NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IAC/InterActiveCorp
(Nasdaq: IACI) announced today that Jim Lanzone has been appointed Chief
Executive Officer of Ask.com, overseeing worldwide business operations.
Previously Mr. Lanzone was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ask
U.S., leading product management, marketing and engineering for the company
under former IAC Search & Media CEO Steve Berkowitz.
"Jim is one of the most respected leaders in the search industry,
having been principally responsible every day for the turnaround of the Ask
product and brand over the past several years," said Doug Lebda, IAC
President and Chief Operating Officer. "With his vision for the future and
successful track record for driving the Ask.com business, he has been and
will be the ideal leader for the next stage of the company's growth."
"We have a lot of momentum behind Ask.com," said Mr. Lanzone. "My goal
is to keep pushing us forward down the path we're on. With the team we have
in place and the backing of IAC/InterActiveCorp, I believe Ask can take a
significant piece of the search pie in the years ahead."
Mr. Lanzone joined Ask.com as Vice President of Product Management in
2001. Previously he co-founded eTour, an early provider of information
retrieval and cost-per-lead services on the Web, and served as President
until it was acquired by Ask.com in May 2001. eTour launched in 1997 and
under Mr. Lanzone's direction, became a top 50 website and the Web's #1
ranked site in user frequency in 1998 and 1999 (Media Metrix).
Additionally, eTour was rated "A+" by Entertainment Weekly. Earlier, Mr.
Lanzone worked in product marketing for KnowX.com, a division of the
Thomson Corporation and one of the Internet's leading providers of public
record search. Mr. Lanzone received his BA from U.C.L.A. and JD/MBA from
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