Yesterday, Ask.com hired Chuck Geiger, former CTO of PayPal, as executive vice president of technology and engineering. Mr. Geiger has 17 years of experience in the industry and, in addition to PayPal, has held senior positions at various technology companies, including Protrade.com, Travelocity and Gateway. Chuck Geiger will manage site engineering, IT and operations, quality assurance, data engineering, and program management for Ask.com. The full press release is pasted below.
Ask.com Appoints Chuck Geiger as
Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering
Former PayPal CTO to Head Worldwide Site Engineering for Ask.com
OAKLAND, Calif., August 23, 2006 – Ask.com, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that Chuck Geiger has joined as executive vice president of technology and engineering. With 17 years of experience with leading technology companies, including recent executive-level positions at PayPal and eBay, Geiger brings extensive engineering and operational experience to the company. In his new position, Geiger will manage site engineering, IT and operations, quality assurance, data engineering, and program management for Ask.com. In addition, Geiger will oversee engineering for Bloglines, the world's most popular free online service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich web content.
“Chuck has a great balance of technology, business, and mentorship abilities that will help Ask.com's technology groups scale domestically and internationally,” said Jim Lanzone, CEO of Ask.com. “With Chuck's help and expertise, we hope to take our technology organization to the next level.”
Most recently, Geiger served as CTO and acting CEO of Protrade.com, a sports entertainment start-up that provides evaluation tools for athletic performance. Prior to his tenure at Protrade.com, Geiger was CTO of PayPal and managed all key technology practice areas and a team of more than 500 professionals. As vice president of product development and architecture at eBay, Geiger was responsible for creating the next generation architecture, systems, and platform at eBay. Geiger has also held senior-level positions with leading organizations including Gateway, Travelocity, Texas Instruments and American Airlines Decision Technologies, among others.
“With a new site and cutting-edge search technology, Ask.com is well-poised to continue its swift climb up the search ladder,” said Geiger. “Ask.com has made a name for itself as being an innovator in search, and I look forward to applying my experience to help drive further advancements for searchers. This is definitely an exciting time to be joining the organization.”
Geiger holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.
A leading search engine on the Web, Ask.com combines world-class search technology with one-of-a-kind search tools to help people get what they are looking for faster. Ask.com sites include Ask.com US (http://www.Ask.com ), Ask.com Deutschland, Ask.com Espana, Ask.com France, Ask.com Italia, Ask.com Japan, Ask.com Nederlands and Ask.com UK. Additionally, Ask.com syndicates its search technology and advertising units to a network of affiliate partners. Ask.com is a division of IAC Search & Media, a wholly-owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI). Ask.com b-roll footage is available at www.thenewsmarket.com/ask.
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