Gian M. Fulgoni
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Emeritus
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.
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; Prophet, a brand and marketing consultancy; Dynamic Signal, an Internet marketing services company; and CBR, a leader in cord blood banking. He is also President of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester (NAFUM).
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.