Gregory T. Novak, chief executive officer of Harris Interactive who is formerly of Johnstown and a 1984 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown mechanical engineering technology graduate, rang the opening bell Tuesday, March 13 at Nasdaq’s MarketSite in Times Square, New York.
Mr. Novak, who now resides in N.Y., joined Harris Interactive in 1999 and was named CEO in September 2005. Throughout his years at Harris Interactive, Mr. Novak held a variety of positions within the company, including president of U.S. operations and group president of Strategic Marketing Solutions and Business and Consulting. Prior to joining Harris Interactive, Mr. Novak served as vice president and general manager of Lightnin Americas, a unit of GSX.
Mr. Novak received a Master of Science degree in management from Purdue University’s Krannert Business School. He also is a graduate of General Electric’s Nuclear Power Engineering Program and FMC’s Corporate Analyst Training and Development Program.
Harris Interactive is the 12th largest and fastest-growing global market research and consulting firm and pioneer of the online research method, now a standard in the industry. The company provides innovative research, insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online research methods.
Founded in 1927, and celebrating 80 years, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.