WeddingWire Expands Leadership Team With Key VP Additions
Jessica Finnefrock, Emily Markmann and Ryan Owens Bring Experience, Expertise to the Growing WeddingWire Team
CHEVY CHASE, MD–April 25, 2017–WeddingWire, Inc., the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals, has announced the appointment of three skilled leaders to further complement and develop the company’s increased reach and offerings. The newest set of company vice presidents include Emily Markmann as Vice President of People, Jessica Finnefrock as Vice President of Business Operations and most recently, Ryan Owens has been named Vice President of Engineering.
“Great people make great companies, and our team is what ensures WeddingWire’s continued success,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “I’m thrilled to have Emily, Jessica and Ryan as part of our dynamic family of employees who work hard every single day to guarantee we create an extraordinary, innovative experience for the millions of engaged couples and wedding businesses that we serve across fifteen countries.”
Jessica Finnefrock, Vice President of Business Operations
Jessica is responsible for driving alignment on business strategy, and she oversees consumer-focused product and marketing operations including product marketing, public relations, design and editorial content efforts. Prior to joining WeddingWire in 2016, Jessica was Senior Vice President of Development at Liaison International and spent 11 years at Blackboard as a senior executive managing product development and product strategy for the company’s flagship teaching and learning product.
“At its core, WeddingWire is an innovative and exciting company that’s made impressive progress in the wedding and events industry” said Finnefrock. “I’m excited to continue to work with the team here and further tap into WeddingWire’s immense potential as we move into the next stage of our journey.”
Emily Markmann, Vice President of People
Emily, who joined the team last year, drives global talent strategy for WeddingWire and believes in innovative, culture-rich talent acquisition and talent management programs aligned with strategic corporate objectives. Bringing nearly 20 years of experience leading award-winning, progressive human resources initiatives and strategic business operations, Markmann previously served as Senior Vice President of Talent & Culture at Clarabridge and Vice President, Human Resources at Vangent.
“WeddingWire is a unique, exciting organization, where strong talent has driven business success ” said Markmann. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the amazing growth and to lead and execute a global talent strategy that promotes a unique employee experience, cultivates our leaders and drives positive business results.”
Ryan Owens, Vice President of Engineering
Ryan will contribute to the design and implementation of WeddingWire’s technology platform, specifically managing the teams and efforts focused on Ruby, iOS and Android features. Owens brings a wealth of leadership experience having spent the last six years at Livingsocial as Vice President and then Senior Vice President of Engineering. During his tenure, Owens grew the company’s rapidly growing engineering team from 12 to almost 200 employees. His passion for elevating engineers as well as the products they build make Owens a perfect fit for WeddingWire’s expanding engineering function and platform offerings.
“WeddingWire’s desire to continuously improve is one of the main factors that drew me to the company,” said Owens. “The team’s drive to excel really shows, and is what will make us all successful. I’m honored to be part of such a dedicated, passionate organization.”
For more information about WeddingWire, visit www.WeddingWire.com. To learn more about current career opportunities with WeddingWire, visit jobs.weddingwire.com.
About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 4 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Matrimonio.com, Mariages.net and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.