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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Southampton-based Maru Group is eyeing a turnover of $100m this year as part of its ongoing acquisitive expansion plan.
Established in 2016 by Ged Parton, Maru Group is a market and customer insights company which is backed by Primary Capital Partners. The business recently acquired survey platform Usurv, which will be rebranded to Maru/Usurv.Read More
SOUTHAMPTON – Maru Group has acquired agile research technology platform Usurv ("the Company”) for an undisclosed sum; Usurv will subsequently be rebranded to MARU/USURV. Founders, Martin Bysh and Guy Potter will remain with the Company to oversee its growth trajectory and development.Read More
TORONTO – Maru Group has rebranded its community insights research division as Maru/Matchbox™, a sector-focused consumer intelligence firm dedicated entirely to better client outcomes. The company has been operating as MARU/VCR&C since being acquired from Vision Critical in April of this year.Read More
SOUTHAMPTON, UK – MARU Group has now closed the transaction and acquired Vision Critical’s North American spin off research consulting division, Vision Criticial Research and Consulting. The new business will operate as a standalone entity within MARU Group as maru/vcr&c, under the leadership of the current VCR&C (formally Vision Critical Research and Consulting) executive team. The expertise and success of VCR&C and its people in both insight services and insight technology make them an ideal fit for MARU Group’s continued expansion.Read More
MARU Group have announced the hiring of senior Chief Financial Officer Steve Ducat.
Steve is highly skilled and experienced demonstrated by his most recent role as CFO – UK & Nordics for full service advertising agency Publicis Worldwide. Steve brings with him a wealth of expertise and sector knowledge having previously held senior financial positions at market research agencies TNS and Research International.Read More
LONDON, 2016 – MARU Group, the technology-enabled professional services firm announces the acquisition of eDigitalResearch.
MARU Group is headed by Ged Parton, who has most recently held Global CEO roles in Synovate and Ipsos, and is backed by an investor group led by Primary Capital Partners LLP.Read More