Cie Digital Labs Names Former Saks Inc. Chairman & CEO Brad Martin As Its New Executive in Residence

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cie Digital Labs (CDL), an accelerator of innovation for large enterprises and a growth accelerator for emerging startups, today announced that Brad Martin will join the firm as Executive in Residence. Martin is Chairman of Chesapeake Energy, Chairman of RBM Ventures, and Retired Chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated. Former eBay and Pepsi executive Jim Davis also serves as an EIR for CDL.

Martin served as CEO of Saks Inc., and is Chairman of Chesapeake Energy and Chairman of RBM Ventures.

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“Brad brings to bear for CDL bottomless wealth of corporate experience across various strategic industries,” said Anderee Berengian, CEO at Cie Digital Labs. “His prolific career running first class businesses, driving runaway growth and serving on the board of top companies provides truly formidable knowledge that will help our enterprise clients and startups elevate their unique value proposition in competitive, emerging markets.”

In his role at CDL, Martin will use his deep corporate experience to help enhance the team’s understanding of business challenges and strategies for enterprise clients as well as core customers. These insights will further help CDL seamlessly build, execute and scale transformative digital solutions. As a frequently requested keynote and panel speaker at industry conferences, Martin will also evangelize CDL’s mission as the organization expands its nationwide footprint.

Martin served as CEO of Saks and its predecessor firm for nearly 20 years, during which the company grew from a ten-store base in East Tennessee to become a Fortune 500 enterprise. During his tenure, the value of the company’s stock increased more than 12-fold. He is a partner and investor in a variety of private businesses and serves on the Board of Directors of FedEx Corporation, First Horizon National Corporation, and Pilot/Flying J.

“Anderee and his team at CDL are terrific, inquisitive problem solvers for enterprises that want to embrace and capture the opportunities available to them in the digital landscape,” said Brad Martin, EIR at CDL. “I look forward to working with CDL--they roll up their sleeves by starting with a holistic understanding of the enterprise’s value proposition. Time after time, I’ve seen them use this foundational knowledge to develop and execute creative digital solutions that truly accelerate operational efficiency and yield measurable business results and topline revenue.”

About Cie Digital Labs
Cie Digital Labs (CDL) is an accelerator of innovation for large enterprises and a growth accelerator for emerging startups. CDL creates leading digital solutions, serves as an innovation lab for a variety of prominent global brands, and acts as a platform to develop and turn ground-breaking ideas into new technology ventures.

CDL blends Silicon Valley know-how, startup dynamism and speed with the business maturity of serial entrepreneurs, seasoned venture capitalists, and Fortune 500 executives. This proven combination drives cutting edge solutions for top enterprises’ strategic and operational business challenges. CDL’s leadership team has served key roles at various successful startups including Amazon, Yahoo!, Overture, Nativo and Internet Brands.
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