CIRQ Announces Board Directors - Industry News

CIRQ Announces Board Directors

CIRQ (the Certification Institute for Research Quality), an International Standards Organization (ISO) audit and certification body that is a subsidiary of the Insights Association, has announced its Board of Directors for 2024:


• Travis Santa, Vice President & Security Officer, Touchstone Research

• Alexandrine de Montera, Chief Product Officer, Full Circle Research

• Mark Menig, Chief Product Officer, PureSpectrum

• Matt Benard, VP of Compliance and Privacy /Data Protection Officer, Escalent

• David Rothstein, CEO, RTi Research


Matt Benard and David Rothstein are new to the Board in 2024, joining Travis Santa, Board Chair; Alexandrine de Montera, Board Chair-Elect; and Mark Menig, Board Director. Board members serve a 2-year term. Responsibilities include fiduciary oversight and advisory support for CIRQ, focusing on new client opportunities and overall growth of the audit and certification services CIRQ provides to the global insights industry.


Melanie Courtright, CEO of the Insights Association, and Juliana Wood, CIRQ’s Managing Director hold Ex-Officio (non-voting) Board positions.


“As the Board Chair for CIRQ, I am proud to report consistent growth in recent years under the dynamic leadership of Juliana Wood,” commented Travis Santa. “It's an exciting time for CIRQ and our momentum has never been stronger. The primary objective of the CIRQ Board remains the continued growth and expansion of our organization. I am looking forward to collaborating with both existing and new Board Directors to achieve our shared goals and further elevate CIRQ's impact in the industry”.


About CIRQ
A subsidiary of the Insights Association, CIRQ (the Certification Institute for Research Quality) was established to provide assessment and certification services to market research firms seeking certification to ISO 20252, ISO 27001, and ISO 27701. A non-profit entity, CIRQ is committed to providing timely, thorough, and impartial assessments of its customers' research process management or information security management systems regarding certification to corresponding standards. CIRQ was established in compliance with all ISO requirements for certification bodies that provide auditing and certification services and is fully accredited by ANSI’s National Accreditation Board. To conform to its mandate of objective and impartial audits to these ISO standards, CIRQ is independently operated and managed under the oversight of an independent Board of Directors and submits to annual moderation by external authorities on ISO certification bodies.