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Sharon Rowlands, ReachLocal CEO, Recognized as Female Exec of the Year by The Women World Awards

Ms. Rowlands awarded Gold Female Executive of the Year in the Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Category

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – ReachLocal, a leader in powering online marketing for local businesses and a part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, today announced that CEO Sharon Rowlands was recognized by Women World Awards as a Female Executive of the Year. Ms. Rowlands won the Gold award in the Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations category for businesses with 500-2,499 employees.

“I am happy to be recognized with this award. I'm especially proud to be honored alongside some of the most impressive women in business these days,” said Sharon Rowlands. “Receiving this award is very meaningful to me as it recognizes my passion for supporting and mentoring women, which is a huge emphasis in my career.”

Beyond her impressive career and many accolades, Sharon Rowlands has a long history as a female leader. She works diligently to support and empower women in the workplace and to encourage them to, in turn, support other women as they grow in their careers and assume leadership positions. She established the Wadobe Group, a women’s network, with this goal in mind. The group is a collection of senior business women with the mission of supporting each other and identifying ways to help younger women reach their business and personal goals. The name is based on the group’s motto: want what you have, do what you can, be who you are. The group meets several times a year to discuss business issues and challenges and to build relationships.

About ReachLocal

ReachLocal, a USA TODAY NETWORK company and a part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), helps local businesses grow and better operate their business with award-winning lead generation and conversion technology and expert service. ReachLocal is headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif. and operates in four regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. For more information, visit

About the Women World Awards

The Women World Awards honor and generate industry wide recognition of achievements and positive contributions of working women at every level and every industry from around the world. For more information, visit

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