AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bazaarvoice, the market and technology leader in hosted social commerce applications that drive sales, today announced that the company’s COO, Heather Brunner, has been named a winner of The Austin Business Journal's 16th Annual Profiles in Power & Women of Influence Awards. The Profiles in Power & Women of Influence Awards recognize the top Central Texas women leaders who have forged their own path and developed their own leadership principles. Brunner was honored as a transformative executive who has made a difference in her community, driven bottom line results, and is leaving a mark on Central Texas business.
Brunner was recognized alongside other award winners at a luncheon ceremony keynoted by Michelle Andrews Smith, Assistant to the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System on Friday, July 23 in Austin. The high-profile event brought together some of the most influential people in the Austin business community to recognize and celebrate the area’s next generation of women leaders.
“I am extremely appreciative of Heather’s enormous contributions at Bazaarvoice, both as a strategic executive and as a beacon of a corporate culture that defines our company,” said Brett Hurt, founder and CEO of Bazaarvoice. “She combines all of the best elements of a business leader – vision, innovation, transformative thinking, and an incredible commitment to client success and employee growth – and I couldn’t be more proud to see her honored by the wider business community for her outstanding leadership achievements.”
Brunner joined Bazaarvoice in August 2008 as SVP of Worldwide Client Services and has been instrumental in the company’s rise to over 850 brands – including Best Buy, Blue Shield of California, Costco, Dell, Macy’s, P&G, Panasonic, QVC, and USAA – in 36 countries. Due to Brunner’s leadership of the Client Success team, Bazaarvoice has produced more than 40 pioneering social commerce case studies showcasing how the world’s best brands are using Bazaarvoice to transform sales, products, marketing, and customer service. Brunner has also been instrumental in defining the executive vision of the company, as it has grown to serve more than 130 billion consumer-generated answers, stories, and reviews to date and more than seven billion each month, surpassing both Twitter and Wikipedia in reach. Promoted to COO in March, Brunner is today responsible for the company’s global operations, including executing its go-to-market strategy and servicing its entire social commerce suite of six products.
“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as a winner of The Profiles in Power & Women of Influence Awards alongside such strong industry colleagues, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of the entire Bazaarvoice executive team and our incredible base of employees,” said Brunner. “At Bazaarvoice, we’ve created the technology, services, team, and best practices that brands need to transform the customer voice into an incredibly powerful business asset – and I’m excited to continue to shape the future of social commerce with Brett and our team.”
Brunner has built a career delivering technology to create business value for both privately-funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies. Before joining Bazaarvoice, she served as President and CEO of Nuvo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trilogy and provider of managed network services, and she was previously COO for B-Side, a privately funded entertainment technology company. Brunner has held various other executive management roles at leading technology companies, including Coremetrics, Trilogy, and Concero, where she led a team of 130 business and consulting professionals. She was also a practice director at Oracle, where she led the grounds-up development of the Central Texas enterprise sales and consulting practice, building an $18 million book of business in less than 18 months. She began her career at Accenture, where she ascended to Senior Manager in less than five years.
Bazaarvoice’s Software as a Service (SaaS) social commerce solutions have served more than 125 billion pieces of customer-generated content on more than 850 brand web sites like Best Buy, Blue Shield of California, Costco, Dell, Macy’s, P&G, Panasonic, QVC, and USAA in 36 countries. The company connects organizations to their influencers through a unique network that reaches hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe, enabling authentic customer-powered marketing. Through syndication, analytics, partnerships, and consulting, Bazaarvoice brings the voice of the customer to the center of their clients’ business strategy, proving “social” can drive measured revenue growth and cost savings for manufacturing, retail, travel, and financial services companies. Headquartered in Austin, the company has offices in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, London, Paris, Singapore, and Sydney. For more information and access to client success stories, visit www.bazaarvoice.com, read the blog at www.bazaarvoice.com/blog, and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bazaarvoice.