Three Ships Adds Senior Software Executive as Vice Chair

RALEIGH, NC – Three Ships, a data-driven digital marketing agency based in downtown Raleigh, announced today that Ed Cheely has joined the company as Vice Chair. Cheely will have responsibility for building out the go-to-market strategy of the rapidly growing Search Solutions division of Three Ships.

Cheely, formerly the Vice President of Sales at ShareFile, has an impressive track record in software and digital marketing. He joined ShareFile in early 2010 and grew the fledgling sales team from one member to over 300 people, generating year-over-year triple digit revenue growth for six years in the process. In one of the Triangle’s most-valued tech acquisitions, Citrix acquired ShareFile in October 2011.

Previously, Cheely was a division president and sales leader at Yext, the local listing company that is expected to IPO this year.

“Through my experiences at Yext and ShareFile, I have been fortunate to see how successfully digital marketing can drive a company’s growth,” said Cheely. “Yet I also have seen how challenging it can be for revenue-focused leaders whose companies do not have the expertise, analytics, and technology to know what online search opportunity exists and how they can capture that opportunity. The Three Ships platform fills this need and gives marketing leaders unprecedented insight and control over how they can grow search engine traffic and revenue.”

Three Ships CEO Zach Clayton commented: “The avalanche of digital disruption is moving from e-commerce companies like Amazon to more mature industries—impacting how marketers sell in categories such as higher education, banking, medical services, software, and insurance. The addition of Ed to our already seasoned team will help us scale the distribution and delivery of our services and technology.”

“Our team of digital marketing experts includes data scientists, developers, designers, creatives, media buying specialists and more,” added Jeff Kilman, Managing Director at Three Ships. “This gives us the Digital Edge that other players lack. It has contributed to an unprecedented 100% win rate on proposals issued during the last five months. Adding an accomplished executive like Cheely will help us continue our commitment to smart, sustainable growth.”

“Ed joins the team at a time of strong momentum,” said Managing Director Jeff Cooper. “In the last six months, we formalized the creation of a Search Solutions marketing division, which has grown to 17 professionals including data scientists, software engineers, and a business analysis group. We have grown R&D spend to 16% of revenue and added six PhD researchers at institutions including UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard, and North Carolina State University as advisors or consultants to help us further build this platform.”


Three Ships is a data-driven digital agency that makes clients magnets for their customers through search, digital advertising, content marketing, and conversion optimization.