May 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

GSI expands with the hiring of two execs

GSI Commerce Inc.’s GSI Interactive division, which offers digital marketing and design services, has named Jan Dobris vice president of operations. The firm has also named Bart Swanson managing director, international, business management and strategy.

GSI Commerce Inc.’s GSI Interactive division, which provides digital marketing and design services, has hired Jan Dobris as vice president of operations. Dobris will oversee the day-to-day operations and financial management of the agency.

GSI Commerce, a provider of e-commerce technology, has also appointed Bart Swanson as managing director, international, business management and strategy.

Before joining GSI Interactive, Dobris was senior vice president and chief financial officer of G2 Interactive, a division of WPP’s G2 Worldwide global marketing services network.

“GSI Interactive has recently grown and expanded with the opening of our New York satellite office and the acquisition of Silverlign. We needed someone who was focused on the overall growth and operational management of the agency,” says Nick Pahade, president of GSI Interactive. “Jan has an extensive amount of experience in implementing operational and financial strategies for companies.”

Swanson, who has been a consultant to GSI for the past 21 months, was general manager, business development at Amazon.com, and helped develop Amazon’s European expansion strategy. He was one of the key executives responsible for launching the business in Germany, France and the U.K. Before joining GSI, Swanson co-founded Dropshop Ltd., a Munich-based European online selling service. He previously was managing director at EMI Music France and has held senior positions at EMI Music Europe and Bertelsmann AG in France and the U.K.

Swanson will work with clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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