Seattle-based MR software and panels firm GMI (Global Market Insite) has appointed technology veteran Michael Brochu as its new Chief Executive Officer.
He replaces GMI founder and Chief Executive Rob Monster, who stepped down from the role in February to pursue other interests (www.mrweb.com/drno/news6436.htm
Brochu has a 20 year senior-level background; latterly leading several Seattle-based companies including game manufacturer Sierra On-Line, software firm Primus Knowledge Solutions, and online digital media services company Loudeye, all of which were subsequently sold off. Prior to its acquisition by Nokia last October, Brochu grew Loudeye’s revenues by almost 90%.
‘With the appointment of Mike as CEO, GMI has secured a successful, experienced and highly capable executive who will build on GMI’s already impressive growth of 2,008% in five years to expand GMI’s leadership position in a global market research industry worth $24 billion,’ said Enrique Godreau, Chairman of GMI’s board of directors.
Outside the company, Brochu serves on a number of technology firms’ boards, as well as on the advisory board of Voyager Capital, a venture capital firm which was one of GMI’s early investors. He has also been involved in the technology trade association, the Washington Software Alliance (WSA).
Since its foundation in Seattle in 1999, GMI has raised around $50 million in venture capital. The firm offers market research software, desktop analysis tools, and a number of consumer and specialty panels which poll in more than 200 countries and territories across 37 languages. With 29 offices around the world, GMI is online at www.gmi-mr.com