Celtx Appoints Ashley Stamps-Lafont as VP of Customer Success and Mike Duquet as VP of Marketing


ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Celtxa leading developer of multimedia production software, today announced the appointments of Ashley Stamps-Lafont as Vice President of Customer Success and Mike Duquet as Vice President of Marketing.

Celtx, which was recently acquired by Backlight™, a media technology holding company backed by growth capital, is expanding its management team to strengthen its go-to-market capabilities. Adding the roles of Ashley and Mike was a top priority for Backlight, whose strategy was to inject Celtx with resources and investment in talent, product development, innovation and infrastructure.

“Our team at Celtx has created some of the most innovative and popular products that help writers and creators accelerate the development of their stories through collaborative workflows,” said Mark Kennedy, co-founder and CEO. of Celtx. “With Backlight’s investment, we are able to rapidly expand our marketing and customer success so that we can continue to engage with our customers using the channels and insights that will enable them to deliver the next generation of compelling storytelling.” As Vice President of Customer Success, Ashley Stamps-Lafont is responsible for Celtx’s customer lifecycle. She is responsible for optimizing and developing a healthy and growing customer base. Ashley joins Celtx from Unity Technologies, a leader in video game creation and real-time 3D technology, where over the course of five years she held several positions of increasing responsibility. In her last role at Unity, as Global Director of Customer Success, Ashley built a 30-member customer team that improved subscriber retention by 21% year-over-year, while Ashley holds a master’s degree in global health from the University of Copenhagen and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

“We are extremely excited to have Ashley lead the Customer Success team,” said Mark Kennedy. “Her experience in high-growth organizations, along with her specialized expertise in the games industry where she is used to supporting top creative teams with their on-time delivery of cutting-edge entertainment experiences, makes her the ideal leader for this function.With the recent release of Celtx Gemthe latest version of our narrative design tool for video game studios, the timing of its arrival couldn’t be better.

Mike Duquet is responsible for Celtx’s overall go-to-market marketing strategy. He has 11 years of experience leading integrated marketing teams in high growth organizations with great results. Prior to joining Celtx, Mike served as Vice President of Marketing Operations at Strawhouse, a media capital agency specializing in client acquisition. Prior to Strawhouse, Mike led web strategy for Absolute Software, where he ushered in a new digital presence by leading the redesign and rebranding of their client-facing web properties. He has also held positions at social media management platform, Hootsuite, and Widerfunnel, a Vancouver-based conversion optimization agency. Mike holds a BA from McGill University.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike to the team,” said Mark Kennedy. “He has a proven ability to help organizations acquire new customers and increase revenue during critical stages of high growth. We are confident that his strong leadership skills and deep marketing expertise will be instrumental in helping Celtx continue to develop.

About the backlight

Backlight is a multimedia technology company that dramatically improves the ideation, production, post-production and distribution of video content. Launched in 2022 with funding from PSG, Backlight acquired media software companies ftrack, Celtx, iconik, Wildmoka and Zype. Video transfer organizations use Backlight to solve their critical business and operational challenges. Visit www.backlight.co for more information.

About Celtx

Celtx, a Backlight company, creates cloud-based software for the early stages of multimedia production, designed to collaborate, organize and produce multimedia projects such as film and television, commercials, documentaries, games and interactive media, and podcasts. Celtx’s software is used by creatives and businesses around the world to achieve streamlined production workflows from concept to camera. For more information, visit www.celtx.com.


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