Bernardo to step down as Cision NA CEO

CHICAGO: Joe Bernardo, CEO of Cision North America, will step down from his post March 1, the company said Wednesday.

CHICAGO: Joe Bernardo, CEO of Cision North America, will step down from his post March 1, the company said Wednesday.

Peter Granat, currently president and COO of Cision North America, will replace him, reporting to Hans Gieskes, CEO of the Cision Group. Bernardo has transferred more responsibility to Granat throughout the past year, the company said in a statement.

Gieskes credited Bernardo in a statement as “key to Cision's success in North America, as the company transformed itself from a news-clipping service and publisher of hard-copy media directories to a global software and technology company.”

Bernardo became Cision North America's chief executive in January 2008. Like Granat, he previously served as president and COO of Cision North America before becoming CEO. He joined Cision predecessor Bacon's Information in 1988 as EVP and COO.

Granat was promoted to the newly created position of European CEO as part of the company's global reorganization in December 2008 before returning to the US as North American president and COO in January 2011.

Last fall, Cision launched social publishing feature Cision Social Publish, and partnered with social media release platform PitchEngine on a social content optimization capability. The company also made its media database available to mobile and tablet users via the iOS and Android operating systems in December.

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