Utah Business Magazine Honors Valimaki Among Top C-level Executives in the 2015 “CXO of the Year” Awards

SILICON SLOPES, Utah (June 30, 2015) – Needle, the leader in advocate-powered customer experience (CX), today announced that CTO and Co-founder Mikko Valimaki has been named as one of Utah Business Magazine’s “CXO of the Year” honorees, which recognizes 17 senior executives driving Utah’s economy.

“This recognition proves what I’ve known for years: Mikko is one of Utah’s go-to people when it comes to scalable technology,” said Needle CEO Morgan Lynch. “He is highly sought after for his expertise by venture capitalists and corporations, alike. A lot of CEOs lose sleep over their technology. I don’t. He is simply one of the best.”

With more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Valimaki has worn many hats, from coder to vice president of engineering to his current role as CTO of Needle. When he and Lynch founded the company in 2010, Valimaki served as the first technologist, building advocacy and strategic customer experience platforms. Now he focuses heavily on future technology innovation and fostering company culture – two of his passions.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized as one of the CXOs making a difference in the state of Utah,” Valimaki said during an acceptance speech on June 25 in Salt Lake City. “I’m a technologist at heart, and I love to build technology solutions…but it’s the interaction with the people I work with that I cherish most. Thank you, Utah Business Magazine, for choosing me in this select group.”

The “CXO of the Year” awards are given to senior executives for outstanding performance in their roles. The selected CXOs from small, medium, large, public, private and government agencies, demonstrate the importance of providing strong financial leadership, visionary innovation as well as social responsibility to Utah businesses. Valimaki and other honorees are featured in the June issue of Utah Business Magazine.

Watch Valimaki’s interview with Utah Business Magazine here.

About Needle
Needle, the leader in advocate-powered e-commerce, strives to make online shopping more personal and trusted. Founded in 2010, Needle provides a marketing platform that enables online retailers to leverage their most passionate fans and connect them with their customers. The result is a truly awesome customer experience that builds trust and increases satisfaction with customers while delivering high-quality traffic, net new sales, and better online experiences. For more information, visit www.needle.com or send us a note at hello@needle.com.

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Jeff Adcock
801.858.0868
jeff@needle.com


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