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ASK Has New CEO: Out is Jim Lanzone In is Jim Safka
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
It has been a little quiet from our favorite search engine ASK lately that is until today when IAC (ASK's parent company) announced that Jim Safka has been appointed the new CEO of ASK.com effective immediately. Safka, 39, served as CEO of Match.com from 2004 to 2006.

This was a bit of a surprise as Jim Lanzone has been a great advocate of ASK and as IAC CEO Barry Diller stated:
"Jim Lanzone was the principal executive responsible for Ask.com's turnaround over the last two years. His passion for innovation and his every day dedication to the business and its people have been everything anyone could ask for," said Mr. Diller. "He is a superb executive and leader and I'm hopeful we can be associated in the future."
In related news, Scott Garell has been named President of Ask.com, where he will report to Mr. Safka and manage daily business operations worldwide. Since 2005, Mr. Garell has been CEO of IAC Consumer Applications & Portals. Under his leadership the Consumer Applications and Portals businesses (including Fun Web Products, Portals, Evite and Pronto) have grown by 74% in the past 3 years.

It's interesting that both Safka and Garell were internal IAC people. Jim Lanzone was/is a great Search person as was evident by his great keynote at SES San Jose in August of 2007.

Good luck to both Mr. Lanzone and Mr. Safka.

Official Press Release

More about Jim Safka

Under his leadership, the Match.com grew revenue and operating income before amortization at an annual rate of 25% and 52% respectively. Today, Match.com has more than 15 million members in 35 countries. Prior to Match.com, he held senior management roles at AT&T Wireless and E*TRADE Financial Corporation, and brand and product management positions at Intuit, Alberto-Culver, Inc., Warner Bros. Inc., and Paramount Pictures. Mr. Safka holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in accounting from the University of Southern California.

More About Jim Lanzone

Mr. Lanzone joined Ask.com in 2001 as Vice President of Product Management. 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. 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 Emory University.

As CEO of Ask.com, Jim Lanzone was responsible for overseeing world-wide business operations. of Ask.com one of the world's leading search engines, with more than 20 million users per month, offering unique tools and technologies that make search better. Previous to his role as CEO, Lanzone served as senior vice president and general manager of Ask.com US, leading product management, marketing and engineering for the Company.

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posted by PlanetNim Caretaker @ Wednesday, January 09, 2008  
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