The Lancer Group places Paul Salay as CEO of Gladson Interactive, a Wicks Group-backed leading provider of digital content and retail omni-channel optimization solutions for the CPG and FMCG industries

CHICAGO, IL – The Lancer Group places Paul Salay as Chief Executive Officer of Gladson Interactive, a leading provider of digital content and retail omni-channel optimization solutions for the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries.

In this new role, Paul brings to Gladson over 20 years of deep general management experience across the market research space. He will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of the firm and will be at the helm of delivering innovation for the future.

Most recently, Paul served as Chief Commercial Officer of Cision, a GTCR-backed public relations technology firm, where he oversaw the company’s commercial operations and was responsible for driving the development and execution of Cision’s go-to-market strategies while expanding the firm’s position in the market.

Previously, Paul served as President of Market Track, the leading competitive intelligence provider for promotions, advertising and pricing, and Group Vice President at Gartner, thetechnology industry’s premier IT Advisory firm.

He holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

About The Lancer Group
The Lancer Group is a leading retained executive search firm that is trusted by private equity firms, their portfolio companies and public corporations to deliver high-impact leaders. The firm specializes in board-driven search mandates including CEOs, CFOs, C-suite executives and board directors as well as private equity investment professionals and operating partners. The Lancer Group has provided strategic counsel to clients across a range of industries and has particular expertise in technology, industrial, energy, healthcare and consumer markets.

With relationships at over 50 of the top 100 private equity firms, The Lancer Group provides a range of pre-deal private equity advisory services beyond traditional executive search. These services include deal origination, diligence support and introductions to “backable” executives.

Founded in 1998, The Lancer Group is privately held and operates from offices across North America and Australia (

About Gladson Interactive
Founded in 1971, Gladson is the leading provider of product images, product content and related services for the US consumer packaged goods industry. The firm’s database is widely acknowledged as the most complete, accurate and up-to-date database available, supporting shelf space management, category management, logistics, advertising, research and e-commerce applications such as online shopping and nutrition programs for consumers.

About The Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies is a private investment firm based in New York City that invests in lower-middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information and education industries principally in the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1989, Wicks has invested over $1 billion of capital in more than 35 platform companies and approximately 100 add-on acquisitions. The firm has applied a consistent investment strategy since its founding, partnering with high-quality, experienced management teams to build businesses organically and through acquisitions.

Firm Contacts
Scott Dunklee
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2860

Michael Misiaszek
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2868

Liliana Corona
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2874