HCH Executive Leadership Team
John O’MalleyChief Executive Officer, Harland Clarke Holdings
John O’Malley is the Chief Executive Officer of Harland Clarke Holdings (HCH), where he is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of companies that optimize customer relationships through a broad variety of omni-channel solutions. Harland Clarke, Valassis, RetailMeNot, and Scantron are the major businesses delivering transformational solutions that connect more than 70,000 clients across all industry segments with hundreds of millions of consumers. In addition, he serves as Executive Vice President for MacAndrews and Forbes, Inc.
With more than 30 years successfully leading a number of large enterprises across multiple industries, John assumed the top leadership responsibilities at Harland Clarke Holdings in 2019. He has an extensive background in leading businesses through transformation and innovation focused on future growth in various industries including enterprise sales and fulfillment solutions, marketing services, digital imaging, global financial and payment services, data and analytics, as well as fraud and risk management.
John has served in multiple successful CEO and President roles including Digital Insight, Panini, Fiserv, and also Harland Financial Solutions, which was a company within the Harland Clarke Holdings portfolio.
Vice-Chairman, Harland Clarke Holdings
Chuck Dawson is Vice-Chairman of Harland Clarke Holdings supporting the continued success of the enterprise as a collaborator and trusted advisor to the Chairman and CEO. Harland Clarke Holdings optimizes client needs through its major business units Harland Clarke, Valassis, RetailMeNot and Scantron. During Chuck’s role as Chief Executive Officer of Harland Clarke Holdings from 2005 to 2016, he worked diligently to guide the organization through tremendous growth—organically and through acquisitions. Most notable were the acquisitions of the John H. Harland Company and the more recent Valassis acquisition in 2014.
Chuck has more than 40 years of experience leading high performing management teams. As a leader, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Bank Note before joining Clarke American in 1993. While at Clarke American, his roles included: Executive Vice President and General Manager of Partnership Development, Senior Vice President and General Manager of National Accounts, Securities and Business Development, and President and CEO of Harland Clarke. Chuck has also served as a Director of MacAndrews and Forbes Worldwide from January 2007 to December 2011.
Chuck earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lamar University.
Chief Operating Officer, Harland Clarke Holdings
Chief Executive Officer, Valassis
Dan Singleton is Chief Operating Officer of Harland Clarke Holdings and CEO of Valassis, with executive responsibility for driving client and consumer value while accelerating business performance and growth. He provides strategic leadership to the executive management teams of each business to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.
With more than 30 years of strategic and operational leadership at HCH, Dan most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harland Clarke. He joined Harland Clarke in 1988 after holding positions at two Fortune 500 companies and was rapidly promoted through the sales organization. In 2000, Dan was recruited to lead sales, marketing, and international efforts of a $1.1 billion manufacturing sister company. After he successfully improved that company’s performance and revenue growth, he returned to Harland Clarke in 2006 as Executive Vice President, assuming responsibilities for all client-facing activities. Dan was named President and COO of Harland Clarke in 2008, with accountability for financial results, strategy, sales, marketing, manufacturing, delivery and execution. He became Harland Clarke’s President and CEO in 2012, leading the Harland Clarke Senior Leadership Team and team members in delivering operational excellence and intelligent solutions to more than 50 million consumers and 6 million small and medium sized businesses per year.
Dan was the founding sponsor of the Harland Clarke Diversity Council and has served on the board of directors for the Texas Diversity Council, Georgia Perimeter College, and Mission Team Inc. His commitment to diversity has been recognized by receiving the “Men Who Champion Women” award by the National Diversity Council and the “CEO Champions of Diversity Award” from the Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference.
Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Chief Executive Officer, Harland Clarke
Cali Tran is the President of Valassis, a leading marketing company with best-in-class data, insights and innovative media management services that utilizes actionable intelligence to deliver market proven, ROI driven integrated cross-channel advertising campaign performance.
