Harris Interactive® Names Marty Beard to Board of Directors

Dec 07, 2010, 16:00 ET from Harris Interactive

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Interactive (Nasdaq: HPOL), a leading innovative global market research firm, today announced the appointment of Marty Beard to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

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Beard, 47, is currently the President of Sybase 365, Sybase Corporation's mobile services business, a position he has held since November 2006. Under his leadership, Sybase 365 has become the global leader in mobile messaging and mobile commerce for mobile operators, financial institutions, and enterprises. Previously, at Sybase, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Marketing from February 2003 to November 2006, and as Vice President, Corporate Development from August 2000 to January 2003. While serving in these positions, Beard helped drive Sybase's "Unwired Enterprise" strategy and developed several industry-leading partnerships that facilitated the expansion of Sybase's footprint into mobility and the reinvention of its position in the technology marketplace. Prior to joining Sybase, Beard served as Vice President of Oracle Online, a division of the Oracle Corporation, where he played a pivotal role in the company's e-commerce transformation, and Staff Director, Corporate Strategy of Pacific Telesis Group, where he helped launch the company's broadband, cable, and content business.

Howard Shecter, Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, said, "We are very pleased to welcome an executive of Marty's caliber to the Board. His general management expertise, strategic insight, and operational experience strengthen the breadth and depth of the Board. Further, his deep understanding of mobile, wireless, and other emerging technologies will be a tremendous asset to us as we continue to focus on re-establishing a leadership position in the market research industry through product innovation and by leveraging technology. I am confident that Marty will make an immediate and substantial contribution to the Board."

"I am excited to join Harris Interactive's Board of Directors," commented Beard. "I look forward to working with my fellow directors and the executive team to help the Company achieve revenue growth and enhanced profitability. Given its established client relationships, strong brand name, solutions expertise, and track record for innovation, I believe that Harris Interactive is well positioned for success."

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Beard also holds a master's degree in business administration from Georgetown University. Since March 2010, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIA-The Wireless Association.

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About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients – stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.


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