Lightspeed announces executive leadership changes

15 December, 2015

Martin Filz Transitions to Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

David Day Assumes Dual Leadership Roles

WARREN, NJLightspeed today announces leadership changes to strengthen its business to meet the evolving needs of clients and the industry. As a part of this change, Martin Filz will transition to Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, effective January 1, 2016. In addition, David Day, President and Global Chief Executive Officer, will expand his responsibilities to now include Interim Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“Martin’s strong leadership and industry expertise have played an important role in the growth and development of our EMEA operations,” stated Day. “In his new role, he will lead our Asia Pacific teams to develop deep client relationships through the delivery of our core offerings. This transition is an important step in building our global portfolio and providing dynamic leadership in a multichannel environment.”

Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, Filz has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive roles, building businesses in multicultural and multilingual international environments. He has been involved with online research for the last 10 years across both APAC and EMEA prior to joining Lightspeed four years ago.

“APAC is an exciting place to be with both its diversity and exciting growth and I am delighted to be back in the region,” stated Filz. “This next chapter in Asia Pacific offers many opportunities for Lightspeed GMI to extend our leadership role for our clients and our employees.”

Lightspeed has an active search process under way to select Filz’s replacement in EMEA. In the short-term, Day will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer, EMEA.

The Lightspeed family of brands features some of the most recognizable and successful providers of online access panels: Lightspeed GMI, Lightspeed All Global and Lightspeed Financial Services Group. Through this network of global research marketers, we conduct more than 30 million interviews each year, employ more than 700 individuals and connect with more than 450,000 healthcare specialists worldwide.

Headquartered in Warren, New Jersey, Lightspeed is part of Kantar, the data investment management arm of WPP, the world leader in marketing communication services. For more information, visit

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