HCH Executive Leadership Team
Erik PruschChief Executive Officer, Harland Clarke Holdings
Erik Prusch is the Chief Executive Officer of Harland Clarke Holdings (HCH), a portfolio of companies optimizing 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.
With more than 30 years successfully leading a number of large public and private enterprises, Erik assumed the top leadership responsibilities at Harland Clarke Holdings in 2019. He has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling media and technology companies and has occupied multiple successful CEO roles at various companies including his previous role as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Outerwall, a self-service interactive kiosk business. He has also served as CEO for Lumension and CEO NetMotion Wireless, two Clearlake Capital Group companies. Prior to those roles, he was President & CEO of Clearwire Corporation, in addition to COO and CFO, in which he oversaw significant revenue growth within all those businesses. Earlier in his career, he served in senior leadership positions with Borland Software, Intuit, Identix, Gateway Computers, Koch Industries, and PepsiCo.
Erik holds a Masters of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yale University, Connecticut.
Victor NicholsChairman, Harland Clarke Holdings
Victor Nichols is Chairman of Harland Clarke Holdings serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO while helping drive the continued success and growth of the organization. Harland Clarke Holdings serves client needs across many industries through its major business units Harland Clarke, Valassis, RetailMeNot and Scantron.
Victor joined Harland Clarke Holdings in 2015 when he was named the Chief Executive Officer of Valassis driving significant growth strategies and business performance. With more than 35 years of diverse global business experience in finance, marketing, data, analytics and technology, Victor was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Harland Clarke Holdings in 2017, during which time he led the notable acquisition of RetailMeNot, a leading savings destination company. Prior to HCH, he served as Chief Executive Officer for North America at Experian, as well as the Managing Director, UK & EMEA at Experian. In addition, Victor has held multiple strategic leadership roles including Chief Information Officer for Wells Fargo & Company, Chief Executive Officer of VICOR, a company delivering advanced corporate receivables management solutions, President of Safeguard Business Systems, and various senior leadership positions at Bank of America.
Victor is a Director on the Bank of Hawaii Corporation and Bridgepoint Education boards. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
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.