Ex-RAPP SVP Dave Kalman Joins HackerAgency as Chief Technology Officer

By Erik Oster 

Interpublic Group global digital direct marketing company HackerAgency appointed Dave Kalman as chief technology officer, beginning next month. In the position Kalman will be tasked with providing strategic direction to the agency’s entire marketing technology portfolio in the U.S., including front and back-end software development, data analytics and modeling, database management and agency IT operations. 

“In hiring Dave, our focus was not only on the present. Like any advertising company, we value creativity. Like any technology company, we need to be on the leading edge of data and marketing automation and platforms,  and we want to do so keeping the data safety in mind,” explained HackerAgency CEO Spyro Kourtis. “As our world becomes more complex, the need to be ahead is magnified.”

Kalman joins HackerAgency from RAPP, where he has served as senior vice president, head of U.S. client technology since February. He originally joined RAPP as VP/director of technology in August of 2011 after working with WPP’s iconmobile GmbH, serving in director of technology roles. Over the course of his career he has worked with clients including Toyota, Ford, Microsoft, and Mattel.

“I’ve met many wonderful people at Hacker who are motivated to build something great and lasting,” Kalman said. “I’m inspired by the diversity of backgrounds and capabilities on the team, and I look forward to joining an agency that exudes passion and drive, and has a great client base to grow.”