About Ezoic

About Ezoic

Ezoic (ee-zo-ic) was founded by Dwayne Lafleur, the former CEO of the first Facebook advertising network, Cubics. During his time at Cubics, Dwayne realized that many publishers were actually trying to solve the wrong problems.

Dwayne recognized that visitor experiences and ad earnings were directly correlated. He knew that if publishers could truly provide visitors with better experiences that they could also earn more revenue.

Ezoic was born out of this idea. Now, Ezoic is an end-to-end digital technology platform for publishers that includes a wide array of apps and technologies that are designed to help publishers.

Ezoic has developed an industry reputation as being a “friend to publishers”. Ezoic’s platform is free to use and includes features like a CDN, WAF, SSL, and advanced caching all at no-cost to all publishers.

Ezoic now employs teams across North America and Europe and serves customers in over 100 countries. Ezoic continues to grow each year largely due to the positive experiences that our customers have shared with others in this space.

Ezoic is a profitable company backed by Balderton Capital—the largest investor in the European Union— and sees thousands of new publishers begin using our technology each year. We are a Google Certified Publishing Partner and we were granted Google’s Business innovation award in 2016.

about Ezoic
about Ezoic
about Ezoic

A Trusted Partner

At Ezoic, we’re passionate about building a better web. We spend every moment of every day working on our platform to help publishers and website owners improve their digital properties.

Ezoic is proud to be a Google Certified Publishing Partner and someone that publishers can come to for help with Google products like AdSense and DoubleClick for Publishers (now Google Ad Manager).

Ezoic is also a member of the Coalition for Better Ads and dedicated to helping the industry research and better understand how ads affect visitor experiences and ad-blocking rates worldwide.

Lastly, Ezoic is a certified partner of Cloudflare, JW Player, and the Flippa website exchange. These brands trust Ezoic as an expert to help their publishers and partners.

Executive Team

Dwayne Lafleur (Founder & CEO)

Dwayne Lafleur is an entrepreneur, hands-on technologist, founder, and CEO of venture-backed startup, Ezoic Inc. Previously, Dwayne founded Cubics, the first display ad network for Facebook app developers. The ad network was unique because it used anonymous demographic data to target advertising to Facebook app users and launched prior to Facebook’s own ad targeting system. After selling Cubics to Adknowledge Inc in 2007, the social display division grew to serve more than 500 million ads per day. Dwayne continued to innovate within the company, spearheading the use of cloud computing architecture to handle the large volume of ads being served within Facebook apps and becoming Amazon’s biggest AWS customer at the time.

As founder and CEO of Ezoic, Dwayne has established a business that is technically interesting, a first of its kind, and able to scale to a large online market. He is originally from Alberta, Canada and now lives with his family in San Diego, CA.

John Cole (CCO – London, U.K.)

Formerly an officer in the British Royal Navy, John was a pioneering director of Media Run Group which founded several online businesses—Media Run Search, Media Run Ad Network, and Blowfish Digital Ad Agency. Following the acquisition of Media Run Ad Network by Adknowledge Inc in 2007, John managed the Adknowledge Social Games division in Europe. This included the Super Rewards virtual currency platform which monetized Facebook, MMO & Mobile Games, and Cubics—their Social display advertising platform. After a brief and successful foray into the world of independent online publishing— as founder of UK website operator, ‘Epirical’—John sold his online interests to Ezoic in 2011 and joined as Chief Customer Officer . John recently moved back to London to open Ezoic’s London office.

Dan O’Bryan (CTO)

Dan began his career with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He soon found his calling as a software engineer and systems architect, working on Launch Trajectory design for Space Shuttle program—provisioning for Sprint long distance networks, and avionics software for Honeywell. Dan Joined Adknowledge in 2005 and lead the rebuild of the main Adknowledge advertiser portal (BidSystem), the Cubics Cloud migration, and integration of the MIVA XML Search platform.

