SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (OTCBB:STDR) EFactor Group Corp. ("EFactor Group" or "the Company"), niche social network for entrepreneurs, today announced that its board of directors has approved the additions of three independent directors; Mr. Brian Banmiller, Mr. John Barbera, and Mr. Mark Stanich. These additions bring the total number of directors to seven, four of which are independent.
"We are delighted to welcome three talented executives to our board," stated Marion Freijsen, COO of EFactor Group Corp. "Brian, John and Mark will not only bring their expertise and perspectives to help enhance our corporate strategies, they will also provide new ideas that will benefit our members, employees, business partners and shareholders."
Brian Banmiller is one of the nation's most respected broadcast journalists, commentators and public speakers. Brian has reported on the rise, decline and rebirth of Silicon Valley, the fall of communism in Russia, the rise of capitalism in China, the threat of war in Korea, the future of Hong Kong, economic instability in the Philippines, the crisis in Northern Ireland and the economic impact of Germany's reunification. He has interviewed Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and entrepreneurs Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab, Donald Trump, William Hewlett, David Packard and Michael Dell, among many others. Brian's professional credentials include working as a business journalist, commentator and public speaker. He has a 30-year affiliation with CBS News Radio as a National Business Reporter.
John Barbera is a senior executive with over 35 years of experience in the cable TV industry, digital, broadcast television and global media. Mr. Barbera was one of the original team members hired by Ted Turner in 1978 to launch the world's first commercial satellite network. During his 16 years with Turner Broadcasting, John continued to work with Mr. Turner to mold the early development of cable television, help develop CNN and other Turner networks – eventually rising to President, Turner Broadcasting Sales. John later served as President, 24/7 Real Media worldwide and COO Europe. He lived and worked in Shanghai 2004-2009 working with Xinhua Finance, in Bali building an Eco-TV channel, continues to advise media companies in the US and Asia and lives in San Francisco. Mr. Barbera obtained a Bachelors of Arts from Allegheny College in 1966.
Mark Stanich is chief marketing officer and president, digital media, of American Express Publishing. This lifestyle consumer content company produces such authoritative luxury brands as Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, Executive Travel and Black Ink, in addition to over 30 other consumer products and services in the affluent lifestyle space. As president of digital media, Mark leads the company's existing and emerging digital businesses, including websites, social media platforms, e-newsletters, mobile and tablet applications, e-commerce, and digital partnerships. During his tenure, the company has rapidly expanded its web and social media customer bases, debuted digital tablet editions for the iPad, Nook Color and Kindle Fire, and launched its first e-commerce ventures. Mark has served on several industry boards, including his current directorships with the Online Publishers Association and BPA Worldwide. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
About EFactor Group Corporation
EFactor Group Corp., a niche social network for entrepreneurs, provides its members with the people, tools, marketing and expertise to succeed and make real, trustworthy and lasting connections. At the core of EFactor is a strong algorithm that allows members to not only connect with a lot of people, but with the right people. In addition, EFactor provides knowledge, facilitates preparing for funding and resources to reduce business costs, delivered through a unique mix of online social networking and offline domestic and international events.
EFactor has over one million members in 222 territories across 240 industries. It is incorporated in the US and headquartered in San Francisco.
EFactor Group Corp. is also the parent company to a number of subsidiary service organizations including, a UK communications and public relations agency and a company that delivers matching software for mentors to find the best mentees. For more information, visit http://www.efactor.com.
The EFactor Value
EFactor is a social network designed to support you as your business grows, along every step of your journey. We'll be there to congratulate you every time you win and will coach and inspire you whenever you feel frustrated by setbacks. You can count on us to connect you with the right people for you and your company and offer you the resources and talent that will help you succeed. We are highly motivated everyday people who genuinely care about our team and customers. We cheer each other on and have each other's back. We get to see our ideas come to life every single day. We're entrepreneurs, contributing our expertise to the community.
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