Gian M. Fulgoni
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Fulgoni is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Emeritus of comScore Inc. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Previously Mr. Fulgoni served as Executive Chairman from the company’s founding in 1999 until March 2014.
From 1981 to 1998, Mr. Fulgoni was President / CEO of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), the leading global supplier of retail POS scanner information to the CPG industry, where he grew the company’s revenues at an annual rate of 40% to more than $500 million annually and its market value to $1.5 Billion. In 1996, IRI was recognized by Advertising Age magazine as the largest U.S. market research firm.
In 1991 and again in 2004, Mr. Fulgoni was named Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year, the only person to have twice received that honor. In 1992, Mr. Fulgoni received the Wall Street Transcript Award for outstanding contributions as CEO in enhancing the overall value of IRI to the benefit of its shareholders. In 2008, Mr. Fulgoni was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and named Ernst & Young® Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2012, Mr. Fulgoni was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Glamorgan in Wales in recognition of his entrepreneurial skills and achievements in market research. He was named a “Great Mind” by the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), which in 2014 also conferred on him a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the ARF board and support of the ARF community.
Mr. Fulgoni has long been involved in the growth of hugely successful public companies. From 1991 until 1999, he served as a member of the board of Platinum Technology, Inc., during which time the company grew from $80 million to more than $1 Billion in annual revenues and established itself as a global leader in the software services industry. In 1999, Platinum Technology was acquired by Computer Associates in an all-cash transaction valued at $4.0 Billion -- at the time the largest-ever acquisition in the software industry. Mr. Fulgoni also served on the board of U.S. Robotics prior to its acquisition in 1997 by 3 Com in a transaction valued at $8 Billion. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Fulgoni served on the board of yesMail.com, a leading supplier of permission-based e-mail services. In March 2000, yesMail.com was acquired by CMGI for approximately $700 million.
Today, Mr. Fulgoni serves on the boards of PetMed Express (NASDAQ:PETS), the nation’s largest pet pharmacy; InXpo, a leading supplier of technology for hosting virtual events and Prophet, a brand and marketing consultancy. He is also President of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester (NAFUM) and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Journal of Advertising Research, for whom he authors a regular column, “Numbers, Please.”
Mr. Fulgoni is a popular speaker at conferences worldwide and has appeared frequently on ABC News, Bloomberg TV, CBS News, CNN, FOX Business News, NBC News, and the PBS Nightly Business Report. He is a regular contributor to CNBC’s Squawk Box.
Educated in the U.K., Mr. Fulgoni holds a B.Sc. degree (with Honors) in Physics and an M.A. in Marketing. He is the co-holder of a U.S. patent governing comScore’s data collection technology.