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Equilar Announces Senior Leadership Additions To Drive Strategic Growth

Linda Chen and Jesse MacNish Join Equilar’s Executive Management Team

Redwood City, CA (July 15, 2014) – Equilar, the leader in executive data solutions, today announced the addition of two new executives. Linda Chen joined Equilar as Vice President of Marketing. She brings to Equilar more than 16 years of marketing management experience in the consumer products and technology industries. Jesse MacNish joined the Equilar executive team as Vice President of Technology. MacNish brings nearly 20 years of experience to the engineering team. The new executive appointments are intended to drive Equilar’s evolution and position as a market leader in providing technology and data solutions to today’s top executives and board members.

“We’re excited to have Jesse and Linda as key members of our senior leadership team. They are both talented individuals who bring a wealth of experience,” said David Chun, Equilar CEO and founder. “We are making an investment in our future by augmenting the executive team. Linda and Jesse will be instrumental in our strategy to provide a new set of products and services to our clients and the broader governance community.”

Chen will lead Equilar’s branding and marketing efforts. Prior to joining Equilar, she was Vice President of Marketing at and General Manager/Vice President at Deem, Inc. She was responsible for the B2B business line of corporate travel, spend, and expense management applications. She also served more than 10 years at Intuit, where she managed marketing and customer support for the company's Small Business mobile and SaaS solutions. She also led product marketing teams for QuickBooks and Quicken software and support. Earlier in her career, Chen drove global marketing for Crest toothbrushes at Procter & Gamble. Chen has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Equilar is a critical player in the executive data industry. I am honored to have the opportunity to join the team and help lead this next phase of growth. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with developing new strategies to expand Equilar’s product offerings to serve the expanding needs of our client base,” said Chen.

MacNish leads the technology and architecture efforts for Equilar's new initiatives. Prior to joining Equilar, he was Director of Engineering at, where he was responsible for building and leading the engineering team. Before, MacNish worked in the online gaming industry for companies such as Yahoo, where he led teams that facilitated the rapid development of Internet games and game services. His experience extends back to consultant roles for IBM, Intel, and Delta Airlines. MacNish holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Arizona.

“Equilar has the great ability of advancing its products and services through innovation,” said MacNish. “It is a great honor for me to join Equilar and its talented engineering team in this leadership role.”

About Equilar

Headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., Equilar is the leading provider of executive compensation data and governance tools for corporations, nonprofits, consulting firms, institutional investors, and the media. As the trusted data and executive solutions provider to 70% of the Fortune 500, Equilar helps companies accurately benchmark and track executive and board compensation, pay for performance results, and compensation practices. In addition, Equilar offers a leading business and event networking solution focused on serving executives and board members. Equilar’s research is cited regularly by Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading media outlets.

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