NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Yodle, a leader in local online marketing, today announced that Eric Raab has been hired as Chief Information Officer and will join its executive management team. In addition to supporting product development, Mr. Raab will lead initiatives that further scale Yodle's business while also building out the company's rapidly growing technology team. Mr. Raab brings over 25 years of leadership experience in telecommunications, software, and networks.
"Our industry leading technology and product offerings, and the networks they run on, are a critical source of competitive advantage for Yodle," said Court Cunningham, CEO at Yodle. "As the new head of technology, Eric will help take our innovative approach to the next level."
Mr. Raab has a proven track record in taking technology products from concept to marketplace, and expanding technology teams. Mr. Raab was most recently Chief Technology Officer at M5 Networks, acquired by Shoretel (NASDAQ: SHOR). During his three years with the company, Mr. Raab built out the infrastructure for a hosted VoIP and data product that services thousands of business customers.
Prior to that, Mr. Raab was Chief Technology Officer at Toktumi, a start-up VoIP company with an SMB customer base. Mr. Raab's operational efforts helped the company grow by more than 2000% in less than a year. Other notable positions that he has held include CEO of AIG Telecom, the first established trading desk for wholesale telephone minutes, and CTO at IDT Corporation and Epana Networks, which are both telecommunications carriers. Mr. Raab received a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Columbia University, and a PhD in Atomic and Molecular Physics from MIT.
"I chose to join Yodle because it is on the cutting edge of meeting some of the most pressing needs that a small business owner has," said Eric Raab, CIO of Yodle. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues to provide even more value to our customers and create further efficiencies across the business. I'm also excited to be part of a company that is expanding so quickly and to lead the growth of our talented technology team."
Yodle connects consumers to local businesses simply and cost-effectively. The combination of automated technology and comprehensive customer support makes Yodle easy to use. Yodle's offering is also ROI-driven: local businesses set a budget for which they receive calls and emails from qualified consumers. Today, Yodle delivers results for more than 30,000 local businesses. To do so, Yodle establishes a comprehensive desktop and mobile web presence, implements unique SEO techniques, and deploys proprietary paid search technology that dynamically optimizes online media buys across multiple desktop and mobile outlets. Yodle's solution also includes relationship marketing, display advertising, review/offer management and a simple performance dashboard. Yodle's competitive advantage is derived from the sheer scale of its local performance data across multiple industries. Yodle is ranked #26 in the Forbes list of America's most promising companies. For more information, visit www.yodle.com, www.yodle.net, or go to YouTube to see a video of Yodle reviews from our customers. You can also follow Yodle on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. If you're interested in working at Yodle, visit the company careers website.
Director of Corporate Communications, Yodle