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Merkle appoints Azlan Raj to newly created EMEA CMO role to lead innovation in customer experience transformation

September 23, 2020
London, UK

New role ensures Dentsu Aegis Network’s tech, data, CRM and analytics capabilities are combined with digital transformation capabilities, to support clients on their customer experience transformation journeys

Merkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company and part of Dentsu Aegis Network, has appointed Azlan Raj to the newly created role of chief marketing officer for the EMEA region. This new role has been designed to continually evolve Merkle’s leading digital and data capabilities across the region to drive customer experience transformation for clients.

Azlan previously Merkle's SVP for customer experience across EMEA, will be responsible for evolving the company's market-leading proposition. This will ensure Merkle continues to drive innovation combines with operational excellence for clients by integrating data, analytics, media, CRM and technology to deliver against ever-changing consumer expectations of a total customer experience wherever and whenever they come into contact with a brand.

Michael Komasinski, president, Merkle and CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network’s CRM Line of Business across EMEA, said: “Organisations are constantly challenged to evolve with agility and speed to continually meet ever-changing consumer expectations and the technology landscape. Adapting to these challenges and providing leadership for clients amid this constantly shifting landscape is a critical role for agencies and consultancies alike. Azlan’s role in building, leading and integrating our customer experience practice across the EMEA region and his wider understanding of our capabilities makes him perfectly placed to best position our offering to support our clients, whilst truly understanding the challenges that they face.”

The new role spans all Dentsu Aegis Network’s capabilities within its CRM Line of Business, across commerce, data and technology platforms, analytics, media, customer experience, content, and B2B.

Azlan Raj said: “Customer experience transformation now requires that data and analytics are embedded within digital transformation capabilities to take into account the context of each individual consumer interaction at any given moment in time.

“We’re now past the point of businesses using data just to inform decisions, it needs to be used to directly fuel their customers’ experiences. By bringing together Dentsu Aegis Network’s digital and data transformation capabilities in this way, Merkle is in an unrivalled position to not only provide customer experience management consultancy but also deliver activation through our deep expertise in commerce, data and technology platforms, analytics, media, customer experience, content and B2B.”

Dentsu Aegis Network’s CRM Line of Business is responsible for the development of all Dentsu Aegis Network’s capabilities that help deliver customer experience management services for clients. Through its analytics, customer experience, media and technology services, the CRM Line of Business underpins Dentsu Aegis Network’s approach of being driven by data, enabled by technology and powered by creativity to enable clients to define what is needed to be successful across marketing, service and commerce.

About Merkle

Merkle is a leading data-driven customer experience management company that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The company’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 9,600+ employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the US, EMEA, and APAC. In 2016, the company joined dentsu international. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkleinc.com.

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