Our People

At the heart of every project are global teams of bright, passionate people who bring together expertise, insight and a shared ambition of creating the best work.

Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors

Brian Linscott

Appointed to CEO in June of 2021, Brian has over two decades of experience advising clients and C-level executives on operational improvements, growth strategies, acquisitions, corporate development and capital structure across a variety of industries, including media, manufacturing and transportation. From 2015 to 2019 he served as Partner at BR Advisors, where he led the operational improvement of radio and printing companies, developed new partnerships and facilitated asset transactions. He also serves as Operating Partner at Traverse Pointe Partners since 2014, where he advises a private equity fund on financial and operational assessment of equity investments and developed post-acquisition operational strategies to create shareholder value. From 2013 to 2015, Brian served as a Managing Director at Huron Consulting Group where he managed client relationships, oversaw consulting teams and developed new business opportunities in Huron’s Business Advisory practice. From 2009 to 2012, Brian served as Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President at Sun Times Media, LLC where he created and executed a restructuring plan that led to substantial EBITDA growth, cash flow improvement and a successful sale of the company. Brian received his BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Chief Financial Officer

Lauri Kearnes

Lauri is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for global accounting and finance operations. She brings over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance roles, including the last 18 years with Harte Hanks in various positions. Lauri has experience with ERP and other system implementations. She was instrumental in centralizing the accounting operations for the company to drive measurable savings and efficiency. She is committed to continual improvements in processes and systems to lead the company forward.

Lauri began her career in public accounting and held various roles at Nutraceutical Corporation and Brooks Automation. She currently serves on the OTCQX U.S. Advisory Council. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters of Accounting from Utah State University.

General Counsel

Bob Wyman

After 23 years as a civil and criminal litigator, Robert “Bob” Wyman joined Harte Hanks in 2012. Along with his litigation experience, Bob also has a wide array of experience in the areas of international and multi-state employment law, real estate law, privacy law, banking law and contract law. He enjoys handling the diversity of issues that corporate law presents and recognizes the privilege of serving as the lead in-house lawyer for Harte Hanks.
VP of People, Human Resources

Nina Hall

Nina leads a team of HR professionals, responsible for championing the company’s culture and providing tools and resources that create an engaging experience for all employees. She has served in a series of key human resources roles, supporting Harte Hanks’ locations in California prior to her relocation to Texas. With over 25 years of experience, her role includes oversight of talent acquisition, employee relations, human resources shared services, compliance, benefits and engagement for the company’s more than 2,500 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Harte Hanks, Nina held various HR management roles, supporting public broadcasting and information technology. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Managing Director, Fulfillment and Logistics

Pat O’Brien

Pat leads the Fulfillment & Logistics business for Harte Hanks, providing seamless operational support to our clients across the globe. Before joining Harte Hanks, he served as an Associate Director for CastleGate Logistics, Wayfair’s internal fulfillment and logistics division. In that role, Pat scaled operations for Wayfair’s Upholstery and Outdoor Furniture businesses, managing end-to-end logistics, fulfillment and strategic account growth for over $1B worth of inventory. He also led the sales and go-to-market strategy for Wayfair’s high-growth International Supply Chain offering (including their Ocean Freight, Asia Consolidation services, and Customs Brokerage businesses). Prior to Wayfair, Pat was a consultant for Bain & Company, with a primary focus on developing strategy and implementation plans for multi-year full-scale supply chain transformations for large retail and consumer products companies.

Pat received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after spending close to a decade as an officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy, deploying all over the world and instructing hundreds of future aviators.

Chief Commercial Officer

Joyce Karel

As Chief Commercial Officer, Joyce is responsible for leading Harte Hanks’ Marketing Services business, as well as managing clients, sales and marketing, and service offerings across the enterprise. She is focused on ensuring the company seamlessly delivers exceptional products and services for clients.

Joyce brings to this role extensive leadership experience, spanning advertising agency, consulting firm and corporate environments. She has always been committed to building and growing collaborative teams that deliver exceptional business results for brands.

Prior to Harte Hanks, Joyce served as President, U.S. East for MRM//McCann. Joyce has also held leadership positions at top advertising agencies, including Digitas, Ogilvy & Mather and Wunderman, as well as client-side roles at Whirlpool. She has partnered with many of the most respected brands, including Abbott, AT&T, Charles Schwab, FedEx, General Motors, Kimberly-Clark, Reckitt Benckiser, United Airlines and the United States Tennis Association, among others.

Lastly, Joyce sits on the Board of Advisors of Sandboxx, a company dedicated to connecting military communities.

Managing Director, Customer Care

Ben Chacko

With over 23 years of BPO industry experience, Ben is our Managing Director for Customer Care. In this role, Ben is responsible for the day-to-day leadership, strategic direction and business transformation efforts for our client partners and 2,000+ team members globally.

Ben started his career on the front lines and has been working his way up since. After joining Harte Hanks in 1999, Ben held multiple roles with oversight of operational delivery, coupled with various support departments at Harte Hanks, and has experience across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. Ben has significant experience implementing and running large scale multi-shore programs where he has consistently driven efficiencies while improving quality, customer satisfaction and profitability.

Elliott
Chief Technology Officer

Elliott Peterson

Elliott is an accomplished IT executive with extensive experience in leading digital transformation and business change in several diverse industries, from landing rovers on Mars while working at NASA, to headphones at Beats by Dre, to changing the consumer experience in retail at Westfield, he understands both the technical and business requirements needed to succeed in transforming a business. Elliott has a proven history of promptly changing the culture of IT and implementing an aggressive culture of timelines, organization, and budget consciousness while improving employee morale.

Elliott earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Our Mission

To work in service of our clients to provide meticulous marketing expertise and execution to better understand, attract and engage their customers.

Just the Facts

5 Countries
11 Offices
2,000 Employees
98 Years of Experience

Corporate HQ

Texas

Austin

Florida

Deerfield Beach

Jacksonville

Kansas

Kansas City

Massachusetts

East Bridgewater

Chelmsford

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Belgium

Hasselt

Philippines

Manila

Romania

Iasi

United Kingdom

London

A global presence with a personal touch – we work our magic worldwide

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