Krzana announces appointment of Steve Godman as CEO; Stuart Jeffrey moves into chairman role

KRZANA has unveiled Steve Godman as its new chief executive officer, effective 1st January 2018. Stuart Jeffrey, who has served as Krzana’s interim CEO since January 2017, will continue in his role as chairman. Mr Godman has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling media technology businesses globally. His achievements include launching the world’s first mobile and social engagement platform while at IMImobile, as well as co-founding Soundmite, the world’s first short-form social audio networking platform.

Mr Jeffrey, on behalf of the Krzana board, said: “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to have Steve join us as CEO. He brings consummate experience in media technology and a stellar reputation for delivering exceptional customer experience. “Steve’s talent for growing global media accounts and building great teams are critical ingredients in the continued growth of Krzana.”.

Mr Godman’s appointment is a key piece of Krzana’s growth strategy, helping the business consolidate its emerging position as the newsgathering engine for digital-first journalists, and capitalise on publishers need to uncover the narrative behind local and global events before they become news. Through his media industry and technology experience, Steve has worked with the largest global broadcasters to deliver concrete ROI from user-generated content and social media in markets that initially questioned its value. “This is an important and exciting time to join Krzana,” Mr Godman said. “I’m joining a company whose AI-powered natural language processing engine has been proven to accurately break news before the competition and improve newsroom efficiency. With a potential global audience of millions of journalists, analysts and broadcasters – an industry that is undergoing massive transformation – it represents a golden opportunity”. “I have been passionate about media from the age I could read a newspaper. Having been involved in communications technology my entire career, from print through to social media and everything in between, including radio and TV, I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the brightest minds in the industry – and Krzana is a natural progression for me,” Mr Godman said. Mr Jeffrey added: “We are absolutely confident that Steve is the right leader for Krzana and can create value for shareholders by combining his thought leadership with enthusiasm for digital innovation to deliver global growth and cutting-edge products.”.

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