Leadership

THE INDUSTRY LEADERS BEHIND VALASSIS

Valassis’ unmatched experience, knowledge, and passion flow from our leaders who empower their talented teams to be the very best. Read more about who they are and their unwavering commitment to our customers and the consumers they serve.

Steve Albright

President - Vericast

Steve Albright is the President of Vericast, responsible for overseeing all commercial activities in addition to helping set the strategic direction and vision for Vericast.

Steve’s professional strengths include strategy development, go-to-market formulation, building high-performance teams and complex problem solving. His broad general management experience drives proficiency in operating businesses and his extensive client interaction in sales, marketing and service validate his proven ability to grow businesses.

Steve returned to Vericast after spending over a decade in various operating roles within private-equity sponsored businesses that included CEO of Critical Information Network, CRO Openlink Americas and CRO Onepath technology services. Additionally, Steve served as an Operating Partner overseeing numerous PE-based portfolio investments and established a Strategic Advisory Services practice with a reputable consulting firm. Prior to that time, Steve spent nearly three decades at Harland Clarke, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vericast, where he held a variety of senior level operating roles with direct P&L responsibility to include General Manager and EVP Marketing Services, President of Liberty Enterprises and SVP John H. Harland Company. In these roles, and others, Steve oversaw turnaround, start-up, organic growth, acquisition integration and restructuring situations.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing, cum laude, at Florida State University.

Susan Lee

Group President Digital Marketing & Technology Solutions VERICAST

Susan Lee is the Group President, Digital Marketing & Technology Solutions for Vericast. She has always been at the center of advertising, technology and innovation with over 20 years of professional experience at critical points in the history of large media companies such as AOL, Time Warner, Viacom and Univision as well as early venture-backed technology companies including MaxPoint. At MaxPoint, Susan led Strategy & Business Development through a period of hyper growth, international expansion, eventual IPO, sale and integration with Vericast.

Today at Vericast, she is responsible for the company’s digital advertising and analytics, as well as marketing technology businesses including the Illumis and Consumer Data Platform assets. Her focus is on innovation and commercial market development of technology as the digital marketing industry continues to evolve.

Susan earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.S. undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University.

Rick Ebrey

GROUP PRESIDENT PRINT, PAYMENT & ENGAGEMENT SOLUTIONS VERICAST

Rick Ebrey is responsible for Print, Payment & Engagement Solutions at Vericast and defines the strategic growth of our family brands and their aggregated solutions including Harland Clarke CX Solutions, Coupons, Dynamic Postcards, Local Content and Print Marketing.

Rick is a proven leader of large, matrixed organizations, bringing together critical business functions, including sales, marketing, operations, contact center, and information technology to ensure cohesive management and strong results.

With more than 25 years of experience, Rick is an expert in evolving payments innovations. After serving in the U.S. Army, he started his career with Harland Clarke in 1994 as Production Supervisor in a manufacturing plant in Seattle, WA. He went on to serve in a variety of positions, including: President of the Payments Division, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Senior Vice President of Major Markets. Prior to rejoining Harland Clarke in 2020, Rick most recently served as Senior Advisor for Transactis – Mastercard where he supported the New Payment Flows organization with integrated digital bill presentment and payment solutions.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Oklahoma State University. He also attended the Executive Education Programs at Harvard University and Northwestern University, as well as the General Management Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Lauren Kirkley

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER VERICAST

Lauren Kirkley, Chief Operations Officer, is responsible for all of Vericast's key execution and support processes, including Contact Center Services, manufacturing and IT. With her team, Lauren’s focus is on optimizing the company’s processes in line with the changing needs of the clients, consumers and businesses Vericast serves. In addition, Lauren oversees the company’s strategic growth initiatives and other areas to support technology and process advancements across the business.

With more than 15 years of experience, Lauren brings extensive expertise in operational performance management, human resources leadership and business transformation. Prior to Vericast, she served as Chief Business Performance Officer for Engie Insight (previously Ecova), where she directed operational performance assessments, drove company-wide transformation programs and led key employee engagement efforts, including human resources, change management and corporate responsibility. She also previously served as the Vice President of Internal Audit for Ecova where she was responsible for developing and executing the company’s internal audit plans. Prior to joining Ecova, Lauren spent 10 years with Harland Clarke Holdings, holding several leadership positions including Vice President of Internal Audit. Her experience also includes two years of business process and risk consulting at Andersen LLP.

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Clemson University. She is passionate about giving back to the community and serves as a mentor for her local elementary school system.

Scott Hansen

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING VERICAST

Scott Hansen is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Vericast, responsible for developing go-to-market strategies, driving brand awareness, extending thought leadership to the market, creating demand and generating leads to fuel revenue growth. Scott and his team are responsible for leading consumers on their journey to discover and use our clients’ products and services, influencing where more than 120 million households eat, shop, buy, save and borrow.

Scott brings more than 30 years of marketing, product management, strategy, technology, and business development experience to our team. He has been instrumental in guiding companies through transformation and forging them into high growth businesses.

Prior to assuming his current role, Scott was the SVP, Chief Product & Strategy Officer for Harland Clarke, where he oversaw the company’s payment and marketing services product lines. He was responsible for developing and executing a defined business, solution and marketing strategy, maximizing alignment with the sales force and promoting Harland Clarke’s position as a premier customer engagement company. Earlier in his career, Scott held senior roles at D+H, Harland Financial Solutions and Marketing Profiles, Inc.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Michigan.