Leadership

David M. Hughes
Chief Executive Officer

David Hughes joined The Search Agency in early 2004 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to The Search Agency, David served as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development for United Online, Inc. He was responsible for developing and running all user acquisition programs, new products and services to be offered to NetZero/Juno customers, broadband services, developing and implementing search services and large strategic relationships. Prior to United Online, he was a Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and an Associate with Mercer Management Consulting. David is a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award for leadership, and the University of Western Ontario where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors. He is also a past President of the Harvard Business School Association Club of Southern California and currently serves on its Board.


Peter Celeste
President
Peter joined The Search Agency in 2012 and is responsible for running the global agency business. He previously served as an executive team member and SVP and GM of Oversee’s Monetization Services division. Prior to joining Oversee, Peter was GM of MyCorporation, an online incorporation business in Intuit’s small business division. He also spent seven years with Overture / Yahoo! where he was the Regional General Manager for Yahoo!’s Search and Search Marketing business in the Americas. In this position, he built and managed the regionally-based organization that provided search services in five countries to more than 50 distribution partners and nearly 20,000 marketers. He also played a key role in launching and growing Overture’s International division from a team of three to a billion dollar organization with a presence in over 20 international markets within 5 years. Peter received his BBA from the University of San Diego and his MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Luke Hubbard
VP Paid Media
Luke Hubbard is the newest team member, he joined us in May 2016. Luke’s experience began in Search Engine Marketing, here at The Search Agency in 2005. From there, he transitioned to Integrated Media Solutions as the Vice President of Client Services where he was responsible for all of the digital media including display, email, video, and co-reg. He also worked at The Dumont Project in Marina Del Rey, an online consultancy. Luke lead the media team and oversaw the client in-house teams. Another part of his role was auditing top-tier agency projects and implementing marketing strategies across SEM and display media. Before his return to The Search Agency, Luke worked on the client side at AON. His clients included Brooks Brothers, Forever 21, NARS Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Ave, Lord & Taylor and Zillow.

Peter Harrington
Chief Financial Officer
Peter Harrington joined The Search Agency in mid-2008 and is responsible for strategic planning, financial analysis and accounting operations. Prior to joining The Search Agency, Peter served as Director of Finance at Yahoo! Search Marketing and Overture Services, Inc. where his responsibilities included global financial reporting, partner finance operations, as well as supporting its successful IPO in June 1999. Peter previously worked for various subsidiaries of Paramount and Universal Studios, and for several years focused on International markets with London as his base. His responsibilities included strategic and business planning as well as financial and entity valuation analyses. Peter received his MBA from the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors and is a Certified Accountant in the United Kingdom.

Raashid Siddique
SVP Earned Media/ Director - India
Raashid Siddique joined The Search Agency in November 2007 as a Senior SEO Account Manager. In mid-2008 he was promoted to the Director of SEO Account Management and in January 2009 took up a new role as Director of the India, Middle East and SE Asia regions. In May 2009 he launched the Bangalore office and is responsible for all facets of the operation which includes, but not limited to, infrastructure build out, legal, financial and HR. Prior to working for The Search Agency, Raashid worked as a Senior IT Manager for HealthNet, one of the nation’s largest managed healthcare companies and DST Output, a software billing company. He also brings years of management consulting experience which he acquired during his tenure as a Senior Management Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, a top tier management consulting firm. He holds a BA in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Brett Shearing
Vice President, Business Development
Brett Shearing is a search marketing industry veteran, having been active in the space since 2003. Over the last 13 years, he has been focused on new business development and scaling high growth agencies and search technology platforms. Brett has recognized expertise around online marketing best practices in channels such as Affiliate Marketing, Display Advertising, SEM, SEO, and Social Media. Before joining The Search Agency, Brett successfully guided the growth of a startup agency into one of the top 25 Largest Search Agencies – Ad Age. Brett introduced and grew the search marketing business for the #1 Affiliate Marketing Network and has developed and implemented go-to market strategies for new search based technology platforms.

Jason Sikora
Managing Director, Canada
Jason has been closely involved with The Search Agency from both the client side and agency side for over 7 years. In April, 2012 he joined as Managing Director, Canada in order to offer The Search Agency’s unmatched level of service and technology to his colleagues above the 49th. Jason is an experienced, senior marketing and business management executive that specializes in brand response and customer acquisition. He has extensive International marketing experience developing customer acquisition and retention strategies for companies that include BlackBerry, Procter & Gamble, Amazon, Chapters and Points.com among many others. He has been a Board Member of the Internet Advertising Bureau of Canada and currently sits on the Marketing Advisory Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Search Agency is headquartered in Los Angeles and has 6 locations worldwide.

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