Maru Group appoints Chief People Officer

London, 17 July 2018: Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market research and customer insights Group, today announces the appointment of Dina Plahouras as Chief People Officer. With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Dina is an expert in driving organisation change and has enabled the strategic development of numerous businesses through the creation and implementation of human capital practices. Her appointment bolsters the capabilities of Maru as the Group continues its impressive growth trajectory.   

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Megan Paul
Why this UK market research firm is heading into Latin America

[Source: Growth Business Co UK] Despite being just two years old, UK market research company Maru Group has been embarking on an impressive global push. It has snapped up companies under its platform to help it disrupt the market research sector since getting backing from private equity firm Primary Capital Partners. Here, directors Ged Parton and Rob Berger explain why the company decided to buy Latin American market research panel Tu Cuentas.

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Megan Paul
Maru/Blue expands into the UK market

London - 2 July 2018: Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the expansion of Maru/Blue into the UK market through the appointment of Paul Williams. Based in Southampton, Paul will oversee the development of Maru/Blue’s UK operations as Managing Director.

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Megan Paul
Maru Group CEO Ged Parton on Navigating the Future of Data

[Source: MediaVillage] "Data, data everywhere and much too much to drink" could be the resounding verse of many a company right now.  Across industries, business professionals are navigating new and different data streams, but from which is it actually safe to drink?  Enter Ged Parton, Chief Executive Officer of Maru Group.  With a storied career in consumer insights, serving as head of Synovate, Ipsos and now Maru, Ged is acutely aware of this challenge.  "Businesses can be overwhelmed by the number of available data sources," he says.  "They want to use information to inform decisions, but the data is not always packaged in a way that can be easily manipulated."

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Megan Paul
Maru Group acquires Hispanic panel Tú Cuentas

London, 18 June 2018 – Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled customer insights company, today announces Maru/Blue’s acquisition of Tú Cuentas, a Hispanic research panel targeting Spanish speaking communities in the U.S. The addition of Tú Cuentas to Maru/Blue’s range of Market Research Online Communities will significantly strengthen the company’s research capabilities with the Hispanic population.

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Megan Paul
How To Stay Innovative Post-Acquisition

[Source: Minutehack] It's easy to lose impetus when your business is acquired - here's how to keep the creative spark alive.

A strong capacity for innovation is fundamental to any organisation’s growth strategy. From devising ground-breaking ideas or products to discovering new market segments, creative thinking is often what enables companies to retain a competitive edge.

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Megan Paul
Meet the founder of Maru Group

[Source: Just Entrepreneurs] Maru has become an incubator for technological innovation within the sector - a foundation and catalyst for growth. We have acquired four fantastic and very diverse companies since we founded the Group in 2016, but rather than merging them into one unit, we have enabled the companies to flourish independently and retain their own individual cultures and identities. Whilst each firm has its distinct capabilities, our portfolio is united by a common belief in the value of technology-led research and an ability to rapidly aggregate and analyse data, providing clients with meaningful insights in real-time.

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Megan Paul
Maru Group expands into LatAm

London, 30 April 2018 - Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the expansion of its team and the opening of a new office in Buenos Aires, to support its growth in the LatAm market. The company will be led by market research professional, Daniel Finder who has over 20 years’ experience in the industry.

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Megan Paul
Maru/Edr appoints Chief Executive Officer

Southampton, 26 April 2018: Maru/Edr today announces the appointment of Gary Topiol as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 21 May 2018. Having worked in the market research and customer experience sector for over 20 years, Gary brings with him an impressive track record in overseeing companies’ growth and geographical expansion.

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Megan Paul
Maru Group launches Maru/Blue

London, 24 April 2018: Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the launch of Maru/Blue, a dedicated business providing brands with access to high quality known respondents from market communities across Canada and North America. The company will be headquartered in Toronto and led by Rob Berger who will report directly to Ged Parton, CEO of Maru Group.

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Megan Paul
Technology and market researchers in unison

[Source: Research Live] As a market researcher, I’m asked repeatedly by clients whether technology is our industry’s friend or foe. Indeed, over the past 10 years, the sheer speed of external technological developments has left many questioning whether the industry that we know and love will soon be rendered obsolete.

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Maru Group promotes Demitry Estrin

23 October 2017 - Maru Group , the technology-enabled market and customer insights company, today announces the promotion of Demitry Estrin to Chief Operating Officer of Maru/Matchbox with immediate effect. His appointment to the role further strengthens Maru/Matchbox’s operational capabilities, supporting the business’ continued growth. 

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Monica Low
Managing a multigenerational business

[Source: London Loves Business] It’s no secret that companies across the globe are experiencing a seismic shift in their employee demographic. Ageing populations have resulted in an older workforce, with 63.4 per cent of 55 to 64-year olds in the UK currently in employment (according to PWC’s Golden Age Report).

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Megan Paul
Building a transatlantic company in 2017

[Source: London Loves Business] 2016 will be remembered as a year characterised by political and economic instability on both sides of the Atlantic – with shock victories for the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and President Trump confounding the pollsters and market analysts alike.

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Megan Paul
Maru Group's Ged Parton is reinventing the professional services industry

[Source: City A.M.] I spend a lot of time talking to businesses, naturally. And in the digital era, it’s startling to learn of the archaic methods and infrastructure firms still use to deliver vital insights.

Outperforming competitors – being one step ahead of the game using smart data – should be a priority. And yet, through either insouciance, intransigence, or being set in their ways, firms battle on with technology better suited to a museum.

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Monica Low
Buy and build- a strategy for success

[Source: London Loves Business] Over the last decade there has been a surge in the popularity of companies pursuing a “buy-and-build” strategy as a means of acquiring rapid revenue growth and penetrating markets that have relatively high barriers to entry. This charge has been led primarily by companies backed by private equity, which have been quick to realise the strategy’s potential for value creation.

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Maru/Matchbox promotes Derek Matisz

10 August 2017 - Maru/Matchbox today announces the promotion of Derek Matisz to Senior Vice President, Platform Operations, with immediate effect.

Derek has been with Matchbox for more than six years. Prior to that he spent five years at Ipsos in a variety of management roles. Before entering the insights services industry Derek honed his management skills at McDonalds Corporation.

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Monica Low
Maru Group boosts Group Global Executive Committee with internal promotions

Southampton, 17 July 2017 - MARU Group (“MARU” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the promotions of Sarah Redford to MARU Group Chief People Officer and Carlos Palacio to MARU Group Chief Information Officer. Sarah and Carlos will join CEO Ged Parton, CTO Shane Wright and newly-appointed CFO Heather McRae on the Group Global Executive Committee. The promotions support the Group’s continued expansion across the UK and North America with its recent acquisition of SynGro.

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Monica Low
Maru Group further enhances its technology platform through the acquisition of SynGro

Southampton, 10 July 2017 - MARU Group (“MARU” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, has acquired leading Customer Experience technology company SynGro (“the Company”) for an undisclosed sum. Following the acquisition, SynGro will be rebranded to Maru/SynGro and its management team will remain with the Company to oversee its development and integration into the Group’s technology platform.

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Maru Group appoints Chief Financial Officer

Southampton, 03 July 2017: MARU Group (“MARU” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the appointment of Heather McRae as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect. This appointment further strengthens the Group’s operational expertise, as it pursues its acquisitive growth strategy.

Heather brings over 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector, in numerous senior finance positions. Heather joins from the Group’s portfolio company, Maru/edr, where she was appointed CFO in February 2016.

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Monica Low