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Women Leaders of AdColony: Celebrating Our Award Winners

Posted Dec 15, 2020

The ad tech scene has seen more and more women assume leadership roles over the years but they still often remain in the background. At AdColony, we recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our female employees as they pave the way for more inclusivity in the industry. In AdColony’s growing global workforce of women, 35% are in management/leadership roles. This year some of our women leaders were given awards by industry organizations and we’re proud to spotlight them and share their achievements.

Priyanka Bajaj
Senior Director, Sales – Southeast Asia and North Asia

At AdColony, Priyanka is known for her strong personality, complemented by her equally strong business acumen. A clear communicator with her clients and her team, Priyanka demonstrates strong leadership capabilities that has created a positive team dynamic. Priyanka is responsible for overseeing business development and growth in the region.. To bridge the knowledge gap between sales, performance and product development, Priyanka works with cross-functional teams such as ad operations, product, publisher lead, marketing and strategy to build an all-round understanding about mobile’s ad effectiveness to develop tailored solutions for AdColony’s clients.

Priyanka has added multiple new clients to the brand portfolio in the last five years growing the company’s billings by 20% year on year. Her role expands beyond sales and revenue making AdColony the highest award winning mobile platform across APAC.

As one of her colleagues describes her, “Hands down, Priyanka is one of the most inspiring leaders to work with. She displays a real compassion for people, whilst also pushing them to do their absolute best. It is a real pleasure working with a whip-smart, unapologetic, and powerful woman who will do what it takes to over deliver at all times. The Southeast Asia team has consistently been performing at tip-top shape at all times, despite the many many challenges thrown their way. Make no mistake, when all is said and done, the last man standing is a woman. And that woman is Priyanka.”

Outside of her immediate role, Priyanka is a member of the IAB SEA+India Programmatic Committee where she’s an outspoken advocate of transparency in the mobile ecosystem. Her many impressive accomplishments landed her a spot on the Campaign’s Women to Watch 2020, which recognized outstanding women across marketing, media, technology and communications in Asia-Pacific. She was also shortlisted for The Wires APAC Ad Tech Rising Star.

Sheeva Banton
VP of Sales, West

As a passionate and driven leader, Sheeva Banton motivates her team to not only achieve their goals at AdColony but also in their careers. In her role as VP of Sales, West, Sheeva has been described by those who work with her as “hands-on” and “proactive” about helping them grow in the company. These qualities and achievements have led to her being named a Motivator honoree by Folio’s Top Women in Media Awards. This distinction was given to women in media who’ve made an extraordinary effort, and had an extraordinary impact, on the careers of their colleagues.

Desiree Janda, Sales Director gave a testimonial describing how Sheeva has contributed to her own growth at AdColony. “Knowing my goals, she approached me for the promotion and has continued to be a great mentor to me. Sheeva also emphasizes teamwork and makes an effort to bring us together even though we are working on our own accounts. She really values our opinions as a whole team and takes what we say into consideration before major decisions. It keeps us motivated and we feel valued as a part of her team,” Desiree said.

Sheeva Banton started her career at AdColony in August 2014 as an individual contributor, driving new and incremental revenue for brand advertisers. After three years, Sheeva was promoted to Senior Sales Director and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Sales for the West Coast region. This allowed Sheeva to be a full-time manager and leverage her 6+ years of AdColony successes to train and coach sellers of all experience levels, from Junior Account Executives to Sales Directors.

Camila Franklin
Chief Operations Officer

With almost 20 years’ experience in leadership, Camila Franklin is described by colleagues as being “beyond her title” with superb technical and product management expertise. At AdColony, Camila lends her leadership abilities to elevate product management with her experience leading engineering, operations, and client-facing teams. Camila joined AdColony in 2015 as leader of the client services team. From there, she held multiple VP and SVP-level roles, before assuming her current role as Chief Operations Officer this year.

Johanna Lubinski, Senior Director, Programmatic Exchange Operations, described Camila as a true leader. “Many people who work for Camila have been with AdColony for 5+ years, which speaks not only to the community she has developed, but also to her leadership and guidance. Our year on year growth for the AdColony Open Exchange has been 133% in Q2 2020 under Camila, which is not only remarkable in its own right, but even more spectacular in the current world,” Johanna said.

Camila was recently named one of The Software Report’s Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS of 2020. She is included in a list of extraordinary women who have been recognized for their performance within their roles, their ability to foster innovation and growth, and their expertise in SaaS solutions.

Tabitha Britt
Chief Human Resources Officer

Throughout Tabitha’s tenure at AdColony, the company’s culture has improved immensely. Due to her commitment to Employee Relations, Tab has been able to build a “super healthy team culture” both internally and externally with other departments, where employee retention is at an all-time high.

When Tabitha became the Head of HR, she became an integral part of the executive team. Under her leadership, HR is thriving as a healthy function at AdColony due to open communication, respect, trust, and compassion. Tabitha’s dedication and hard work resulted in her promotion to Chief Human Resources Officer this year. Tab is always asking for feedback and opinions; “nothing is ever forced”. As a result of the changes she has led, employees can now take advantage of certain benefits, like unlimited vacation, that previously resulted in adverse repercussions.

Leading by example, Tabitha can be found handpicking individuals for high-level projects to learn and develop their careers. Tab also always knows the best policies with terminations, how AdColony can make exceptions that are fair, and just how to address almost every type of issue so all employees and candidates are being treated fairly and consistently. Her fans unanimously state that she is, “consistently 3 steps ahead!” Tab tells all of her employees, “I know you’re not going to be here at our company forever, but I want to set you up to have all sorts of skill sets that will help you immensely in future roles.”

Earlier this year, Tabitha was named one of the 2020 HR Hero Award Recipients by GetFive, a leading provider of modern outplacement and career development solutions. The organization awards HR professionals for their outsized contributions to their organizations and communities and Tabitha was recognized for Compassion in Employee Relations.

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