ChannelNet Names Two Executives to Leadership Team

ChannelNet, a leader in digital customer engagement, announced two executive appointments: Chris Sims is the Chief Technology Officer and Joe Karle is the Vice President of Account Management for the mid-western U.S. and Canada.


ChannelNet, a leader in digital customer engagement and retention, announces two executive appointments; Chris Sims is the Chief Technology Officer and Joe Karle is the Vice President of Account Management for the mid-western U.S. and Canada.

“We are happy to congratulate Chris Sims on his promotion and pleased to welcome Joe Karle to the team,” says ChannelNet CEO and founder, Paula Tompkins. “It has been another year of growth for ChannelNet. There is no doubt that Chris and Joe will contribute to our continued success and innovation in 2017.

Chris Sims, Chief Technology Officer, was promoted from within and was previously the chief software architect. In his new role, he oversees research, development and technology trends related to ChannelNet’s patented platform, Sitebuilder™. He is also responsible for working with clients and their technical staff on integrations, system goals and planning. His technical experience covers software architecture and design patterns for web-based and mobile software technology, web API, mobile applications and responsive web design. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Joe Karle, Vice President of Account Management, is responsible for the leadership and success of ChannelNet’s overall client relationships in the mid-west and Canada. Joe is charged with establishing and managing client relationships, strategic account planning and the overall success of our digital solutions for clients. His accounts include Ally Financial Inc., Hyundai Capital America Canada, Harley-Davidson Financial Services and the UAW Benefit Trust. He has more than 25 years of digital marketing experience; cutting his teeth at some of the top-tier agencies where he lead accounts for companies such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler Financial, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Delphi, Honeywell, Samsung, Staples, Hilton Worldwide, Campbell Soup Company and Pepperidge Farm. Previously, Karle was the executive account and client relationship lead for Ignite Social Media where he was responsible for Lenovo, Green Dot/GoBank, Staples, On The Border Grill, American Heart Association, ConAgra Foods, Daisy Brands, Kelly Services and the La-Z-Boy accounts. He has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University

In a separate organizational move, Greg Lesko was named senior project manager. Lesko works with ChannelNet customers and the company’s internal creative, usability and technical teams to manage the launch and ongoing enhancements of customer life cycle solutions. He has more than ten years of experience with delivering global initiatives. Previously, he has worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, General Motors, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Ally Bank. Lesko received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public relations from Wayne State University.

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