Jim Safka to Become the CEO of Match.com

    DALLAS, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Match.com, the global leader in online
 dating and an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp., today announced that
 Jim Safka has been named chief executive officer (CEO) and will start in that
 position September 9.  Mr. Safka has been working with the current CEO, Tim
 Sullivan, and the senior management team at Match.com to ensure a smooth
 transition.  Tim Sullivan will be leaving Match.com effective September 8 and
 will stay within IAC to explore new business opportunities and initiatives.
     "Match.com is an outstanding company with exciting prospects for the
 future," Mr. Safka said.  "I'm looking forward to joining the team and leading
 the company to the next level of growth in online dating, one of the most
 powerful categories in e-commerce today."
     IAC Chairman and CEO Barry Diller said: "Tim Sullivan joined Match.com
 when 'online dating' wasn't even in the vernacular.  His great effort in
 establishing and building up the business is a great tribute to him as an
 executive, and I'm hopeful we'll be able to find a new venture for him where
 he can do exactly the same fine work as he has at Match.com."
     "I also want to welcome Jim Safka to the Company," Mr. Diller continued.
 "'Matching' is a great category, and this appointment underscores our belief
 that Match.com is at the very beginning of its growth."
     Mr. Sullivan joined Match.com in January 2001 as chief operating officer
 and was named CEO later that year.  Under Mr. Sullivan's leadership, Match.com
 achieved recognition as the clear leader in the U.S. online dating market,
 while expanding globally into 29 local language dating markets.  During this
 period, he grew the paid subscriber base for all IAC Personals brands from
 189,500 in Q1 2001 to nearly one million in Q2 2004, while growing revenue
 from $29 million in 2000 to $185 million in 2003.
     "I am honored to have worked with Match.com's dedicated and talented team
 of employees, and I am proud of the pioneering role Match.com has played in
 taking online dating mainstream," Mr. Sullivan said.  "Match.com is a great
 company that I know will continue to flourish and to carry out its truly
 special mission.  I'm looking forward to what's next for me within IAC."
 
     About Jim Safka
     Jim Safka comes to Match.com from AT&T Wireless, where he served as vice
 president and general manager of e-commerce.  Under Mr. Safka's leadership at
 AT&T Wireless, the company sold more wireless plans through its web site than
 the other five national carriers combined and ranked number one in online
 customer service.  Prior to joining AT&T Wireless in 2002, Mr. Safka spent
 five years at E*TRADE Financial Corporation, most recently as vice president
 of marketing, where he was instrumental in growing the customer base from
 200,000 accounts to more than four million. Mr. Safka started his technology
 marketing career at Intuit as a Product Manager for Quicken Financial Planner
 and Quicken.com.  Prior to Intuit, Mr. Safka held brand and product management
 positions at Alberto-Culver, Inc., Warner Bros. Inc., and Paramount Pictures.
 Mr. Safka holds a Masters in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg
 Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of
 Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California.  He will be
 relocating with his wife, Mandy, and two children to Dallas.
 
     About Tim Sullivan
     Mr. Sullivan joined Match.com in January 2001 as chief operating officer
 and was named CEO later that year. Under Mr. Sullivan's leadership, Match.com
 became the recognized leader in the online personals business.  In addition,
 Mr. Sullivan oversaw Match.com's unrivaled product innovation and
 international expansion, as well as strategic alliances with MSN and AOL.  As
 a result, Match.com substantially increased its membership base between 2001
 and 2004.
     Prior to joining Match.com, Mr. Sullivan served as vice president of
 e-commerce for Ticketmaster's predecessor, Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch,
 Inc.  Before joining Ticketmaster, Sullivan spent seven years at The Walt
 Disney Company, where as vice president and managing director for Buena Vista
 Home Entertainment Asia Pacific, he was responsible for all Home Video
 distribution of Walt Disney company products in the Asia Pacific Region.  Mr.
 Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of North
 Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
     About Match
     Operating 29 local language dating sites spanning six continents,
 Match.com is the world's leading online dating and personals property,
 according to the July 2004 global ranking by industry-leading independent
 measurement firm comScore Media Metrix.  Match.com offers the industry's most
 advanced and comprehensive matching technology -- the exclusive Total
 Attraction Matching(TM) system -- which incorporates powerful,
 scientifically-based personality profiling tools and the first and only
 physical attraction matching platform.  Since its launch in 1995, Match.com
 has been leading the industry in providing a wide array of tools and resources
 for its 12 million members seeking long-term, committed relationships or
 marriage.  Based on resignation survey data, the Company calculates that more
 than 200,000 Match.com members met the person they were seeking on the site in
 2003 alone.  Match.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp
 (Nasdaq:   IACI).
 
 

SOURCE Match.com

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