in May of last year and is herself one of the industry’s leading experts on the development and implementation of integrated systems for sales and commercial operations, with broad experience at Management Science Associates and Sintec Media.
Linda Hodgkins has joined INVISION’s client services organization as Account Director leading implementation for the DMC Platform. Hodgkins joins INVISION from VCI Solutions, where she managed VCI’s major accounts, and has a long history in commercial operations with previous experience at Broadway Systems, Columbine JDS and eMadison. Hodgkins will report to Ashley Barretto, INVISION’s Senior Vice President for Client Services. INVISION’s world-class client services team provides streamlined implementations, ongoing quality support and account management adapted to each client’s needs.
“We are bringing the DMC platform to market with one of the best teams in the industry. Jennifer, Charlane, Linda and Marcy bring deep experience from every facet of sales and commercial operations, complementing the strengths of our existing team in the areas of product design, development, implementation and client support,” said Lynda Clarizio, CEO of INVISION. “By joining our rapidly expanding DMC team, these seasoned executives will help us make the industry’s best platform even better through their wide-ranging knowledge, expertise, and insight.”
INVISION’s all-in-one DMC solution will provide strategic advantages over every other solution in the market by fully integrating DealMaker, the industry’s leading ad sales system, with the robust, feature-rich Crossroad commercial operations system, eliminating data inefficiencies and enabling dynamic information transfer. The consolidated DMC offering will be fully managed and supported by INVISION’s world-class team, from development to implementation to training and support.
Offered on both an enterprise and hosted basis, INVISION’s software-based solutions manage the sale of more than $13 billion in annual television advertising inventory, helping media outlets increase the revenue yield on available advertising inventory. INVISION has established valuable and trusted relationships with a wide array of customers representing over 50 media outlets such as Comcast, Disney ABC, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Univision and Viacom.
About Jennifer New, Vice President, Product Management
Jennifer New brings more than twelve years of experience building advertising sales solutions and managing client relationships in linear television. She is one of the industry’s leading experts on the development and implementation of integrated systems for advertising sales and commercial operations. For the past four years, New has been Senior Product Engineer at Sintec Media. Previously she spent eight years at Management Science Associates (MSA), where she held several roles including Director of Client Operations, Product Management and Account Management for the Gabriel system, serving as managing director for three of MSA’s business units and responsible for product design, implementation and account management for Gabriel’s clients. New is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
About Charlane Hemphill, Senior Director, Product Management
Charlane Hemphill brings over twenty years of experience implementing and managing systems for ad sales, traffic and broadcast operations. Prior to joining INVISION, Hemphill managed the Turner team that implemented the unique, internally developed commercial operations system that replaced a 30-year-old system for all of Turner’s domestic networks, including flagships — TBS, TNT, CNN and The Cartoon Network. Charlane is a skilled senior-level professional with extensive experience coordinating and managing business operations, information systems, personnel, and financial processes.
About Linda Hodgkins, Account Director, Client Services
Linda Hodgkins has a deep commercial operations experience at a range of leading companies. Prior to joining INVISION, Hodgkins was Director of Professional Services at VCI Solutions, where she managed the company’s major accounts using the Orion Business System software. Before VCI Solutions, Hodgkins held senior positions at Columbine JDS, eMadison, Broadway Systems, and Donovan Data Systems. At those companies Hodgkins was responsible for managing complex projects, working with emerging technologies, undertaking gap analysis and site evaluations, working on product direction, and providing both pre-sales and post-implementation support.
About Marcy Vincent, Senior Product Owner
Marcy Vincent brings over fifteen years experience having worked on the buying and selling sides of the media industry. Prior to joining INVISION, Vincent was Manager, Sales Systems for The Weather Channel, where she was responsible for managing the company’s ad sales and traffic systems for more than eight years. At The Weather Channel, Vincent modeled business processes, facilitated discussions with the business users, wrote detailed business requirements and use cases, facilitated walkthroughs of the detailed business requirements and use cases, and performed functional tests. Prior to The Weather Channel, Vincent was an account executive at the J Walter Thompson ad agency.
About INVISION, Inc.
Founded in 1993, INVISION, Inc. (http://www.invisioninc.com) develops software to support the ad sales and traffic processes for cable networks, broadcast networks, television syndicators and Hispanic-focused media. With offices in New York and Atlanta, INVISION’s clients include Azteca America, BET, Bloomberg, Bravo, CNBC, E! Entertainment Television, Galavision, Game Show Network, G4/Tech TV, Hallmark Channel, ION Media, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Telemundo, Telefutura, TV Guide Network, Univision, Warner Bros., The Weather Channel and WGN America.
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