Covering all aspects of the company’s operations, the team works closely to ensure that Gorkana meets not only the demands of its customers, but provides a positive, innovative, working environment.

Abe Smith
President, EMEAI
Abe Smith is the President, EMEAI of Cision responsible for orchestrating the connected go-to-market strategy for this broad region. He is committed to delighting the customer, developing employees and increasing top line revenue while promoting operational excellence.

A Silicon Valley veteran, Smith has spent the past 17 years with US-based high growth, enterprise SaaS companies focusing on market transformation. His expertise is accelerating business internationally, particularly in the Emerging Markets of JAPAC, India and Latin America. Having led teams of scale at mature technology companies such as Oracle and Cisco, Abe has also built start-ups to maturity at companies such as WebEx where he was part of the core leadership team that drove the rapid ascent from IPO to $400m in revenue and ultimate $3.2bn acquisition.

Smith graduated with highest honours from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Political Science and certification in International Relations.
Ciara Jordan
Ciara Jordan
SVP, Global Operations
Ciara joined the organisation in 2008 and was instrumental in bringing Gorkana, Metrica and Durrants together to form the Gorkana Group. Ciara’s operational remit has been significantly increased following Cision's acquisition of the Gorkana Group in 2015.

Specifically, Ciara is responsible for overseeing both the data entry and research functions which ensure our information products are constantly up-to-date. Her remit also extends to our media analysis team, who produce valuable insights to organisations all over the world.

Additionally Ciara leads our monitoring operations team, this department works around the clock in order to keep customers updated on news and issues and underpinning all these department's activities she also manages Cision’s customer services team and all their associated processes.

Ciara has extensive operational experience right across the operational spectrum - from order management, customer service, production and business process engineering.

Prior to joining the company, Ciara had worked for the Dell Computer Corporation for over 14 years in a variety of roles and locations across the world.
Tom Ritchie
Tom Ritchie
Product Director, EMEA & India
Tom joined Cision in 2002 and spent eight years in various roles including leading the UKs Customer Services and Sales divisions & European Product Development organisation before becoming the Managing Director of the Cision UK business in 2012.

In 2014 Tom relocated from London to Chicago where he led the global product team, driving innovation and defining the product strategy as SVP of Product Management.

After the acquisition of Gorkana, Tom returned to the UK to focus on driving the European product road map and focus on evolving Cision's Analysis and Monitoring services and now sits on the European executive team reporting into Abe Smith.

Tom’s international perspective combined with direct sales, services and marketing leadership experience and a deep understanding of Cision's market and products play an integral role in creating the ultimate technology to power our client's stories.
Lorna Mattis
Lorna Mattis
HR Director, Cision EMEA
Lorna is the HR Director, Cision EMEA, responsible for leading the HR strategy for Cision’s EMEA business.

She is ultimately focused on ensuring that our people have the skills and resources in place to achieve our strategic goals and works closely with the rest of the executive team to ensure that we maintain a great culture and an engaged workforce.

Lorna joined in April 2013 as Head of Human Resources at Gorkana Group, reporting to Jeremy Thompson (Managing Director, Cision EMEA). Prior to this, she held a number of strategic and operational HR roles across a variety of sectors including the Dentsu Aegis Network, Virgin Group, Burberry and Michael Page.

Lorna graduated in English Literature and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management. She is also a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
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