Chief Executive Officer

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Ged Parton is a veteran in the market intelligence industry, who has most recently held Global CEO roles at Synovate and Ipsos. A highly respected thought leader, Ged regularly publishes thought provoking material and can be seen on stage at events, including chairing the ESOMAR Congress in 2011.

With a strong grounding across a broad spectrum of research disciplines and success at a global level Ged is passionate about guiding Maru Group’s vision to be an international insights pioneer. Based on his varied experience Ged understands that technology can and should be used to facilitate the fast and efficient delivery of information and intelligence and has therefore placed technology firmly at the core of Maru Group’s DNA.



Sarah Redford

Chief People Officer

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For the Maru Group, Sarah oversees the company’s People strategy and delivery across multiple teams located in Toronto, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver. With 19 years of Human Resources experience, Sarah is a passionate leader focused on developing and implementing HR initiatives aligned with the business strategy to improve performance in a high growth business.

Her areas of expertise include talent strategy, mergers & acquisitions, executive coaching, performance management and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Maru/Matchbox, Sarah was the Talent Management Director for Avanade Inc.’s North American team and helped create and build the Canadian business from inception. Sarah’s experience spans industries such as the technology sector and consulting.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and a Human Resource Management Certificate from Ryerson University.



Carlos Palacio

Chief Information Officer

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Carlos joined Maru/Matchbox during its creation in 2016 as Chief Information Officer. In this role, Carlos oversees all aspects of the Maru Group's information services needs including systems, infrastructure, security and support. Carlos is a strategic and business-savvy IT executive with 20 years of global experience leading IT/IS strategy and operations including infrastructure, applications, ERP implementations and project management. He has worked internationally and managed multimillion-dollar capital and operational budgets in multiple industries including non for profit, health, food manufacturing, technology and telecommunications.

He has extensive expertise in systems architecture and implementing enterprise-level infrastructure solutions for public and private corporations looking to integrate technology as part of their core product offering. Carlos brings particular focus to designing and implementing cost-effective enterprise solutions with the functionality, flexibility and scalability to meet the needs of organizations with sophisticated user and client demands. He is adept at bi-modal IT, managing bottom-line performance by aligning information technology with business objectives, as well as fluid innovation.

He is a strong leader empowering a diverse and skilled team of remote and in-house staff with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to become high-impact contributors. Carlos holds a B.ASc. Systems and Computer Engineering from Universidad de los Andes and received his Masters’ in Electrical Engineering from University of Windsor. Carlos is also a member of the Board of Directors for the CIO Association of Canada.



Heather McRae

Chief Financial Officer

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Heather was appointed Chief Financial Officer of MARU Group in July 2017, having previously held the same position at the Group’s portfolio company Maru/edr since February 2016.

With more than 25 years of experience, Heather has held a variety of senior positions across a number of industries. Prior to joining Maru/edr, Heather was Finance Director at Recruitment firm Harris Hill Ltd., Group Finance Director at UK FTSE 350 company Alpha Airports Group and a senior manager at leading professional advisory firm PWC.

Heather qualified as a Chartered Accountant after graduating with a BSc in Accountancy and Business Mathematics from the University of Dundee.



Shane Wright

Chief Technical Officer

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For fifteen years, Shane has been at the forefront of digital research, pioneering and developing a range of technical insight solutions, digital research software and features.

In 2001, Shane joined online insight specialists eDigitalResearch as the company’s lead technical developer and in that time created one of the world’s leading research platforms. He was the driver behind eDigitalResearch’s technical expansion, continuously building upon the company’s own proprietary technology infrastructure. His technical brilliance allowed the company to grow and work with global brands across a range of sectors due to its unique technical platform.

In 2016, Shane joined Maru Group as CTO and plays a key role in developing the firms’ technology ecosystem which forms the central hub for all Maru Group companies.