Merriman Curhan Ford Names Media Technology Expert Dr. Frederic V. Bien to Its Advisory Board

Jun 15, 2010, 09:05 ET from Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MERR) today announced that it has appointed Dr. Frederic V. Bien as its 11th independent advisory board member.


Bien currently serves as founder and CEO of Ad Buying Network (ABN), a video ad creation, online media buying and campaign reporting services company. Prior to founding ABN, he was co-founder, president and vice president of media & technology at the social media and online advertising company BLiNQ Media. At BLiNQ, Bien worked with clients such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, MySpace, AT&T, and ING.  He has more than 15 years of experience leading media technology, television and Internet systems, product development, strategic planning, marketing measurement initiatives that drive profitable growth and high customer-satisfaction ratings.  

Along with his entrepreneurial endeavors with fast-paced startup companies, including Belamo Corp. and Bien Logic, Inc., Bien was senior vice president of advanced media technology at Turner Broadcasting and held leadership positions at TimeWarner in technology management, digital media, business systems, and networks and studio operations.

Bien began his career in academia as an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton University and was a tenured, associate professor of mathematics at the University of California San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in mathematics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.  

In his advisory board role, Bien will draw on his vast online media technology experience, as well as industry contacts, to help Merriman Curhan Ford's senior management and research analysts build deeper business relationships in the firm's Consumer, Media & Internet verticals.  

Jon Merriman, co-founder and chief executive officer of the firm's holding company, Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc., stated: "Frederic makes a great addition to the advisory board as an entrepreneur, leader and academic. His strong experience in team building and financial accountability – coupled with his vast understanding of the online media industry – will help us further grow the firm and differentiate ourselves in the media and technology ecosystem. I'm excited to welcome Frederic to the team."

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