IRI, an innovative, global provider of technology, data, and predictive analytics for the consumer, retail, and media sectors, has appointed of Kirk Perry, Google’s President of global client and agency solutions, as president and CEO and a member of its board of directors. Perry succeeds Andrew Appel, who has successfully led a transformation of IRI for nearly a decade. Appel will remain an advisor to the company and member of the board of directors.
“The IRI team, under the leadership of Andrew Appel since 2012, has transformed the company and developed an excellent track record of partnering with clients to leverage data, technology and cutting-edge ideas for accelerated speed of insight generation, helping clients achieve better business results,” commented Jeffrey Ansell, chairman of IRI. “On behalf of the company and board of directors, I’d like to thank Andrew for his outstanding contributions and lasting impact. I’m delighted to welcome Kirk as IRI’s next president and CEO.”
Perry said, “I am honored to lead IRI and its immensely talented team. Having managed and supported some of the world’s largest consumer brands in both the consumer packaged goods and technology industries, I have deep appreciation for IRI’s advanced capabilities and its critical role as an insights leader in the industry amidst a dynamic and evolving consumer and marketing landscape. I look forward to building on IRI’s success, market position, and competitive advantages to deepen its connection with clients, ensuring the Company becomes an even more valuable partner to companies seeking to drive growth.”
Appel added, “I’m tremendously proud of what the IRI team has accomplished to date, and I am certain that the company’s best years are ahead as IRI builds on its strong momentum. I look forward to contributing to this future as an Advisor and Director while ensuring a smooth transition. I’m confident IRI will be in terrific hands with Kirk, given his impressive track record of client leadership, deep experience in technology and media and passion for people.”