SOURCE: Healthline

March 08, 2006 08:30 ET

Chris Tucher Joins Healthline Executive Team

Seasoned Search Marketing and Media Professional to Lead Company's Business Development Team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2006 -- Healthline (, the leading Internet search engine dedicated to consumer healthcare, announced today that Christopher Tucher has been named senior vice president of Business Development. Tucher, a 20-year veteran of the Internet/media industry, brings experience from leading search and Web publishing companies such as LookSmart and Netscape to Healthline's management team. Tucher will be a key member of the executive team, responsible for directing all aspects of Healthline's business development efforts.

"Healthline continues to capitalize on the opportunities presented by this rapidly growing market, deepening relationships with our customers and becoming their strategic partner in the development and delivery of innovative healthcare information services," said West Shell III, chairman and chief executive officer of Healthline. "Chris' experience in the Internet, search and media industries brings a unique perspective that will help us better understand the challenges our customers face and continually improve ways to meet their needs."

Tucher most recently served as senior vice president of Business Development at Radiance Technologies, a large-file data delivery software and service provider. From 1998 to 2001, he was senior vice president of Business Development at LookSmart, a leading Internet directory and vertical search provider, where he was responsible for building the company's distribution network. Prior to that, Tucher was director of Netscape Communications' Publishing and Media Markets division. Previously he worked in print journalism, and as a consultant for Bain and Co. in Munich. Tucher holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from Occidental College.

"I am delighted to join Healthline, a company that is well positioned to benefit from the convergence of consumer directed healthcare, vertical search applications, and the increasing need for relevant, high quality health information," said Tucher. "I look forward to combining my experience in developing ground-breaking business partnerships that include leading enterprise, Internet publishing and Fortune 1000 customers with Healthline's world-class customer-centered solutions and services to increase the availability of this valuable search offering."

About Healthline

Healthline Networks, Inc. provides the easiest way for consumers to find, understand and manage healthcare information, empowering them to make more informed decisions that lead to better health. Created in collaboration with 1,100 physicians and medical specialists, Healthline's unique Medically Guided Search™ experience is powered by a consumer health taxonomy that encompasses nearly one million medical terms and synonyms -- the largest of its kind, and one that translates everyday language and precisely matches it to complex medical information. Healthline is defining the HealthWeb, a filtered directory currently consisting of more than 170,000 health-oriented websites and 130 million pages of medical content. Combined with the company's visual HealthMaps® and personalization tools, Healthline connects users with the information, people and resources not readily available through general search engines or today's online health destinations. Based in San Francisco, Healthline is backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and JHK Investments, LLC.

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