Innovate Hires Three

Audience sampling company Innovate announced three new hires:

  1. Rodney Lazar will be senior vice president of Global Finance and Accounting. Rodney comes to Innovate from uSamp/Instantly. He has an extensive background at CPG companies such as M&M/Mars, Nestle, Disney, toy company MGA Entertainment, as well Time Warner Music.
  2. Rachel Tak has joined Innovate as Director of Global Account Management. She was previously with uSamp/Instantly as second-in-command of the Global Bid Consulting team.
  3. Katherine Albers will be Senior Manager of Global Client Services, focusing on the development of Innovate’s sampling technology. She comes from Precision Sample, where she helped lead project management for the company.

New European managing director for Azure

U.S.-based data collection specialist Azure Knowledge Corporation has appointed Rafal Gajdamowicz as managing director of its European business, based in London.

Azure, which has more than 500 employees in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, provides telephone, online and face-to-face data collection services across more than 100 countries, with a focus on interviewing B2B, medical and consumer audiences.

Gajdamowicz (photo above) brings more than twenty years of research industry experience. Most recently, he served as Global Chief Operating Officer at FieldGlobal, prior to which he was COO at MedField, MD at MRops, EVP at Ugam, and General Manager of Ronin, where he worked for eight years. Earlier, he was a data analyst at BJM Research and Consultancy, and at NFO.