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McDonnell and Eck appointed to top roles at GateHouse's Propel Marketing

Sean McDonnell, chief revenue officer at GateHouse Media New England, will join Propel Marketing as senior vice president of sales, effective April 1.


Sean McDonnell, chief revenue officer at GateHouse Media New England,

will join Propel Marketing as senior vice president of sales,

effective April 1.

For the past two years, McDonnell has led the GHMNE transformation to

a true multimedia sales force. In his new role at Propel Marketing,

McDonnell will be responsible for Propel sales across all channels -

direct sales, GateHouse local market sales and third-party re-seller

partners. He will work closely with GateHouse publishers and regional

sales leaders to maximize Propel revenues throughout the company.

Propel, based in Quincy, Mass., provides internet marketing solutions

for small to medium sized businesses.

Prior to joining GateHouse, McDonnell was co-founder and president of

ReviNet, a digital start-up focusing on premium network optimization

solutions. He built a partner network of hundreds of local media

properties prior to Pubmatic’s acquisition of Revinet in 2011. Before

launching ReviNet, he led online display sales for Boston.com from

2005 through 2008. He has spent the last 18 years working in both the

traditional and digital advertising space in various sales & sales

management roles.

“Sean’s joining our senior leadership team comes at a critical time,

as we scale Propel to thousands of customers through multiple sales

channels,” Peter Newton, president of GateHouse Ventures, wrote. “While we’ve had

very good growth in our first year+ of operation, we expect our growth

rate to accelerate dramatically over coming months and years. …

Optimizing internal Propel and GateHouse sales efforts, and enabling

partners to successfully sell Propel products, are vital to realizing

our potential.”

In addition to McDonnell new role, effective immediately, Chris Eck

becomes senior vice president/general manager of Propel Marketing. Eck

will be responsible for product, development, operations, training and

finance.

Eck has led the buildup of Propel Marketing from the very inception of

the concept to its current state today, with over 100 staff. He has

done an outstanding job in building a strong value proposition and

operation to deliver that value consistently to customers. Recent

developments such as the launch of our leading-edge responsive design

website service evidence his keen sense of quality and innovation, as

well as the caliber of our highly talented team.

“These changes position us well for an exciting, explosive growth

phase at Propel,” Newton said.
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