Michael Gerard Joins e-Spirit as Chief Marketing Officer

e-Spirit Inc., maker of the best-of-breed FirstSpirit content experience hub, today announced that Michael Gerard has joined its executive team as Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Gerard will be a key driver in helping e-Spirit continue its rapid growth across North America and Europe. He will oversee e-Spirit’s global marketing team, focusing on marketing strategy, brand awareness, demand generation and sales enablement.

“I am very excited about the expertise that Michael brings to the team in leading and scaling global marketing software companies,” said Udo Straesser, chief revenue officer for e-Spirit. “e-Spirit is experiencing its largest year-over-year growth in our 18 year history, and we have greatly increased our presence in North America where we grew our customer base by 50 percent. The addition of Michael to our executive team will help to maintain this momentum, solidifying our global marketing success in the coming years.”

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the organization,” said Michael Gerard, chief marketing officer for e-Spirit. “The power of content to impact a customer’s digital experience is unprecedented; and the most effective marketers will leverage the proliferation of channels and marketing technologies to tap into this power of content to drive customer engagement and business growth. e-Spirit is a leader in enabling companies to achieve this vision, delivering truly personalized and omnichannel digital experiences for their customers. They are already helping many of the world’s leading brands to meet their digital experience needs, and preparing them to meet future demands. e-Spirit’s FirstSpirit content management software solution gives customers the flexibility and agility needed to build digital ecosystems that uniquely address their strategic business needs. In addition, their market-leading Content as a Service (CaaS) solution is uniquely positioned to enable customers to further unlock the power of digital content to drive business growth and differentiate their products and services.”

Mr. Gerard brings over 25 years of marketing and sales experience to e-Spirit, having helped many of the world’s largest technology organizations to develop and execute their marketing strategies. His specialties include leading global teams to tap into the power of digital marketing strategies, coupled with traditional marketing tactics to drive awareness, leads and revenue. Prior to joining e-Spirit, Michael was the CMO of Curata, a leader in the content marketing software space. Prior to Curata, Michael was the head of IDC's CMO and Sales Advisory Practices where he worked with companies such as Oracle, IBM, Citrix, Symantec, Salesforce.com, Adobe, Eloqua and Marketo to improve their marketing and sales productivity.

Michael has presented at leading industry events, such as IDC’s annual Directions event, MIT Sloan School of Management's events, and Sales 2.0 conferences. Michael is often cited in leading publications, including Content Marketing Institute, Sales and Marketing Management, and Marketing News by AMA; and has been recognized as a Top 50 Content Marketing Influencer. He received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a BS in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MS in Engineering from Northeastern University.