Proactive Worldwide announces CEO retirement amid exceptional company performance

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you for 28 years and to lead Proactive Worldwide with my business partner, David [Kalinowski],

Schaumburg, Ill. (PRWEB) January 11, 2023

Proactive Worldwide (PWW) announced today that co-founder and CEO Gary Maag has retired from the company. Maag’s retirement comes when the company has performed beyond expectations and is well positioned for continued success. His departure completes a two-year leadership succession planning process, during which PWW defined its multi-year vision to ensure continued stellar customer service in pursuit of customer successes.

“First and foremost I want to thank our amazing customers, our industry partners and our team,” said Maag. “I am grateful for the 28 years of working with all of you and for the opportunity to lead Proactive Worldwide with my business partner, David [Kalinowski], I’m ready to take a little more time for myself. I’m excited about some other endeavors as well, and I’ll continue to share my knowledge and learn from others.”

Maag retires with over 30 years of experience in competitive intelligence, research and consulting. He directed the global business development and marketing activities of Proactive Worldwide. Along with co-founder and president David Kalinowski, he guided Proactive Worldwide from a two-person operation to one of the world’s leading decision-support, research and consulting firms, with delivery teams in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific .

“Gary and I founded Proactive Worldwide in 1995 together,” said Kalinowski. “It has been a privilege and an honor to spend the better part of my career with Gary, building a thriving company with him and bringing CI to the masses. Without him, we would not be where we are today, a global company that is well positioned to continue helping customers gain a competitive edge through CI.

Maag has been a passionate teacher. He loved teaching clients about the value of competitive intelligence (CI). He continually promoted the CI discipline, and helped create a method for teaching CI to those aspiring to a promising CI career path. During his distinguished career, Maag received the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professional (SCIP) Catalyst Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant and valuable contributions to the competitive intelligence profession through their volunteer services. He also received the Northern Illinois University Distinguished Marketing Alumni Award. To connect with Gary, we encourage you to contact him via LinkedIn at

About Proactive Worldwide

Proactive Worldwide is one of the world’s leading market intelligence companies, helping top-tier organizations understand vulnerabilities, better anticipate market changes, and plan for growth with confidence. We examine competitors, suppliers, customers, regulatory issues and more—through advanced competitive, market and customer intelligence—to deliver a more complete picture of the decision-making environment with a forward-looking perspective that uncovers hidden opportunities and key threats exposes. With over 28 years of experience, we leverage our proprietary methodology, a deep bench of researchers and analysts, and in-house industry experts to produce insights that have real impact. Learn more active around the world.


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