PE-backed EnsembleIQ promotes Hughes to COO

EnsembleIQ, a portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners, has promoted Joel Hughes to chief operating officer. His appointment is effective immediately. Prior to working at EnsembleIQ, Hughes was the digital senior vice president at Scranton Gillette Communications. EnsembleIQ is a business intelligence resource.


EnsembleIQ, a premier business intelligence resource, announced today the promotion of Joel Hughes to Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.

In his new role, Hughes expands his existing responsibilities of running EnsembleIQ’s digital and technology departments to also overseeing the company’s entire production team. He will continue to report to David Shanker, CEO of EnsembleIQ.

Hughes has played a critical role at EnsembleIQ ever since its launch in 2016 starting with assisting in the acquisition of several companies including Stagnito, Edgell and the Path to Purchase Institute. During that time Hughes led his team through the rebuilding of more than a dozen brand publication sites and the deployment of innovative systems to elevate the company’s digital capabilities. Most recently his team was critical to the seamless acquisition of Lebhar-Friedman.

“This promotion is in recognition of all the work Joel has accomplished over the past three years to make EnsembleIQ digitally and technologically stronger through reinvention and innovation,” said David Shanker, CEO at EnsembleIQ. “He is committed to finding new and creative ways to get our messaging to the right audiences, is a strong team leader and I’m confident he will continue to guide us to even greater success.”

Prior to working at EnsembleIQ, Hughes was the digital SVP at Scranton Gillette Communications. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Illinois State University and is based in Chicago, IL.

About EnsembleIQ
EnsembleIQ is a premier business intelligence resource that exists to help people and their organizations succeed. It is structured to serve the business-to-business needs of retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, technology providers, hospitality and healthcare professionals, marketing agencies and retail service providers by using its integrated network of media and information resources designed to inform, connect and provide actionable marketplace intelligence. Information on EnsembleIQ can be found at

EnsembleIQ is a portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners, a private equity investor with more than 30 years of experience investing in growth companies in partnership with strong management teams. Information on RFE can be found at