In 2014, Cali was named President, Valassis Digital and led the division through an exceptional trajectory of consistent profitable growth through organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions. He is deeply committed to building and empowering high-performing teams to create and build compelling award-winning solutions that help improve consumers’ lives and grow clients’ businesses. Prior to Valassis, Cali served as the Senior Vice President of Technology and Business Development at MacAndrews & Forbes, the Parent Company of Harland Clarke Holdings. He is also a founder and investor in high potential, market disruptors. His portfolio includes Ancestry (pre-Series A team), GoPlae (co-founding investor) and Adavium Medical (seed investor). Earlier in his career, Cali was a Principal at North Bridge Venture and Growth Equity Partners, where he invested in wireless and digital media technology entrepreneurs.
Chief Executive Officer, RetailMeNot, Inc.
Marissa Tarleton is the Chief Executive Officer of RetailMeNot, Inc. Marissa joined RetailMeNot in 2015 as chief marketing officer and helped deliver significant growth in consumer acquisition while also building new revenue streams for RetailMeNot. Marissa was named a top 50 CMO on the inaugural Forbes CMO Next list in 2018 due to her thought leadership in data-driven mobile marketing. Marissa was appointed to CEO in January of 2019.
Prior to RetailMeNot, Marissa led marketing for Dell Inc.’s North America Consumer and Small Business organization. Her responsibilities included driving new customer acquisition through marketing communications, media, partner programs, loyalty and CRM for both the Dell direct and retail businesses.
During her 13-year tenure at Dell she has served in multiple regional and global marketing leadership roles including product marketing, brand management, e-commerce and digital marketing as well as leadership of Dell’s global advertising team. Prior to Dell, Marissa worked in advertising in New York City for both Ogilvy & Mather and Foote Cone & Belding. She was responsible for account and media leadership for brands such as IBM, Nabisco, and the United States Postal Service.
Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chairman & Founder, RetailMeNot, Inc.
Giving back to the community is foundational to RetailMeNot’s culture. The company is proud to support a variety of organizations including Literacy First, Boys & Girls Clubs, KIPP public charter schools, Andy Roddick Foundation, Kids in a New Groove, Blue Santa, Ballet Austin, Anti-Defamation League, and Central Texas Food Bank.
Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was CEO-in-Residence for Austin Ventures. Cotter also previously worked as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bankrate for seven years, taking the company public in 1999. He also served as a Vice President and General Manager of VML and Assistant Vice President of H&R Block. He wrote the book “Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success.”
Cotter holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his responsibilities at RetailMeNot, Cotter is on the Board of Directors for Global Wildlife Conservation, and several private companies.
Chief Executive Officer, Scantron
Peter A. Fera, Jr.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Harland Clarke Holdings
Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff, Harland Clarke Holdings
Steve Albright is the Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff of Harland Clarke Holdings (HCH) where he is responsible for providing operating advisory and execution assistance to the CEO and senior leadership team to drive strategic, market-driven transformation initiatives and commercial excellence. Steve’s professional strengths include strategy development, go-to-market formulation, building high-performance teams and complex problem solving. His broad general management experience drives proficiency in operating businesses and his extensive client interaction in sales, marketing and service validate his proven ability to grow businesses.
Steve returned to HCH after spending over a decade in various operating roles within private-equity sponsored businesses that included CEO of Critical Information Network, CRO Openlink Americas and CRO Onepath technology services. Additionally, Steve served as an Operating Partner overseeing numerous PE-based portfolio investments and established a Strategic Advisory Services practice with a reputable consulting firm.
Prior to that time, Steve spent nearly three decades at Harland Clarke, a wholly owned subsidiary of HCH, where he held a variety of senior level operating roles with direct P&L responsibility to include General Manager and EVP Marketing Services, President of Liberty Enterprises and SVP John H. Harland Company. In these roles, and others, Steve oversaw turnaround, start-up, organic growth, acquisition integration and restructuring situations.