Harris Interactive Strengthens Healthcare Practice with Two Executive Hires

Matt Knoeck and Sharon Albert Join Harris Interactive

Feb 20, 2013, 09:30 ET from Harris Interactive

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Interactive Inc. (NASDAQ: HPOL), a leading global market research firm, today announced that Matt Knoeck and Sharon Albert have joined the company as Senior Vice President, Healthcare and Vice President, Marketing, respectively, to bolster the company's Healthcare Group.

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Knoeck rejoins Harris Interactive from TNS with nearly two decades of experience advising and developing clients along with organizing and leading client-centric research teams. He will be responsible for increasing the company's market presence in the healthcare industry with a particular focus on stakeholder research.

Albert brings more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing marketing communications strategies and research for public, corporate and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. She will be responsible for advancing the strategic direction and marketing strategy for the company's healthcare offerings, including Strategic Health Perspectives (SHP), an annual intelligence service that helps clients identify and understand current issues and emerging trends within the healthcare marketplace.

Al Angrisani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Interactive, said, "Matt and Sharon bring a unique set of skills and experience to our Healthcare Group. Their hire reinforces our commitment to promoting our thought leadership in the healthcare industry."

Knoeck commented, "The healthcare industry is undergoing substantial transformation. The organizations that will be successful in this changing landscape must be forward facing, nimble and innovative. I believe that Harris Interactive is such an organization, and I am excited to help shape the company's evolving healthcare practice."

"Organizations serving the healthcare marketplace have a need for insight and market intelligence to drive their business objectives, and Harris Interactive has deep roots in understanding healthcare from the consumer, physician and health care delivery perspective. I am delighted to join the company during this dynamic time for the healthcare industry," said Albert.

Prior to joining Harris Interactive, Knoeck served most recently as Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management at TNS, while Albert served most recently as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for TJ Sacks and Associates and Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications for Lightspeed Research. Knoeck has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Iowa State University.  Albert earned a Master of Science in Technology and Information Management from the Polytechnic University, a PhD in Public Health Social Work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Denver Graduate School of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Geography from the University of Denver.

About Harris Interactive Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading 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 proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client's research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, 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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