Patrick Venetucci Joins IZEA Board of Directors

Executive Brings 28 Years of Advertising, Technology and Media Experience to Company

IZEA Worldwide, Inc., operator of IZEAx, the premier online marketplace connecting brands and publishers with influential content creators, announced the election of Patrick Venetucci to IZEA’s Board of Directors. Mr. Venetucci has 28 years of experience leading technology, marketing and media initiatives for some of the world’s leading brands. He is currently CEO of Merge, a creative technology company where digital transformation meets marketing.

Patrick Venetucci Joins IZEA Board of Directors

Mr. Venetucci is a transformational business leader who has sparked growth and innovation as a general manager, an entrepreneur and a modern marketer. As a 23-year global executive at Leo Burnett Worldwide and member of the global operating board, Mr. Venetucci has built Fortune 500 brands in CPG, Consumer Electronics and Telecom overseeing fully integrated business activities from brand to demand. Most notably, he partnered with Samsung’s Global CMO on reshaping Samsung’s brand to be more aspirational, catapulting it into the top 10 global brands, and created the industry’s first global social agency network across 24 markets.

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“We are delighted to have Patrick join the Board of Directors,” said Ted Murphy, Chairman and CEO of IZEA. “Patrick brings extensive strategic and operational experience to the Board. His background in M&A and leadership experience at one of the world’s top agencies will be incredibly valuable as we look to grow both organically and through consolidation of the space.”

“I’m pleased to be formally joining the IZEA board after years of working together with Ted as a strategic advisor,” commented Mr. Venetucci. “IZEA is playing a key role fueling the digital creator economy, and I expect its influence in the marketplace will grow with new iterations of the tech platform.”

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As an innovative entrepreneur, Mr. Venetucci initiated a private equity backed global mobile roll-up and other ventures in technology that enable digital transformation. Mr. Venetucci brings with him a diversity of rich cultural experience having worked on the ground in 30+ countries and lived in Tokyo. Mr. Venetucci holds an MBA in finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Iowa.

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