Local Team

Local Team

Blending a wide range of experience in marketing research and healthcare, our local team of experts is dedicated to providing the best value for your online research spend.



Marie Fortier
Director, Business Development, The Americas

Marie serves as Director of Business Development for Lightspeed All Global. In her role, she partners with agencies and end-clients to provide the most effective and efficient solution to meet their project needs by utilizing the resources and abilities of the business.

Prior to her position at Lightspeed All Global, Marie spent nine years with Impact RX (now part of AlphaImpactRx), an innovative provider of market research solutions and analytics. Her time spent at Impact RX was multifaceted and she held roles in client service, product development, marketing and sales.

Marie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In addition, she earned an M.B.A. in Pharmaceutical Management & Marketing from Rutgers’s Business School.



Emma Beech
Vice President Operations, EMEA

Emma Beech serves as Vice President of Operations for Lightspeed-GMI & Lightspeed All Global in our EMEA region. Emma’s overall responsibility is to drive strategic direction that enables building closer relationships with our clients, directing continual operational improvements in sample delivery, survey design and developing best practices. Emma works as part of the EMEA Leadership team and heavily interacts with the Global Operations team to ensure common business goals are achieved.

Most recently, Emma held the position of Vice President, Operations for EMEA at Research Now. She has more than 24 years of market research experience, covering Research International, ORC International and TNS.


Matthew Shepard
Director, UK, France and Southern Europe

Matt joined GMI in February 2006 and is responsible for sales in the UK, France and Southern Europe. He manages a team of 30 Key Account Directors and Client Development Executives who support a portfolio of over 300 clients. Whilst at GMI, he has consulted with blue-chip clients across the FMCG, Retail, Finance and Media verticals as well as working with most major market research agencies. Matt has worked in the research industry for 14 years.

Prior to joining GMI, Matt worked for seven years at Mintel; the global market research publisher. During his time at Mintel, Matt held a number of commercial roles, including four years as Sales Director of the FMCG team supporting accounts including P&G, Unilever, Kraft, Diageo, Heinz, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

Matt holds a Master of Arts (Hons) degree in history from the University of Edinburgh.