LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ranker, the world’s leading destination for crowdsourced rankings on just about everything, has appointed two new senior executives to its leadership team, as well as added to its sales team roster. Greg Morrow joins as Chief Operations Officer and Evan Krauss joins as Senior Vice President of Global Sales, while Tanya Davies and Adam Gordon each join as Vice President of Sales. The new leadership will add to Ranker’s seasoned team of entertainment and adtech industry veterans, who have thus far grown Ranker into a leading publisher with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors in the U.S. and 60 million worldwide visitors.
Morrow, Krauss, Davies and Gordon join Ranker during a period of rapid growth for the company. Worldwide monthly visits to more than doubled over the last year (currently averaging over 150 million monthly visits), and the profitable company did $22 million in 2017 revenues, a 68 percent increase from 2016.
“We’re very excited to welcome Greg, Evan, Tanya and Adam to the Ranker team,” said Clark Benson, CEO of Ranker. “We’ve worked hard to establish Ranker as a leading digital media company, and these individuals bring deep expertise that will enable us to continue our upwards trajectory and tackle new markets.”
Greg Morrow, former SVP Digital at The Enthusiast Network (TEN), joins Ranker as COO. In this capacity, Morrow will lead efforts to grow revenue, audience, partnerships and brand awareness of Ranker. Morrow brings 20 years of Internet media, product innovation and digital operating experience to Ranker. He founded Grind Networks, which was acquired by TEN in October 2010. Prior to that, he led product strategy and marketing for Yahoo! Music.
“Ranker has seen incredible growth and I’m excited to join the team to establish new partnerships and strategies that further develop the company’s phenomenal media business as well as its emerging Data and technology businesses,” said Greg Morrow.
Evan Krauss is a 20-year veteran in the digital and mobile industries. His experience includes building new products, businesses and monetization organizations for companies including PubMatic, Shazam, Jumptap, Yahoo!, AOL, Excite and Agency.com. He’s been an early proponent of emerging markets, and championed digital, rich media, mobile, video advertising and programmatic from their early days.
At Ranker, Krauss will work on building a direct sales organization and evangelizing Ranker to brands and agencies. “I’m thrilled to join the Ranker team and look forward to working with Clark and the broader team, including Tanya and Adam, to expand the sales operation to work with new brands and companies, and to grow Ranker into a global brand,” said Evan Krauss.
Davies brings with her nearly two decades of sales experience from a variety of digital and mobile companies, among others, and will be based in the Los Angeles area. Meanwhile, Gordon brings more than 15 years of sales and digital marketing across a number of online publishers and will be based in New York City. Both will work with the Ranker sales teams in their respective markets to continue the company’s impressive growth trajectory.
Ranker is a leading digital media company for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings on just about everything. We put the power in the hands of our audience to answer debates on topics including pop culture, sports, politics, brands and lifestyle. Using Ranker's unique technology, those lists become definitive rankings based on the "wisdom of the crowd." Based in Los Angeles, Ranker attracts more than 40 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S. and over 60 million monthly visits worldwide, and is a top ranked publisher in the US. Ranker's lists and opinion data are regularly cited in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, The Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today, among many others. The company is venture backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Ventures, Wavemaker Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Bullpen Capital and various angels.