CHICAGO — Winsight, a provider of business research, news, trade shows, networking events and other intelligence for the food and beverage, convenience-store retailing and grocery industries and the publisher of CSP Daily News, has announced two key executive appointments to facilitate its expansion.
Kurt Reisenberg, a 25-year veteran of the business intelligence pioneer CEB, is joining Winsight in the newly created position of president, where he will oversee the Media & Events, Technomic and Exhibitions divisions. Alanna Young, formerly Winsight's chief operating officer, has been named president of Technomic, Winsight's research, insights and strategic consultancy in the food and beverage business.
“During a challenging time for most business intelligence, event and media companies, Winsight has posted phenomenal growth by responding to the dramatic changes in the information needs of its audiences,” said Mike Wood, CEO of Winsight. “The key is having leaders who can readily read the marketplace and respond with daring innovation and fresh thinking. Kurt and Alanna have proven they're the creative strategists who will lead our businesses forward during a time of unprecedented change in the industries we serve.”
Reisenberg joins Winsight from Gartner, which acquired CEB (formerly Corporate Executive Board) two years ago.
“Kurt is a proven business builder and inspirational leader who will focus on fostering integration among our divisions,” Wood said.
Reisenberg will join Winsight on Sept. 3, reporting to Wood.
Young joined Winsight four years ago to develop a data business for the company. She came from Metrostudy, Hanley Wood's real estate information firm, where she led research and membership services for 12 years. After Winsight's successful acquisition of Technomic, she shifted to the corporate role of chief operating officer, working closely with that business as well as Winsight's media and event properties.
“She has terrific leadership and communication skills, is well-versed in product and technology and has a true passion for the Technomic business,” Wood said. “She is the perfect person to lead that business forward as we explore new growth avenues.”
Chicago-based Winsight LLC is a business-to-business information company serving the restaurant and noncommercial foodservice, convenience and petroleum retailing and grocery industries. It provides research and analytics, branding solutions, face-to-face opportunities, lead generation initiatives and content marketing services through products including subscription data products, reports, research tools, research programs, fully custom studies, conferences, custom marketing services, meetings, and print and digital trade media. Winsight is a portfolio company of Pamlico Capital.