Signal Receives Inaugural Global Innovator Award From World Business Chicago

World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International Honor Signal for Helping to Drive Growth of Chicagoland’s Economic and Global Business Footprint

CHICAGO, IL – December 2, 2014 – Signal, the global leader in real-time, cross-channel marketing technology, announced today that it has received the first ever Global Innovator Award from World Business Chicago (WBC) and Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI). WBC and CSCI, which advance Chicago’s economic development and international relationships, honored Signal for its industry-changing technological innovations and rapid worldwide expansion.

“We’re thrilled and deeply honored to be chosen as the first recipient of the Global Innovator Award,” said Mike Sands, Signal CEO. “At Signal, being global is in our DNA and innovation is a core company value. It’s extremely rewarding to be recognized by two distinguished organizations, World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International, who have done so much to put Chicago at the forefront of the international economy.”

Signal, which began as a five-person startup in 2010, now employs more than 130 and serves a growing client base in the U.S., Asia/Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Signal recently celebrated a business milestone of more than 10,000 brands around the world using its groundbreaking technology platform to make data and marketing technologies work better together.

“Signal enables the world’s leading companies to provide great experiences to their customers as they interact with them across smartphones, tablets, laptops and more,” said Marc Kiven, Signal founder and chief revenue officer. “We’re helping marketers keep up with their digitally-connected, multi-device customers. We’re extremely proud of our track record of success, our talented employees, incredible clients, and the strong global demand we’re experiencing for our patented technology platform.”

“Events such as the Chicago Consular Corps Gala strengthen the ties between Chicago and our international partners and highlight Chicago’s global reputation,” said Jeff Malehorn, President & CEO of World Business Chicago. “We are proud to host the gala and honor companies, such as Signal, and people that so greatly impact Chicago’s global footprint.”

Signal accepted the award at Monday night’s Chicago Consular Corps Gala, before an international guest list including members of the 84 foreign consulates and honorary consulates in Chicago; keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Governor-elect Bruce Rauner and other dignitaries. For more information on the awarding organizations, please visit

About Signal
Signal is the global leader in real-time, cross-channel marketing technology. The Signal Open Data Platform helps marketers collect data from any offline or online source, synchronize that data across all consumer touch points, and deliver it to any marketing or analytics endpoint — all in real time. The platform is ecosystem-neutral and helps data and marketing technologies work better together, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversions.

Signal’s technology runs on more than 40,000 digital properties in 158 countries. Our platform facilitates billions of data requests monthly, supporting top brands around the world that generate more than $1.5 trillion in commerce, including Allstate, Audi, Crate & Barrel, JetBlue Airways,Starcom MediaVest Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and many more. Visit to learn more and follow Signal on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the Chicago Consular Corps
The Chicago Consular corps is composed of Heads of Mission representing 84 countries from around the world. Chicago is proud to be home to one of the largest diplomatic communities in the Unites States. The diplomats representing their countries in Chicago work to facilitate and enhance the relationships between their respective countries and the states that comprise their jurisdiction, specifically in the Midwest. Many of the diplomats located in Chicago are responsible for multiple states and promote trade, tourism, and culture and serve the local communities from their countries.

About World Business Chicago
Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago (@WorldBizChicago) drives Chicago’s economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique public-private partnership, WBC engages the region’s leaders to advance Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

About Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International (@ChiSisterCities), a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s 28 sister cities in the areas of economic development, education, tourism, immigration and cultural enrichment. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

Hollis Guerra
SR. PR Director

Originally published December 02, 2014

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