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Sharon Rowlands of ReachLocal Recognized for Mentorship by CEO World Awards

Award recognizes the positive influence mentoring CEOs have in business

June 22, 2017 – WOODLAND HILLS, CA – ReachLocal, a leader in powering online marketing for local businesses and a part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, today announced Sharon Rowlands was named Female CEO of the Year by CEO World in the “Mentor” category. Throughout her career and as CEO of ReachLocal, Sharon Rowlands has been a tireless advocate for helping women become successful business leaders.

"Mentoring other women is something that is very dear to me and has been a career-long effort of mine," said Sharon Rowlands. "I’m very proud of the mentoring work we've begun at ReachLocal, for women and men. We all want the best for our respective businesses, and that starts with great leaders. Mentoring helps create great leaders."

Along with internal policies, Ms. Rowlands established the Wadobe Group, a network of senior business women who are dedicated to supporting one another and identifying ways to help younger women reach their business and personal goals. In addition, she co-developed a research study on female CEOs and directors with Sabra Brock, the interim dean of Touro Graduate School of Business in New York. The study revealed the importance of mentors, with 82% of CEO respondents stating that a mentor played an important role in their careers.

"Even the smallest word of support or encouragement can have a significant impact on someone, and having a mentor can be a huge force in your career trajectory," explained Rowlands.

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 CEO World Awards

The CEO World Awards are an annual industry and peer recognition program honoring CEOs and companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. They were created to honor and generate industry-wide recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of CEOs worldwide in every area. For more information, visit:

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