Isentia hunts for more replacements as insights and commercial chiefs resign

Isentia's chief insights officer, Khali Sakkas (pictured left) and chief commercial officer, Sean Smith (pictured right) have resigned, the media intelligence company confirmed to Marketing.

In a statement, a Isentia spokesperson said they will remain in the company until the end of December 2019 to ensure a smooth transition. The search for replacements for both roles is underway and will involve both internal and external candidates.

Sakkas, who has been with Isentia for the past 16 years, is planning to take a career break before exploring other options. During her time at the company, Sakkas helped to develop Isentia’s insights offering. Meanwhile, Smith has made a "significant contribution" across the company in a number of senior management positions during his 18-year stint. He will be taking up a CEO position in another company, which was not disclosed to Marketing.

Isentia chief executive Ed Harrison said: "In their current positions, they have established strong sales and insights teams which are focused on delivering outstanding service for our customers. Having done so much for Isentia over so many years, they move on with our thanks and best wishes."

Isentia has seen multiple senior management exits this year. They are former chief executive for Asia, David Liu in March, former regional director for Asia Danny Levinson in June, and former regional director for Southeast Asia Jason Lee in August. However, it has named James Merritt to replace Liu as the chief executive, Asia, effective 4 November 2019. He will be reporting to Harrison.

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