Stratfor Announces Chief Product Officer to Lead Innovation, Creation of Next-Generation Products

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - December 07, 2016) - Stratfor, the world's leading geopolitical intelligence platform, today announced Ken Maranian has joined the company as chief product officer. Maranian's experience leading corporate innovation with a focus on user-centered design and new ideas will guide Stratfor's digital transformation to support subscribers and clients as they better leverage the firm's 20 years of geopolitical insight.

At Stratfor, Maranian will lead the creation of an architecture that will drive a suite of new industry-specific enterprise products beginning with Stratfor Threat Lens™, a tool that helps corporate security leaders identify, anticipate, measure and mitigate risks that emerging threats pose to their people, assets and interests around the world. He will also spearhead a dramatic redesign and expansion of the subscription business to improve opportunities for both individual subscribers and organizations to interact with Stratfor's geopolitical analysis and global forecasting.

"Ken's passion for building great products and focus on user experience design will help bring Stratfor's groundbreaking analysis to life for a whole new generation of globally-engaged individuals and organizations," said Stratfor CEO Dave Sikora. "He will drive the transformation of Stratfor's product culture to include new strategies that highlight our world-renowned geopolitical insights while harnessing innovative technological advancements that better serve our clients."

Prior to joining Stratfor, Maranian served as senior vice president of product management and development for Dun & Bradstreet where he led a team of product managers, developers, designers, platform architects and sales engineers to improve platform capabilities and build new user-centered experiences. He launched Dun & Bradstreet's first innovation center and public API to solve new use cases for customers and open additional channels to fuel the company's growth. Maranian also worked as Hoover's vice president of product management and development and spent 11 years at Dell in a number of product and technology leadership roles. While at Dell, Maranian served as a leader in the transition of software teams to agile development and delivered tools to support Dell's e-commerce and premier enterprise customers.

"I'm excited to enable new ways to share Stratfor's unique insight with the wide range of individuals and businesses trying to make sense of a particularly complicated global environment," said Maranian. "The way Stratfor helps individuals and teams look beyond the flood of headlines to uncover the underlying significance and future implications of global events has incredible value."

Maranian holds a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering, a Master's degree in Divinity from The Episcopal Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Iona College.

About Stratfor

As the world's leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings valuable context to global events, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment. By leveraging a deep understanding of history, politics and geography in conjunction with our unique methodology, Stratfor delivers informed perspectives on today's events and develops a more accurate view of the future.

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