BOSTON – July 14, 2015 – Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced the appointment of two digital agency pros to key executive roles leading operations and talent acquisition & development. Preston B. Bradford joins Acquia from Publicis.Sapient as its first chief operating officer. Heather Hartford, formerly of online fashion innovator Rue La La and global digital agency DigitasLBi, will lead Acquia’s talent organization as chief people officer, a new role for Acquia as the company looks to invest in its future.
As digital transformation drives global organizations, they turn to Acquia for the expertise, technology, and passion they need to succeed in the post-browser era of digital experience delivery. Their need to think ahead has propelled Acquia’s business; the company surpassed $100 million in revenue last year, moving its corporate headquarters to Boston to accommodate a rapidly growing team of 700 professionals. As Acquia enters its next stage of growth, both Bradford and Hartford bring a long record of leading high-growth companies and their supporting functions. Each has a rich and unique set of experiences building teams, driving global expansion, and delivering bottom-line results.
“Preston and Heather bring vast experience leading global organizations and will scale the company’s operations and talent to match our mission to power the world’s best known brands and organizations on the Acquia Platform,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “Their leadership will further drive our work in helping our customers build, deliver and optimize digital experiences with greater agility and resiliency.”
Bradford held various global leadership roles during his more than 20 years at Publicis.Sapient: guiding the company through its transition from a private to a publicly listed company, mergers and acquisitions, financial core operations, global shared services, real estate, security and IT as well as managing director of Sapient’s operations in India, Canada, the U.K. and the federal government business. While at Sapient, he was an instrumental leader in growing the company from 100 people to more than 12,000. Most recently, he was the chief development officer and a managing director of Publicis.Sapient.