Zehner Expands Leadership Team And Welcomes Three New Hires

October 6, 2020

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At Zehner, we believe change is an inherent part of life and, by extension, work. We are always striving to evolve as people, as a team, and as a company. Because growth is such an essential part of our culture, we could not be more excited to announce three new additions to the Zehner team. 

In the past few months, Zehner’s leadership team has revisited its purpose, mission, and vision and defined a growth strategy to drive 10-fold growth in the next five years. This aggressive growth strategy includes expanding the organization and expertise on our team with new roles.

Zehner is proud to welcome Elizabeth Brownsen to the leadership team as Vice President of Delivery and Marc Adelman and Derek Satley as Directors of Business Development, East and West Coast, respectively. Our continued growth depends on strong client relationships, and these new roles expand our reach to create positive impact and solve complex problems for more world-class brands. 

For a company poised to grow aggressively, creating a VP of Delivery role was a key addition to our leadership team.

Matthew Zehner Founder and CEO of Zehner

"Delivery is an important part of what we do. We knew we needed someone like Elizabeth, who could enable efficiencies towards our growth."


Elizabeth brings nearly twenty years of experience in digital marketing and advertising to Zehner. She previously served as Executive Director of Production, Operations, Technology and Delivery at Team One, an integrated agency that is a part of Publicis Groupe. In her past roles, she has led teams spanning project management, production, operations, technology, and led award-winning creative with brands like Nike, Toyota, Paramount Pictures, and Disney. 

Elizabeth Brownsen VP of Delivery at Zehner

"Anybody can win business once. At Zehner, we want long term engagement. A strong delivery team enables you to build client engagements that are smooth, scalable, and efficient."


Zehner’s two new Business Development Directors, Marc Adelman and Derek Satley, will also play a key role in building and strengthening our client and partner relationships from coast to coast. Marc is NYC-based and will own our East Coast partnerships, and Derek will help drive Zehner’s expansion on the West Coast, where he works out of San Diego, California. 

Sukh Sidhu, Zehner’s VP of Business Development and Alliances, explains that “We’re committed to growth for two reasons: we want to create opportunities for our team, and we love what we do.”

On the East Coast, Marc has been working in eCommerce since 2003. He most recently worked as Director of Business Development at Workarea, a commerce platform. Marc has also managed online marketing, production, and sales, and co-founded the ad-tech company SideCar.

Marc Adelman Director of Business Development, East at Zehner

"I was attracted to the level of talent, inspiration, and humility at Zehner. Zehner is redefining the eCommerce agency, and I'm excited and honored to tell that story."


Zehner’s reputation, culture, and talent also attracted Derek. He brings a decade of B2B sales experience, helping clients optimize their commerce, marketing, and lead generation initiatives. Most recently, he served as Director of New Business Development at BVA.

Derek Satley Director of Business Development, West at Zehner

"The main competitive differentiator we bring to the table is that we’re forward-looking. The foundation is there for Zehner to grow and scale without losing our core."


While the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting employee health and safety through remote work has proved challenging for employers of all sizes, Zehner’s continued growth is a testament to its culture and people.

Chief People Officer Patty Kao said, “We look for and attract people who personally value culture and team-centric work environments. It takes time, effort, and intention to be a good colleague, in person or remote. We want new colleagues who continually enhance and evolve our team culture in positive, new ways.” 

We look forward to having our valued partners and clients, current and future, work closely with Elizabeth, Marc, and Derek, and benefiting from the expertise they bring to the Zehner team.


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