MRII Announces Paul Hunter as President

Paul Hunter, Laura Barajas, Stephanie Hutchison, Tim Kunkel, Brian Lamar

MRII is pleased to announced the appointment of Paul Hunter as President for 2023. Hunter, who joined the MRII Board in 2016, succeeds Marjette Stark, who will remain on the Board as immediate Past President.

Hunter is a Professor at Miami University (of Ohio) and a Principal of Oxford Analytics, with particular expertise in fast-growing fields such as secondary research and emerging research technologies. He served as Head of Operations for dunnhumby and was previously Chief Operating Officer for BzzAgent, a dunnhumby company.

In addition, four new members were elected to the MRII Board of Directors for two-year terms:

· Laura Barajas, Chief Research Strategy Officer, YPulse

· Stephanie Hutchison, Sr. Manager, Strategic Market Research at Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma)

· Tim Kunkel, Vice President, Strategy, Aspen Finn @ Schlesinger Group

· Brian Lamar, Chief Insights Officer, EMI Research Solutions

“With the market research industry undergoing significant change as new technologies and methodologies are introduced, we are particularly fortunate to have the leadership of Paul, who is an innovator in this area,” says Ed Keller, Executive Director, MRII. “Paul is well familiar with our mission, having served on our Board for the past six years, and will bring invaluable vision and guidance as we move forward with our mandate of advancing education within the industry.”

“During my time on the MRII Board, I have been most impressed by the advancements the MRII has achieved in providing the skills and knowledge needed to advance the Market Research industry,” says Hunter. “I am most looking forward to working with Ed and the MRII Board to fulfill our mission through the provision of the education and professional development that is needed now more than ever to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving market place.”

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