SOURCE: Marketwire

January 03, 2008 11:20 ET

Clint Becker Joins Marketwire as Chief Financial Officer

Fiscal Leader With 20 Years of Experience Will Oversee Newswire's Long-Term Financial Growth Strategy

TORONTO--(Marketwire - January 3, 2008) - Marketwire, a full-service newswire and communications workflow solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Clint Becker as chief financial officer (CFO). A seasoned financial executive and leader with strong operational and strategic expertise, Becker will direct Marketwire's financial operations to support the ongoing growth of the company.

"Clint has a proven track record in building organizations, overseeing international mergers and acquisitions, and directing financial controls," said Michael Nowlan, president and CEO of Marketwire. "Not only is Clint skilled as a financial leader, his experience with professional services companies makes him the ideal addition to our executive team. His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow Marketwire on a global scale."

Becker joins Marketwire from Pareto Corporation, a growing marketing execution company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). As CFO, he guided Pareto through a financial and operational strategy of organic and acquisition growth. Prior, he served as vice president of finance, and later senior vice president and CFO, at Mosaic Group Inc., a TSX 300 company providing integrated marketing services to clients in North America and Europe. There he helped develop and implement a strategy that included the acquisition of more than 20 companies in 15 countries. Becker's experience also includes nearly 10 years with KPMG where he focused on merger and acquisition, and audit services to entertainment and technology clients. Becker holds a bachelor of commerce from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

"Having already orchestrated two acquisitions in the past few months and having delivered numerous new offerings to clients, Marketwire is in a prime growth position within the newswire industry," Becker said. "This is an exciting time for the company, and I look forward to utilizing my experience in financial and strategic operations to help support Marketwire's continued growth and bring its leadership in the industry to greater heights."

Becker will be based in Toronto and report to Nowlan.

About Marketwire

The only fully integrated North America-based global newswire, Marketwire, Inc. is a full-service partner to IR, PR and MarCom professionals seeking top-tier news distribution, media management, multimedia and monitoring solutions. Marketwire's customer-centric corporate philosophy focuses on being the best by infusing every aspect of its business with the following core attributes: precision, adaptability, innovation and simplicity.

Marketwire delivers its clients' news to the world's media and financial communities, fulfilling disclosure requirements in North America in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), and serving as Primary Information Provider (PIP) with the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA). With a reputation for technology leadership, Marketwire offers innovative products and services -- including Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Dashboard Mobile Financial, News Dashboard coverage reports, exclusive access to networks such as the Canadian Press Wire Network, Easy IR and Easy PR workflow solutions, and more -- that help communication professionals maximize their effectiveness while ensuring accuracy and best practices. Having merged companies (Market Wire and CCNMatthews) in April 2006, and enjoying a combined history of 25 years of service, Marketwire is now majority-owned by OMERS Capital Partners, the private equity arm of one of Canada's largest pension funds. Marketwire distributes the majority of press releases issued by publicly traded companies in Canada and serves more than 8,000 clients worldwide. For more information, visit us at www.marketwire.com.

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