Quinlan named CEO of R2i

R2i, a Baird Capital portfolio company, has named Jennifer Quinlan as its CEO effective June 26. Quinlan succeeds Matt Goddard, R2i’s co-founder and former CE. Quinlan most recently served as North American digital practice leader for IBM Global Business Services, Distribution Sector.


BALTIMORE, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — R2i is a leading independent digital agency that announced the appointment of Jennifer Quinlan as the Chief Executive Officer effective June 26. Jennifer is a highly accomplished digital marketing executive hired by the R2i Board of Directors and private equity investor Baird Capital. She succeeds Matt Goddard, Co-Founder and former CEO, who worked closely with the Board to identify and hire a seasoned leader for the next phase of R2i’s growth.

Jennifer’s focus is on establishing the long-term roadmap for R2i’s growth, market positioning, and unique differentiators and leveraging the agency’s core capabilities, talent resources, and strategic technology partnerships to drive immediate growth results for the company.

“The agency has reached an important milestone in its evolution and Jennifer’s 20+ years of direct and digital marketing services, account management, operations and business segment leadership experience from her prior roles align with the direction R2i is poised to go,” notes Richard Neff, Chairman of the Board.

Most recently Jennifer served as North American Digital Practice leader for IBM Global Business Services, Distribution Sector. She led a multi-disciplinary team of digital consultants and practitioners serving consumer products, retail, travel, transportation, and life sciences industries as well as the Digital Commerce practice for NA. Working with leading organizations, Jennifer and her team designed and led digital transformation initiatives in marketing and customer experience, employee experience, and supply chain manufacturing transformation.

Prior to IBM, Jennifer was Senior Vice President at Merkle, a premier digital performance management agency. Over almost a two decade tenure with Merkle, Jennifer was a key member of the leadership team responsible for growing Merkle into the international enterprise agency it is today. While at Merkle, Jennifer held leadership roles in building and evolving industry offerings as well as capabilities and growth in high tech, life sciences, hospitality, and non-profit. She also held operational and organization transformation roles. Jennifer’s experience in scaling, growing, and evolving key areas of service, sales, and operations will be integral to her role at R2i.

“I’m very excited to be at R2i. The agency’s foundation in implementing marketing technology to enable digital experiences using content and creative for improved customer outcomes is critical for the next evolution of our growth as a full-service digital agency. R2i has a great reputation as a mid-market agency with expertise in digital solutions; we will build on these roots to scale the business. We have an immensely talented and agile team of digital professionals as well as strong channel partners to leverage and grow from. There is a lot to be proud of in the work we do for our clients and the industries we serve. I look forward to leading R2i and making an impact on our next chapter,” shared Jennifer, CEO of R2i.