What We Do

Yext lets companies manage their digital presence in online maps, directories and apps. Over 400,000 businesses make millions of monthly updates across 85+ exclusive global partners, making Yext the global market leader. Digital presence is a fundamental need for all 50 million businesses in the world, and Yext's mission is perfect location information in every hand.

Yext is based in the heart of New York City with 350 employees and was named to Forbes Most Promising Companies in 2014 and 2015 and Fortune's Best Places to Work 2014.

Our History

  1. 2006

    GymTicket.com offered lead generation to local businesses.

  2. 2006-2011

    Expanded across local verticals utilizing award-winning pay-per-call technology to help local businesses find high quality leads, including LocalVets.com, TVRepairman.com, and Chiroappointment.com

  3. January 2011

    Launched PowerListings to help small businesses own and update their information on leading sites, maps and apps with one click.

  4. August 2011

    The Enterprise team helps large multi-location businesses manage their location information online.

  5. December 2011

    With "Turbo" updates businesses could update their information in real time, beating the industry standards.

  6. April 2012

    Separated the pay-per-call business as Felix to focus entirely on PowerListings.

  7. August 2012

    Yext sold Felix to IAC.

  8. December 2012

    Howard declared that if the company reached 100,000 customers in 2012, he would cut his (very long) hair. We passed the goal and Howard, true to his word, cut his hair.

  9. January 2013

    Moved from the 12,000 sq. ft. office in Chelsea Market to the 40,000 sq. ft. office in 1 Madison Avenue. The new office includes a Fun Room complete with custom poker table, and our first NAP pod.

  10. January 2013

    PowerListings+ content lists (Bios, Calendars, Menus, Products/Services) to show customers why they should visit.

  11. May 2013

    Continued to build the PowerListings Network by adding Facebook and Bing.

  12. 2014

    Yext received a number of prestigious accolades in 2014, appearing on lists including Forbes' Most Promising Companies, CNBC's Top 50 Tech Disruptors, Fortune's Best Small & Medium Places to Work, and Crain's Fast 50.

  13. April 2014

    Introduced Pages, local landing pages for each location on owned and operated websites.

  14. May 2014

    The Citrrus team joined Yext as our first acquisition and to lead our professional services department.

  15. June 2014

    Launched the ability to suppress duplicate listings on 48 directory sites.

  16. November 2014

    Launched PowerListings Global, the world's first global listings network, with 38 publishers including native networks in Germany, the UK, and Canada.

  17. December 2014

    Acquired European Digital Presence Management Company, InnerBalloons, to accelerate international expansion.


Our Team

Yext Leaders
  • Howard Lerman

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Howard Lerman founded Yext in 2006 with a single goal: to build an impactful, great company with super talented people. Along the way, Yext has re-invented three industries: pay-per-call advertising, business listings synchronization, and today, the local marketing cloud. With over 350 amazingly talented employees serving over 400,000 customers, Yext is on its way to realizing Howard’s original vision. Yext is Howard’s fourth software company. Howard is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Confide, a leading off-the-record messaging service.

    Howard is a proud graduate of TJHSST and barely graduated from Duke University.

  • Brian Distelburger

    Co-Founder & President

    Brian is Co-Founder and President of Yext, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Brian has held a number of key leadership roles throughout Yext’s history and currently runs Yext’s global enterprise division. Prior to founding Yext, Brian served in management positions at two Internet companies.

    Brian also sits on the Board of Directors of Food Genius and the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, and advises several NYC Tech startups.

    Brian attended Cornell University and graduated without distinction.

  • Tom Dixon


    Tom serves as Yext's Chief Operating Officer, supervising engineering, operations, and development of the company's product portfolio. Prior to joining Yext, Tom co-founded justatip.com and was CEO and co-founder of Intwine.

    Tom graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with a degree in philosophy.

  • Sean MacIsaac


    Sean MacIsaac serves as Yext's Chief Technology Officer. Sean was co-founder and CTO of Intwine, a software consulting company that he helped grow prior to completing its sale to Datran Media. After the acquisition, Sean was promoted to CIO of Datran, where his team supported the development and operations of Datran's core technology platform.

    Sean graduated with honors from Princeton University with a bachelor's in computer science.

  • Steve Cakebread


    Steven Cakebread serves as Yext’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for Yext's global financial operations. Prior to Yext, Steve served as Chief Financial Officer of Salesforce.com.

    Steve has served as a senior financial executive at rapidly growing technology companies for the past four decades. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Pandora Media Inc. and has held numerous senior leadership roles at Autodesk, Silicon Graphics World Trade, and Hewlett Packard.

    Steve holds a BS in business from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Indiana University. He currently sits on the board of directors of SolarWinds and ServiceSource.

  • Alok Bhushan

    EVP Finance

    Alok Bhushan is a senior finance executive with years of experience running financial operations at rapidly growing technology companies. He served as the CFO of Intwine and helped to complete its sale to Datran Media. Prior to joining Yext, he spent several years on Wall Street in index arbitrage and quantitative finance.

    Alok graduated with high honors from Harvard University with a bachelor's in economics and a master's in computer science.

  • Wendi Sturgis

    EVP Sales & Services

    Wendi has spent the last twenty years working in the tech, media and internet space. She is currently the EVP of Sales and Services at Yext. Prior to her role at Yext, she held executive positions at Oracle, Gartner, Right Media and Yahoo!, where she was Vice President of Account Management for North America. Wendi serves on the Dailyworth.com and Student Transportation Inc. boards. She also serves as the Vice Chair of Step Up Women's Network board.

    Wendi graduated from Georgia Tech and currently serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. She was named 40 Women To Watch Over 40 in 2013.

  • Christian Ward

    EVP Partnerships

    Christian leads the partnerships and reseller division at Yext. With a background in creating and leading information and data companies, his focus is to help other businesses leverage the power of the Yext platform in their own strategies. Prior to joining Yext, Christian was the Chief Data Officer at Infogroup as well as the Global Head of Content Innovation at Thomson Reuters.

    Christian holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida.

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