Padhye was promoted to CTO in August of 2020 in recognition of his contributions to the Critical Mention platform since joining the team in 2013. Since arriving at the company, his leadership has resulted in the modernization of over 160 globally-distributed datacenters, using configuration management, distributed networking, datacenter infrastructure management and hardware lifecycle management.
Last year, Padhye helped oversee the creation of Critical Mention’s Media Contact Database, the company’s largest feature release in more than a decade. He has also been an integral part of every other major release in recent years.
“I am extremely proud to be receiving this recognition from PRWeek, not only for myself but for the Product, Engineering and DevOps teams that put so much hard work into constantly improving the Critical Mention platform,” Padhye said. “My inclusion on this list is really a reflection of the work the entire team is doing.”
Padhye’s placement on the PRWeek list marked the second year in a row a Critical Mention employee was named. President and CEO Don Yount, who made last year’s list, feels the recognition is part of a larger trend in which Critical Mention is becoming a more prominent player in the PR and Communications technology space. Indeed, the company is coming off its best January sales numbers in company history.
“I can’t think of a more deserving member of this list than Vishal, and this acknowledgment by PRWeek is a testament to the incredible work he has done at Critical Mention from the day we hired him,” Yount explained. “It is also a clear sign that the content and feature additions we’ve made in our platform are being recognized as significant in our marketplace.”
Under Padhye’s technical leadership, Critical Mention plans to release a full slate of new features in 2021. Among the major features on the roadmap this year are improved analytics with a new Google Analytics integration, improved social coverage with Instagram and integrated email distribution and reporting for the Media Contact Database.
“As thrilled as I am to be named to this list, I am also so excited about what is ahead for the company,” Padhye said. “It’s a great time to be at Critical Mention.”
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