SSI Announces Chris Clarke as New Chief Marketing Officer

Elevates General Counsel Ashlin Quirk to Company’s Leadership Team

SHELTON, Conn., March 17, 2014 – SSI, the premier global provider of sampling, data collection and data analytic solutions for survey research today announced that Chris Clarke has joined the company as chief marketing officer.

Clarke has more than 28 years of marketing, communications, and technology experience. Previously he was a marketing executive with SAP responsible for leading brand communication and demand generation program development, strategic planning, audience research and field marketing efforts globally. He also led business-to-business advertising for American Express, and has worked at a variety of advertising agencies managing a broad range of blue chip global accounts and brands. Clarke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of New Hampshire.

“I am excited to have Chris join the SSI leadership team as he brings to us great experience in marketing, international business, and software and technology.” said Chris Fanning, SSI president and CEO. “Chris’s experience and leadership will help SSI to continue to create and deliver innovative solutions to our customers, and enhance SSI’s strong track record of growth.”

Additionally, Ashlin Quirk, SSI’s General Counsel and Secretary, who joined the company in 2012 was elevated to the company’s leadership team. Quirk has almost 20 years of legal experience and has specialized in privacy and advertising and marketing law for the past 13 years. Immediately prior to joining SSI, Quirk was privacy and data protection counsel for MasterCard responsible for ensuring legal compliance with applicable privacy laws in connection with MasterCard’s global marketing initiatives. Quirk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University.

“Privacy laws and practices continue to rapidly evolve and present significant opportunities and risks in the 86 countries in which SSI conducts business on behalf of its customers,” said Fanning. “Ashlin and her team have helped SSI become a leader in the fast changing world of privacy law and this elevation is recognition of this area’s importance to our business and customers.”

SSI is the premier global provider of sampling, data collection and data analytic solutions for survey research, reaching respondents in 86 countries via Internet, telephone, mobile/wireless and mixed-access offerings. SSI staff operates from 25 offices in 18 countries, offering CATI, questionnaire design consultation, programming and hosting, online custom reporting and data processing. SSI’s 3,300 employees serve more than 3,000 clients worldwide. Visit SSI at

Jason Kannon
Kannon Public Relations
203.981.4230 (USA)