People moves (16 Sept ‘21): RIWI, CoStar, Semrush and more

Sondra Campanelli, Head of News and Marketing (London)

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In this week's round up, we report on people moves in the alternative data industry at RIWI, CoStar, Semrush and more. If you'd like to submit your new job or promotion, email us at



Sentiment data provider RIWI has announced new management changes, while highlighting a new, China-focused survey product.

Eric Meerkamper, global head of citizen engagement, has resigned effective October 8.

Jason Cho, head of data operations, has been promoted to join the vendor’s leadership team. He has worked for the company since 2014, and currently serves as its lead solutions architect.

Earlier this month, the company announced Greg Wong had joined the company as CEO, replacing Neil Seeman — the company’s founder.

At the same time, RIWI shared that it was launching a new product called RIWI Alpha – China, which helps financial services clients predict changing market performance for electric vehicle and luxury goods brands in China.



Jay Lybik has joined CoStar Group as its national director of multifamily analytics, the company announced.

In his new role, Lybik will serve as the industry-facing representative for the multifamily sector, delivering CoStar’s view and outlook to the market.

“Jay’s extensive experience in real estate research, coupled with CoStar’s vast multifamily data, will allow our clients access to an unparalleled and rich view of key trends in the multifamily market,” said Galina Alexeenko, vice president of CoStar Group Market Analytics.

Lybik has spent over 25 years in the real estate research industry.



Andrew Warden has joined Semrush as its new chief marketing officer, the company announced.

Warden will lead the global team of more than 150 marketers, and will be responsible for driving the Semrush brand forward.

Prior to joining the web traffic and search data provider, Warden was CMO at UnitedLex, a technology and legal services company.

Semrush went public on the New York Stock Exchange in March 2021, hoping to raise capital to fund its further growth.



Kantar has hired Guillaume Bacuvier as the global CEO of its US $300m Worldpanel division.

He will replace Josep Montserrat, who has stepped into the role of non-executive chairman of the Worldpanel business, effective September 13.

Worldpanel by Kantar measures, explains and advises on consumer and shopper behaviour.

Bacuvier previously served as group CEO of dunnhumby, which specialises in customer data science for the retail and CPG/FMCG industry. He also spent over 10 years at Google.

Commenting on the appointment, deputy CEO and CFO Ian Griffiths said, “The next phase of growth for our Worldpanel business will be heavily influenced by technology and advanced data analytics, and Guillaume’s expertise and experience will prove invaluable.”


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