Dan joined Ezoic as Chief Technology Officer. Originally from the mid-West, Dan moved with his family from Kansas City to Carlsbad, CA in the summer of 2013.

Ohad Tzur (VP, Global Business Organization)

With 12 years of online media experience under his belt , Ohad combines strategic thinking and creativity to bring Ezoic’s machine learning thought leadership and data science to the world of digital publishing.

Prior to joining Ezoic as VP of Global Business Organization, Ohad served as Global Head of Channel Partnerships at Google, where he built the Google Certified Publishing Partner Program for high-quality partnerships focused on supporting online publishers. Ohad also spearheaded the Wildfire Partnership program at Google and worked closely with Google’s buy-side channel sales partners, supporting top-management by identifying growth opportunities and evaluating new strategies.

Mike McGuire (Managing Director – Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.)

Mike joined Ezoic in April 2013 after serving as an officer in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Commander. No stranger to technology, he employed, maintained, and developed state-of-the-art weapons, sensors, and computers. Primarily operations-focused, with tours in the Gulf, Balkans, Iraq, and on the recent NATO Libya operation, he commanded a squadron of fast patrol boats in Gibraltar conducting anti-terrorist patrols. When not on operations, he served as a defense diplomat in Germany, Canada, and Italy.

Mike holds a HNC in Engineering, BA(Hons) and MA with the UK’s Open University, and graduated with top honors from the Canadian Forces’ Joint Command and Staff Program—earning his second master’s degree, this time in Defense Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He speaks fluent German.

Originally from Manchester, he is a Manchester City fan—yup, there are two soccer teams from Manchester—and now lives with his wife, Jacqui, and rescue hound, Pickle, in the beautiful North East of England, where Ezoic has offices with great views of the River Tyne and the North Sea.

Paul Cassar (VP, Strategic Partnerships)

Paul is an innovative leader with a proven track record of establishing and driving digital success for global media businesses in the U.K., U.S., and Canada. He is the former Chief Digital Officer for Hearst U.K.—one of the world’s largest media publishers. Paul has established a career filled with success designing, selling, and delivering bespoke client solutions across the media industry. Paul has lived his life on all sides of the publishing ecosystem, from print to digital. Peers describe Paul as a purist—someone who truly loves the media business and wants to see power distributed properly across all publishers according to their value. It’s this attitude that inspired Paul to join the Ezoic team.

Tyler Bishop (CMO)

Tyler is an award-winning marketer that was featured on the cover of the September 15′ STL Biz Journal for his unique approaches to digital marketing and was included in the publications 30 Under 30 the same year. Tyler is currently a 2019 member of the Forbes Communication Council, the host of Pubtelligence at Google—digital publishing events held at Google offices around the world). Considered a digital publishing industry influencer and “professional expert” by his peers, Tyler has had articles featured in some of the world’s top publications regarding marketing, business, psychology, and even pop culture. He’s served as a marketing expert for startup boards and has been Ezoic’s head of marketing since late 2016.

Organizational Leaders

Jeff Bernard
Head of Publisher Success

Roberto Fernandez
Sales team lead

Piper Lofrano
Sales Team Lead

Jan Creidenberg
Director of Publisher Success

Gavin Bechtold
Publisher Development Team Lead

Cory Gulker
Project/Product Manager

Ignatius Chen
Head of Business Intelligence

Jenny Hay
Account Director, U.K.

Bastian Bramstedt
Team Lead, DACH

Leila Bougnague
Team Lead, France

Kevin le fol 
Team Lead, France

Danijel Dadovic
Team Lead, U.K.

Emily Willis
Publisher Success Analyst Team LEAD

Adam Morrice 
Sales Lead, U.K.

Meg Blanc
Head of Platform Quality

Marissa Signer
Head of Platform Quality

Tara Ellis
Office Manager

Frank Stubbe

Shelby Kang
Event Marketing Manager

Whitney Wright 
Creative Marketing Manager

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