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Group Delphi adds key hires to complement growth

Group Delphi, an exhibit design and production house, added two key senior executives to its leadership team to help achieve company-wide growth goals.

Both Vice President of Marketing Cari Jacobs and Vice President of Operations John McKibben join Group Delphi from outside of the exhibits industry, bringing track records of success in roles with numerous Fortune 100 companies.

Cari Jacobs

Cari Jacobs

“Adding Cari and John to the company signals to the marketplace our continued commitment to growth and to our clients that we are upholding our long-standing reputation of serving them as an industry leader,” said Justin Hersh, CEO, Group Delphi. “Not only do they both bring fresh perspectives from outside our category to our leadership team, they’ve already put the high caliber of talent bred in their prior roles with highly-respected Fortune 100 companies to use as we work to grow the company in the near term.”

Cari Jacobs brings decades of big-agency marketing savvy to her role, including extensive years of top-tier integrated marketing experience earned in the ranks of leading marketing companies and ad agencies such as Toyota, Lexus, General Mills, Levi’s, Coca-Cola, J. Walter Thompson and Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide.

Most recently, Jacobs held senior marketing roles aimed at shaping consumer understanding and adoption of solar energy, while driving brand consideration and sales for industry leaders Sungevity and Sunrun. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University of Long Beach, and is a selected participant in the CEO program of Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, an organization with a mission to bring mindfulness to businesses worldwide.

John McKibben

John McKibben

John McKibben serves as Group Delphi’s head of operations, with responsibility for all operational aspects of the company’s Alameda, Calif. headquarters and its Fort Wayne, Ind. facility. McKibben is a seasoned manager with more than 20 years of experience in production operations, having most recently served as director of operations for Allied Recreation Group.

Trained in the Toyota Production System and General Motors Global Manufacturing System, McKibben has a proven record in corporate and plant settings, consistently attaining production schedules, meeting quality expectations, solving process problems and designing safer work places. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Francis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Hillsdale College.

The addition of these executives amplifies additional business momentum from Group Delphi, including:

  • The hire of Jerry Grieser as director of museum business development, having previously worked with some of the leading experiential companies in the world as well as with clients, such as Nissan and Lexus;
  • The hire of Mark Adato as a motion graphics artist and video editor in the company’s Digital Content Group, where he is responsible for creating animated, video and motion graphics content;
  • The early 2015 unveiling of the company’s new 200,000 square-foot facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and
  • The receipt of the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) RFP Certification, awarded after independent, third-party review acknowledging that the company meets the industry association’s most stringent of business standards.
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