CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Hayek is addicted to transformation. In 2004, Tal founded an ad-tech company, a marketing platform focused on lead generation and customer acquisition. In 2006, it was sold to a public company. Staying on for two years, Tal was a key contributor in helping the company’s revenue grow to $110MM in 2008. However, it was during his time at the helm that Tal began to notice major inefficiencies in media buying. In 2009, Tal shifted this value focus to digital advertising and Acuity was born.
DR. NATHAN MEKUZ PHD
CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Dr. Mekuz is the heart of Acuity’s industry leading technology. Through his expert guidance, Acuity’s machine learning algorithm has developed into an industry leader, utilizing bidding technology to optimize campaign performance in real-time. Dr. Mekuz has been researching machine learning algorithms for statistical pattern recognition and predictive analytics since 1997. His work has been published and cited in numerous professional publications, textbooks and patents. In his spare time Nathan enjoys swimming, running and cooking.
CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT OF CLIENT OPERATIONS
Ms. Kapcan began her career in the world-renowned Unit 8200 of the Israeli Intelligence Corps – whose alumni have gone on to found the backbone of Israeli high-tech, including Check Point, ICQ and AudioCodes. While in 8200, Rachel developed and designed contextual information and research systems and led projects developing a full-text retrieval system, including morphological and soundex searches. More recently, Rachel has managed multi-million dollar infrastructure projects in the financial services industry.
CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Mr. Ontman founded OTA, a computer-supply company focusing on large enterprises. With a superior marketing team and plan in place, Joe defied the odds in an exceptionally competitive environment, landing clients including Mount Sinai Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, Credit Suisse, The University of Toronto, The Government of Ontario and many others. In 2007, he founded a successful affiliate marketing company specializing in client acquisitions via search marketing, email marketing and media buys.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Pollack joins AcuityAds from The JMP Group, a private investment and consulting firm. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Kaboose Inc (TSX) and the Executive Vice President of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ). He is a director of several public and private companies including CECO Environmental Corp. (NASDAQ) and Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (TSX). He also worked in investment banking in New York. Mr. Pollack received a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Seraj is responsible for consumer insights on cross-screen, digital & social media. Previously, he led the Strategy & Analytics practice at Digitas for over 14 years. He joined the agency as part of the founding team that led the company through its early growth phase, the IPO and exit via acquisition by Publicis. Seraj is a graduate of MIT Media Lab and an author of several refereed articles on emerging, cross-screen, audience behaviors critical to driving business results.
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER & GENERAL MANAGER, US
Nick Greto, is a graduate of Widener University in Chester, PA and has been in the advertising and marketing space in NYC since 2007. Having initially developed his skills in search, social and programmatic media, he was recently a part of a cutting edge team that led the industry in AI decisioning. As an executive with Magnetic Media he was integral in closing the transaction that brought this technology into the hands of Deloitte Digital. He has built several winning sales and marketing teams and currently leverages his AI and marketing skills as the EVP and General Manager in the US for AcuityAds. Nick currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with his wife, Dana, and his two daughters, Oona and Marigold. In addition to his marketing career, he fills his spare time running a non-profit organization entitled Sounds of Saving.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Oren has over 25 year of experience in information technology, managing high profile business/digital transformation programs in both mobile and telco for AT&T, Verizon and Rogers.