Debra Walton Named Honoree of Gertrude Crain Award & 6 Join Connectiv Circle of Excellence

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Connectiv, the Business Information Association, today announced Debra Walton, Global Managing Director of Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters as the 2017 Gertrude Crain Award recipient at the Connectiv Executive Summit in Chicago.

The Gertrude Crain Award honors an outstanding leader within the B2B media & information industry, and is named after Gertrude R. Crain, a successful and highly regarded B2B executive whose career achievements serve as a role model for executives across generations.

Presenting the Award is Cathilea Robinett, President, e.Republic and the 2016 Gertrude Crain Award honoree.  Robinett noted, "Debra’s ability to succeed as an entrepreneur is at the heart of who she is. She doesn’t see innovation as an option, she sees it as a necessity and goes for it. Her track record of continuous success in such a dynamic market is a testament to how forward thinking she is.  Debra is a shining example of gender equality and opportunity in a typically male-dominated industry. Her career progression is impressive, as is her philanthropic work with refugee women and women entrepreneurs.”

Connectiv also welcomed six executives to the Circle of Excellence during its celebratory luncheon of great women in B2B:

  • Anne Armstrong, Co-President and Chief Content Officer, 1105 Media’s Public Sector Group
  • Jayne Gilsinger, Executive Vice President, PennWell
  • Christine Morgan, Head of Content Sales, Americas, Bloomberg Media Distribution
  • Roberta Muller, Senior Vice President Product Development, Northstar Travel Group
  • Joy Puzzo, Vice President of Marketing and Audience Engagement, UBM Life Sciences
  • Betsy Whalen, Vice President of Content Design and Delivery, McGraw-Hill Education 

About Connectiv
Connectiv (the Business Information Association) is the only global business information association that accelerates innovation for leading and emerging content, data and technology companies. Connectiv helps members move faster and smarter with collective knowledge, access and resources. We move business forward by providing the essential information and services that are pivotal for millions of global businesses to make the right decisions to drive commerce. Connectiv membership represents over 200 world-class business information companies who reach an audience of more than 100 million professionals. These companies drive more than $20 billion in annual revenues, and their collective industries represent a $400 billion global market. Connectiv is held by SIIA, is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. For more information, visit

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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 and SIIA in 2013 as editorial director…